Against Ranked Teams Week #17 | Syracusefan.com

# Against Ranked Teams Week #17

#### SWC75

##### Bored Historian
The last few years I’ve attempted to quantify team’s performances against ranked teams, (historically a big factor in decisions made about getting into playoffs) with a system that gives points to teams for the ranking of their opponents and adds or subtracts the point differential in their games, (adds in a win, subtracts in a loss). The ‘ranking’ points are 25 for playing a #1 ranked team, 24 for playing a #2 ranked team, etc, down to 1 point for playing a 25th ranked team. These points are easily computed by subtracting the ranking number from 26, (26-1 = 25; 26-25 =1, etc). Over the course of the season, I add the points earned by each team in their games against ranked teams as a sort of standings but have always maintained that this is just one thing to look at in evaluating the team, not a final overall ranking.

I didn’t do that for this year’s football season because with some conferences opting out and then opting back in later in the seasons, the rankings were a mess. But everybody is playing basketball now, or trying to, so I’ve decided to keep track of performances against ranked teams in this sport. I’ve decided to add an extra wrinkle: I will keep track of the performances of the ranked teams themselves by totaling the points earned against them, with the +/- reversed. This will measure their performance “as a ranked team” We’ll see how that goes and I’ll decide whether to continue with that.

When ranked teams play each other, their only points will be under the first test. Otherwise the Duke-Kentucky game would look like this:
Duke beat #10 Kentucky 79-71: Duke +24 Kentucky -24
Kentucky lost to #9 Duke 71-79: Kentucky +9 Duke -9
That would give Duke +15 points and Kentucky -15 points. They should both get credit for playing each other in a competitive game. Giving Duke +24 points and Kentucky +9 makes more sense.)

WEEK #17 (2/28-3/6)
North Carolina beat #4 Duke 94-81 North Carolina +35 Duke -35
Arizona beat #16 Southern California 91-71 Arizona +30 both ranked
Texas Christian beat #6 Kansas 74-64 Texas Christian +30 Kansas -30
Memphis beat #14 Houston 75-61 Memphis +28 Houston -28
Wisconsin beat #8 Purdue 70-67 Wisconsin +21 both ranked
Villanova beat #9 Providence 76-74 Villanova +19 both ranked
Texas A&M beat #25 Alabama 87-71 Texas A&M +17 Alabama -17
UCLA beat #16 Southern California 75-68 UCLA +17 both ranked
Indiana lost to #8 Purdue 67-69 Indiana +16 Purdue -16
Iowa State lost to #3 Baylor 68-75 Iowa State +16 Baylor -16
Tennessee beat #14 Arkansas 78-74 Tennessee +16 both ranked
Texas lost to #3 Baylor 61-68 Texas +16 both ranked
Texas Christian lost to #6 Kansas 68-72 Texas Christian +16 Kansas -16
Oklahoma State beat #12 Texas Tech Oklahoma State +15 Texas Tech -15
Providence lost to #11 Villanova 74-76 Providence +13 both ranked
Purdue lost to #10 Wisconsin 67-70 Purdue +13 both ranked
Texas lost to #6 Kansas 63-70 Texas +13 both ranked
Baylor beat #21 Texas 68-61 Baylor +12 both ranked
Kansas beat #21 Texas 70-63 Kansas +12 both ranked
Stanford lost to #2 Arizona 69-81 Stanford +12 Arizona -12
Florida lost to #7 Kentucky 63-71 Florida +11 both ranked
Louisiana State lost to #14 Arkansas 76-77 Louisiana State +11 Arkansas -11
Creighton beat #18 Connecticut 64-62 Creighton +10 Connecticut -10
South Carolina lost to #5 Auburn 71-82 South Carolina +10 Auburn -10
SE Missouri lost to #22 Murray State 74-88 SE Missouri -10 Murray State +10
Arkansas lost to #13 Tennessee 74-78 Arkansas +9 both ranked
Kansas State lost to #12 Texas Tech 68-73 Kansas State +9 Texas Tech -9
Michigan beat #23 Ohio State 75-69 Michigan +9 Ohio State -9
Mississippi lost to #7 Kentucky 72-83 Mississippi +8 Kentucky -8
Mississippi State lost to #5 Auburn 68-81 Mississippi State +8 Auburn -8
Georgia lost to #13 Tennessee 68-75 Georgia +6 Tennessee -6
Illinois beat #24 Iowa 74-72 Illinois +4 both ranked
Iowa lost to #20 Illinois 72-74 Iowa +4 both ranked
Louisiana State beat #25 Alabama 80-77 Louisiana State +4 Alabama -4
Southern California lost to #17 UCLA 68-75 So California +2 both ranked
Butler lost to #11 Villanova 59-78 Butler -4 Villanova +4
California lost to #2 Arizona 61-89 California -4 Arizona +4
Southern California lost to #2 Arizona 71-91 So. California +4 both ranked
DePaul lost to #18 Connecticut 68-75 DePaul +1 Connecticut -1
Penn State lost to #20 Illinois 55-60 Penn State +1 Illinois -1
Morehead State lost to #22 Murray State 67-71 Morehead State 0 Murray State 0
Washington lost to #17 UCLA 66-77 Washington -2 UCLA +2
Cincinnati lost to #14 Houston 53-71 Cincinnati -6 Houston +6
Michigan State lost to #23 Ohio State 69-80 Michigan State -8 Ohio State +8
Pittsburgh lost to #4 Duke 56-86 Pittsburgh -8 Duke +8
Michigan lost to #24 Iowa 71-82 Michigan -9 Iowa +9
Northwestern lost to #24 Iowa 61-82 Northwestern -19 Iowa +19
Temple lost to #14 Houston 46-84 Temple -26 Houston +26

Top Ten Against Ranked Teams
Texas Tech +179
Oklahoma +164
Villanova +153
Alabama +135
Tennessee +126
Arizona +125
Gonzaga +124
Rutgers +124
Texas +124
Baylor +122

The worst is NW Louisiana -75

Syracuse is at -14. Syracuse opponents:
Arizona State +58, Auburn +51, Boston College +7, Clemson +15, Duke +52, Florida State +18, Georgetown -20, Georgia Tech -12, Indiana +37, Lafayette -14, Louisville +3, U of Miami +10, North Carolina +35, North Carolina St. +18, Notre Dame +23, Pittsburgh -8, Villanova +153, Virginia +25, Virginia Commonwealth +12, Virginia Tech +36 Wake Forest +21

Top Ten as a Ranked Team Against Unranked Teams
Tennessee +176
Connecticut +147
Gonzaga +111
Baylor +100
Kentucky +96
Texas +86
Houston +72
Florida +63
Murray State +58
Seton Hall +53

The worst team is Purdue -175

Syracuse has not been ranked. Syracuse opponents:
Auburn -58, Duke -138, Florida State +29, North Carolina +12, Villanova +22, Virginia +20

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