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