# Means to team positions: the Curve

One often wonders what is bad, medium, good, excellent, and elite. To evaluate anything you must have a reference point to direct the projection. To make it humanly realistic then you must see the best we have done, like in Olympic records. Therefore all results ultimately are evaluated on a curve. As when we were in school, the grade curve was set by the best score for that particular test. Let me break this into numbers that you are more familiar. As an example, we play 18 games in SEC. Now let’s figure out the win percentages for 18 games: If you win all 18, you have 100%; 17, 94%; 16, 89%, 15, 83%; 14, 78%; 13, 72%, 12, 67%; 11, 61%; 10, 55%; 9, 50%. Anything below 50% (not using the word “bad”, but one of its synonyms) dissatisfactory. Now, for instance, using the SEC tournament positioning, based on win/loss, here is where the curve comes in. Certainly, the top 4 teams are not 100, 94, 89, and 83%, but are the top 4 finishers, call them the “Elite” teams. The 5 and 6 places fall in the 70’s percentile (78 & 72% respectively). For example, AR finished 10/18, 55%, but the curve pushed AR to 6th place to 72%, next category to the elite, “Excellent”. The next category is 7 & 8 places, which falls in the 60’s (12/18, 67% and 11/18, 61%), we can name this “Good”. Next is 10/18, 55% & 9/18 50%, we call them the “Medium”. As you can see the relevance of position is in respect to finish by all involved. Just remember the Curve. Just a mind twister for fun.

There was a statistician that drowned crossing a river… It was 3 feet deep on average.

That was funny!