Below are the top 30 of ESPN’s College BPI rankings as of Monday. For a proof of BPI and the way it works, please learn this text.
In abstract, faculty BPI is a ahead-wanting power score designed to measure group energy and venture efficiency going ahead. In the only phrases, BPI solutions the query, “If two teams met on a neutral court, which one would win, and by how many points?”
Each group’s score represents its projected level differential in opposition to a median Division I group on a impartial courtroom with equal days relaxation and journey distance. Subtracting any two groups’ rankings equates to a predicted level margin between these groups (all else equal). BPI seems past a group’s win-loss report to find out the strongest groups primarily based on how they received their video games, whom these wins got here in opposition to and the place they got here. Movement in the rankings relies upon extra on how groups carry out relative to prior expectation quite than profitable or dropping.
ESPN’s Strength of Record (SOR) rankings, however, measures group accomplishment by rating groups primarily based on how tough their W-L report was to attain. To view full SOR rankings, full BPI rankings, and different ESPN College Basketball metrics go to www.espn.com/bpi.
On to the BPI top 30 …
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-Villanova remains No. 1 general in BPI and likewise assumes the top spot in Strength of Record (SOR). This is the primary time all season that each of ESPN’s metrics have deemed the identical group to be concurrently each the perfect (BPI) and probably the most deserving (SOR).
-Upheaval on the top of the Big 12? While the weekend noticed a number of upsets, most notably in the Big 12 the place Kansas, Baylor, and West Virginia all misplaced at home to groups not ranked in the AP top 25. BPI tells a special story. Going into the week, groups in the BPI top 30 had been anticipated to win 40.9 video games and lose 16.1 video games. After all was stated and accomplished, groups in the BPI top 30 final week completed 41-16. While these three particular Big 12 groups dropping on Saturday was shocking (Kansas was an 84 p.c favourite in accordance with BPI), general the quantity of drama we noticed final week nationwide was what you’d sometimes count on to see with that slate of video games.
-The ACC continues to dominate the top of the rankings with 4 groups in the top eight of BPI. Virginia (No. 2 in BPI) and Louisville (No. three in BPI) each rose a spot because of West Virginia’s poor efficiency on Saturday. Duke (No. 7 in BPI) and UNC (No. 6 in BPI) each fell a spot, due largely to Florida (No. 5 in BPI) leapfrogging them each after their dominating victory over Kentucky (No. 10 in BPI). The Tar Heels and the Blue Devils meet this week in Durham (Thursday eight:00 PM ET on ESPN), the place BPI favors Coach Ok’s group in a good contest as a consequence of home courtroom benefit.
-Selection Sunday is simply 5 weeks away and in accordance with SOR the groups at the moment deserving of a #1 seed are Villanova, Gonzaga, Baylor, and Kansas. SOR’s quantity 1 seeds, that are primarily based on how spectacular a group’s W-L report is, matches ESPN’s Bracketology knowledgeable Joe Lunardi. All however Gonzaga have performed one of the 25 most tough schedules in accordance with BPI, with three or fewer losses to point out for it. Wisconsin (No. 5 in SOR and No. 13 in BPI) is the subsequent most deserving of a No. 1 seed. The Badgers even have simply three losses however have performed the 32nd most tough schedule, behind Baylor and Kansas who even have three losses however have performed the 15th and 16th hardest schedules up to now respectively.