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Against Ranked Teams - Week #18

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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 #18 (3/7-13)
Creighton beat #11 Providence 85-58 Creighton +42 Providence -42
Virginia Tech beat #7 Duke 82-67 Virginia Tech +34 Duke -34
Texas A&M beat #15 Arkansas 82-64 Texas A&M +29 Arkansas -29
Oklahoma beat #3 Baylor 72-67 Oklahoma +28 Baylor -28
Tennessee beat #5 Kentucky 69-62 Tennessee +28 both ranked
Texas A&M beat #4 Auburn 67-62 Texas A&M +27 Auburn -27
Iowa beat #9 Purdue 75-66 Iowa +26 both ranked
Arizona beat #13 UCLA 84-76 Arizona +21 both ranked
Kansas beat #14 Texas Tech 74-65 Kansas +21 both ranked
Michigan State beat #12 Wisconsin 69-63 Michigan State +20 Wisconsin -20
Stanford lost #2 Arizona 80-84 Stanford +20 Arizona -20
St. John’s lost to #8 Villanova 65-66 St. John’s +17 Villanova -17
UCLA lost to #2 Arizona 76-84 UCLA +16 both ranked
Vanderbilt lost to #5 Kentucky 71-77 Vanderbilt +16 Kentucky -16
Connecticut lost to #8 Villanova 60-63 Connecticut +15 both ranked
U of Miami lost to #7 Duke 76-80 U of Miami +15 Duke -15
San Francisco lost to #1 Gonzaga 71-81 San Francisco +15 Gonzaga -15
UCLA beat #21 Southern California 69-59 UCLA +15 both ranked
Colorado lost to #2 Arizona 72-82 Colorado +14 Arizona -14
Virginia Tech beat #25 North Carolina 72-59 Virginia Tech +14 North Carolina -14
Creighton Lost to #8 Villanova 48-54 Creighton +12 Villanova -12
Indiana beat #16 Illinois 65-63 Indiana +12 Illinois -12
Michigan State lost to #9 Purdue 70-75 Michigan State +12 Purdue -12
St. Mary’s lost to #1 Gonzaga 69-82 St. Mary’s +12 Gonzaga -12
Butler lost to #11 Providence 61-65 Butler +11 Providence -11
Oklahoma lost to #14 Texas Tech 55-56 Oklahoma +11 Texas Tech -11
Texas Tech lost to #6 Kansas 65-74 Texas Tech +20 both ranked
Kentucky lost to #9 Tennessee 62-69 Kentucky +10 both ranked
Syracuse lost to #7 Duke 79-88 Syracuse +10 Duke -10
Penn State lost to #9 Purdue 61-69 Penn State +9 Purdue -9
Texas Christian beat #22 Texas 65-60 Texas Christian +9 Texas -9
Villanova beat #20 Connecticut 63-60 Villanova +9 both ranked
Texas Christian lost to #6 Kansas 62-75 Texas Christian +7 Kansas -7
San Diego State beat #23 Colorado State 63-58 San Diego State +6 Colorado State -6
Santa Clara lost to #17 St. Mary’s 72-75 Santa Clara +6 St. Mary’s -6
Mississippi State lost to #9 Tennessee 59-72 Mississippi State +4 Tennessee -4
Southern California lost to #13 UCLA 59-69 So. California +3 both ranked
Washington State #13 UCLA 65-75 Washington State +3 UCLA -3
Texas A&M lost to #9 Tennessee 50-65 Texas A&M +2 Tennessee -2
Utah State lost to #23 Colorado State 51-53 Utah State +1 Colorado State -1
Washington lost to #21 Southern California 61-65 Washington +1 So California -1
Indiana lost to #24 Iowa 77-80 Indiana -1 Iowa +1
Louisiana State lost to #15 Arkansas 67-79 Louisiana State -1 Arkansas +1
Seton Hall lost to #20 Connecticut 52-62 Seton Hall -4 Connecticut +4
West Virginia lost to #6 Kansas 63-87 West Virginia -4 Kansas +4
Cincinnati lost to #18 Houston 56-69 Cincinnati -5 Houston +5
Purdue lost to #24 Iowa 66-75 Purdue -7 both ranked
Rutgers lost to #24 Iowa 74-84 Rutgers -8 Iowa +8
Memphis lost to #18 Houston 53-71 Memphis -10 Houston +10
Tulane lost to #18 Houston 66-86 Tulane -12 Houston +12
Iowa State lost to #14 Texas Tech 41-72 Iowa State -19 Texas Tech +19
Virginia lost to #25 North Carolina 43-63 Virginia -19 North Carolina +19
Northwestern lost to #24 Iowa 76-112 Northwestern -34 Iowa +34

Top Ten Against Ranked Teams
Oklahoma +203
Texas Tech +199
Villanova +162
Tennessee +154
Arizona +146
Alabama +135
Texas Christian +134
Gonzaga +124
Texas +124
Baylor +122

The worst is NW Louisiana -75

Syracuse is at -4. Syracuse opponents:
Arizona State +58, Auburn +51, Boston College +7, Clemson +15, Duke +52, Florida State +18, Georgetown -20, Georgia Tech -12, Indiana +48, Lafayette -14, Louisville +3, U of Miami +10, North Carolina +35, North Carolina St. +18, Notre Dame +23, Pittsburgh -8, Villanova +162, Virginia +6, Virginia Commonwealth +12, Virginia Tech +84 Wake Forest +21

Top Ten as a Ranked Team Against Unranked Teams
Tennessee +176
Connecticut +147
Baylor +100
Houston +99
Iowa +86
Gonzaga +84
Kentucky +80
Texas +77
Florida +63
Murray State +58

The worst team is Duke -206

Syracuse has not been ranked. Syracuse opponents:
Auburn -85, Duke -187, Florida State +29, North Carolina +171, Villanova -7, Virginia +20
 

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