- Apr 5, 2006
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In my view the whole ranking system needs to be readjusted. When the NCAA announced they were moving to the NET rankings and moving away from the RPI it was one of the first things I noticed--the score doesn't matter but the score does matter.
They (NCAA) were really big on pushing the party line of "don't run up the score because it won't matter." It's "disguised" under "we're going to cap the win margin at ten." As Matt posted in that graph you can see where the margin of victory is the 5th element in their rankings.
However, this thing about "margin of victory not counting as much" and "it's capped at 10" falls flat on its face when you look at the second metric--offensive and defensive efficiency.
To get your offensive and defensive efficiency rankings up to where they can be teams need to run up the score. It's weighed in that metric. I don't believe I've seen a coach lay out the problems with this system better than Wade did following the LSU win.
“There’s a play on numbers that’s wrong,” Wade said. “The fifth most important category in the NET is your margin of victory, and it’s capped at 10 points. The second most important is your offensive and defensive efficiency, and there is no cap.
“Well, to (get) your offensive and defensive efficiency where you need it to be, you need to run the score up on people. Alabama did us a favor (Tuesday) by dribbling the ball out and not taking a shot so we could win by nine. That was a defensive stop for us.
“So they’re going to have to readjust the formula because they don’t want people to blow people out, but they’re basically telling people to blow people out because that’s weighted more than the 10-point (cap).”
FWIW, following the mid-week games Bama is now sitting at #42 in the NET rankings. And, on that note, the RPI currently has the Tide at #29 with a SOS of 17,