XTRA! XTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT: KIck Posterior QA by JNew and KENPOM...

  • http://cjonline.com/blog-post/jesse-newell/2015-01-05/kureview-jayhawks-are-underdog-win-big-12#comment-1186251

    Yea, I know its not good news for the Hawks, but a Marine platoon caught in a tough fire fight eats tendencies for MRTEs.

    Difficult comes easy…impossible takes a little longer.

    Gunny Mason: Sir, KENPOM says we can’t take Hill B12 TITLE again, sir.

    Captain Self: Gunny, not only are we taking the hill, we are going to kill us enemies of every race, color, creed and gender preference along the way. Basketball god has a hard on for Marines, Gunny Mason. You know that. He saves basketball souls, Gunny Mason. And what do Marines do for the basketball god, Gunny Mason.

    Gunny: Sir, we ship freshly slaughtered basketball souls to heaven, especially on a Saturday-Monday games.

    Captain Self: That would be correct, Gunny. On Saturday-Monday games, we Marines offer the basketball god a two for one deal on dead basketball souls. We kill enemy on Saturday. And then we kill enemy on Monday. And how do we kill enemy, Gunny Mason?

    Gunny: We cut the head off and the body dies, Lieutenant, sir.

    Captain Self: Lock and load, Gunny. The blood bath is about to begin with that bunch of Christian Bears in Waco. This Marine platoon is going send the basketball god a bunch of hot steaming basketball corpses. Now, dismissed.

  • With all due respect to KENPOM, what if we look at it from RPI and SOS angles…hmmmmm

    RPI School SOS

    2 KU 3

    11 WVU 43

    21 TEX 55

    26 BU 93

    31 OU 60

    44 ISU 152

    45 OSU 158

    107 TCU 340

    147 TTU 246

    167 KSU 147

  • @Shanghai_RCJH

    Way to play dueling numbers!

  • @Shanghai_RCJH Thanks for the counter-stats. Interesting to me that ISU so far down, both in KenPom and your stats. I figure Hoiberg to finish higher than so ranked in these figures.

  • Kenpom’s “Scientific” BB Methods: 2013-04-18-weird_science.jpg



    And I met Ms. LeBrock once. Quite as stunning in person as on screen.

  • Not to hijack, but RPI is basically the worst measure out there.

    KU manipulates its schedule to guarantee it’s high in the RPI. Any system that can be gamed shouldn’t be used.

  • @Jesse-Newell In your opinion, what is the BEST measure out there? Thanks.

  • This will surprise no one … but KenPom. His projections are rarely more than 2 points off the Vegas line. His numbers aren’t perfect, but they’re as close as we have now.

  • This whole discussion reminds me of Jack smack.

  • Just for fun … that year Jack Harry said KU would be lucky to finish in the top 5 of the Big 12: here were the KenPom odds: KU 33.12%, MU 32.63%, BU 20.86%, Texas 7.23%, KSU 5.67%, OU .31%, etc.

  • @Jesse-Newell

    Thanks for weighing in with we knuckle draggers in Peoria, JNew!!!

    I want everyone to realize what a terrific thing this is.

    JNew is taking this interactive thing up, up. up, or should I say out, out, out, in every direction.

    JNew is linked to KENPOM. And JNew is enabling us to link to both.

    What other sports journalist is doing this?

    He’s linking on CJonline.com and he’s linking on KUBuckets.com.

    This is the future NOW.


    Dynamic interplay.

    No boundaries. Just frontiers.

    The world is NOT flat, like Thomas Friedman said.

    It has topography and legacy related to that topography that make interactivity amplify those legacies. Robert Kaplan has it mostly right. Read Kaplan’s “The Revenge of Geography.” It does for the world what Jesse and Ken are doing for basketball.

    Who else but JNew let’s you interact creatively with KENPOM? regarding things within our topographic set of sports interests, whether we are there actually, or virtually?

