So here’s something to think about while we wait to see which college basketball programs get nuked: what the hell are quadrants, and why are we about to hear that word a lot during NCAA tourney selection time?
This year, the committee has introduced a new word to the March Madness lexicon: quadrant. Under the new system, the committee is giving more weight to road and neutral-site victories and using four quadrants to classify the caliber of regular-season games. [...]
Rather than just counting a team’s wins against the top rated RPI teams — top 50 RPI wins, top 100 RPI wins, etc. — the committee now classifies wins into four separate quadrants using the same RPI standings.
The selection committee will no longer use top 50, top 100, 200 and 201 and above as dividing categories. Instead, the new terminology will be quadrants 1, 2, 3 and 4. The decision is to get away from treating every team the same if the game was on the road, neutral or at home based on their power rating. Now the road/neutral games will matter more.
The breakdown will be as follows:
Quadrant 1: Home 1-30; Neutral 1-50; Away 1-75
Quadrant 2: Home 31-75; Neutral 51-100; Away 76-135
Quadrant 3: Home 76-160; Neutral 101-200; Away 136-240
Quadrant 4: Home 161-plus; Neutral 201-plus; Away 241-plus. [...]
This recommendation shouldn’t come as a shock to the coaches. It was their National Association of Basketball Coaches Ad Hoc Committee on Selections, Seeding and Bracketing that made the suggestion. They wanted to formally adjust the team sheets to emphasize games played away from home.
You can take a look at the fancy new “team sheet” here.
This adjustment helps Missouri because the neutral-court game against WVU and the road trips to UCF (win) and Utah (loss) all count as “Quadrant 1” games, and Mizzou has therefore played more Q1 games than just about anyone else.
This is all, of course, an exercise in putting lipstick on a pig. The RPI stinks (I’ve got Nate Silver in my corner on that one), and making good adjustments to a bad thing instead of looking around for a good thing to do instead is very, very much in the NCAA’s wheelhouse. But hey, lipstick is better than no lipstick, I guess.
By the way, my thoughts on the aforementioned nuking:
My hope: so many teams end up with sanctions that we get, like, a Duquesne-SEMO-San Francisco-DePaul Final Four. https://t.co/Dx7Enn39yO— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) February 15, 2018
Also my hope: that something that ridiculous leads to decision makers realizing, “Huh, this embarrassment is all because we don’t think student athletes should make money. Maybe that really is a silly, outdated cause.”— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) February 15, 2018
I have a very vivid, unrealistic imagination.
Friend of the site Brandon Kiley responded with this:
You misspelled Missouri, Bill.— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) February 15, 2018
I almost responded with “We lost to SEMO in the Elite 8 :(“ but decided not to.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Mizzou Women’s Hoops is in Auburn tonight for a 6 p.m. tipoff against the 13-11 Tigers. Hopefully the travel experience is a little better than the Tigers’ last road trip. Mizzou is part of a logjam in the standings — three teams are tied for second place at 9-3, and three (including Mizzou) are tied for fifth at 8-4. Two of the 9-3s (South Carolina and Georgia) play each other tonight as well, though, so a Mizzou win would move the Tigers into a tie for fourth at the least.
- The Trib profiled the voice of Mizzou Women’s Hoops, Brad Tregnago.
- Mizzou Wrestling is now 18-0. The Tigers made things interesting by spotting SIU-Edwardsville a 9-0 lead yesterday evening but rolled from there. By far the wildest match was Jaydin Eierman’s 17-15 win at 141 pounds. He scored four takedowns in the first period but trailed, 11-9, because of a near-fall. Figured things out after that. Not sure about these singlets, though.
- The 2018 Mizzou Baseball season begins in about 37 hours. Hopes are high, and Bryce Montes de Oca’s time in the spotlight — and an opportunity to create a legacy — begins now. Well, tomorrow. It begins tomorrow.
- Want another good Trib profile? Peter Baugh talked to Norm Stewart about his baseball days. Very much worth one of your free clicks.
- Mizzou Softball is off to Clearwater, Fla., for the Michele Smith Invitational. The Tigers will face USF and UMass Lowell on Friday, No. 15 Oklahoma State (again) and Marshall on Saturday, and FAU and USF on Sunday. Busy, busy.
- A second-place finish in the 800m men’s relay highlighted Mizzou’s first day at the SEC Swimming & Diving championships.