New Metrics Give Virginia Tech’s Resume A Boost

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Buzz Williams and the Hokies hope to return to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

On the back of Virginia Tech’s road win over No. 2 UVA, we’re finally going to talk about those other metrics that the NCAA Selection Committee is supposedly using for their criteria this year.  I didn’t discuss them before because I needed some evidence that they were actually being put to use.  I think I finally got that evidence last week, and again this week.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had the Hokies as a No. 10 seed, with NC State as a No. 11.  Despite Tech’s head-to-head win, the Wolfpack still had a better RPI resume than they Hokies, a slightly higher strength of schedule, and more quality wins.  There was no reason for Tech to be put ahead of the Wolfpack.

Unless of course Lunardi had talked to one of his sources on the committee and figured out how they plan to use the other advanced metrics.  If that’s the case, then his ranking of Tech above the Wolfpack would make complete sense, as the Hokies are above NC State in metrics such as Ken Pomeroy, Jeff Sagarin, and the BPI (Basketball Power Index, by ESPN). 

Let me go ahead and confuse you and tell you that the committee is using team sheets with four different quadrants this year.  The system still relies heavily on the RPI, but those other