Chewing The Fat - I
Thoughts to ponder after finishing my computer profile going into the last two days before Selection Monday.
We're going to do this over several posts.
But upon entering conference winners, etc., into my working grid, it seemed that a change in the landscape has occurred.
So using CollegeRPI.com, because it's the easiest for me to work from in an organizational setting, I detected some interesting changes on what types of teams are being sent to the tournament from the mid-major to major-minor groups.
I pulled the final RPI sheets from 2004 and 2005 as they were at this same weekend and here's a look at the RPI number of the team champion, although the school itself won't be mentioned except for interesting points.
Some conferences aren't done yet, so projector identifications were made for the either/or teams playing in championship games. If the team upset the regular season winner and was the only team advancing to the Big Dance, the word upset is in parentheses.
Here's a look:
Conference 2004 2005 2006
America East 56 77 36/25
Atlantic Sun 115 162 (upset) 149/210
Big Sky 36 52 105/180
Big South 65 67 48--All Liberty
Big West 55 72 135/183
Colonial 18 31 16/45
Conference USA (we know why) 7 23 46 (Tulsa - new)
Horizon 82 37 77
Ivy League 118 98 91/100
Metro Atlantic 93 111 (Upset) 71
Mid-American 66 59 41
MEAC 134 115 116
Mo. Valley 41 145 (Upset) 37
Mountain West 72 (Upset) 28 20/21
Northeast 79 102 101/109
Ohio Valley 75 64 88
Patriot 149 135 117
SWAC 161 (Upset) 130 174/252
Southern 35 148 (Upset) 33
Southland 100 76 (Upset) 70/110
Sun Belt 60 51 (Upset) 81 (Upset over 17)
Western Athletic 24 33 35/204
West Coast 48 92 (Upset) 156 (Upset)
Tulsa, interestingly enough, was around the same RPI performance a year ago but the team went from a middle also-ran in the WAC to winning the re-vamped Conference USA.
A bunch of teams that might not ordinarily benefit appear to be heading to some gain closer to the middle of the bracket because of all the poor numbers. But we'll see. There seems that there will be much discussion to place seeds No. 11 through No. 15.
And now on to a new post.