We are only three events in and 14 ranked matches into the 2018 Season. We’ve already had 11 teams compete, and we have oodles more games (at least 21) to see this upcoming weekend with events at UNL (Cornhusker Clash), Kent (Summit Street Slugfest), and UMD. There’s a lot of activity to close out a very busy September. I can’t express how excited I am to see the match count grow.
This weekend saw only five ranked matches and no technical upsets. They were held at Towson and a double header at UK. In the current Gonzalez System, there are now 239 technical upsets in 1264 ranked matches since accurate record keeping started 2010-09-25.
As stated in the previous Standings release, a couple things to reiterate for a couple more weeks:
Please keep in mind that there is a Exec Board vote scheduled on the NCDA Ranking Algorithm; so the Gonzalez system as it appears before you today may or may not be the single system we use for Nationals 2018 at VCU. We’ll release information on the vote as soon as it comes up.
Every system is going to produce strange Standings in the initial parts of the season, which might retroactively look silly come Nationals 2018. For a couple more weeks, this list is essentially going to similar to what it did at the end of the Season, post Nationals 2017.
These half point swings are common changes over one to two matches. For what it is worth, four exchanges were around 0.4-0.5 point swings. The Towson/Stevenson match was the lowest influential exchange, at the minimum 0.010 exchange value.
|↑ from 8||5||46.196||UK|
|↓ from 5||6||45.892||Kent|
|↓ from 6||7||45.698||MSU|
|↓ from 7||8||45.410||JMU|
|↑ from 17||16||40.502||UNT|
|↓ from 16||17||40.139||WKU|
|↑ from 30||29||36.169||NSU|
|↓ from 29||30||35.783||SU|
I mentioned it last week, and UK made the jump up the highly competitive 4-8 section of the Standings. Where there was .542 point difference between #4 and #8 last week, now there is .952 difference. It’s still close but expect this tier to fluctuate wildly with #4 Towson, #6 Kent, and #8 JMU playing this weekend.
The rest of the Standings are nowhere near safe with 21-22 matches played by 15 teams. If CMU wins out at Kent, there is a decent potential that they could nab #1 off GVSU. See you in the next Tuesday release!