So after reviewing the 2014 poll data compared to RPI basketball poll rankings at the end of the season, it is understandable why fans get upset. Then when you include the “seeds”, it gets even more confusing. Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) had an RPI rank of 12 but was ranked as twenty-third and twenty-five, by both AP and the Coaches polls, respectively. VCU was then seeded 19th by the Selection committee. Why so different? The list goes on and on, and when questioned, each person has their own rational, which makes perfect sense to them but not to anyone else. Otherwise why would there be so much arguing going on between the sportscasters!!
2014 Basketball RPI Poll Ranking Data
In 2013 – 14 Season additional issues:
- In Atlantic 10 Conference, Saint Joseph’s beat VCU, but VCU was invited in the at large team selection; Saint Joseph’s was seeded #10 (East Bracket); VCU was seeded #5 (South Bracket)
- In the Big 10 Conference, Michigan State beat Michigan; but Michigan was invited in the at large team selection; Michigan State was seeded #4 (East Bracket); Michigan was seeded #2 (Midwest Bracket)
- In the Big East Conference, Providence beat Creighton; but Creighton was invited in the at large team selection; Providence was seeded #11 (East Bracket); Creighton was seeded #3 (West Bracket)
The selection committee will say it has to do with their regional conference, how well they played, and a variety of other reasons. On the surface all of these factors are supposed to be included in the team’s statistics. However, if you dig deeper it seems like there are more “personal factors” included in the selection. But for now we have the poll data and RPIs for each team. What’s next… Well it’s time for the teams to be selected, seeded, and divided into their regions. That’s Selection Sunday.