Indiana State and Toledo lead way with most OT games; 5 teams are tied for most close losses

Mercer has lost five 2-point games thus far this season

Nobody can blame Florida International if they feel snake-bitten. Through games of Jan. 16, the Panthers have played in 4 overtime games and lost them all. Niagara played 3 overtime games and lost all 3, while both Indiana State and Toledo have participated in a Division I high 5 overtime games, and the Sycamores and Rockets each ended up with 2-3 records in those games. Eastern Washington has so far played in 4 extra session affairs, pulling off a win in each of those games, while Green Bay was perfect in all 3 of its overtime games. Youngstown State had a 2-2 overtime record in games so far this season. Florida Atlantic has lost 3 games by 1 point thus far, and 9 other teams have lost two (2) 1-point games. We call a close loss one that is lost by 1, 2, or 3 points, since a three-point shot could theoretically win the game or send it into overtime for the losing team. Mercer has had 5 2-point losses, the most of any team so far this season. Texas has lost four (4) 3-point games, and 6 other teams lost three (3) 3-point games through games of Jan. 16. Five (5) teams have lost 5 games by any combination of 1, 2, or 3-points, those being Bryant, Florida International, Kennesaw State, Mercer, and Texas. The table below details close losses and overtime games through Monday, Jan. 16.  
                    Div-I  Close Losses  Total            Total OT
Most 1 point Losses  W  L  L-1  L-2  L-3 Close  OT-W OT-L Games
Florida Atlantic     3 11   3    0    0    3      1    1    2
Colorado St.         9  7   2    0    1    3      0    0    0
Kansas St.          13  4   2    1    0    3      0    0    0
Louisiana Tech      10  6   2    0    0    2      0    1    1
Loyola Marymount     8  8   2    0    2    4      1    0    1
New Jersey Tech      7 10   2    0    0    2      0    1    1
South Dakota        11  8   2    1    1    4      0    0    0
Toledo               8  8   2    0    1    3      2    3    5
Wagner               6  9   2    0    1    3      0    0    0
Wofford              4 11   2    1    0    3      0    2    2

Most 2 point Losses  W  L  L-1  L-2  L-3 Close  OT-W OT-L Games
Mercer               6 11   0    5    0    5      0    1    1

Most 3 point Losses  W  L  L-1  L-2  L-3 Close  OT-W OT-L Games
Texas                7 10   0    1    4    5      0    0    0
Alabama St.          3 13   0    0    3    3      1    0    1
Connecticut          6 10   0    1    3    4      0    2    2
Florida Int'l.       2 14   1    1    3    5      0    4    4
Kennesaw St.         5 12   0    2    3    5      0    0    0
Oregon St.           3 14   0    0    3    3      0    1    1
Rhode Island        11  6   0    0    3    3      0    0    0

Most 1-3 point LossesW  L  L-1  L-2  L-3 Close  OT-W OT-L Games
Bryant               4 14   1    2    2    5      0    2    2
Florida Int'l.       2 14   1    1    3    5      0    4    4
Kennesaw St.         5 12   0    2    3    5      0    0    0
Mercer               6 11   0    5    0    5      0    1    1
Texas                7 10   0    1    4    5      0    0    0

Most OT Wins         W  L  L-1  L-2  L-3 Close  OT-W OT-L Games
Eastern Wash.        9  7   0    0    1    1      4    0    4
Green Bay            9  7   0    0    0    0      3    0    3

Most OT Losses       W  L  L-1  L-2  L-3 Close  OT-W OT-L Games
Florida Int'l.       2 14   1    1    3    5      0    4    4
Indiana St.          6 11   0    2    2    4      2    3    5
Niagara              5 14   0    0    1    1      0    3    3
Toledo               8  8   2    0    1    3      2    3    5

Most OT Games        W  L  L-1  L-2  L-3 Close  OT-W OT-L Games
Indiana St.          6 11   0    2    2    4      2    3    5
Toledo               8  8   2    0    1    3      2    3    5
Eastern Wash.        9  7   0    0    1    1      4    0    4
Florida Int'l.       2 14   1    1    3    5      0    4    4
Youngstown St.       6 12   0    0    1    1      2    2    4

