Ranked Wins – West Region

OK this post is the reason why you guys pay crazy amounts of money for this amazing content. Ranked Wins is one of the NCAA selection primary criteria used (remember there are five in total – W/L, Strength of Schedule (SOS), Head to Head (H2H) and Common Opponent are the others). Ranked Wins is the winning percentage of your matches against teams regionally ranked across all DIII regions. Now this criterion was not used this week because each region has no clue how the other regions are going to rank. Moving forward, they will use the ranked teams from the previous ranking as the 5th criterion.

So, I wanted to go through my Watch List teams, which include the 8 ranked West RAC teams and see what their Ranked Wins should be and how that might impact next week’s rankings. Here is a table with the Ranked Wins for each Watch List Team (in order of the RAC rankings):

School

Record (through 10/17)

Winning Percentage

Colorado College

7-0

1.000

Claremont Mudd-Scripps

7-3

0.700

Mary Hardin-Baylor

2-1

0.667

Whittier

5-3

0.625

Pacific Lutheran

3-2

0.600

Southwestern

3-2

0.600

La Verne

4-4

0.500

Trinity

4-4

0.500

UT Tyler

2-2

0.500

Chapman

3-4

0.429

UT Dallas

2-3

0.400

Austin College

2-5

0.286

Please understand that I may have made a mistake but I did my best as I went through each team’s schedule. This is why you don’t pay for this inane content.

If we apply the Ranked Wins criterion to the list, you get a new order of:

  1. Colorado College
  2. CMS
  3. Whittier
  4. Southwestern
  5. Trinity
  6. UMHB
  7. Pac Lutheran
  8. La Verne

CMS actually now ties SU in comparison but I doubt that would impact the ranking above (since SU was ahead in the comparison before but 3 spots lower in the rankings). You see that the top 3 teams are in a more secure spot then they are this week. Southwestern and Trinity are swapped. The big hit is to La Verne as they swap spots with UMHB.

One last note on Ranked Wins is that it treats all ranked wins the same, which they are not. I would argue that a win over CMS is not the same as a win over (New England Region #8) Springfield. It doesn’t treat losses the same, either. A 5-set loss to #1 Wittenberg is worse than getting swept by 0-16 Mills College because the Wittenberg loss will show up in your ranked winning percentage and the Mills loss won’t. Anyway, this is why I advocate for a little art into the selections.

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