Upon additional review…

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The other day I wrote that the Fairfield women’s basketball team wasn’t getting any respect in the Top 25 Mid-Major poll. Despite a 20-7 record, the Stags received just two votes last week’s poll (hey, they got eight this week!) and I commented, saying: “No offense, Pioneer fans, but the Northeast Conference isn’t exactly as strong as the MAAC.”
SHU women’s coach coach Ed Swanson — who’s Pioneers (20-7) are No. 18 in this week’s poll — e-mailed me, telling me that the 2011-12 RPI ratings for the Northeast Conference was 15 and the MAAC’s was 21 (according the RealTimeRPI.com website).
True.
But if you dig a little deeper and check back over the last decade, something else pops up – the MAAC has been more consistent. (dare I say better?)
According to the past standings on RealTimeRPI.com, the MAAC went seven straight years having a better overall conference RPI than the Northeast.

Season Northeast MAAC
2011-12 15 21
2010-11 18 25
2009-10 23 21
2008-09 26 17
2007-08 23 13
2006-05 21 18
2004-05 28 21
2003-04 18 14
2002-03 24 17

If you simply add the numbers and divide them by the last nine seasons, the MAAC averages out to 18.5
The Northeast Conference averages out to 22.77
So, over the last decade, which conference was stronger? It seems the MAAC was. The numbers point that out.

But … it has been the Pioneers that have the better individual RPI over their next door neighbor five of the last six years, according to RealTimeRPI.com. Congrats, Ed!!

Season SHU FU
2011-12 76 109
2010-11 110 232
2009-10 157 170
2008-09 82 165
2007-08 171 87
2006-07 103 214

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