'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.
|San Diego St||1|
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.