John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Ten random things: March 13

Ten universities that were excluded from the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament despite finishing the season among the top 65 teams in the final RPI rankings:

  1. Florida State University (63)
  2. University of Colorado (59)
  3. Western Kentucky University (54)
  4. University of Maryland (49)
  5. University of Michigan (47)
  6. Missouri State University (21)
  7. Creighton University (39)
  8. Hofstra University (30)
  9. St. Joseph's University (43)
  10. University of Houston (53)

The Rating Percentage Index is a tool used by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to aid in the selection and seeding of teams for the annual NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Finishing among the top 65 teams in the RPI does not guarantee you a tournament bid — only conference champions get automatic invitations — but it sure helps. This year, twelve teams failed to make the tournament despite finishing the season with one of the 65 highest RPI scores: the ten listed above, plus University of Cincinnati (40) and University of South Carolina (62). I'm not saying that those twelve teams deserved to make the tournament more than the teams with lower RPI ratings that did. I just find it interesting, that's all.


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