Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 16, 2010

As I keep stressing, the season is early, and the data used by the College Women's Hoops S-Factor is highly incomplete. There are some obvious flaws in the S-Factor's selection as it stands today.

1. The S-Factor ranks teams from mid-major conferences really low right now.
This is due to the fact that there is a large differenc in conference RPI among the conferences relative to their positions at the end of the year. As the season wears on, the range of conference RPI values will narrow and the mid-majors will be more equal to the big conference teams than they are now.

2. The S-Factor seems to like Big East teams more than it should.
This is due to the fact that the Big East is the only major conference to have started its conference season, and conference wins are valued by the S-Factor. So the Big East teams that have won their only conference game so far (in UConn's case, two games) are at a relative advantage over teams from other conferences who have yet to play a conference game.

I've never looked at the S-Factor this early in the season, so it will be interesting to see how the S-Factor rankings change with the progression of the college women's basketball season.

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