After James’s NCAA Top 100 programs in recent history post, I decided to try to do the same with the Top 50 programs in NAIA Division I recent history. I cannot even pretend to know all about the NAIA’s top programs, so I decided utilize my own mathematical musings to come to some conclusions based on the numbers. Now, I know that the NAIA isn’t exactly a hotbed that our traditional Swish Appeal readers follow on the regular, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start paying attention to teams in your area now.
Similar to the football BCS that everyone loves to hate, the final order was determined by three distinct parts, and two of which are human-based. I also went back five years (like James did) and factored in the average of the last five final season coaches polls for 1/3 of the tally. The other 1/3 with human involvement is the last five tournament results, with teams getting points based on how far they advanced in the NAIA Division I Championships.
The third and final piece of the overall score was this season’s preseason Massey Ratings, released this week. If you don’t already know, in football the Massey Ratings are one of the computer programs used in the BCS system. Massey takes numerous factors into account and uses complex statistical formulas to reach his final order.
The factors that go into the Massey rating system for basketball are: