Players from Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, and Kansas dominate 2013-14 NBA Opening-Day RostersKentucky, Duke, North Carolina, and Kansas lead the pack of 114 Division I teams that have one or more former players on 2013-14 NBA opening-day rosters. These same four teams led the pack last year.
Kentucky has 21 former players on NBA teams, one more than last year and the most from one school on opening-day rosters since we began compiling this list on a yearly basis 27 years ago. Duke and North Carolina each have 15 former players on NBA teams and Kansas has 14. Rounding out those schools with double-digit former players are Connecticut and UCLA, each with 12.
The ACC heads the list of conferences for the fourth consecutive year in producing NBA players, with 67. That is good for an average of 4.5 former players per school, which also leads the average per conference. Next in line is the SEC, with 57 former players and an average of 4.1 former players per school, followed by the Pac-12 with 51 players and an average of 4.3 players per team. Click here to view the remained of the story and examine the lists.
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: There were 48 teams that changed conferences for this season and we will not go into that long list. We will mention a few schools whose status you should be aware of. New Jersey Tech is the lone independent school this season that did not find a conference home following the demise of the Great West Conference. The Highlanders will be the last independent for some time now that all schools new to Division I must have an invitation from a conference before going through the reclassification process. UMass Lowell (America East) and Grand Canyon (WAC) are new schools to the RPI this season and are beginning the reclassification process. Their conference games will count in their conference standings but they will not participate in their conference tournaments or be eligible for the NCAA tournament.
From The Women's RPI Report: Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word are new members of the Southland Conference and are also in the process of reclassifying to Division I. They will not be included in the RPI this season because they are not playing a full Division I schedule, but they will both be RPI counters next season. This season, they both have an unusual conference schedule. They will play each other twice and every other team in the conference once, giving them 14 conference games. That is four fewer games than the other 12 teams in the league, which will all play 18 conference games.
Teams with No. 1 schedule strength rankings can usually look forward to NCAA tournament invitation
Michigan State finished regular season with No. 1 schedule strength rank and went 2-1 in NCAA tournament
Michigan State finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten, won the Big Ten tournament, and ended up with the best schedule strength in the land for the 2012 regular season. The Spartans received a No. 1 seed, making it to the Sweet 16 before losing to Louisville in the West Regional Semifinals by a score of 57-44. Since 1991, 17 of the 22 teams holding the No. 1 regular season schedule strength rank were in the NCAA tournament, and 18 of those 22 teams were in post-season play. However, having the No. 1 schedule strength does not guarantee success in the NCAA tournament. In six of the last twelve years, the team holding top schedule strength honors has lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In the ten years prior to that, no teams with the No. 1 schedule strength that made the NCAA tournament lost in the first round. The best that a team has done in the NCAA tournament that had the best regular-season schedule strength was North Carolina in 1997, losing 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 the Men's RPI Ratings for 16th consecutive year during the 2009-10 season
2009-10 was the 13th season that AP distributed the Women's RPI Ratings
During the 2009-10 season, the Associated Press (AP) carried the CBN's RPI 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