How Are High School Boys Basketball Top 25 Rankings Determined?


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The USA Today Super 25 Expert High School Basketball Rankings are compiled by Sports writer Jim Halley. The nationwide rankings are derived from game results, quality of players and strength of schedule. USA Today Super 25 Computer Rankings are generated by Sports writer Ken Massey and reward teams for their performance, while also objectively analyzing completed games based on a number of criteria.

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The Expert rankings are updated each week during the season, and include a summary of each team's results from recent action, overall record and rank from the previous week's poll. The list can be filtered by year and week of the season. Expert Rankings expand to include those teams ranked 25 through 50 nationally.

Super 25 Computer Rankings further emphasize margin of victory and where contests are played. Strength of schedule is built into the formula and corrects for home field advantage, with teams being penalized less for a loss on the road and gaining more for road wins. Since much of the data is based on past performance, the Super 25 Computer Rankings may be less accurate early in the season, but a good indicator as to how a team stacks up nationally as the season progresses.

Each of the current rankings are viewable by visiting the USA Today High School Sports website and selecting Boys Basketball from the Rankings header.

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