TTech Insights?

acoustimac

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Anyone had a chance to see this team play? Just reading stats based on their incredibly easy schedule doesn’t tell much.
 

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Just a quick peek contain Carr and Brewer and we should be ok? Looks like their only major win so far would be Ole Miss?
 

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Tech may be the worst undefeated team in the country. 11-0 and RPI at 188. Marlene Stallings' teams in Minnesota didn't play a lick of defense. Was all run and gun in The Barn and take peeps off the dribble with high scoring guards. Even ex-Cyclone Fernstrom had to run. Unless something has changed I wouldn't expect much tough defense tonight, although who knows, it's not like anyone has seen them play their schedule of RPI 200-plus opponents. So, wild guess, not sure we want to get into a mutual no defenses contest but if we play some decent defense we could win this by double figures. Hangup might be our short rotation. Not convinced we can play hard defense all game, pretty hard to go 100% on both ends unless you're getting breaks. No breaks usually means you're not at 100% on one end or the other. If the coach isn't picking a priority than the players get tired and pick a spot to go less.

Wildcard: Is Lexi Gordon going to be a star in the Big 12 after transferring from UConn where she hardly played? If she didn't like UConn because they play defense she might have found the right home. We'll see come later in Big 12 play, she's only played 4 games against ridiculousness weak competition so far. If she is hot I am not sure who defends her. Camber?
 
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Per realtimerpi.com, 7 of our 11 opponents so far this season have a better RPI than the best team Tech has played (and we have a #200-ranked SOS). That's insane.

ISU games sorted by RPI:
16 Iowa 69-75
27 at Drake 81-86
42 Northern Iowa 63-71
73 at Alabama 75-66
74 Texas Southern 79-59
141 New Orleans 71-53
153 Wright St. 79-71
242 North Alabama 80-72
248 Southern 69-36
303 AR Pine Bluff 90-40
306 at N. Dakota St. 86-58

Tech games sorted by RPI:
163 Sam Houston St. 99-57
223 at San Diego 64-60
241 Prairie View A&M 82-48
285 Mississippi 84-48
287 Houston Baptist 59-51
303 AR Pine Bluff 81-55
325 vs IPFW 82-48
333 UTSA 115-58
336 N'western St. 79-49
348 LA Monroe 83-38
349 Florida A&M 98-60
 
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Per realtimerpi.com, 7 of our 11 opponents so far this season have a better RPI than the best team Tech has played (and we have a #200-ranked SOS). That's insane.

Iowa 16
Drake 27
Northern Iowa 42
Alabama 73
Texas Southern 74
New Orleans 141
Wright St. 153
North Alabama 242
Southern 248
AR Pine Bluff 303
N. Dakota St. 306
Two opponents above 250 is probably as many as a P6 team should really allow on their schedule (as much as you can control that). Having eight opponents over 250 is silly. Having those eight opponents over 290 is just plain stupid.
 

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It's called padding your schedule with wins so it looks good come tourney time.
The selection committee has a lot of resources at their disposal and they don't have to do the work themselves to put them together. The nitty-gritty sheet for Tech will show that the wins are a sham and the committee will know it.
 

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Given all the RPI analysis in this thread...

I think the Big 12 overall has left itself in a bad position RPI-wise, which will affect NCAA tourney bids, and may not be recoverable during the season.

http://realtimerpi.com/rpi_big12_Women.html

Even Baylor, which has been ranked #1 in polls, is barely in the top 50 RPI -- that's a problem!

We are going into the Big 12 season, and given the current state of RPIs, it will be hard for teams to move up substantially in the RPI rankings only playing each other. I haven't watched this as closely in recent years, and maybe some of you know more about what's possible. But the numbers game would not seem to favor teams in the Big 12.

I recall some years ago this was the hole that the Big Ten kept digging for itself. They played a weak non conference, had bad RPIs, and always got shorted come NCAA tourney time, with some quality teams not making it in. Eventually, they turned this around, and all/most teams made a concerted effort to schedule better in the non conference. Now they have ten teams in the latest NCAA bracketology. Moreover, given their RPIs, they go into league play with opportunities to improve an already good RPI.

I'm afraid that ISU goes into league play with few opportunities to improve a subpar RPI. Last year, we had a top RPI and SOS with the preseason WNIT, etc. This year, we had the bad luck with the Thanksgiving tournament cancellation, and we probably had to take what we could get -- unexpectedly low RPI, low win opponents. But this is then made worse with the state of other Big 12 teams. While any given team cannot control the scheduling by other teams, the conference probably needs to do what the Big Ten did and get it going in the right direction.
 
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Given all the RPI analysis in this thread...

I think the Big 12 overall has left itself in a bad position RPI-wise, which will affect NCAA tourney bids, and may not be recoverable during the season.

http://realtimerpi.com/rpi_big12_Women.html

Even Baylor, which has been ranked #1 in polls, is barely in the top 50 RPI -- that's a problem!

We are going into the Big 12 season, and given the current state of RPIs, it will be hard for teams to move up substantially in the RPI rankings only playing each other. I haven't watched this as closely in recent years, and maybe some of you know more about what's possible. But the numbers game would not seem to favor teams in the Big 12.

I recall some years ago this was the hole that the Big Ten kept digging for itself. They played a weak non conference, had bad RPIs, and always got shorted come NCAA tourney time, with some quality teams not making it in. Eventually, they turned this around, and all/most teams made a concerted effort to schedule better in the non conference. Now they have ten teams in the latest NCAA bracketology. Moreover, given their RPIs, they go into league play with opportunities to improve an already good RPI.

I'm afraid that ISU goes into league play with few opportunities to improve a subpar RPI. Last year, we had a top RPI and SOS with the preseason WNIT, etc. This year, we had the bad luck with the Thanksgiving tournament cancellation, and we probably had to take what we could get -- unexpectedly low RPI, low win opponents. But this is then made worse with the state of other Big 12 teams. While any given team cannot control the scheduling by other teams, the conference probably needs to do what the Big Ten did and get it going in the right direction.
It will adjust itself when the teams start playing against each other. It was in a similar spot going into conference season last year. Teams just don't have the meaningful games on their schedule until January and the RPI represents that.