Posted by WalkerDevil on March 10, 18 at 10:42:36:
In Reply to: Selection Sunday posted by ScooterDevil on March 10, 18 at 08:04:55:
: So I am slowly getting over the sting of the CU loss in the PAC-12 tourney. I went to session 5 of the SEC tourney last night and watched 4 SEC teams play (three of which are locks to to go to the dance), and I thought ASU was better than every one of them. I also thought that USC, UCLA, and a few other PAC-12 teams were as as well. Why does the PAC-12 continually shit the bed in the non-con and kill our conference RPI? If Stanford, Oregon State, Colorado, and Washington State had not lost to the likes of UC Davis, Long Beach State, San Diego, Portland State, Eastern Washington, and UTEP we would not be looked on so negatively.
: I also really question the validity of RPI as any sort of a measuring stick. Nevada has an RPI of 17. Yet they have exactly one win over a team in the RPI top 40 (Rhode Island) and they have ZERO wins over teams in Power 5 conferences. They played 2 teams from Power 5 conferences (Texas Tech and TCU) and lost to both of them. Yet they were recently ranked #22 and are almost a shoo-in for an at-large after losing in their conference tournament. Nevada is 8-5 versus the RPI top 100 ASU is 9-10, so more wins and far more games played. So exactly how is ASU 46 spots worse than Nevada? Someone needs to explain to me what in Nevada's profile is better than ASU's over than 7 more wins and 4 fewer losses (but playing in a far weaker conference). And if the RPI formula had ASU 5-10 spots lower I could stomach it. But 46?? How can a sensible person even consider RPI under those circumstances?
: I still won't really care if we don't get in. We had numerous chances to beat one team that we would beat and failed to do so. If we can't beat Oregon State on the road, Stanford at home, or CU in the tourney, we do not deserve to dance. It is that simple.
RPI is only one of five factors that Selection Committee uses now. So doesn't matter as much. Don't ask me to explain Quadrants! :) At first I would have agreed with you but I want these great kids, especially the seniors to get the chance to experience the Big Dance. Even if it is the Play in game in Dayton. Most of the rest of the conference played poorly in non conference. I think what you do in conference should matter but the Committee and the nation only looks at how good your conference is by how did you in the non conference. If it helps us get in I will take it this season. The rest of the conference hurt themselves by not performing well until the conference season. I think Stanford is a worthy team but they won't be in the Dance. UCLA and USC(U3?) should get in along with U4.
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