Oct. 21, 2003
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association released its preseason WBCA-Summerville RPI ranking of the 2003-04 schedules of every member of Division I Tuesday afternoon and Florida State ranks second among Atlantic Coast Conference schools and 14th overall among 324 Division I schools. The Seminoles will play three teams listed among the top 10 on that list, including Florida (2), defending national champion Connecticut (7) and two meetings with ACC champion Duke (10). Seven of the nine ACC schools rank among the top 30 on the list while all nine are among the first 66.
According to the WBCA, the strength of schedule is an important statistic to look at because it counts for 50 percent of the RPI rankings. The rankings are received by the following formula: the WBCA took the schedule of every school, found last season’s won/loss record of each opponent, added those records together, and calculated the winning percentage. As simple as that is, there were a few things that were not included: First, it is important to know that games played versus schools not in Division I, do not count in RPI calculations. Second, when four-team tournaments (or in one case an eight team tournament) appear on a schedule, with a championship and consolation game, there is a different accounting of those records. In the game where the opponent is unknown, the prior season’s records of both potential opponents is divided in half and added to the total. Third, the preseason WNIT in November presents a different matter. Only the first game is counted. Since this is an elimination tournament, there is the possibility that no game will be played after the first. The games will count in the RPI, but for now, the fair thing was to not count games that might not occur.
Last season, Florida State ranked fourth in the ACC and 34th overall in the preseason strength of schedule. The Seminoles finished 17-13 overall with a final strength of schedule rating of No. 58.