Commentary: Even though #2 UCLA won the NCAA tournament, Jacksonville leapfrogged over them (from the #6 spot) by winning their first four NCAA tournament games over some strong opponents, with their win over then #1 Kentucky being the largest reason they ended up as the team having the best season, according to Rewards, after all games had been played. Given the exponential weighting that Rewards employs, this helped Jacksonville's average weight per win to be higher than UCLA's. The Bruins' two losses also contributed to lowering their ranking, where losing to UCLA didn't lower Jacksonville's ranking significantly since UCLA ended as the #1 team in the final Power ratings (without any margin of victory) after all games were done. NIT Champion Marquette improved from #13 to #9, and the winner in the NIT consolation game (unranked Army) moved up from #41 to #24 in the final Rewards ranking after their three tournament wins.
(This page last modified September 10, 2010 .)