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Quick Takes: Paper Tigers

Dave2015As we begin conference play, there are some interesting resumes out there.  Non-conference schedules range from very good … Florida (4), Kentucky (6), Xavier (13), Louisville (15) … to not as good … Indiana (289), Miami-FL (216), Iowa State (223).  In Indiana’s case, the Hoosiers’ number results from a home slate (other than Carolina) that includes four teams ranked below 300 in the RPI and another three below 240.  Does that make IU a Paper Tiger?  No.  Those wins over Kansas and UNC still count, obviously.

But we do have a few potential Paper Tiger resumes out there.  The eight examples below include four teams currently IN the bracket and four teams currently OUT of the bracket …

Potential Paper Tigers inside the current bracket:

  • West Virginia  … 7-0 vs. teams sub-150 in the RPI (9-0 vs. sub -130)
  • USC … 7-0 vs. teams sub-150 in the RPI
  • Virginia Tech … 7-0 vs. teams sub-150 in the RPI
  • Nevada … 7-0 vs. teams sub-150 in the RPI

Potential Paper Tigers outside the current bracket:

  • Kansas State … 9-0 vs. teams sub-150 (9 of 12 overall)
  • Texas Tech … 9-0 vs. teams sub-150 (9 of 12 overall)
  • Rutgers … 9-0 vs. teams sub-150 (9 of 12 overall)
  • Wyoming … 7-1 vs. teams sub-150 (8 of 11 overall)

These are not indictments.  Rather, they’re an attempt to clarify the uneven nature of non-conference schedules and results.  Some teams have tested themselves.  Others, not as much.  Early records are not always a good way to measure team success.  Consider this too … many teams have yet to play a true road game.  Those are always telling.  Enjoy your holiday hoops.

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