    Ken Pomeroy cannot interact with everyone everywhere. Its digitally feasible, but the complexity of the topographic legacies (this is KU country; that is KSU country; that is Duke country; that is Tar Heel country, etc.) is too complicated for Pomeroy to know where and how to interact his numbers with the fans of those sports countries. Because he is brilliant, he can know what numbers to collect from all of the sports countries, and he can run them, but he cannot know what fans in those countries actually want to know. He cannot know in detail what might be worth knowing in a specific sports country without feed back from someone like JNew posing the right question. And JNew discovers those questions both from his insight, the coaches and players he interviews, and from the insights of we fans. This is the awesome epistemic efficiency and beauty made possible with digital connectivity.

    Pomeroy can receive feedback through a trusted channel from an informed community and both supply it QA insights AND build his trusted audience/consumer/fan base. It is a win-win for Ken. It is a win-win for Jesse. And it is a win-win for we fans in KU digital country.

    But TRUST in interactivity is the coin of the realm.

    I am mastering the obvious here, because sometimes when the obvious is first perceived it can slip under the radar.

    Ken Pomeroy is reaching out and connecting.

    JNew is reaching out and connecting.

    There is a supply chain here.

    And KUBuckets would be wise to reach out and connect to cement the virtue of the precedent and the supply chain.

    What I want to say here is that we need to extend the kind of curtesy, and fan sophistication, to Ken Pomperoy and JNew that we “mostly” extend to each other.

    Ken Pomeroy and JNew are professionals in their businesses. They have to make moves and build relationships that make sense. Respect and curtesy have to be instituted for them here to be able to afford to reach out and connect. This is their meal ticket. We do this for fun. We both want it to build to something better and better.

    None of us needs each other.

    But together we are all better.

    Team. Pulling together. It may sound corny outside basketball, but it is true.

    Our means of expression–our language and our graphics–have to track with what is tolerable for them on threads involving them. Irreverence is okay. Challenging them is okay. But we need to think about what they need too. We need to realize that what they do with us will be linked to other sites and that they have to bear that linkage and see it as a net benefit to them. Yes, we can be a bunch of online Don Imuses with them, but I am not sure that is what is best for the KU Legacy, which is why we are all here.

    I am a staunch advocate of free speech and of exploring all the boundaries of our digital medium for the advancement of our legacy. I am as irreverent as they come. I pretty much have no sacred cows. And I view everyone here pretty much as KU Buckets family that one can let one’s hair down with.

    But I am also a big believer in being polite and curteous to company that comes to visit. 🙂

    These pros are reaching out directly, or indirectly, to connect for many reasons and we don’t have to know what they are, or discuss them, or care, because it is their own business. This is our house and they deserve to be treated with respect, when they make the effort to come in.

    What I know for sure is that this is a breakthrough moment in interactive sports journalism and we must seize the moment as best and as curteously as we can.

    We are dating here. I know Jesse visits occasionally. But I kind of drug Ken Pomeroy in indirectly through my link of Jesse’s story. Its more of a first date for him. And an indirect one at that. We need to put our best foot forward to Jesse, as usual, and to Ken. Me especially.

    My original post above was written in great excitement at the prospect of what Jesse and Ken had apparently done together by linking up in a story by Jesse on the CJonline.com site.

    I meant for my post to extend the story and their linking up to all of us.

    I realize that in my excitement I resorted to one of my Marine Corps schticks and unintentionally (and wrongly) created, in pursuit of humor, a conflicted, rather than a cooperative linkage. Us versus them. QA that says KU can’t win the B12 versus “oh, yes, we can, leathernecks.” That was not what I meant to do. I meant to have some fun, while also calling attention to what great QA I thought they had done.

