BPI-Basketball Power Index
Haven't seen anybody really talk about this. Thought it was very interesting to see, I was just telling my friend the other day that RIGHT NOW Florida is the best team in the nation but because of their ranking and the fact that teams like Michigan and Kansas are ahead of them with only one loss, Florida would not jump to number 1. I feel like they are dominating on both ends and playing exceptional team ball. Well, this index seems to agree. It takes into account more categories than any other index and it also projects seeding for the tournament. It's really cool. What do you guys think? Is it accurate?
I think this BPI is interesting, but statistics aren't everything, and that's especially the case with college sports. Indices like this one can only account for so much data, as only so much is currently available; players are with respective teams for a few years, and play less than 40 games per year. An amount of perspective can be added with these sorts of analyses though, so I appreciate them on a novel, quick-take sort of basis at least.
As for its accuracy, well, I could be wrong, but I feel like UMiami at 15 is probably pretty skewed by their recent Duke game; I think they're too high.
I'll admit that I haven't seen Wichita St. play yet this season, but I just seems unlikely to me that they're deserving of a four seed. The BPI ranks their best game as having been against Northern Iowa, from which I think certain conclusions could be drawn. I personally would list their Creighton victory as their best, but I have no idea how the information is gathered. This isn't to say that a mid-major like Wichita St. would never get a four seed, but just that I think it's unlikely this season, and also that it would be undeserved. In glancing at the projected five and six seeds below, I would hold that UNLV, NC St., Michigan St., and Oklahoma St. are all much better teams.
Idk man.. You make good points but Miami is officially ranked 14th, 1 spot behind MSU. NC State is 20th and lost to wake which CANT happen. UNLV and OK State aren't ranked. I know you are going off of the eye test and my eyes suggest that MSU is definitely a better team and the other 3 are right around the same, but I think you are underestimating Miami. They only have 3 losses, they are still undefeated in conference play, they didn't just beat Duke, they dominated them. They won AT UNC, they beat Maryland, and they demolished FSU and LaSalle. Those are multiple wins that suggest they are at least top 20 with a strong consideration for top 15. If we are going by the eye test and the "what have you done for me lately" method, then they are without a doubt a top 15 team right NOW.