New regional rankings released... Ramapo taking over the 1 seed! Surprising NJCU is ranked over TCNJ when TCNJ has the stronger SOS and are above them in the league standings.
Final regular season games for the league tonight. Playoff seeds will be set and locked late this evening.
I spoke about this on our Hoopsville special yesterday... not that surprising, actually. SOS is only one of five or six primarily criteria. You win the SOS it does NOT mean you get ranked ahead of someone else. You can see this across the board in all regions.
Win-loss% = NJCU .750 (18-6) / TCNJ .708 (17-7)
SOS = NJCU .499 / TCNJ .519
Head-to-Head = 1-1 (season split, so far)
Results vs Common Opponents = this could be long, so I will keep it at this: probably pretty even... TCNJ has one less loss in conference, so this might have gone TCNJ's favor
Results vs Regionally Ranked Opponents = NJCU 4-3 (.571) / TCNJ 3-4 (.429)
Some of these go TCNJ's way, some go NJCU's way. The SOS difference is not significant (below the .030 bench-mark we talk about a lot) - and no, being at .020 is not "close." The committee will not use their .030 = 2 games modifier until it hits .030... so being close doesn't count like in many things in life LOL.
vRRO is definitely in NJCU's favor. If I was making the decision on just this criteria, I would probably give it a nod to NJCU as well. There is secondary criteria listed (Non-D3 win/loss percentage and results vs common Non-D3 opponents) and not listed (committees try and dive into the data as much as they can). Not sure what the committee did specifically, but I am sure they got into the nitty gritty and went with NJCU. It may change two more times between now and selections.
And by the way, the league standings have nothing to do with the ranking or selection criteria one single bit.