The BCS of College Hoops (RPI)

What if College Basketball used RPI in the same way College Football uses the BCS?

For those wondering, RPI stands for Ratings Percentage Index, which is a quantity used to rank teams based on wins, losses and strength of schedule.

The BCS has been under fire since its inception in 1998. Many prefer a playoff system which is used almost exclusively in college sports, except for Division I college football. I thought we should take a look at what Selection Sunday might look like if it was based soley on RPI. The numbers are obviously fluid, as all contenders are currently embroiled in conference tournaments.

It would not be fair to take a look at simply the top 68 as nearly half the bids will go to automatic quaifiers from conference tournaments, most of which never break the RPI elite. For now, lets just look at the projected Sweet 16, based simply on RPI. As a bonus, for fun, potential NBA prospects for the 2011 draft will be noted next to their team to keep your fantasy fire going.

East Regional: Prudential Center,  Newark, NJ

1- DukeKylie  Irving PG, Nolan Smith G, Kyle Singler SF, Mason Plumlee PF

2- Brigham YoungJimmer Fredette SG

3- WisconsinJon Leuer PF, Jordan Taylor PG

4- GeorgetownAustin Freeman SG

Southeast Regional: New Orleans Arena, NOLA

1- Ohio StateJared Sullinger PF, William Buford SG, David Lighty SG, Deshaun Thomas SF

2- PurdueJaJuan Johnson PF. E’twaun Moore G

3- PittsburghBrad Wanamaker G

4- SyracuseRick Jackson PF, Kris Joseph SF, Fab Melo C

Southwest Regional: Alamodome, San  Antonio, TX

1- KansasMarcus Morris SF, Markieff Morris PF,  Thomas Robinson PF, Josh Shelby PG, Tyshawn Taylor PG

2- Notre DameBen Hansbrough G

3- FloridaChandler Parson SF, Patric Young C, Kenny Boynton JR SG

4- ConnecticutKemba Walker PG, Alex Oriakhi C

West Regional: Honda Center, Anaheim, California

1- San Diego StateKawhi Leonard SF

2- North CarolinaHarrison Barnes SF, Tyler Zeller C, Reggie Bullock SF

3- KentuckyEnes Kanter C (Europe), Terrence Jones SF, Brandon Knight G, Doron Lamb SG

4- TexasTristan Thompson PF, Jordan Hamilton SG/SF, Cory Joseph PG

Next week, we will take a look at each of the regions to help you along with your March Madness brackets! Until then, enjoy a GREAT weekend of college basketball!

Author: Tom Blaz

Tom is our featured columnist on FantasySP with more than 25 years of media experience in Radio and TV. You may know his work as a beat reporter for the Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland. He also reported LIVE from the Summer Olympics in Seoul, Barcelona and Atlanta. He is an avid Auburn fan, and writes for The Recruiting Eagle, a website focusing on Auburn athletics.

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