by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, December 20, 2004
Some of you may have seen the announcement in your local paper on Saturday. The RPI has been improved, now with 150% of your daily recommended road-game value!
The Division I men's basketball committee has altered the Ratings Percentage Index, used to evaluate teams for selection to the NCAA Tournament, to give more weight to playing and winning road games.
The RPI will continue to consist of 25 percent winning percentage, 50 percent opponents' winning percentage and 25 percent opponents' opponents' winning percentage. The new formula will weight each road win at 1.4 and each road loss at .6, while home wins are .6 and home losses are 1.4. Neutral-site games will have a 1.0 value.
Previously, all games were given the same weight. Committee chairman Bob Bowlsby said home teams have won approximately two-thirds of all games over the last 20 years. [Dallas Morning News, 12/18/04]