Blind Resumes Week 9: What the committee missed
by: Jonathon Warriner
Each week until Selection Sunday, I will pick 4 teams with a similar seed and compare their RPI, Strength of Schedule, record, Record against the Top-50 and the number of bad losses each team has (RPI 100+). Please look at the examples of teams before scrolling down and reading who they are.
Team 1: RPI: 30, SOS: 70, Record: 19-5, Record vs. Top-50: 5-2, Bad Losses: 1
Team 2: RPI: 12, SOS: 6, Record: 19-5, Record vs. Top-50: 6-2, Bad Losses: 2
Team 3: RPI: 18, SOS: 78, Record: 21-3, Record vs. Top-50: 2-3, Bad Losses: 0
Team 4: RPI: 15, SOS: 73, Record: 22-2, Record vs. Top-50: 2-2, Bad Losses: 0
Who are the teams?
Team 1: West Virginia
Team 2: Butler
Team 3: Wisconsin
Team 4: Cincinnati
You may be looking at these resume sheets and thinking that these don’t appear to be Updated. Three of these four teams teams did lose this weekend but this was after the Tournament Committee gave us a look at their top-16 teams. Here is what the tournament committee looked at before the Mock Selection show on Saturday, and what stood out was that there are two teams who got left out. Looking at West Virginia they have two great wins over Baylor and Kansas but their resume contains a bad loss, and a relatively weak SOS. While Butler does have a strong SOS and have some great wins they have also lost to St. John’s and Indiana State. Meanwhile Cincinnati and Wisconsin have been winning games especially in Conference play, and while neither has a great SOS, winning should take care of itself. It appears to me that the thing that only matters to the committee is who you beat, and not about winning more games, or losing to bad opponents.