    And it is terrific QA. And it does call all of our attention to exactly why we have all been posting voluminously about ways to get better in preparation for the conference. KenPom’s and Jesse’s numbers quantify what we already knew. Self has to keep working the problems for this team to be put in a position of winning a 12th title, or what ever the counter is at right now. These numbers are confirmation. But run the numbers based on the last game, the latest version of 2014-2015 Self Ball and KU might rank as having the highest probability of winning the conference. Our team is a moving targets. It can and does get better. But so do other teams. That’s why the QA is worrisome, but that’s also why it is not set in stone as an accurate predictor.

    In any case, Jesse, I am exceedingly sorry, if I did anything here to make it more difficult for you to link with Mr. Pomeroy, and if I did anything to make it more difficult for your linkage with Mr. Pomeroy to become over time even more interactive with you and us over time, here, on your live blog, or on your blog at CJonline.com.

    And bottom line: I loved the significant effort that you and Ken went to try to make some sense out of this unusual KU basketball season with state of the art QA tailored squarely to KU country.

    If I made a mistake, I made a mistake with the best intentions of advancing interactivity on both your site and this site and among all of us basketball geeks.

    Please forgive me.

    Yours very truly,

    @jaybate 1.0

  • @jaybate-1.0 LOL And I met Ms. LeBrock once. Quite as stunning in person as on screen.

    I’m seething with envy. I would’ve walked on glass barefooted to meet her. Hubba Hubba!!!

  • @Jesse-Newell Jesse, the next time you talk to Ken, ask him what the magic formula he used from moving UConn from 33rd pre-tourney to 8th last year. The obvious answer would be “they won”. But in examining it closer, I don’t see how their offense or defense ranking changed that much, so was it really SOS or “luck” that changed so much that they moved up 27 spots?

  • @jaybate-1.0 good stuff dude! @Jesse-Newell You too!

  • @jaybate-1.0

    I accept your apology.



  • @jaybate-1.0

    Ha… I only let that post run about 10 seconds before pulling the wink.

    I think KENPOM is a great tool. It represents a computational viewpoint of a season, a league, a team, and even a player.

    As with all tools, they all fit in the toolbox and get put in use for specific tasks.

    Fortunately, basketball has the human side. And human behavior is tougher to diagnose with computational tools. These tools study results, and use past results to build stat lines, rankings and probabilities. But they can never convert predictions into reality. The game must be played.

    I always like it when TV personalities say, “that’s why we play the game.”

    JB… you hit on the biggest answer ever recently when you said that Kansas was playing to the point of letting our opponents make their mistakes and lose the game. I believe that will be our B12 conference strategy. We just have to win the games we are supposed to win, and play as tough as we can in all games.

    Kansas doesn’t play perfect basketball, or anything close. We aren’t “striving for perfection” like Calipari is. We just go out there and play basketball. We have our entire league stumped. If they knew how to win the B12 championship (outright) they would have done it some time in the past 10 years. Truth is, they don’t know how to!

    If, by chance, we do not repeat as champions this year then we will experience another team win it, but I’m sure they will stumble into the championship like a drunk sailor stumbles into a brothel (with his pants on backwards, like Gottlieb).

    All we have to do is go play hard basketball. We will win. No one else in this league knows how to win.

    If KENPOM was a human, he/she would say the same thing.

  • @drgnslayr

    “but I’m sure they will stumble into the championship like a drunk sailor stumbles into a brothel (with his pants on backwards, like Gottlieb).”–slayr


  • @drgnslayr

    I used to get tremendous satisfaction out of Self beating teams that Digital Vital broadcast and spent an entire game asymmetrically hyping. It was one of life’s great pleasures.

    But then DV became wrong so many times that one could not really get such heightened pleasure, because there was no suspense. Each time he hyped an opponent of KU’s one began to expect him to be proven wrong.

    Fortunately, thanks to ongoing incompetence of ESPN, they elevated Doogie Godlove to a point where he could perpetually reinsert his foot in his mouth.

    Now, I am fulfilled almost weekly by the Doogmeister’s misguided takes.

