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    • By 49r
      Good news everyone, the KenPom rankings (finally) dropped overnight!  I know everyone has been waiting with baited breath to see this thread appear in the Haymarket Hardwood, and now the wait is finally over!
       
      Because of all the chaos since March, I'm going to have to start off slightly different than in years past but I'll do my best to keep thing as uniform as possible.
       
      Like before I will start with last years season starting rankings (in parenthesis) then the season ending rankings in bold in the first post.   Additionally, I would've normally have 2020 NCAA Tournament teams color coded in red and 2020 NIT Tournament teams color coded in blue.  Since there was no 2020 postseason I will leave the color coding off.
       
      In my second post I will do the same thing but with the offseason rankings changes. (Final 2020 rankings in parenthesis then this year's starting rankings in bold)
       
      You'll notice that there is only Big Ten teams and Georgia Tech in the initial rankings.  Since we don't have a schedule these are the only known opponents at the moment.  This aspect of this years thread will be fluid, as we all probably expect it to be by now.
       
      Finally, if you notice any errors please let me know.  I think I got everything updated right here but I've been pretty distracted at work.  Also, 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 3-26-20
      =========================   B1G (0-0):
      (1) -> 7. Michigan State
      (11) -> 8. Ohio State (16) -> 11. Maryland (21) -> 16. Michigan (45) -> 22. Wisconsin (41) -> 23. Iowa (7) -> 24. Purdue (43) -> 26. Penn State (81) -> 27. Minnesota (63) -> 28. Rutgers (35) -> 30. Illinois (34) -> 34. Indiana (87) -> 132. Northwestern (96) -> 162. Nebraska     Non-Conference (0-0): TBD   ---Nebrasketbubble--- TBD   ---B1G/ACC Challenge---  (66) -> 64. Georgia Tech  
    • By 49r
      So here we are, October 1st and it's time once again to start the annual KenPom Rankings Thread.  By now I'd imagine most of you know how this works.  We'll start off the year with the final rankings of last season for each team in the Big Ten and each non-conference team on our schedule.  Also included will be the 2018 preseason rankings (in parenthesis) as well as 2019 NCAA Tournament teams color coded in red and 2019 NIT Tournament teams color coded in blue.
       
      Pomeroy's preseason rankings won't be out for a few more weeks, but just for reference, Bart Torvik does and he has us entering the 19-20 season at #95.  13th in the Big Ten.  I'd expect Pomeroy's number for us look pretty similar.  Bad thing too is our non-con schedule won't be doing us any favors so even if we win 9 of our 11 non con games we probably won't move up too much.
       
      Finally, if you notice any errors please let me know.  I think I got everything updated right here but I've been pretty distracted at work.  Also, just as I say every year, 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 4-08-19
      =========================   B1G (0-0):
      (13) -> 3. Michigan State Final Four
      (24) -> 6. Michigan S16 (18) -> 9. Purdue E8 (20) -> 16. Wisconsin R68
      (30) -> 24. Maryland R32
      (35) -> 37. Iowa R32
      (32) -> 43. Penn State (41) -> 44. Ohio State R32 (60) -> 46. Minnesota R32 (38) -> 47. Nebraska 2nd RD (28) -> 52. Indiana 3rd RD (58) -> 74. Northwestern (149) -> 78. Rutgers (85) -> 84. Illinois
        Non-Conference (0-0): 322. UC Riverside 273. Southern Utah 92. South Dakota State 1st RD 335. Southern   ---Cayman Islands Classic--- 207. Washington State 156. / 113. George Mason / Old Dominion R68 180. / 53. / 131. / 99. Colorado State / New Mexico State R68 / Loyola 1st RD / South Florida   ---B1G/ACC Challenge---  115. @Georgia Tech   55. @Creighton 3rd RD 271. North Dakota 287. Texas A&M Corpus Christi
    • By 49r
      Inspired by a thread I found on another Big Ten team's message board regarding historical KenPom rankings, I went through and compiled some rankings data for Nebraska.  This 30,000 foot view of where we have been over nearly the past two decades has been interesting to me, some thoughts about this info to follow:
       
      Year - Coach ----- Starting -- High -- Low -- Final -- (Strength of Schedule)
      ==============================================
      2002 - Collier (13-15) -- N/A -- N/A --- N/A --- #103 -- (#75)
      2003 - Collier (11-18) -- N/A -- N/A --- N/A --- #138 -- (#25)
      2004 - Collier (18-13) -- N/A -- N/A --- N/A --- #40 ---- (#86)
      2005 - Collier (14-14) -- N/A -- N/A --- N/A --- #80 ---- (#67)
      2006 - Collier (19-14) -- N/A -- N/A --- N/A --- #111 -- (#90)
      2007 - Sadler (17-14) -- N/A -- N/A --- N/A --- #82 ---- (#60)
      2008 - Sadler (20-13) -- N/A -- N/A --- N/A --- #39 ---- (#69)
      2009 - Sadler (18-13) -- N/A -- N/A --- N/A --- #63 ---- (#58)
      2010 - Sadler (15-18) -- N/A -- N/A --- N/A --- #93 ---- (#47)
      2011 - Sadler (19-13) -- #76 -- #34 --- #81 --- #64 ---- (#77)
      2012 - Sadler (12-18) -- #53 -- #51 --- #158 -- #152 -- (#11)
      2013 - Miles (15-18) -- #214 -- #127 - #218 -- #136 -- (#8)
      2014 - Miles (19-13) -- #123 -- #44 -- #123 -- #56 ---- (#18)
      2015 - Miles (13-18) -- #36 ---- #34 -- #131 -- #121 -- (#43)
      2016 - Miles (16-18) -- #139 -- #79 -- #156 -- #85 ---- (#73)
      2017 - Miles (12-19) -- #85 ---- #71 -- #105 -- #107 -- (#14)
      2018 - Miles (22-11) -- #97 ---- #50 -- #114 -- #55 ---- (#59)
      2019 - Miles (19-17) -- #38 ---- #11 -- #45 ---- #47 ---- (#9)
       
       
      Initial take aways for me
      The move to the Big Ten.  That move has had a MAJOR impact on our Strength of Schedule, probably has been the single most significant factor in our KenPom ranking over time. Miles' rankings indicate that he may not have actually elevated the program with much significance over the Collier/Sadler eras, however, SOS improvement may be a factor at play. KenPom uses historical data to influence rankings moving forward, and it appears we are definitely trending upward.  It will be interesting how the trend continues under Hoiberg, and with that said...  
      Here is the same info for Hoiberg's tenure at Iowa State:
       
      Year -------- Starting -- High -- Low -- Final -- (Strength of Schedule)
      ========================================
      2011 - (16-16) -- #175 -- #32 -- #175 -- #81 -- (#78)
      2012 - (23-11) -- #120 -- #26 -- #125 -- #26 -- (#32)
      2013 - (23-12) -- #62 ---- #26 -- #65 ---- #30 -- (#50)
      2014 - (28-8) ---- #39 ---- #10 -- #39 ---- #20 -- (#4)
      2015 - (25-9) ---- #25 ---- #14 -- #32 ---- #16 -- (#6)
       
       
      Take aways here
      McDermott left Iowa State in a shambles it seems, and even though his record in year 1 was lackluster, Hoiberg did in fact improve the team that year The turnaround there was shocking and nearly instantaneous Improvement was significant and sustained, look at the Strength of Schedule component!  
       
       
       
       
      So what do you guys think?  Comments are welcome.  If someone would like to go through and compile some recruiting rankings data, it would be interesting to compare the two.
    • By 49r
      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
    • By 49r
      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
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