RPI change helped, even with odd application

Updated: November 14, 2005, 10:27 AM ET
By Joe Lunardi | Special to ESPN Insider
It was a good idea poorly executed. So says your friendly neighborhood bracketologist about the not-so-subtle changes to college basketball's ultimate survivor: the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).

Quick refresher: the NCAA announced in January, prior to the start of major conference play, that its primary computer rating system had been adjusted to reward road performance at the expense of home-cooked victories. As someone who had advocated for years that the NCAA recognize the obvious degree of difficulty of playing on the road (not to mention the equally obvious number of schools "buying" home wins), I applauded the move with two caveats:

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