2017 NEPSAC AA Saylor Points

As promised, we wanted to follow up on the Saylor Points that we alluded to in the last post.  Vermont Academy took care of business and had another undefeated week. Go VA! 

So, if you follow prep school basketball at the Class AA level, you may have heard of the Saylor Ranking System. While many basketball enthusiasts have heard this terminology, very few understand exactly how it works.  Here is a look at the system's breakdown:

Category 1 is against Class AAA teams with a win/loss percentage above 75%.

A win against Category 1 gives you 600 points, and a loss gives you 200 points.

Category 2 is against Class AAA teams with a win/loss percentage above 50% and below 75% OR against Class AA programs with a win/loss percentage above 75%.

A win against Category 2 gives you 500 points, and a loss gives you 150 points.

Category 3 is against Class AAA teams with a win/loss percentage above 25% and below 50% OR against Class AA programs with a win/loss percentage above 50% and below 75% OR Class A team with a win/loss percentage above 75%. 

A win against Category 3 gives you 400 points, and a loss gives you 100 points.

Category 4 is against Class AA programs with a win/loss percentage below 25% OR Class AA above 25% and below 50%.

A win against Category 4 gives you 300 points, and a loss gives you 50 points.

Category 5 is against Class AA programs with a win/loss percentage under 25% OR Class A teams with a win/loss percentage under 50% and above 25% OR Class B teams with a win/loss percentage over 50% and under 75%.

A win against Category 5 gives you 200 points and 0 for a loss.

Category 6 is against Class A with a win/loss percentage under 25% OR Class B below 50% and above 25%.

A win against Category 6 gives you 100 points and 0 for a loss.

Category 7 is against Class B programs with a win/loss percentage under 25%.

These wins give you 50 points and 0 for a loss. 

Now that we got through that, here are the calculations for the top 3 programs.

Tilton School: 13-3 in NEPSAC AA and 3-4 in NEPSAC AAA

Total Saylor Points: 7700/25 = 308 (average)

Head to Head--> Tilton defeated Vermont at home, but lost at Cushing.

Vermont Academy: 12-3 in NEPSAC AA and 3-3 in NEPSAC AAA

Total Saylor Points: 6750/22 = 306.8 (average)

Head to Head--> Vermont defeated Cushing at home, but lost at Tilton.

Cushing Academy: 10-1 in NEPSAC AA and 2-2 in NEPSAC AAA

Total Saylor Points: 6300/21= 300 (average)

Head to Head--> Cushing defeated Tilton at home, but lost at Vermont. 

3 NEPSAC AA games under the committee rule minimum of 14.

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Here is what was reported for points by the selection committee of St. Andrew's, Gould, MacDuffie, and Worcester: 

Tilton 310

Cushing 300

Vermont 300

Proctor 280

Cheshire 267

St. Andrew's 244

Lawrence 205

Gould 180

MacDuffie 175

Now, we were told that Cushing received the 1 seed because they beat Tilton. The top 3 teams all went 1-1 against each other.  Tilton finished with 308 points, while Vermont had 307 points, and Cushing at 300 points. Tilton's score was rounded up 2 points and Vermont was rounded down 6.8 points, and Cushing stayed as is. 

It's also worth understanding that MacDuffie and Gould didn't get into the tournament because they were below .500, and the rule is pretty firm on this. However, the Class AA minimum for games is 14 and we have consistently had teams under this number. We find it fascinating that one rule for the tournament is enforced while another is not.  

Let's put the analytics away now because the New England Tournament starts on March 1 and here are the pairings! 

#1 Cushing received a BYE.

#2 Tilton will host #7 Lawrence Academy (the teams split in the regular season).

#3 Vermont will host #6 St. Andrew's (their regular season game at St. Andrew's was cancelled due to a St. Andrew's snow day)

#4 Proctor will play #5 Cheshire at Cushing Academy (these teams did not play in the regular season)

Semifinal games will be hosted by the higher seeds on Saturday and the Championship will be played in Providence, RI on Sunday. 

It's time to toss out the records, everyone is 0-0 in the tournament. It should be a great week of basketball and we are elated to be participating in it for the 7th year in a row. 

Go VA!