    But because both Digital Vital and Doogie Godlove both DO love the game, mercifully, both can have sublime moments inspite of themselves–moments where they rise high above their bottom feeding schilling and schlepping for EST eyeballs and clicks.

    I will always be grateful to Doogie for his moving tribute to the fat man, the human ice cream event horizon, that black hole for fried foods, Rick Majerus. Majerus was a great, great coach operating on the fringes of the big time. He was a true original amidst the revenge of the clones. And he knew basketball up one side of a sugar cone, and down the other. He was brilliant. And Doogie Godlove did right by Majerus, like no other broadcaster, or writer did.

    So, Doogmeister, don’t say I never gave you a full stroke.

    At the same time, don’t think you don’t deserve the back hands you get for your remarks about KU that lack such insight as to make hair brains seem to tower over you!!!

    Rock Chalk!

  • @Jesse-Newell Thanks. Good links. And, thank kubuckets. After all the reading, my irrational faith is still with my Jayhawks. RCJH.

  • @jaybate-1.0 No apology needed. We will take all the linking we can get at the CJ/Hawkzone.com. The point of the blog was to start discussion and not end it, so I’m glad that’s happening here.

    @KUSTEVE I would think it has something to do with this change he made to his system before last season. Here’s an excerpt from that blog post.

    “The most consistent exception is the impact on dominant mid-majors. Their movement tends to be more volatile since more emphasis is placed on postseason play when they finally get to battle teams of comparable strength.”

    UConn isn’t technically a mid-major, but its conference took a hit a season ago. A quick glance, and the Huskies beat five top-21 KenPom teams to win the title, and each win was by 5 or more. I’m sure that helped, too.

  • @Jesse-Newell

    I hear what you are saying but…

    It has been said that Democracy is the worst system of government …except for all the others. Likewise, it has been said that the RPI is the worst system but what system is better?

    Look at the current KenPom ranking just 2-3 places on each side of KU…

    13 VCU 11-3, SOS 9 vs top 50 2-3

    14 Notre Dame 15-1, SOS 344 vs top 50 2-1

    15 Baylor 11-2, SOS 90 vs top 50 1-1

    16 KU 11-2, SOS 3 vs top 50 4-1

    17 Michigan 10-5, SOS 78 vs top 50 1-4

    18 Maryland 14-1, SOS 158 vs top 50 4-1

    The record against top 50 comes from Jeff Sagarin since KenPom does not post these figures.

    Does this ranking makes sense? How do you justify MSU being right behind KU with 5 loses, including 1-4 record against top 50 teams and a SOS 69 places behind KU? Wouldn’t you think that KU’s numbers are much better than Baylor’s…and VCU’s…and Notre Dame and its 344 SOS? Shouldn’t Maryland be above those as well?

    Yes, KU schedules smart, but it also has consistently one of the toughest schedules of any Div I program, and …it also has to consistently win those games to get the full benefit. Any Elite program can schedule like KU but most don’t because they rather have a sure win against a poor team than a tough game against better opposition. If you look at the top 50 teams, only KU and VCU have SOS in the top 10. If you extend to the top 20 SOSs then you can add UNC and Gonzaga. top 30 SOSs and you add Oklahoma, top 40 SOSs add BYU and Georgetown. In short of the top 40 ranked teams as per KenPom, only 2 have SOS in the top 10 (KU-3, VCU-9) and a total of 7 teams have SOS in the top 40. The reality is that the numbers I mentioned suggest that top teams avoid tough schedules…wouldn’t you agree? All teams can game the system like KU, most “choose” not to.

    I have always liked Pomeroy, Sagarin and Massey, not necessarily in that order, and I often cite their numbers in this forum. Which one would you say has the better method? Would you consider an average of these 3 methods a good indicator? I personally think Vegas is the best, since those are the guys that literally put their money where their mouth are. 🙂

  • @JayHawkFanToo

    Thought provoking take.

  • @JayHawkFanToo A few random thoughts:

    1. In the KU RPI story above, KenPom himself says the best method to seed teams would be to take a composite of the top ratings systems. That would eliminate outliers.