Current Division I Teams Never in NCAA Tournament, through 2016
Team Year
Joined
  Team Year
Joined
Army 1948   Elon 2000
Northwestern 1948   High Point 2000
St. Francis NY 1948   Sacred Heart 2000
The Citadel 1948   UC Riverside 2002
William & Mary 1948   Gardner-Webb 2003
Maine 1962   IPFW 2003
New Hampshire 1962   Savannah St. 2003
UTRGV 1969   Lipscomb 2004
Stetson 1972   Longwood 2008
Grambling St. 1978   UC Davis 2008
Bethune-Cookman 1981   Kennesaw St. 2010
Md.-East. Shore 1982   North Florida 2010
Western Illinois 1982   Utah Valley 2010
Chicago St. 1985   Central Arkansas 2011
Hartford 1985   USC Upstate 2012
UMKC 1990   Bryant 2013
Sacramento St. 1992   North Dakota 2013
Youngstown St. 1992   Presbyterian 2013
Tennessee-Martin 1993   SIU-Edwardsville 2013
Jacksonville St. 1996   South Dakota 2013
Denver 1999   Omaha 2016
Quinnipiac 1999    

Bracket Bits from The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report

Tidbits from recent issues of The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report

From The RPI Report:  A "unit" is a game played in the NCAA tournament, other than the championship game. For each game a team plays in the tournament, the conference to which that team belongs receives a unit, and each season, the NCAA distributes money for the total number of units each conference has accumulated over the past six years. One thing that is a bit curious about the distribution of units involves the First Four games. If we consider that there are six No. 16 seeds, four of them play in the First Four games and two do not. The two winners, which are almost certain to lose when they advance to play the No. 1 seeds, will get two units for the conference, while the two No. 16 seeds that did not play in the First Four games, which are also almost certain to lose, will get just one unit for the conference. This implies that it pays to be a lower No. 16 seed than a higher one.

From The Women's RPI Report:  The average team in the top 99 of the RPI played 3.83 non-conference road games with an average record of 2.28 - 1.57. The maximum number of road games played by any team was 8, and 2 teams did not play any non-conference road games. Teams that played just one or two non-conference road games may not tell a lot about their teams, as there is not much data to go on. The average top 99 RPI team in this list played 33% of their non-conference games on the road. Ten (10) of the top 99 teams in the RPI played more than 50% of their non-conference games on the road, 7 played half, and 50 played less than 33% of their non-conference games on the road.

Teams with No. 1 schedule strength rankings can usually look forward to NCAA tournament invitation

Oregon had No. 1 end of regular season overall RPI schedule strength rank and made elite 8 in NCAA tournament

The Oregon Ducks won top honors for the best overall schedule strength at the end of the 2016 regular season. The Ducks had the No. 5 opponents' won-lost record of 627-415 (.6017) in the regular season, and the No. 13 rank of opponents' RPI played, which are both alternate ways of determining schedule strength. Stanford had the best cumulative opponents' won-lost record of 561-356 (.6118), and Texas had the No. 1 rank of opponents' RPI played. Oregon received a No. 1 seed and made it to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament before losing to Oklahoma by a score of 80-68. Since 1991, 21 of the 26 teams holding the No. 1 schedule strength rank at the end of the regular season were in the NCAA tournament, and 22 of those 26 teams were in post-season play. However, having the No. 1 schedule strength does not guarantee success in the NCAA tournament. In 5 of the last 15 seasons, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round (using pre-2011 terminology) of the NCAA tournament. In the 11 years prior to that, just 1 team with the No. 1 schedule strength that made the NCAA tournament lost in the first round, although 3 of those teams did not make the NCAA tournament. The best that a team has done in the NCAA tournament since 1991 that had the best regular-season schedule strength was North Carolina in 1997, which lost in the national semifinals to eventual national champion Arizona. Notre Dame had the best regular-season schedule strength in 1992 with a 14-14 record and finished second in the NIT. List

Several conferences use CBN's RPI data to break tournament seeding ties

Administrators have complete confidence in CBN's RPI

Nearly all conference offices subscribe to both The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report because they know they can count on the most accurate weighted RPI for the men and the women anywhere this side of the NCAA tournament selection committees. CBN first made the Adjusted RPI ratings (which are no longer used for either the men nor the women) available to The RPI Report and The Women's RPI Report subscribers during the 1998-99 season. The NCAA used the Adjusted RPI ratings from the 1993-94 through the 2003-04 season for the men and have used the weighted RPI since the 2004-05 season, while the women used the Adjusted RPI through the 2010-11 season and began using the weighted RPI during the 2011-12 season. The weighted RPI gives more credit to teams that schedule tough opponents and that beat good teams at home and on the road. Story

AP carried CBN's Men's RPI Ratings for 16th consecutive year during the 2009-10 season

2009-10 was the 13th season that AP distributed CBN's Women's RPI Ratings

During the 2009-10 season, the Associated Press (AP) carried CBN's RPI ratings for both men's and women's college basketball, for the 16th consecutive year, for at least part of the season. In addition, 2009-10 was the 13th consecutive season that the AP distributed the women's RPI for at least part of the season. Story