I ran across this work from “Roll Bama Roll” and thought the community would enjoy it. (For more general college basketball discussion from this weekend I recommend that you click here.)
Some in the national media have made off-handed comments about the RPI advantaging BCS-conference schools, saying fans of schools like Virginia Tech, Alabama and Nebraska are only complaining about the RPI because their teams happen to be ranked lower in the RPI than other NCAA Tournament hopefuls.
Not only are these “experts” wrong, but if you believe that the Pomeroy ratings are a much better tool at gauging teams–as most of them profess to do–then ironically the opposite is actually true. The RPI ratings seem to favor teams that aren’t from BCS conferences, relative to more sophisticated tools like Pomeroy. Now of course, Pomeroy is itself not a perfect tool, but it is widely considered to be a much stronger measure, and in fact is often relied upon heavily by many oddsmakers. For these purposes we’ll simply use the Pomeroy ratings as a comparison tool.
The following data is based on the Pomeroy ratings of 2/26 per kenpom.com and the RPI ratings of 2/26 per warrennolan.com. The only teams examined are those ranked in the top 100 of the RPI, since those are the only teams for whom the RPI could potentially be relevant when it comes time for the NCAA and NIT selections.
The full data is below the jump, but here are the aggregate results: