This time of year, the bubble team talk hits full swing and the debate of who deserves and doesn't deserve to be dancing begins. I for one think the RPI being one of the most influential measuring sticks on determining who is a better bubble is totally crap. RPI really makes a lesser team look more attractive, especially "mid-majors" with overly crediting certain teams (Wichita State, Colorado State, St. Mary's, etc.) being a more qualified team then some mid level bcs confernce teams. I am not going to compare the BPI vs all the other indexes simply just the RPI since that is the most utilized of all the indexes on determining the best bubble teams currently.
I'm not going to breakdown how the BPI works, I have attached the breakdown in the link below so everyone can get a better understanding of how this matrix works, but the BPI accounts for some very important things that are not measured in other indexes. The biggest differences that the BPI accounts for compared to the RPI doesn't are scoring margin, key players missing from games, and a couple others that to me are not that important. Applying these as measuring sticks give a person a better understanding of how good a team is overall and not just by W-L record. Under the RPI system a team that plays a couple sub 300 RPI teams get destroyed on its SOS and kills its RPI based on that alone. Let's be honest with it, any team Sub 200 is crap and a major team that is bidding for an NCAA birth should not lose to any one below that, so all games scheduled below 200 should account the same.
Granted I am biased in my opinion because I think Maryland deserves to be higher then a lot of these teams that are securely in the tournament, but dont have quality wins and/or have a couple really bad losses. Maryland is about as bland at this point in the season as any team out there. Sure beating Duke got Maryland's name in major discussion for a birth, but a team that has beaten everyone it should with a couple big wins (Duke, NC State), but have not lost to anybody they were guranteed to beat makes Maryland a very overlooked team.
I hope for one that the selection committee looks harder into the numbers and uses the BPI over the RPI based on the added measuring stats incorporated that gives it a better glimpse of who a team really is compared to others. What are your thoughts on the BPI and does this give Maryland a better argument when it comes to dancing in March?
By the way here is that link explaining the BPI, http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7561413/bpi-college-basketball-power-index-explained