October is here, practice has begun and that can mean only one thing. It's time once again to start the KenPom ranking thread! For the first time in a while Nebraska will be starting off in the middle of the B1G pack. We're hoping to build on last season's success and maybe do some pretty great things this season. We finished last year at #55, no idea where Ken will have us to start, but Bart Torvik's T-Rank system (which is pretty similar to KenPom) currently has us at #36, good for 5th best in the B1G.
Once again I'm going to start the thread with each team's rank to start the previous year (in parenthesis) and how they finished. Additionally, the teams on our schedule that made the postseason are color coded with the round the team lost noted. NCAA is in Red and NIT in Blue.
Finally, don't forget to click here to see all the previous years' KenPom threads (I highly recommend going back through them, they're always fun to read). Here we go!
KenPom rankings as of 4-02-18
========================= B1G (0-0): (17) -> 5. Purdue S16 (10) -> 6. Michigan State R32 (34) -> 7. Michigan NCAA Title Game (78) -> 16. Ohio State R32 (40) -> 19. Penn State NIT Champions (41) -> 39. Maryland
(97) -> 55. Nebraska 1st RD
(31) -> 70. Wisconsin
(65) -> 71. Indiana (18) -> 85. Northwestern (54) -> 88. Iowa
(104) -> 102. Illinois (36) -> 117. Minnesota (125) -> 130. Rutgers
Non-Conference (0-0): 348. Mississippi Valley State 199. Southeastern Louisiana ---Gavitt Tip-Off--- 26. Seton Hall R32 ---Hall of Fame Classic--- 120. Missouri State 11. / 51. Texas Tech E8 / Southern Cal 2nd RD 293. Western Illinois ---B1G/ACC Challenge--- 14. @Clemson S16 30. Creighton R64 ---Sanford Pentagon-- 59. Oklahoma State 3rd RD 162. Cal State Fullerton R64 n/a. Southwest Minnesota State
Now that practice has started, I think it's close enough to the season to get the KenPom thread for this year going again (and also to beat Actuary to the punch on starting the KenPom thread, finally).
So, here are the final KenPom rankings for last year with our 2015-16 schedule. I expect the new rankings to come out in a couple weeks but for now this should be a decent enough spot to start some discussion.
I can see Goodman's point, it does look kinda cupcake-y, but also there's quite a few games that will be much bigger challenges. What do you think???
KenPom rankings as of 4-06-15.
=========================== B1G (0-0): 3. Wisconsin 15. Michigan State 19. Iowa 21. Ohio State 32. Maryland 48. Purdue 53. Indiana 58. Minnesota 69. Illinois 75. Michigan 82. Penn State 118. Northwestern 133. Nebraska 215. Rutgers Non-Conference (0-0): 347. Mississippi Valley State ---Gavitt Tipoff Games--- 6. @Villanova 255. Delaware State ---Barclay's Center Classic--- 312. Southeastern Louisiana 323. Arkansas Pine-Bluff 34. Cincinnati 74. George Washington, 89. Tennessee ---B1G/ACC Challenge--- 46. Miami 335. Abilene Christian 85. @Creighton 56. Rhode Island 283. Samford 303. Prairie View A&M
It's October, practice has begun and @jimmykc has had his quicky in the sack with Lindy so that can mean only one thing. It's time to start this season's KenPom thread! As always, Nebraska starts off with a triple-digit ranking and is mired near the bottom of the league standings. Keep in mind these are the numbers as of the end of last season, KenPom won't release this year's rankings for a few weeks yet.
A little format change for this year, I thought it might be a fun exercise to put the numbers from the end of 2015 in parenthesis just to show how the B1G teams progressed over the season last year (let me know if you want to keep this feature going throughout the season). Additionally, I listed the B1G teams that made the postseason and the round they eventually lost in. NCAA is in Red and NIT in Blue.
Finally, don't forget to click here to see all the previous years KenPom threads. Here we go!
KenPom rankings as of 4-03-17
========================= B1G (0-0): (14) -> 19. Purdue S16 (58) -> 20. Michigan S16 (33) -> 21. Wisconsin S16
(223) -> 37. Minnesota R64 (78) -> 38. Northwestern R32 (5) -> 40. Michigan State R32 (15) -> 44. Indiana 1st RD
(25) -> 46. Maryland R64 (132) -> 66. Illinois 3rd RD (23) -> 71. Iowa 2nd RD (80) -> 73. Ohio State (146) -> 87. Penn State (98) -> 107. Nebraska
(291) -> 135. Rutgers Non-Conference (0-0): 220. Eastern Illinois 320. North Texas ---Gavitt Tip-Off--- 99. @St. John's 168. North Dakota ---Advocare Invitational--- 68. UCF F4 7. / 312. West Virginia S16 / Marist 99. / 156. / 225. / 264. St. John's / Missouri / Long Beach State / Oregon State ---B1G/ACC Challenge--- 173. Boston College 28. @Creighton R64 ---Shelter Insurance Showcase--- 6. Kansas E8 251. UTSA 339. Delaware State 319. Stetson
Looked today and on Kenpom.com, and I see Nebraska comes in as easily the lowest rated B1G team, clocking in at a whopping 216.
Next lowest rated?
Here are the rest...
67 - Penn State
54 - Illinois
53 - Iowa
37 - Purdue
26 - Minnesota
12 - Michigan
5 - Wisconsin
4 - Michigan State
3 - Indiana
2 - Ohio State
Remember the days when we used to chastise Doc for scheduling games against teams in the +200 RPI range?
Happy Halloween everybody!
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