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.
• Scoring. This value indicates how many points a team would be expected to score if it played an identical team.
• 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.
• 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.
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    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM         W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
MINNESOTA   32 11 3617 3284  0.089 20.883    1  0.711    1  0.665    2  0.510    1 0.5573    4  3.635    2  0.778    4  0.242
INDIANA     29 15 3446 3199  0.112 22.215    2  0.500    4  0.453    1  0.565    3 0.5417    8  3.531    5  0.390    2  0.740
CONNECTICUT 28 11 3135 2982 -0.017 18.238    3  0.493    2  0.485    4  0.233    2 0.5454    6  3.616    4  0.417    6  0.050
LOS ANGELES 26 12 3207 3015  0.040 18.230    4  0.479    3  0.461    3  0.423    4 0.5411    1  3.687    1  0.920    8 -0.075
SAN ANTONIO 21 15 2970 2810  0.032 17.308    5  0.224    5  0.180    5  0.223    5 0.5184    5  3.632    3  0.478    7 -0.032
ATLANTA     20 17 2899 2818  0.056 18.539    6  0.155    6  0.114    6  0.215    6 0.5100    7  3.570    6  0.205    5  0.224
SEATTLE     17 20 2650 2666  0.021 18.758    7 -0.056    7 -0.093    7  0.014    7 0.4925   12  3.391   11 -0.718    1  0.746
CHICAGO     14 20 2558 2566 -0.005 16.794    8 -0.182    9 -0.231    8 -0.018    9 0.4781   10  3.504    8 -0.303    3  0.267
NEW YORK    15 21 2606 2765 -0.050 18.125    9 -0.206    8 -0.213    9 -0.300    8 0.4793    9  3.524    9 -0.502    9 -0.098
TULSA        9 25 2626 2863 -0.042 17.730   10 -0.539   10 -0.570   10 -0.474   10 0.4467    3  3.641    7 -0.179   11 -0.770
TEAM         W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
PHOENIX      7 27 2533 2949 -0.063 18.035   11 -0.699   11 -0.702   12 -0.964   11 0.4324    2  3.648   10 -0.639   12 -1.289
WASHINGTON   5 29 2331 2661 -0.065 17.607   12 -0.879   12 -0.930   11 -0.801   12 0.4182   11  3.483   12 -1.171   10 -0.430
``````

``````WESTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM         W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
MINNESOTA   32 11 3617 3284  0.089 20.883    1  0.711    1  0.665    2  0.510    1 0.5573    4  3.635    2  0.778    4  0.242
LOS ANGELES 26 12 3207 3015  0.040 18.230    4  0.479    3  0.461    3  0.423    4 0.5411    1  3.687    1  0.920    8 -0.075
SAN ANTONIO 21 15 2970 2810  0.032 17.308    5  0.224    5  0.180    5  0.223    5 0.5184    5  3.632    3  0.478    7 -0.032
SEATTLE     17 20 2650 2666  0.021 18.758    7 -0.056    7 -0.093    7  0.014    7 0.4925   12  3.391   11 -0.718    1  0.746
TULSA        9 25 2626 2863 -0.042 17.730   10 -0.539   10 -0.570   10 -0.474   10 0.4467    3  3.641    7 -0.179   11 -0.770
PHOENIX      7 27 2533 2949 -0.063 18.035   11 -0.699   11 -0.702   12 -0.964   11 0.4324    2  3.648   10 -0.639   12 -1.289
``````

``````EASTERN CONFERENCE
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM         W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
INDIANA     29 15 3446 3199  0.112 22.215    2  0.500    4  0.453    1  0.565    3 0.5417    8  3.531    5  0.390    2  0.740
CONNECTICUT 28 11 3135 2982 -0.017 18.238    3  0.493    2  0.485    4  0.233    2 0.5454    6  3.616    4  0.417    6  0.050
ATLANTA     20 17 2899 2818  0.056 18.539    6  0.155    6  0.114    6  0.215    6 0.5100    7  3.570    6  0.205    5  0.224
CHICAGO     14 20 2558 2566 -0.005 16.794    8 -0.182    9 -0.231    8 -0.018    9 0.4781   10  3.504    8 -0.303    3  0.267
NEW YORK    15 21 2606 2765 -0.050 18.125    9 -0.206    8 -0.213    9 -0.300    8 0.4793    9  3.524    9 -0.502    9 -0.098
WASHINGTON   5 29 2331 2661 -0.065 17.607   12 -0.879   12 -0.930   11 -0.801   12 0.4182   11  3.483   12 -1.171   10 -0.430
``````

``````DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
WESTERN CONFERENCE 112 110 0.505    1 -0.018
EASTERN CONFERENCE 111 113 0.496    2 -0.029
``````

``````Home field advantage amounts to:
0.311 points in main ratings (0.226 for semineutral)
0.024 points in improved RPI (0.023 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
``````
```Predict score: ATLANTA CHICAGO CONNECTICUT INDIANA LOS ANGELES MINNESOTA NEW YORK PHOENIX SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE TULSA WASHINGTON vs. hosting at ATLANTA CHICAGO CONNECTICUT INDIANA LOS ANGELES MINNESOTA NEW YORK PHOENIX SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE TULSA WASHINGTON Team Strength vs. Time Plot: ATLANTA CHICAGO CONNECTICUT INDIANA LOS ANGELES MINNESOTA NEW YORK PHOENIX SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE TULSA WASHINGTON posted: Sat Jan 4 12:47:59 2020 games through: Sun Oct 21 2012 ```

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