Stats & Info: Southern Methodist Mustangs

NCAA, BPI correspond, to a point

March, 17, 2014
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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesDakari Johnson and Kentucky received a worse seed than BPI would have given them
Comparing the top of the NCAA men’s basketball championship field to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index shows a lot of similarity in how the selection committee and ESPN’s rating system evaluated teams. Although 31 of the 36 at-large teams in the field would also have been selected had only BPI been used to select the field, there are notable differences in the seeds of some prominent teams and how BPI would have placed them.
BPI rankings corresponded with the first three No. 1 seeds, as Arizona, Florida, and Wichita State are the top three teams in BPI (in that order). But unlike in the previous two official seasons of BPI, the No. 1 overall seed (Florida) is not the No. 1 team in BPI as of Selection Sunday.

The fourth No. 1 seed is Virginia, which is sixth in BPI. Ahead of Virginia in BPI are Louisville and Kansas.

That said, in each of the three official seasons of BPI, the No. 1 seeds all have been ranked in the Top 6 on Selection Sunday. And for the second straight year, three of the four No. 1 seeds ranked better in BPI than RPI.

Differences between committee, BPI
Among the teams in the field, below are those that are most “overseeded” according to BPI (based on their seed if only BPI were used to seed the 68 teams). Second-seeded Michigan was given a seed four spots better than its BPI would suggest, while four other schools are overseeded by three lines from where their BPI ranking would put them:
Similarly, in the chart at the right are the seven teams most underseeded according to BPI -- all at least three seeds worse than they should be, according to the metric. Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Iowa are each seeded five spots below where they would be if the field were seeded by BPI.

Snubs and undeserved bids
BPI was not designed to predict who would make the field of 68, but rather who deserved to make the field (and where they deserved to be seeded) based on a very specific measure of team strength based on its season results.

That said, 63 of the 68 teams -- more precisely, 31 of the 36 at-large teams -- that made the field would have also made the field if it had been selected entirely according to BPI.

The best-ranked at-large team that didn't make it was No. 33 Southern Methodist, while the worst-ranked at-large team that did make it was No. 66 North Carolina State.


Wednesday recap: Gordon, Lobos top MWC

February, 16, 2012
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Player of the Night – Drew Gordon
New Mexico went on the road to beat No. 15 San Diego State 77-67. It gave the Lobos their signature win and sole possession of first place in the Mountain West. Gordon finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. It’s the second time this season he’s gone for at least 17 and 17 on the road.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jack Cooley
Has anyone in the Big East stepped up as much as Cooley? He had 22 points and 18 rebounds in Notre Dame’s 71-53 win over Rutgers. Cooley has gone for 20 and 10 in each of his past three games, and is averaging 22 points and 15 rebounds during that stretch.

Freshman of the Night – Cody Zeller
Indiana held off Northwestern to win 71-66. Zeller led the way with 23 points and seven rebounds. Most impressively, he went 9-for-11 from the field, and now has 65.6 field goal percentage. Were it not for Ricardo Ratliffe and his historic pace, Zeller would be leading the nation in that category. The freshman record belongs to Michael Freeman, who shot 67.8 percent for Hampton in 2006-07.

Breakout Game – Jonathan Mills
Southern Miss outlasted Tulsa 77-69 in overtime thanks to a career game out of Mills. Entering the night averaging fewer than 9 points per game, he scored a career-high 25 points to go with 10 rebounds. Mills went 13-for-13 at the line and is 27-for-27 over his past three games. Not bad for a guy who was shooting 60 percent at the line going into that stretch.

Ugly Stat Line – Southern Methodist Mustangs
SMU shot just 17.4 percent in a 47-28 loss to UAB. It was the school’s lowest scoring total of the shot-clock era, and the fewest points since a 26-point effort in 1956. The Mustangs are the first team since Samford in 2008 to score fewer than 30 points and shoot under 20 percent.

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