Do the Belmont Bruins look like a Sweet 16 team to you? They do to the CHAMP rating?
March Madness is officially upon us, with the first two games of the tournament starting today (Western Kentucky vs. Mississippi Valley St, and Iona vs. BYU). It's a podcast Tuesday, and this week the subject is my personal NCAA grading rubric, the CHAMP rating. For those of you unfamiliar with the CHAMP rating, I created it last year, in an attempt to fill out my bracket intelligently, instead of the usual, "which mascot would win in a fight?", kind of way. You can take a look at last year's post HERE. A few changes to the rating:
- The weight for rebounding, wins, and historical success have been lessened, giving them more equal weight to the other categories.
- I've added the Kemba Rule, aka bonus points for a team entering the tournament on a winning streak.
- Bonus points for quality wins are now based on the RPI Top 50, instead of the Top 25.
(Total 2011-12 wins/1.5) + ((RPI Top 50 wins/2)/1.5) + (Lifetime NCAA tournament wins/12) + (FG% x 30) + (FT% x 20) + (total rebounds per game/2.5) + (AST/TO ratio x 10) + (current winning streak/2) = CHAMP