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
CONNECTICUT 29 10 3018 2760  0.015 18.131    1  1.700    1  0.555    3  0.417    1 0.5539  3.526  0.341  0.492  0.000
DETROIT     30 14 3275 3088  0.101 22.029    2  1.603    2  0.481    1  0.459    2 0.5464  3.495  0.257  0.661  0.000
LOS ANGELES 27 12 2912 2829  0.034 19.164    3  1.551    3  0.451    5  0.190    3 0.5441  3.496 -0.007  0.388  0.000
SACRAMENTO  27 16 3232 3030  0.102 21.694    4  1.457    4  0.351    2  0.456    4 0.5362  3.488  0.224  0.687  0.000
INDIANA     21 15 2574 2482 -0.001 17.133    5  1.205    5  0.156    6  0.149    5 0.5173  3.414 -0.376  0.673  0.000
PHOENIX     18 16 2960 2879  0.019 16.517    6  1.082    6  0.064    4  0.225    7 0.5064  3.812  1.415 -0.965  0.000
SEATTLE     19 18 2861 2793  0.047 18.416    7  1.078    7  0.057    7  0.130    6 0.5066  3.584  0.297 -0.037  0.000
HOUSTON     18 18 2649 2634  0.019 17.802    8  1.015    8  0.013    9 -0.050    8 0.4999  3.483 -0.300  0.200  0.000
WASHINGTON  18 18 2873 2801 -0.012 17.140    9  0.966    9 -0.030    8  0.059    9 0.4972  3.656  0.537 -0.419  0.000
SAN ANTONIO 13 21 2523 2603 -0.030 16.682   10  0.669   10 -0.269   11 -0.233   10 0.4711  3.558 -0.176 -0.290  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
CHARLOTTE   11 23 2456 2571 -0.033 16.827   11  0.480   12 -0.427   10 -0.187   11 0.4573  3.518 -0.294 -0.081  0.000
NEW YORK    11 23 2372 2658 -0.066 17.244   12  0.458   11 -0.406   13 -0.607   12 0.4573  3.502 -0.781 -0.433  0.000
MINNESOTA   10 24 2523 2735 -0.044 17.103   13  0.376   13 -0.480   12 -0.529   13 0.4502  3.604 -0.278 -0.781  0.000
CHICAGO      5 29 2322 2687 -0.070 17.498   14  0.000   14 -0.847   14 -0.841   14 0.4171  3.523 -0.928 -0.754  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
LOS ANGELES 27 12 2912 2829  0.034 19.164    3  1.551    3  0.451    5  0.190    3 0.5441  3.496 -0.007  0.388  0.000
SACRAMENTO  27 16 3232 3030  0.102 21.694    4  1.457    4  0.351    2  0.456    4 0.5362  3.488  0.224  0.687  0.000
PHOENIX     18 16 2960 2879  0.019 16.517    6  1.082    6  0.064    4  0.225    7 0.5064  3.812  1.415 -0.965  0.000
SEATTLE     19 18 2861 2793  0.047 18.416    7  1.078    7  0.057    7  0.130    6 0.5066  3.584  0.297 -0.037  0.000
HOUSTON     18 18 2649 2634  0.019 17.802    8  1.015    8  0.013    9 -0.050    8 0.4999  3.483 -0.300  0.200  0.000
SAN ANTONIO 13 21 2523 2603 -0.030 16.682   10  0.669   10 -0.269   11 -0.233   10 0.4711  3.558 -0.176 -0.290  0.000
MINNESOTA   10 24 2523 2735 -0.044 17.103   13  0.376   13 -0.480   12 -0.529   13 0.4502  3.604 -0.278 -0.781  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 29 10 3018 2760  0.015 18.131    1  1.700    1  0.555    3  0.417    1 0.5539  3.526  0.341  0.492  0.000
DETROIT     30 14 3275 3088  0.101 22.029    2  1.603    2  0.481    1  0.459    2 0.5464  3.495  0.257  0.661  0.000
INDIANA     21 15 2574 2482 -0.001 17.133    5  1.205    5  0.156    6  0.149    5 0.5173  3.414 -0.376  0.673  0.000
WASHINGTON  18 18 2873 2801 -0.012 17.140    9  0.966    9 -0.030    8  0.059    9 0.4972  3.656  0.537 -0.419  0.000
CHARLOTTE   11 23 2456 2571 -0.033 16.827   11  0.480   12 -0.427   10 -0.187   11 0.4573  3.518 -0.294 -0.081  0.000
NEW YORK    11 23 2372 2658 -0.066 17.244   12  0.458   11 -0.406   13 -0.607   12 0.4573  3.502 -0.781 -0.433  0.000
CHICAGO      5 29 2322 2687 -0.070 17.498   14  0.000   14 -0.847   14 -0.841   14 0.4171  3.523 -0.928 -0.754  0.000
``````

``````DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
WESTERN CONFERENCE 132 125 0.514    1  0.047
EASTERN CONFERENCE 125 132 0.486    2 -0.090
``````

``````Home field advantage amounts to:
0.316 points in main ratings (0.226 for semineutral)
0.028 points in improved RPI (0.023 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
``````
```Predict score: CHARLOTTE CHICAGO CONNECTICUT DETROIT HOUSTON INDIANA LOS ANGELES MINNESOTA NEW YORK PHOENIX SACRAMENTO SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE WASHINGTON vs. hosting at CHARLOTTE CHICAGO CONNECTICUT DETROIT HOUSTON INDIANA LOS ANGELES MINNESOTA NEW YORK PHOENIX SACRAMENTO SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE WASHINGTON Team Strength vs. Time Plot: CHARLOTTE CHICAGO CONNECTICUT DETROIT HOUSTON INDIANA LOS ANGELES MINNESOTA NEW YORK PHOENIX SACRAMENTO SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE WASHINGTON posted: Mon Dec 31 14:18:29 2007 games through: Sat Sep 9 2006 ```

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