Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
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
DETROIT     29 14 3332 3122 -0.012 20.111    1  1.403    2  0.317    1  0.341    2 0.5381  3.545  0.321  0.361  0.000
SAN ANTONIO 29 15 3264 3175  0.034 21.755    2  1.393    1  0.330    5  0.131    1 0.5400  3.478 -0.165  0.426  0.000
SEATTLE     23 14 2690 2604  0.025 18.108    3  1.264    3  0.236    4  0.133    3 0.5299  3.439 -0.318  0.585  0.000
LOS ANGELES 23 17 3019 2933  0.065 20.212    4  1.172    4  0.161    2  0.195    4 0.5254  3.491 -0.049  0.439  0.000
CONNECTICUT 22 15 2888 2750 -0.034 17.103    5  1.135    5  0.135    3  0.139    5 0.5149  3.582  0.274  0.003  0.000
NEW YORK    22 18 2969 2931  0.046 20.083    6  1.093    6  0.122    6  0.074    6 0.5132  3.503 -0.121  0.270  0.000
SACRAMENTO  19 19 2857 2886  0.047 19.340    7  0.971    7  0.037    9  0.002    7 0.5070  3.562  0.050 -0.047  0.000
HOUSTON     17 17 2561 2606  0.011 16.906    8  0.919    8  0.002   12 -0.101    8 0.5008  3.526 -0.201 -0.002  0.000
INDIANA     18 19 2695 2700 -0.012 17.959    9  0.862   10 -0.042   10 -0.060   11 0.4938  3.456 -0.441  0.322  0.000
PHOENIX     16 18 3010 3009  0.024 16.931   10  0.861    9 -0.040    8  0.014    9 0.4955  3.881  1.509 -1.481  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   16 18 2767 2721  0.016 16.650   11  0.837   11 -0.063    7  0.039   10 0.4951  3.664  0.530 -0.452  0.000
CHICAGO     12 22 2472 2510 -0.051 16.191   12  0.522   12 -0.311   11 -0.100   12 0.4589  3.473 -0.414  0.215  0.000
WASHINGTON  10 24 2368 2601 -0.034 17.146   13  0.389   13 -0.380   13 -0.467   13 0.4489  3.488 -0.722 -0.212  0.000
ATLANTA      4 30 2535 2879 -0.048 17.004   14  0.000   14 -0.731   14 -0.523   14 0.4057  3.668 -0.015 -1.030  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 SAN ANTONIO 29 15 3264 3175 0.034 21.755 2 1.393 1 0.330 5 0.131 1 0.5400 3.478 -0.165 0.426 0.000 SEATTLE 23 14 2690 2604 0.025 18.108 3 1.264 3 0.236 4 0.133 3 0.5299 3.439 -0.318 0.585 0.000 LOS ANGELES 23 17 3019 2933 0.065 20.212 4 1.172 4 0.161 2 0.195 4 0.5254 3.491 -0.049 0.439 0.000 SACRAMENTO 19 19 2857 2886 0.047 19.340 7 0.971 7 0.037 9 0.002 7 0.5070 3.562 0.050 -0.047 0.000 HOUSTON 17 17 2561 2606 0.011 16.906 8 0.919 8 0.002 12 -0.101 8 0.5008 3.526 -0.201 -0.002 0.000 PHOENIX 16 18 3010 3009 0.024 16.931 10 0.861 9 -0.040 8 0.014 9 0.4955 3.881 1.509 -1.481 0.000 MINNESOTA 16 18 2767 2721 0.016 16.650 11 0.837 11 -0.063 7 0.039 10 0.4951 3.664 0.530 -0.452 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 DETROIT 29 14 3332 3122 -0.012 20.111 1 1.403 2 0.317 1 0.341 2 0.5381 3.545 0.321 0.361 0.000 CONNECTICUT 22 15 2888 2750 -0.034 17.103 5 1.135 5 0.135 3 0.139 5 0.5149 3.582 0.274 0.003 0.000 NEW YORK 22 18 2969 2931 0.046 20.083 6 1.093 6 0.122 6 0.074 6 0.5132 3.503 -0.121 0.270 0.000 INDIANA 18 19 2695 2700 -0.012 17.959 9 0.862 10 -0.042 10 -0.060 11 0.4938 3.456 -0.441 0.322 0.000 CHICAGO 12 22 2472 2510 -0.051 16.191 12 0.522 12 -0.311 11 -0.100 12 0.4589 3.473 -0.414 0.215 0.000 WASHINGTON 10 24 2368 2601 -0.034 17.146 13 0.389 13 -0.380 13 -0.467 13 0.4489 3.488 -0.722 -0.212 0.000 ATLANTA 4 30 2535 2879 -0.048 17.004 14 0.000 14 -0.731 14 -0.523 14 0.4057 3.668 -0.015 -1.030 0.000


DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
WESTERN CONFERENCE 143 118 0.548    1  0.098
EASTERN CONFERENCE 117 142 0.452    2 -0.128

Home field advantage amounts to:
     0.304 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:
Team Strength vs. Time Plot:
posted: Mon Nov 24 15:09:44 2008
games through: Sun Oct  5 2008

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