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Against Ranked Teams (basketball) Week 3

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This year I will be again charting how teams have done “against ranked teams”, which is something that always comes up at the end of the year when the arguments over who should be in the NCAA tournament start. As usual, this is not meant to end those arguments, just to give those making them something to look at in forming their opinions. This is just one thing to look at. But I think it’s a big thing.

I’m going to do it a bit differently this year. The old procedure was that I would first grant teams playing ranked teams a certain number of points based on who they are playing. If you played the #1 team, (I use the AP- writer’s poll for continuity), you get 25 points. If you are playing the #2 team, you get 24 points, etc. down to getting 1 point for playing the #25 team. I call these “schedule points”. Here’s a chart to make it simple:
1-25, 2-24, 3-23, 4-22, 5-21, 6-20, 7-19, 8-18, 9-17, 10-16, 11-15, 12-14, 13-13, 14-12, 15-11, 16-10, 17-9, 18-8, 19-7, 20-6, 21-5, 22-4, 23-3, 24-2, 25-1.
(Of course you can always just subtract the ranking from 26. That will work every time.)

Then I look at the point differential in the actual game. If you defeated the ranked team, you add the number of points you won by to the schedule points. If you lost to that team, you subtract the margin you lost by from the schedule points. (I call these ‘game’ points.) The difference between this year and last year if that I didn’t count any deficit: if you got to zero, you got zero. This year I’m going to try to record negative points, too, so a team can get full ‘credit’ for a really bad performance.

WEEK THREE

Michigan State beat #17 UCLA 87-67 = +29 points
Gonzaga beat #1 Duke 89-87 = +27 points
Kansas beat #5 Tennessee 87-81 = +27 points
North Carolina beat #17 UCLA 94-78 = +25 points
Duke beat #8 Auburn 78-72 = +24 points
Texas beat to #7 North Carolina 92-89 = +22 points
Duke lost to #3 Gonzaga 87-89 = +21 points
Oklahoma State beat #19 Louisiana State 90-77 = +20 points
Auburn lost to #1 Duke 72-78 = +19 points
Tennessee lost to #2 Kansas 81-87 = +18 points
Villanova beat #14 Florida State 66-60 = +18 points
Illinois lost to #3 Gonzaga 78-84 = +17 points
Lipscomb beat #18 Texas Christian 73-64 = +17 points
Arizona State beat #15 Mississippi State 72-67 = +16 points
Creighton beat #16 Clemson 87-82 = +15 points
Dayton lost to #4 Virginia 59-66 = +15 points
Marquette lost to #2 Kansas 68-77 = +15 points
Wisconsin lost to #4 Virginia 46-53 = +15 points
Florida State beat #19 Louisiana State 79-76 = +10 points
Louisville lost to #5 Tennessee 81-92 = +10 points
Tulsa lost to #6 Nevada-Reno 86-96 = +10 points
Louisiana State lost to #14 Florida State 76-79 = +9 points
Xavier lost to #8 Auburn 79-88 = +9 points
Virginia beat #25 Wisconsin 53-46 = +8 points
Akron lost to #16 Clemson 69-72 = +7 points
St. Mary’s lost to #15 Mississippi State 57-61 = +7 points
Arizona lost to #3 Gonzaga 74-91 = +6 points
UCLA lost to #7 North Carolina 78-94 = +3 points
Winthrop lost to #10 Kentucky 74-87 = +3 points
Arizona lost to #8 Auburn 57-73 = +2 points
Tennessee State lost to #10 Kentucky 62-77 = +1 point
Middle Tennessee lost to #4 Virginia 52-74 = 0 points
Missouri lost to #12 Kansas State 67-82 = -1 point
San Diego State lost to #1 Duke 64-90 = -1 point
Massachusetts lost to #6 Nevada-Reno 87-110 = -3 points
Charleston lost to #19 Louisiana State 55-67 = -5 points
Georgia lost to #16 Clemson 49-64 = -5 points
Lehigh lost to #12 Kansas State 58-77 = -5 points
Texas lost to #11 Michigan State 68-78 = -5 points
UCLA lost to #11 Michigan State 67-87 = -5 points
Green Bay lost to #21 Oregon 72-83 = -6 points
Presbyterian lost to #17 UCLA 65-80 = -6 points
St. Francis (Pa) lost to #7 North Carolina 76-101 = -6 points
Alabama-Birmingham lost to #14 Florida State 63-81 = -6 points
Chattanooga lost to #9 Michigan 55-83 = -11 points
California Baptist lost to #6 Nevada-Reno 55-90 = -15 points
Samford lost to #23 Ohio State 50-68 = -15 points
Stanford lost to #25 Wisconsin 46-62 = -15 points
Oklahoma lost to #25 Wisconsin 58-78 = -19 points
Canisius lost to #14 Florida State 61-93 = -20 points
Alabama State lost to #20 Iowa 78-105 = -21 points
Marist lost to #22 Buffalo 49-76 = -23 points
Cleveland State lost to #23 Ohio State 62-89 = -24 points
St. Francis (Pa.) lost to #13 Virginia Tech 37-75 = -25 points
Dartmouth lost to #22 Buffalo 71-110 = -35 points
Robert Morris lost to #24 Purdue 46-84 = -36 points

Comment: well, Duke isn’t invincible but they still gained points from playing top teams and have a huge early lead in the standings.


THE TOP 25

Duke +103 points
Michigan State +49 points
Kansas +48 points
Michigan +45 points
Auburn +42 points

Gonzaga +27 points
Furman +26 points
Oregon +26 points
Indiana +25 points
North Carolina +25 points

Iowa +21 points
Buffalo +18 points
Connecticut +18 points
Tennessee +18 points
Illinois +17 points

Lipscomb +17 points
Texas +17 points
Arizona State +16 points
Creighton +15 points
Dayton +15 points

Marquette +15 points
Wisconsin +15 points
Florida State +10 points
Louisville +10 points
Tulsa +10 points

Syracuse has -2 points.

The worst total so far is Tennessee Tech with -84 points
 

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