Basketball Power Index
The College Basketball Power Index (BPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of performance going forward. BPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Strength of Record (SOR) is a measure of team accomplishment based on how difficult a team's W-L record is to achieve. Game predictions account for opponent strength, pace of play, site, travel distance, day's rest and altitude, and are used to simulate the season 10,000 times to produce season projections. Numbers update daily.
A new and improved BPI page will be launched in early 2017. Until then, please visit espn.com/analytics for BPI articles and other analytics content.
- BPI: The College Basketball Power Index, on a 0-100 scale (50 is average; higher is better).
- BPI RK: Rank of overall BPI among Division I teams.
- RAW: Team rating without accounting for opponent strength, on a 0-100 scale.
- RAW RK: Rank of raw rating among D-I teams, from highest to lowest.
- SOS: Strength of schedule as calculated within the BPI system (50 is average; higher represents harder schedule).
- SOS RK: Rank of SOS as calculated within the BPI system among D-I teams, from hardest to easiest
- CONF RK: Rank among teams in conference in BPI
- VAR: Average difference between team's game BPI and season BPI, a measure of game-by-game variation (higher represents more inconsistent).
- VAR RK: Rank of VAR among D-I teams, from highest (most inconsistent) to lowest (most consistent).
- AVG GAME WT: Average weight of games based on team or opponents missing key players; maximum is 1.0.
- PVA: BPI on the scale of points (same ordering); expected point margin vs an average opponent in an average-pace game on a neutral court.