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  3A 'Robison RPI' Rankings & Brackets

A look at the 3A 'Robison RPI' rankings and hypothetical seeded tournament brackets.

By: Matt Harris
Published: 10/23/2017 9:31:44 PM

As Robison stated originally back in our August article on the 'Robison RPI', the goal of his experiment was to create a formula much like ones used in nearby states in order to help seed the state tournaments.

We stipulated in that first article that we would include the same amount of teams from each district as would be included in this year's tournament. So, for example, the District 3 SRV conference is alotted three playoff berths to the tournament. This would mean that in our scenario, the maximum number of teams from the District 3 SRV conference that would be placed on the bracket would be three. Same goes for District 1 (2 berths), District 4 (2 berths), District 5 (2 berths), District 6 (2 berths), and the statewide at-large berth.

You will see three different brackets below - the first one using the RRPI Washington base formula, followed by the RRPI Colorado base formula, and finally the RRPI Colorado base 'No Autos'.

The 'No Autos' format means that the overall top 12 teams in the 3A classification will be seeded into the state tournament, regardless of how they finished the season or if they snagged an automatic berth to the tournament. This is, simply, the 12 highest ranked teams in the formula set up in the bracket.

We begin with the 12 teams that qualified for this year's state tournament. Instead of being in a pre-determined position on the bracket (as seen in the real brackets HERE), they are ranked using the RRPI Washington base formula and the RRPI Colorado base formula as seen in the table below. We should note that our brackets below look slightly different simply because of seeding purposes.

Here's a look at how the Class 3A RRPI Washington base rankings (left) and the Class 3A RRPI Colorado base rankings (right) looked at the completion of the regular season:

With these rankings in mind, it's important to note the teams that reached the postseason this year from each district based on available berths to this year's state tournament:

District 1 - 2 berths
Priest River

District 3 - 3 berths

District 4 - 2 berths

District 5 - 2 berths
Snake River
Marsh Valley

District 6 - 2 berths

At-Large Berth

The RRPI Washington Base Formula Bracket

The first bracket we will look at is what the tournament would look like if we took these same 12 teams and seeded them on the bracket using the RRPI Washington base formula.

A few things change in comparison to the actual, real bracket used for this year's tournament. Kellogg would lose their first round bye, but would host their first round playoff game against Teton. Marsh Valley would travel to Homedale, and Priest River would take the long trip through Montana to eastern Idaho to face Snake River. Kimberly and Weiser would still play in the first round. Fruitland and Shelley would both get first round byes and be on the same side of the bracket, while Sugar-Salem and Gooding would do likewise.

The RRPI Colorado Base Formula Bracket

The second bracket we will take a look at is what the tournament would look like if we took these 12 teams and again seed them on the bracket, but this time we would use the RRPI Colorado base formula.

There are, again, more changes in comparison to the actual, real bracket used for this year's tournament. In comparison to the Washington base formula bracket above, the top four teams that get a first round bye all remain the same. The matchups seen in the first round all remain the same, however they do move around the bracket with the exception of Kimberly/Weiser. In this version, Fruitland and Shelley are on opposite sides of the bracket, as are Sugar-Salem and Gooding.

The RRPI Colorado Base Formula 'No Autos' Bracket

The final bracket we will look at is the 'No Autos' bracket, which takes the RRPI Colorado base rankings and just seeds the tournament 1 through 12 without any automatic qualifiers. This would be like saying to all the teams in the classification, "Just finish in the top 12 of the rankings and you're in - doesn't matter if you won the district title or if you were in last place in the conference. If you are in the top 12 in the rankings, you are in the state tournament." Here's how that true 1 through 12 bracket would look:

In this bracket, there are a lot of changes. First of all, South Fremont and Parma would join the party on the state tournament bracket, with South Fremont on the road in a rematch against Snake River and Parma on the road in a rematch against Homedale. Conference foes Kellogg and Priest River would square off in round one, while Kimberly would host Teton. The top four teams remain the same again, with Fruitland and Sugar-Salem on one side of the bracket and the duo of Shelley and Gooding remaining on the bottom half of the bracket. All four teams would have first round byes again.

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