    2. I think “Top 50” wins is a bad way to look at quality teams. Why not Top 25? Or Top 101? Or Top 213? Where is the game played? Winning on the road at No. 51 is much more impressive than at home vs. No. 5o, This kind of analysis doesn’t add these factors. KenPom does.

    3. I don’t see the world in black and white. To me, a team’s strength is independent of its schedule strength. In 2003, Syracuse won a national title without playing a road noncon game. We always hear that scheduling hard is best … but is it true? I have no idea, but I’m not painting myself in that corner. Can a good team play a good noncon schedule? Yes. Can a good team play a bad noncon schedule? I would say the answer to that is yes too.

    4. KU is knocked because of margin of victory. Wins and losses of each game don’t give us enough data … the scores (along with pace) tell us so much more. We only get 35 or so data points each year. Throwing away some of the most valuable information — how much you outscored your opponent per possession — seems silly to me, especially when that info is available.

  • @Jesse-Newell

    Good points., A few of my random thoughts as well…

    1. I agree, an average of computer rankings should be a component of the overall ranking, like the BCS football rankings used to include…I am not sure if they still do with the new playoff system…and KU not being in the conversation. 😞

    2. You can use the top 25 or top 100 and will see the same trend; I picked the top 50 as an in-between compromise. KU has played only 6 of 13 games at home, I have not looked up the numbers for other teams but I will guess this is one of the lower numbers of home games of the top 25 or top 50 teams, so it should favor KU.

    3. If you read my posts, I am a firm believer that the best team does not always win the NCAA. KU was not even close to the best team in '88 (lost 2 out of 3 to KSU and 2 out 2 to Oklahoma, teams it beat in the tournament) but on a 2-out-of-3 or 3-out-of-5 format, KU probably has 2 or 3 more titles when it was truly the best team, including the year Syracuse won. Rick Pitino said the same thing on the round table interview he did on ESPN with Coach K, Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim.

    4. But then, shouldn’t coming back from 18 down in the second half (Florida) also be considered a big plus? A tougher SOS naturally results in smaller margins of victory than playing punch bags, wouldn’t you agree?

    Interesting discussion with no wrong answers just different points of view.

  • Shoot, who disabled downvotes? I wanted to downvote the wise guru of KUhoopdom, the sabermatrician @Jesse-Newell.

    Holy cow, UMiss has a chance to beat Kentucky! Late, breaking news!

  • @wissoxfan83

    Here is a work around.

    👎 -1

  • @wissoxfan83

    And you can even down vote yourself! 😄

  • @jaybate-1.0 or 👍1 yourself

  • 👍 10^1000000000

  • @JayHawkFanToo Absolutely agree with you on No. 4 … a tougher schedule does mean you don’t have to win by as much to be considered a good team. I think what’s killing KU this year is its losses. Getting routed in two defeats (especially to Temple) drags down an otherwise strong resume.

  • Excuse me. I’m going back to the pic of the two guys with bras on their heads. Far easier for me to relate to than trying to crunch all the SOS, RPI and KenPom numbers. Might even Google and ooogle Ms LeBrock while I’m at it. 🍺

  • @Jesse-Newell

    Look at the latest KenPom rankings…


    KU and Michigan State did not even play this evening and yet KU dropped 3 spots and now sits behind MSU. KU has a better record in any way you look at, including overall record, SOS, record vs top 25, 50 and 100 teams, opponents O and D and more importantly KU beat MSU.How in the world can MSU be ranked ahead of KU? Same thing with Utah…and Baylor…and…I could go on…

    Notre Dame just beat UNC, has a better record and yet it sits 4 spots below. Oklahoma at #7? Yes, they beat Texas but they have 3 losses 2 of them to mid-major Creighton and Washington, a team that is 0-2 in the PAC 12. I understand that the ranking will get better as the season goes on but at this point it seems grossly out of whack.

