Basketball regular season winds down, RPI set to seed playoff teams

Basketball regular season winds down, RPI set to seed playoff teams

Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • The Canada West basketball regular season concludes this weekend, with several teams still vying for one of 12 men’s and women’s playoff berths
  • Playoff spots will be determined by the conference standings (win-loss records)
  • Ratings Percentage Indexes (RPI) will then be used to seed the 12 playoff teams
  • Conference playoff action opens February 16

EDMONTON – With just one weekend remaining in the Canada West men’s and women’s basketball regular seasons, the race to the playoffs is almost complete.

The top 12 teams from the 2016-17 regular season standings – based on win-loss records – will earn post-season berths, with Ratings Percentage Indexes (RPI) then used to seed the playoff teams at the conclusion of play Sunday.

The official Canada West RPI rankings will be updated Friday, Saturday, and Sunday following the completion of games and displayed on the men’s and women’s basketball standings pages.

Heading into this weekend, a total of seven men’s basketball teams have locked up playoff berths, while 10 women’s teams have secured their place in the conference playoffs. 

On the men’s side, seven teams are vying for the final five playoff spots, as Fraser Valley (9-9), Brandon (9-11), Mount Royal (8-10), Thompson Rivers (8-10), MacEwan (7-11), Regina (7-11), and Victoria (7-11) are all looking to crack the top 12. 

In women’s play, MacEwan (6-12), UNBC (6-12), and Lethbridge (5-13) head into the final weekend jockeying for the remaining two playoff spots.

RPI background information 

Canada West implemented RPI prior to the 2016-17 season to account for regular season strength of schedule, as the conference’s 17 members faced varying opponents this season.

The RPI formula used for both men’s and women’s basketball this season is:

RPI = 25% team winning percentage (WP) x 1.2 away win + 0.8 home win, 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponent’s average winning percentage (OOWP).

Playoff format and schedule

After the top 12 teams have been determined based on their win-loss record, RPI will then be used to seed.

For example, Saskatchewan enters the weekend sitting fifth in the women’s standings, but first in the women’s RPI. Should the Huskies remain first in the RPI at the conclusion of the regular season, they would enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

The top four teams based on RPI will receive a bye in the first week of the playoffs, which will feature four best-of-three play-in series. The following week will consist of four best-of-three quarter-finals, leading to the Final Four hosted by the highest remaining seed.

The U SPORTS Final Eight tournaments will be hosted in Victoria (women’s) and Halifax (men’s) respectively March 9-12.

WEEK 1: Feb. 16-19 (best-of-three play-in series):

Teams seeded 1-4 by RPI receive the first week bye

Series 1 - 12 @5

Series 2 - 11 @ 6

Series 3 - 10 @ 7  

Series 4 - 9 @ 8

WEEK 2: Feb. 23-26 (best-of-three quarter-finals):

Winner of Series 1 @ 4

Winner of Series 2 @ 3

Winner of Series 3 @ 2

Winner of Series 4 @ 1

WEEK 3: March 3-4 (Final Four hosted by the highest remaining RPI seed using single elimination) games).

U SPORTS Final 8 - March 9-12 (Victoria and Halifax)

 

RPI rankings (As of Thursday, February 9) 

MEN’S:

1. UBC - 0.6172

2. Saskatchewan - 0.6141

3. Alberta - 0.6079

4. Calgary - 0.6044

5. Manitoba - 0.5414

6. Winnipeg - 0.5191

7. Lethbridge - 0.5070

8. Thompson Rivers - 0.5057

9. Brandon - 0.5017

10. UFV - 0.4841

11. Mount Royal - 0.4737

12. Victoria - 0.4569

13. UNBC - 0.4494

14. Regina - 0.4477

15. MacEwan - 0.4475

16. Trinity Western - 0.3617

17. UBC Okanagan - 0.3545

 

WOMEN’S:

1. Saskatchewan - 0.6143

2. Regina - 0.6134

3. Alberta - 0.5852

4. Winnipeg - 0.5822

5. Victoria - 0.5442

6. UFV - 0.5424

7. Trinity Western - 0.5308

8. UBC - 0.5308

9. Calgary - 0.5156

10. Brandon - 0.4928

11. MacEwan - 0.4654

12. Manitoba - 0.4485

13. UNBC - 0.4414

14. Lethbridge - 0.4196

15. Thompson Rivers - 0.4051

16. UBC Okanagan - 0.3794

17. Mount Royal - 0.3749

 

Men's basketball weekend schedule:

Fri. 10  Mount Royal   Manitoba   8:00 PM CST
   Thompson Rivers   Regina   8:00 PM CST
   MacEwan   Calgary   8:00 PM MST
   UBC   Trinity Western   7:00 PM PST
   Winnipeg   Victoria   8:00 PM PST
   UFV   UBC Okanagan   8:00 PM PST
   Saskatchewan   UNBC   8:00 PM PST
Sat. 11  Lethbridge   Alberta   4:00 PM MST
   Mount Royal   Manitoba   6:00 PM CST
   Thompson Rivers   Regina   8:00 PM CST
   MacEwan   Calgary   7:00 PM MST
   UBC   Trinity Western   7:00 PM PST
   Winnipeg   Victoria   7:00 PM PST
   UFV   UBC Okanagan   7:00 PM PST
   Saskatchewan   UNBC   7:00 PM PST
Sun. 12  Lethbridge   Alberta   7:00 PM MST

Watch every game on Canada West TV.