2015-16 Countdown

Arizona Wildcats hoops countdown slideshow: We’re at 18 days and counting to tipoff


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Ken Pomeroy’s rating system has gained popularity in recent years because of its detail and accuracy when compared to what the NCAA tournament selection committee uses.

Pomeroy rates Arizona No. 7 in the country, the highest among Pac-12 teams. The other Pac-12 teams: Utah (No. 12), Oregon (No. 26), UCLA (No. 38), Oregon State (No. 43), Cal (No. 47), USC (No. 55), ASU (No. 70), Colorado (No. 72), Stanford (No. 97), Washington (No. 135) and Washington State (No. 152).

No word on when Pomeroy came up with the rankings of if the recent season-ending knee injury suffered by freshman Ray Smith is involved in the equation.

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“The purpose of this system is to show how strong a team would be if it played tonight, independent of injuries or emotional factors,” Pomeroy writes on his Web site. “Since nobody can see every team play all (or even most) of their games, this system is designed to give you a snapshot of a team’s current level of play.”

The rating is also based on how a program has fared in recent years, hence Cal’s low rating.

It will be interesting to see how the ratings fluctuate after the season starts.

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