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Columbia’s attempts to challenge Harvard at the top of the Ivy League standings are going to be a little more difficult, as two rotation players from last season will not be with the program for the 2014-15 season.
It’s time to start over.
Before I get into the actual bracket let me first concede that doing a projected NIT more than a month before the season actually starts is absolutely ridiculous. But since players are starting to practice, I figured I’d start practicing as well.
As I showed last week, RPM projections aren’t perfect for the MAAC. Historically the model I’ve constructed has only been able to explain about 47% of a team’s rating. Still, 47% is better than nothing. Also, this will give us a chance to dive into some of the places where the system is weak.
Remember how just a few days ago I wrote about how returning possession minutes (RPM) don’t do a great job of predicting the NEC? Well, this season is a perfect example.
When looking at preseason projections one thing we’ve tended to use here at Big Apple Buckets is returning possession minutes (RPMs). The idea of the statistic, which is calculated by adding up the total of each player’s minutes percentage and possession percentage, is that it really tells you what’s coming back.
This summer I’ve been working on collecting all the available contracts of head coaches for the schools and conferences Big Apple Buckets covers. Many of those coaches lead state-funded basketball programs, and as such they’re public employees and subject to open records requests — commonly referred to as Freedom of Information or FOI requests.
I’m working on a post about the RPI and all of the fun ways to game it (hi Toledo!) and what teams could’ve done instead. But here’s a fun one I discovered this weekend about St. John’s:
The MAAC has a unique strength this season. The league is blessed with a number of talented sophomore point guards. Canisius’ Billy Baron and Manhattan’s Mike Alvarado showed just how important a quality lead guard can be in the chase for a league title. Now there will be a number of players vying to claim […]