My RPI ratings are slightly different than the NCAA's. This is because for the 9/30 game between Prairie View A&M and Grambling, the NCAA's RPI database has Grambling as the winner, whereas in fact Prairie View was the winner. The NCAA staff is aware of this issue and I expect they will make a correction some time this week. Apart from that one issue, we have matching game result data.
For the weekly RPI report:
- Potential #1 seed candidates are ranked #28 or better
- Potential #2 seed candidates are ranked #42 or better
- Potential #3 seed candidates are ranked #59 or better
- Potential #4 seed candidates are ranked #59 or better
- At large "bubble" teams are ranked from #18 to #130 (meaning that teams ranked better than #18 likely are assured of getting an at large selection and teams ranked poorer than #130 likely are certain of not getting an at large selection)
For the NCAA bracket simulation, the key in the left hand column is as follows:
- 1 = #1 seed
- 2 = #2 seed
- 3 = #3 seed
- 4 = #4 seed
- 5 = unseeded automatic qualifiers
- 6 = unseeded at large selections
- 7 = next in line for at large selections (Note: In the simulation, Kentucky has a record below 0.5000 and would not qualify for an at large selection.)
As a reminder from last week's Reports Summary, the "How Teams Have Progressed ..." report, if you look at it carefully, can give you a sense of whether teams appear to have stabilized in their ranking positions or whether they continue to move up or down in the simulated rankings.