Wednesday, September 20, 2023

All-time great Teams Reseeded; 1, UConn 2023; 2, Duke 2015; 3, Houston 2021; 4, Alabama 2023

Rating    Great Team, Year, Player                     Won  Lost  Score  Allow  Opp SOS  Rating
43Rutgers - 1976 - Phil Sellers1097.077.0-9.02.0
60Gonzaga - 2023 - Drew Timme1086.074.0-6.70.7
61Kansas - 2022 - Ochai Agbaji1087.081.0-7.90.6
68Marquette - 2023 - Tyler Kolek1090.081.0-1.8-0.3
85Marquette - 1994 - Jim McIlvaine1080.078.0-1.4-2.2

The teams above have already advanced as five of the eventual 21 winners in our new tournament. They all shot up in the ratings due to their win, except for Kansas 2002 that dropped after barely surviving against Virginia Tech and Steph Curry's dad Dell Curry. The rating starts as the teams projected SRS better or worse than the average great team in our game, then is adjusted up or down based on a formula similar to that for current teams at exceptwe rate the win or loss a little higher.

We did redo the Value Add Basketball Match-ups after our project to recalibrate to get every team's dunk ranges, which adjust for level of competition and era played etc, into one uniform system. Give of our new teams had already played and advanced to our unusual "Round of 21" from which we will reseed.

Here are the other 16 games on the reset schedule.

UConn 2023 passed Duke 2015 for the top spot of the remaining teams after the recalibration. UConn now calculates as the 19th best team of all time and Duke as the 31st of all time. As a result:

UConn now gets the lowest seeded team, the St. Peter's team that made the shocking Elite 8 run in 2022. 

Slipping to the No. 2 seed puts Duke up against the Nebraska 2014 team.

In the latest round of additions we made a special effort to get any teams in one of the big conference who had no team in the game to add the best team we could find from this century.

The No. 3 seed is the Houston 2021 Final Four team, and they get Princeton's 2023 team - giving them a 21st Century team since they already had Bill Bradley's team from the last century.

The No. 4 seed is the 2023 Alabama team, the best team of the regular season though they were outmuscled in the  Sweet 16 by an older squad. We apologize for an error in last week's blog. I typo in one excel cell made us accidentally list Alabama as dropping way out of the top 150 teams of all time. We caught the mistake and they actually rank as the 75th best of all time, and 4th best of these 32 teams.

The #5 and #6 teams have the most history, with Coach K's last Duke team from 2022, and then Larry Bird's 1979 National Runners-up. We only had 31 new teams who had yet to play a game, so we added Indiana State as the most interesting team with only one game played in our game - and they were one of the teams that benefitted from our upgraded system.

Once we have 16 winners from this group we will add them to the five at the bottom who already won, and adjust rankings based on these results and reseed with the top teams then getting the byes. 

Winners in red
Tourney   Best Card                     Rnk     Champion          Year
1Adama Sanogo19UConn2023
32Doug Edert174St. Peter's2022
2Justise Winslow31Duke2015
31Terran Petteway171Nebraska2014
3Quentin Grimes68Houston2021
30Tosan Evbuomwan170Princeton2023
4Brandon Miller75Alabama2023
29Ryan Kalkbrenner163Creighton2023
5Wendell Moore84Duke2022
28Ja Morant 161Murray St.2019
6Larry Bird86Indiana St.1979
27Joey Graham147Central Florida2019
7DeAndre Kane90Iowa St.2014
26Brook Lopez144Stanford2008
8Armando Bacot96North Carolina2022
25Jared Dudley143Boston College2006
9Santiago Vescovi98Tennessee2023
24Shane Larkin142Miami2013
10Marcus Carr101Texas2023
23Vic Law137Northwestern2017
11Semi Ojeleye107SMU2017
22Brandon Roy135Washington2006
12Charlie Ward111Florida St.1993
21JaKobe Coles129TCU2023
13Jaedon LeDee114San Diego St.2023
20Tony Carr128Penn St.2018
14JD Notae115Arkansas2021
19Markquis Nowell126Kansas St.2023
15Logan Johnson117St. Mary's2023
18Jack Nunge124Xavier2023
16Norchad Omier118Miami2023
17Johnell Davis119Florida Atlantic2023

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