I have to admit that I haven't followed the college hoops that closely this year. My team is UMASS, who were "bubbled out" when they lost to Charlotte on Thursday night. Of course Temple is in with the win over St. Joe's and the A-10 title. Xavier is in with a 27-6 overall record and 14-2 conference record.
Now comes the part that I just don't get. UMASS has a better record overall, 21-10 (St Joe's 21-11) and conference record 10-6 (St Joe's 9-7), yet St Joe's is still on the bubble. Granted they may not get in, but it looks likely that they will.
I know there are other factors involved like RPI (I know it stands for ratings percentage Index, but what is that)? and strength of schedule, but it seems like UMASS and St Joe's came down to one conference game and UMASS still had a better record. Temple only got in because of the A-10 tourney, if Xaiver had won the A-10, UMASS may have gotten in. Also with St Joes' loss to Temple, their conference wins were less than UMASS.
Next is: there are 5 teams on the bubble with worse overall/conference records than St Joe's and UMASS. They are Arizona (19-14, 8-10), Oregon (18-13, 9-9), Va Tech (19-13, 9-7), Baylor (21-10, 9-7), and Kentucky (18-12, 12-4). Also don't understand automatic bids. Are they just the teams that won their conference, or is there more to it? Some of the records didn't seem that impressive, especially conference records.
Lastly, it seems that when ranking teams each week all they look at is win/loss, not RPI/strength of schedule. Is it just me or is there something wrong with the way college hoops are set up?