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RPI-Tourney seed
2011-3-6 14:11:26 Post by lowgd1
I agree that some people just look at RPI and forget about the other factors. The committee does look at quality wins and types of losses. Currently Syracuse has one bad loss, and that is to a top 100 RPI team. Right now, they do have a better overall profile than Texas, Florida, UNC, and many others. There is no doubt that right now they would be a 3 seed and if they win the BET they would absolutely be a 2 with an outside shot at a one if certain things fell their way. It seems that SU gets overlooked by many basketball fans in favor of other big name teams because of their names and overall press. After Syracuse lost 6 of 8 it seemed that everyone wrote them off. Luckily the committee is not made up of normal basketball fans and do look at a total body of work.

Quick breakdown:

UNC: Top 25 rpi wins: 5, 14
Top 50 wins:5, 14, 42, 42, 48,48
Losses:26, 63, 43, 13, 5, 170

Florida: Top 25 wins:19, 21, 14,
Top 50 wins:19, 21, 14, 48, 32,39, 26, 32, 39, 26
Losses:2, 56, 143, 130, 111, 14

Syracuse: Top 25 wins: 9, 24, 15, 11
Top 50 wins: 46, 9, 22, 33, 24, 15, 31, 11
Losses: 7, 31, 92, 67, 11, 20.

Syracuse and Florida both have better wins than UNC. What separates SU from FL is the losses. Syracuse's losses are much "better" than Florida's.
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