RPI re­placed with new eval­u­a­tion tool for NCAA Tour­na­ment

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports - BY JOHN MARSHALL

The NCAA is ditch­ing the RPI for its own eval­u­a­tion tool to se­lect teams for the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

The NCAA Eval­u­a­tion Tool will rely on game re­sults, strength of sched­ule, game lo­ca­tion, scor­ing mar­gin, net of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive ef­fi­ciency and qual­ity of wins and losses. NET will be used for the 2018-19 sea­son by the com­mit­tee that se­lects schools and seeds the tour­na­ment.

NET rank­ings will be re­leased in late Novem­ber or early De­cem­ber and up­dated through Se­lec­tion Sun­day, with a fi­nal rank­ing fol­low­ing the tour­na­ment.

“What has been de­vel­oped is a con­tem­po­rary method of look­ing at teams an­a­lyt­i­cally, us­ing re­sults-based and pre­dic­tive met­rics that will as­sist the Men’s Bas­ket­ball Com­mit­tee as it re­views games through­out the sea­son,” NCAA se­nior vice pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball Dan Gavitt said in a state­ment on Wednesday. “While no per­fect rank­ings ex­ist, us­ing the re­sults of past tour­na­ments will help en­sure that the rank­ings are built on an ob­jec­tive source of truth.”

The NCAA has used the RPI since 1981 to help the NCAA Tour­na­ment se­lec­tion com­mit­tee pick at-large teams, seed­ing and brack­et­ing teams each March.

The RPI has been crit­i­cized in re­cent years for not be­ing an­a­lyt­i­cal enough. The RPI is cal­cu­lated on win­ning per­cent­age, strength of sched­ule and op­po­nent’s strength of sched­ule, but more ac­cu­rate tools for eval­u­at­ing per­for­mance have de­vel­oped.

NET will give equal im­por­tance to early and late-sea­son games, and caps wins at 10 points to pre­vent teams from run­ning up the score.

NET was ap­proved in July fol­low­ing months of con­sul­ta­tion with the NCAA Divi­sion I Men’s Bas­ket­ball Com­mit­tee, the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Bas­ket­ball Coaches, top bas­ket­ball an­a­lyt­ics ex­perts and Google Cloud Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices.

Last sea­son, the NCAA in­tro­duced a quad­rant sys­tem to put greater em­pha­sis on wins away from home. The quad­rant sys­tem will re­main in place for eval­u­at­ing teams.

The NCAA said the RPI will still be used in other Divi­sion I sports, in­clud­ing women’s bas­ket­ball.

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