Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
• Schedule The number in this column is the effective opponent strength of a team. In other words, they would be expected to have the same record had they played all games against an opponent of this predictive rating at a neutral site. Because this calculation depends on the strength of the team in question, it is not possible to rank schedules using these values.
• Expected Losses For college teams, this number is the number of losses an average ranked (top 15 hockey; otherwise top 25) team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. For pro teams, this is the number of losses an average team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. Unlike the schedule ranking, this value can be used to rank schedules.
• Standard Ranks teams in an order such that a team is "probably better" than all teams ranked lower than it. This calculation uses margin of victory only for computing a team's opponents strengths; the team's rating itself is computed using only wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule
• Median Likelihood Determines the likely ratings for each team, based on its wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule. This generally produces the same or similar ratings as the standard ranking.
• Predictive Both schedule strength and rating vs. schedule strength are determined considering both the wins and losses and the score differentials. This rating contains none of the biases in the standard rating, but does weight recent games slightly more than past games since those are a better indication of the team's current strength. This rating is the best of the first three for seeing how good teams are, and thus is the best for predicting future results.
• Improved RPI Rating The improved RPI formula is similar to the standard RPI, except that the schedule strength is carried out to infinite depth instead of ending with opponents' opponents, thus allows for a better comparison of isolated groups of teams than is given by the standard RPI calculation. It is similar to the simple rating, except that all games are given equal weight.
• Predictive-Scoring. This value indicates how many points a team would be expected to score if it played an identical team.
• Predictive-Offense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team scores. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to score the league average number of points. This does not necessarily rate a team's offensive abilities, as a fast pace in basketball or big-play defense in football can make a team score more points.
• Predictive-Defense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team allows. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to allow the league average number of points. The same caveat in the predictive-offense rating applies here.
• Home Scoring. This is an adjustment to the scoring ranking applied at home. Values are nonzero only for baseball, where park effects can be significant.
In order to increase early-season stability, the three main rankings, the improved RPI, and the college pseudopoll include priors based on the previous season final predictive ratings and occasionally incorporating preseason predictions of various major publications. The other rankings for college sports do not include priors, and thus can be wildly unstable early in the year. A team whose rankings are affected by this prior is noted with a P following its rankings.

## Full Ranking

``````                                            STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM         W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
SACRAMENTO  32 10 2899 2618  0.055 20.902    1  1.546    1  0.578    1  0.510    1 0.5624  3.371  0.270  0.750  0.000
CONNECTICUT 31 11 3028 2775  0.053 20.972    2  1.452    2  0.514    2  0.432    2 0.5583  3.516  0.764  0.099  0.000
INDIANA     23 15 2426 2384  0.004 19.112    3  1.071    3  0.216    5  0.109    3 0.5243  3.289 -0.438  0.655  0.000
