Virginia Tech stunned Virginia in Charlottesville on Feb. 10. It was arguably the most impressive résumé win for any team this season, yet it carries the same weight on the Hokies' NCAA Team Sheet as their road win over Notre Dame two weeks earlier.
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The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee is making more fair and informed decisions than ever. They are not, however, making perfectly fair and informed decisions, which is what the standard should be for the 68-team tournament.
For years, the committee divided results into four quadrants: RPI top 50, top 100, top 200 and 201 and above. So while the RPI accounts for location of games — though not hardly enough and one of several reasons why the RPI is trash — the quadrants themselves did not add extra weight for neutral and away games. That changed this season with NCAA Team Sheets, which also uses four quadrants but each quadrant now includes home, neutral and away games based on opponent's RPI.
Quadrant 1: Home RPI 1-30; Neutral 1-50; Away 1-75
Quadrant 2: Home 31-75; Neutral 51-100; Away 76-135
Quadrant 3: Home 76-160; Neutral 101-200; Away 136-240
Quadrant 4: Home 161-plus; Neutral 201-plus; Away 241-plus.
This is undoubtedly better; teams should be rewarded for winning away from home. But a win like Virginia Tech's at No. 1 RPI Virginia should be worth far more than a win at RPI No. 67 Notre Dame.
The strength of the Virginia win is reflected elsewhere in the three results-based metrics (RPI, KPI and SOR in the top left corner) on the Team Sheet but not in the quadrants themselves, which the committee is supposedly relying heavily upon in creating the bracket.
A road win at the top team in the country should not be counted the same as a road win for an injury-ravaged NIT-bound team. Never.