    The RPI might not be the good but KenPom’s ranking seems to be even worse.

    Again, just my take on KenPom’s ranking using the numbers he presents.

  • Fun Stats Game: Pick your point guard based on Statistics only:

    Player 1 13 Games Played (14-15) 33.3 Minutes 12.4 Points 3.8 Rebounds 4.2 APG 1.7 SPG 0.3 BPG 2.2 T/O .491 FG .846 FT .514 3PT%

    Player 2 39 Games Played (12-13) 35.3 Minutes 18.6 Points 3.2 Rebounds 6.7 APG 1.6 SPG 0.5 BPG 2.2 T/O .463 FG .801 FT .384 3PT%

    Who would you pick and who do you think the players might be?

  • @Jesse-Newell I appreciate the explanation concerning UConn. All this time I thought he was cooking the books. I still think his rating on our defense is way, way off.

  • @JayHawkFanToo Kenpom’s numbers are illogical. 46th in defense…really?

  • @Blown

    I know the players are Frank Mason and Trey Burke of Michigan. Both records are for their sophomore years and Burke’s last year in college. Burke was a consensus 1st team All-American and much like Mason, the driving force in his team, so he would get the nod, although Mason’s stats are pretty gosh darn good and by the time he is a senior, he might well be a 1st team All-American as well.

  • @JayHawkFanToo Here’s the best way I can describe the way I look at it: Every team’s season is a book, and KenPom is able to read all the chapters.

    A lot of the arguments that you made — and a lot of people make them — center on one team winning head to head or records against only certain teams. “Chapter 3 and 5 and 9 are good, so how can the book be bad?”

    For me, KenPom’s computer is much better than me because it strips biases. Each chapter can add to the overall story. And teams can improve their stock even if they aren’t playing top 50 or 100 or 200 opponents.

    In Michigan State’s case … it is the exact opposite of KU: It has lost every close game and blown out almost every other opponent. 30-point wins over top-100 KenPom teams should mean something. Losing an overtime game at Notre Dame (No. 14) also probably tells us MSU is better than its record.

    We only get so many data points. Lots of people are content at stopping at head-to-head record or only looking at wins and losses. KenPom’s projection numbers, if you look, are almost a reflection of Vegas’ lines. And that’s because he takes each chapter of a team’s book into consideration.

  • @KUSTEVE Yes, 46th. Easily KU’s worst defense under Self. Jayhawks are 193rd in eFG% after never finishing worse than 64th in any other year under Self. This team doesn’t block shots like the past, and it never turns anyone over. Hard to make an effective defense when both those areas are bad.

    Again, the numbers aren’t taking into account possible improvement (it usually happens under Self), but up to this point, I’d say that 46th number accurate reflects what this year’s team is: a good defense for normal team standards, a horrible defense for Bill Self standards.

  • @Jesse-Newell

    You raise a intriguing point: the similarity between the Vegas Lines and KENPOM.

    Having worked some with stats and computer modeling, I believe it is rather unusual for nonparametric statistical modeling to coincide closely in predictions with other non parametric statistical modeling, unless both are using essentially like modeling assumptions, and like non parametrically applied statistical models, and like data sets.

    Is Vegas relying on KENPOM?

    Or Vegas oddsmakers working with a stat model essentially the same as KENPOM?

    How do they come out similarly?

    If I recall correctly, and I am not absolute sure that I do, you and others have noted a lot of variance between KENPOM and other ranking and predictive systems regarding rankings and predictive spreads.

  • @Jesse-Newell I’m sorry, Jesse …I don’t see a bad defense like last year’s edition.

  • My 12th grade education is preventing me to fully appreciate jb’s last post, so I Google’d “non parametrically applied statistical models”. Even my computer crashed. 🍺

  • Parametric Models - I think I dated one in college.