SEATTLE     21 16 2695 2616 -0.027 18.101    4  0.917    4  0.098    4  0.126    4 0.5114  3.574  0.700 -0.448  0.000
HOUSTON     21 18 2652 2607  0.027 19.932    5  0.888    5  0.076    3  0.130    5 0.5099  3.418  0.068  0.192  0.000
NEW YORK    18 18 2417 2406 -0.023 17.933    6  0.751    6 -0.020    7 -0.041    6 0.4989  3.433 -0.044 -0.038  0.000
LOS ANGELES 17 19 2461 2501  0.028 18.795    7  0.721    7 -0.035    8 -0.098    7 0.4963  3.499  0.163 -0.359  0.000
PHOENIX     16 18 2361 2354 -0.020 16.961    8  0.667    9 -0.084    6  0.043    9 0.4905  3.512  0.357 -0.271  0.000
WASHINGTON  16 18 2263 2305 -0.033 17.033    9  0.663    8 -0.082   10 -0.140    8 0.4909  3.428 -0.162 -0.119  0.000
DETROIT     16 20 2376 2435 -0.005 18.473   10  0.628   10 -0.108    9 -0.114   10 0.4881  3.412 -0.197 -0.032  0.000
TEAM         W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
MINNESOTA   14 20 2211 2288 -0.008 17.546   11  0.537   11 -0.174   11 -0.205   11 0.4791  3.389 -0.377 -0.033  0.000
SAN ANTONIO  7 27 2141 2401 -0.018 18.095   12  0.110   12 -0.596   13 -0.540   12 0.4322  3.425 -0.574 -0.505  0.000
CHARLOTTE    6 28 2095 2335 -0.038 17.812   13  0.000   13 -0.682   12 -0.443   13 0.4252  3.368 -0.697 -0.189  0.000
``````

``````WESTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM         W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
SACRAMENTO  32 10 2899 2618  0.055 20.902    1  1.546    1  0.578    1  0.510    1 0.5624  3.371  0.270  0.750  0.000
SEATTLE     21 16 2695 2616 -0.027 18.101    4  0.917    4  0.098    4  0.126    4 0.5114  3.574  0.700 -0.448  0.000
HOUSTON     21 18 2652 2607  0.027 19.932    5  0.888    5  0.076    3  0.130    5 0.5099  3.418  0.068  0.192  0.000
LOS ANGELES 17 19 2461 2501  0.028 18.795    7  0.721    7 -0.035    8 -0.098    7 0.4963  3.499  0.163 -0.359  0.000
PHOENIX     16 18 2361 2354 -0.020 16.961    8  0.667    9 -0.084    6  0.043    9 0.4905  3.512  0.357 -0.271  0.000
MINNESOTA   14 20 2211 2288 -0.008 17.546   11  0.537   11 -0.174   11 -0.205   11 0.4791  3.389 -0.377 -0.033  0.000
SAN ANTONIO  7 27 2141 2401 -0.018 18.095   12  0.110   12 -0.596   13 -0.540   12 0.4322  3.425 -0.574 -0.505  0.000
``````

``````EASTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM         W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
CONNECTICUT 31 11 3028 2775  0.053 20.972    2  1.452    2  0.514    2  0.432    2 0.5583  3.516  0.764  0.099  0.000
INDIANA     23 15 2426 2384  0.004 19.112    3  1.071    3  0.216    5  0.109    3 0.5243  3.289 -0.438  0.655  0.000
NEW YORK    18 18 2417 2406 -0.023 17.933    6  0.751    6 -0.020    7 -0.041    6 0.4989  3.433 -0.044 -0.038  0.000
WASHINGTON  16 18 2263 2305 -0.033 17.033    9  0.663    8 -0.082   10 -0.140    8 0.4909  3.428 -0.162 -0.119  0.000
DETROIT     16 20 2376 2435 -0.005 18.473   10  0.628   10 -0.108    9 -0.114   10 0.4881  3.412 -0.197 -0.032  0.000
CHARLOTTE    6 28 2095 2335 -0.038 17.812   13  0.000   13 -0.682   12 -0.443   13 0.4252  3.368 -0.697 -0.189  0.000
``````

``````DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
WESTERN CONFERENCE 128 128 0.500    1 -0.006
EASTERN CONFERENCE 110 110 0.500    2 -0.046
``````

``````Home field advantage amounts to:
0.344 points in main ratings (0.226 for semineutral)
0.034 points in improved RPI (0.023 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
``````
```Predict score: CHARLOTTE CONNECTICUT DETROIT HOUSTON INDIANA LOS ANGELES MINNESOTA NEW YORK PHOENIX SACRAMENTO SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE WASHINGTON vs. hosting at CHARLOTTE CONNECTICUT DETROIT HOUSTON INDIANA LOS ANGELES MINNESOTA NEW YORK PHOENIX SACRAMENTO SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE WASHINGTON Team Strength vs. Time Plot: CHARLOTTE CONNECTICUT DETROIT HOUSTON INDIANA LOS ANGELES MINNESOTA NEW YORK PHOENIX SACRAMENTO SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE WASHINGTON posted: Mon Dec 31 14:17:01 2007 games through: Thu Sep 22 2005 ```

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