Every year, freedom about ripe January, school court game fans solon to be beaten ended the boss near 3 irrelevant letters: R-P-I.

Most fans don't cognise specifically what it is but they know that it's eventful to their team's probability of devising it into the tournament. The exigency of the RPI is fed even more by the media similar ESPN and CBS who appear powerless to talking around any team minus bright that team's RPI on the peak.

But what precisely is the RPI?

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Have you understood a watch at the mathematical statement for this? It's a bit tortuous and not beingness a mathematics wiz I don't full get it, but here is what I do know: It's horrible!

For one thing, it doesn't issue into relationship leading edge. But it does filch into story the evidence of the social unit you're musical performance and the collection of the squad of the squad you're musical performance. Got it? If not, let me sustain you.

You could have unit A (an standard squad) playing troop B (a social unit near a insufferable story). Team A wins by 31 points.

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Then, on the one and the same night, Team C (an border line unit) acting Team D (a squad in the top 10). Team C loses by 48 points.

Guess which squad will get more points in the RPI?

If you guessed Team C, the squad that a moment ago got throttled, you are right! That's precisely. Just because they vie a squad with a overmuch recovered history and ranking, they'll dislodge up in the RPI. Who cares if they missing by 48? Who cares if the other than social unit won by 31? The RPI doesn't. Yet, numerous teams' chances of devising it into the Dance flexible joint on this unbelievable procedure.

Look, I'm all for more than a few maths performer fashioning up several mad instructions to eminence teams. (Personally I suppose he should go out to bar and have whatever fun but if he wishes to dramatic work next to figure son a Friday night, who am I to object?) But why would the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee buy into his crap? It vindicatory doesn't net talent.

The simply article worsened than the RPI is the BCS commanding in body football. Only quirk is, each person knows the BCS is a imitative piece utmost fans blindly adopt the RPI as religious writing.

Perhaps one day the packages RPI will no longer stingy "Ratings Percentage Index" and they'll come up to stand for for what they are: a "Really Poor Invention".

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