  • @wrwlumpy fifi and lumpy! Ahhh

  • @Jesse-Newell

    I agree that a computerized model treats all teams equally, but it also can introduce the developer’s own bias depending of how he sees different parameters. Many of the models have been developed by mathematicians with little knowledge of the game and who try to use numbers to account for everything when in real life you really cannot.

    I did not based my comment on just the head-to-head result; you can look at all the parameters across the board and KU has better numbers in most if not all of them. Neither team played and yet MSU moved past KU in spite of all the numbers favoring KU. Like I said in my post, I understand that as the season moves on and more data is available the models get better, but at this point in the season, KenPoms seem to be unrealistic. You mention that MSU is losing close games and that is helping them, but you are completely overlooking the obvious…they are still losing! Do you think it is better to lose 20 games by one point each or to win the same 20 games by 1 point each? Under your premise, the teams that is 0-20 is rewarded for losing very close games while the teams that 20-0 is penalized for winning very close games…I understand that it is an extreme case and other factors are involved but the gist of it is still valid.

    As far as the Vegas lines, you have to be careful on how you look at them. Initially they are set as close as possible to the most likely outcome with the sole purpose of having the bets balanced. If the betting is not balanced, and depending on the final outcome, Vegas can make a lot of money or lose a lot of money…Vegas does not like that uncertainty and the only guaranteed way for them to make money is to have the bets perfectly balanced and make money on the “vig” or commission it collects. Vegas will tweak the line not to better predict the outcome but to balance the bets, and on games where there are heavy emotions involved and one party is heavily betting one way, the final tweaked line is not close to what the outcome is expected to be but to the number that will bring the bets in balance, Vegas could not care less who wins a game, they only care about making money.

    The gambling industry is a multi-billion business and I will guess they have access to resources that we don’t know and the models they use are considerably more sophisticated and confidential that the public ones, plus they have access to “inside information” such as confidential injury reports, that KenPom, Sagarin and Massey can only dream of.

    Very interesting discussion and several perspectives that reflects our own bias. Good to have you here to keep us on our toes and get our thinking caps on.

  • Here’s this week’s update. KU makes a nice jump up the board.

  • @wrwlumpy

    I don’t usually like models, but Fifi has a serious chassis.

  • @Jesse-Newell

    I would be interested in your personal comments about the KenPom numbers.

    Obviously KenPom’s computer does not watch the actual games, and as I indicated before, the model is pretty flawed until close to the end of the season when the outcome is mostly obvious anyway.

    Do you believe that OU that just lost to bottom feeder KSU at home has the best chance of winning the conference? It looks like once again, a team gets more credit for losing than winning a close game.

    I watched ISU play OSU and WVU and it had to hold on for dear life to beat OSU at home and barely won at West Virginia; both wins were by 2 points . Does this mean that OSU is better and WVU worse than we know or that ISU is wildly inconsistent, and if the later is the case, should they really have the 3rd bets odds to win the championship? On the other hand, ISU is obviously in a better position than Oklahoma since it won two games it could have easily lost while OU lost a game it most certainly should have won, wouldn’t you agree?

    Just a couple of observation by quickly glancing at the numbers, and again, I would be curious on what you think.

  • The response above I had to you “A few random thoughts” is how I feel about KenPom. Don’t have much to say other than that. We obviously aren’t going to agree on this … you say KenPom’s computer “doesn’t actually watch the games” while I would argue that KenPom’s computer is best at watching the games, being able to take every single possession of every game into account without human bias.

    So yes, I believe OU is still a good team. I think there are many games (like the Texas road win) that prove that. Just as I wouldn’t say KU is a bad team because of the Temple game, I’m not going to use one game to end my judging for OU.

    ISU barely beat OSU, IMO, because OSU is a really good team. I think you’ll see that tonight when the Cowboys play at Allen Fieldhouse.

    Bottom line: From all the information we’ve gathered, OU is the best team in the conference, albeit just slightly. Knowing that, it remains the slight favorite at the top to win or share the title.

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