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 4-02-17
========================= 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
Well, folks, it's getting to be that time of year again. Nights are getting cooler (finally), football season is well underway, soon the leaves will be turning, and 49r is starting the KenPom Rankings Thread.
For anyone interested in viewing last year's thread, you can click here.
We're going to start off this year as always with the upcoming schedule and each team's final rankings from last season, and there is no doubt #98 is not anywhere near where your Huskers are gonna be starting off in the initial KenPom Rankings due around the end of the month.
If I were a betting man, I would say we'll probably be lucky to start off in the top 150 this year, once again putting us squarely in the bottom four of the B1G. The good news is the guys will have plenty of opportunities early on in the season to make quick jumps up the KenPom rankings with some wins.
So without further ado, here we go! Hope everyone enjoys!
KenPom rankings as of 4-04-16.
========================== B1G (0-0): 5. Michigan State 14. Purdue 15. Indiana 23. Iowa 25. Maryland 33. Wisconsin 58. Michigan 78. Northwestern 80. Ohio State 98. Nebraska 132. Illinois 146. Penn State 223. Minnesota 291. Rutgers Non-Conference (0-0): 284. Sacramento State nr. University of Mary 152. Louisiana Tech ---DirecTV Wooden Legacy--- 59. Dayton 79. / 214. UCLA / Portland 19. / 57./ 126. / 239. Texas A&M / Virginia Tech / New Mexico / Cal State Northridge ---B1G/ACC Challenge--- 48. @Clemson 221. South Dakota 37. Creighton 4. @Kansas 225. Gardner Webb 231. Southern
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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