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Big East Basketball Teams In The RPI, BPI, and KenPom Rankings

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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.

RPI KenPom BPI
Rank Team Number Rank Team Number Rank Team Number
1 Syracuse 0.677 5 Syracuse 0.95 2 Syracuse 90.7
8 Marquette 0.6393 2 Georgetown 0.9206 12 Louisville 82.4
13 Georgetown 0.6302 12 Marquette 0.9032 13 Georgetown 82.2
20 Louisville 0.6128 25 Louisville 0.8792 17 Marquette 81.4
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
39 West Virginia 0.5921 40 Cincinnati 0.828 51 Cincinnati 71.3
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
90 Pittsburgh 0.5509 87 Villanova 0.7181 78 Pittsburgh 66.3
101 Villanova 0.5421 97 Pittsburgh 0.7 91 Villanova 64.4
135 St. John's 0.5194 107 Rutgers 0.67 119 Rutgers 58.4
150 Rutgers 0.5115 117 Providence 0.6368 133 Providence 55.5
162 Providence 0.5042 153 St. John's 0.5461 152 St. John's 53.6
183 DePaul 0.4934 175 DePaul 0.4923 161 DePaul 51.5