With the Big East Tournament and NCAA Tournaments right around the corner, now's the time to dig into the popular metrics used to measure the various Big East teams looking to improve their NCAA Tournament seeding, or trying to improve their chances of making the field. For reference sake, I've included in one table the ranking of all 16 Big East teams in the RPI, the traditional metric used in considering teams by the NCAA. I've added for comparison's sake the BPI, which is ESPN's new creation that purports to improve on some of the weaknesses of the RPI. You can read about the BPI's methodology here. For a third measuring stick, I've included the team rankings from KenPom.com since it is easily the favorite site of stat geeks like myself and is not just an improvement upon the RPI like the BPI aimed to be.
In the table below, you can see the three measures and the national ranking of each school in that particular ranking system. There's near unanimity in the measures at the very top and very bottom of the Big East. In the middle, the rankings all over the place. Lately, the obvious biggest winner is USF, which is all the way up to 51 in the RPI, a good place to be as the Bulls try and work their way squarely on to the bubble.
You can view the rankings after the jump.
|26||Connecticut||0.606||36||West Virginia||0.846||37||West Virginia||74.2|
|33||Seton Hall||0.5947||38||Notre Dame||0.8363||39||Connecticut||73.9|
|36||Notre Dame||0.5931||39||Connecticut||0.8288||45||Seton Hall||72.8|
|50||South Florida||0.5786||46||Seton Hall||0.8029||53||Notre Dame||70.9|
|78||Cincinnati||0.558||69||South Florida||0.7458||77||South Florida||66.4|
|162||Providence||0.5042||153||St. John's||0.5461||152||St. John's||53.6|