Tuesday, October 22, 2013

NCAA | Washington volleyball vaults in media poll and RPI

Huskies remain among the elite ahead of showdown with UCLA & USC

The Washington Huskies have risen to #3
-photo by Shutter Geeks Photography
Washington—fresh off its big 3-2 win against Stanford—rose once again in both the Volleyball Magazine media poll and the NCAA RPI rankings. The RPI is a numerical formula used to determine which 64 teams (out of 328) will be selected to this year’s tournament, and which 16 of those teams will receive the top seeds. Washington is #3 in the VBM poll, and #6 in RPI.

The highest-ranked teams with the lowest RPIs are Minnesota, San Diego and North Carolina; the unranked teams with the highest RPIs include Creighton, Oklahoma, Marquette, Utah and Arkansas. The RPI places high emphasis on the win/loss records of opponents and the opponents of opponents, which explains (but doesn’t necessarily justify) why so two teams in the Big East (Creighton and Marquette) can be among the top 16 this week. It’s also nuts that 18-3 Minnesota has an RPI of 20, just five places ahead of 8-10 Illinois.

But if the RPI produces strange results, it’s not too much weirder than the AVCA coaches’ poll keeping Ohio State in its top 25. The Buckeyes have lost four in a row and six of their last seven. C’mon, coaches, really?

VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE MEDIA POLL FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 22
Volleyball Mag.
RPI
School
(First Place Votes)
AVCA
Coaches
Poll
Volleyblog Seattle
This Week
Last Week
1
2
1
Texas (7)
1
3
2
4
2
Penn State
2
2
3
6
6
Washington (2)
3
1
4
1
4
Southern Cal (1)
4
4
5
10
12
Minnesota
7
5
6
3
3
Florida
5
9
7
7
8
Stanford
6
6
8
9
9
Hawai’i
8
12
9
18
7
Missouri
11
7
10
11
20
San Diego
9
16
11
5
14
Michigan State
10
13
12
8
13
Nebraska
13
14
13
12
21
Colorado St
12
10
14
13
24
North Carolina
14
8
15
16
11
Wisconsin
16
15
16
15
18
Kentucky
15
17
17
14
27
Michigan
17
NR
18
20
26
BYU
19
11
19
19
32
Florida State
18
18
20
NR
17
Arizona
25
NR
NR
17
33
Ohio State
24
NR
NR
NR
64
Cent. Arkansas
NR
20
NR
NR
28
Oregon
20
NR
NR
NR
35
Purdue
21
NR
NR
NR
10
Kansas
22
NR
NR
NR
19
Duke
23
19
NR
NR
5
Creighton
NR
NR
 NR
NR
15
Oklahoma
NR
NR
 NR
NR
16
Marquette
NR
NR
 NR
NR
22
Utah
NR
NR
 NR
NR
23
Arkansas
NR
NR
 NR
NR
25
Illinois
NR
NR
 NR
NR
29
California
NR
NR
 NR
NR
30
Georgia
NR
NR

Others receiving Volleyball Magazine votes: Oregon, Ohio State, Purdue, Duke, Central Arkansas, Kansas
Volleyblog Seattle is one of ten national voters in the weekly Volleyball Magazine Division 1 Women’s Volleyball Poll.



Photos courtesy Shutter Geeks Photography

1 comment:

  1. >The RPI is a numerical formula used to determine which 64 teams (out of 328) will be selected to this year’s tournament,

    I hope they use RPI as only one factor in choosing teams for the tournament and that it is not the only determinant, because that is not what it is meant to do.

    It has been used for the NCAA basketball tournament for more that 30 years and is meant to heavily factor in the strength of the opponents you play, but it is not the only factor.

    RPI = 1/4 x winning-percentage
    + 1/2 x opponents-winning-percentage
    + 1/4 x opponents'-opponents-winning-percentage

    With the RPI calculation, a team's own winning percentage contributes to only 1/4 of the value, equal to the winning percentage of the opponents' opponents.


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