A reader comment yesterday got me thinking ...
Unlike other comparisons, this one is for seeding purposes rather than inclusions purposes.
|| Team B
|No. 109 (H)
No. 119 (A)
Also worth mentioning: Team A beat Team B on Team A's home floor.
So what to make of this? The records are nearly identical. So are the RPI and strength of schedule metrics. Both teams have won a third of their road games and are one game under .500 away from home. Both have played a healthy number of top-50 games and split them.
On the surface, Team B's greatest advantage is that is has no befuddling losses. Team A's greatest advantages are strong work against the second 50 and only one game against a truly dreadful team.
But here's a below-the-surface figure: Team A's best true road victory came against the No. 144 team in the RPI, and it owns only two top-100 victories away from home (Nos. 10 and 86 on a neutral floor). Team B has two top-100 road wins (Nos. 24 and 83) and two top-100 neutral floor wins (Nos. 9 and 37).
So why are the mystery teams? Read on after the jump.