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Good Losses?

'Bad Losses' has always been one metric the selection committee uses to complete the bracket. I also think it's a really interesting way of looking at a team's season: have they won the games they were supposed to? Did they drop any unnecessary challenges?  Uconn, playing with house money, hasn't dropped a single 'bad game.' Sure, they lost games they could have (and should have) won, but none of those were to bad teams. A friend and I were discussing how useful the 'bad loss' criteria is, and the following is the result of that discussion. It is the top 25 (by collegerpi.com), re-ordered according to the average RPI of a team's losses. I thought people on here might find it interesting.

 

 

Ohio State   0
San Diego St   1
Utah St.   3
Kansas   7
Connecticut   14.75
Pittsburgh   15
Georgetown   17.4
Purdue   28.4
Notre Dame   29
Texas   33.33333333
Villanova   34
Kentucky   38.16666667
Duke   38.5
Wisconsin   38.6
West Virginia   41.42857143
Syracuse   44
Vanderbilt   49
BYU   50.5
North Carolina   50.8
St. Johns   58.33333333
George Mason   65.6
Arizona   67.75
Xavier   73.16666667
Tennessee   82.25
Florida   90.8

 

I agree that Uconn should closed out a few games better, and that Calhoun has difficulty with any type of zone D. Nonetheless, I think this is a relatively good sign. Of teams with more than 1 loss, it's Utah St. and Uconn as #1 and #2. Take from that what you will.

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