Kentucky is currently ranked #1 in the KenPom ratings. This intrigued me enough to take a look at what that means to the “I don’t do math” fan.
Who is Ken Pomeroy?
The creator of the popular college basketball website and statistical archive. Mr. Pomeroy was previously a meteorologist for the US Government.
How are the KenPom rankings calculated?
Equations are used to include offensive and defensive efficiency, tempo, pace and other factors that kinda went over my head.
How accurate are these ratings?
Final KenPom rating 2016 Final Four 2016
1) Villanova Villanova
2) North Carolina North Carolina
3) Virginia Oklahoma (10th in KenPom)
4) Kansas Syracuse (27th in KenPom)
Final KenPom rating 2015 Final Four 2015
1) Kentucky Kentucky
2) Wisconsin Wisconsin
3) Duke Duke
4) Arizona Michigan State (15th in KenPom)
Final KenPom rating 2014 Final Four 2014
Louisville Connecticut (15th in KenPom)
Arizona Kentucky (13th in KenPom)
Virginia Wisconsin (5th in KenPom)
Final KenPom rating 2013 Final Four 2013
Louisville Wichita State (27th in KenPom)
Michigan Syracuse (9th in KenPom)
The current top four in the KenPom:
2) West Virginia
I am not a numbers person. I read statistics but have no idea how the numbers are calculated. Math was never my strong subject and the thought of equations takes me back to geometry my sophomore year of high school which was a train wreck. However, the KenPom ratings intrigue me.
Whether you understand it or not, KenPom ratings are interesting to follow. Especially when your team is #1.
Check out the ratings at kenpom.com
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