Block out the noise and pay attention to what matters
Rating Percentage Index is important, and takes into account the competitiveness of a team’s conference and how tough a team’s schedule is at home and on the road. (Potential sleeper picks? Oregon and Florida, that come in at 4th and 5th overall. Could be overhyped? Wichita State, at 40th, and Wisconsin, at 32nd.)
KenPom rankings -- named after analyst Ken Pomeroy -- are important, and tell us how efficient a team is over the course of a game based on how often a set of outcomes occur over a set amount of possessions. (Translation from the original nerd: How many times does a team score, miss, or turn over the ball when they have it?)
What’s not important? Whether some stud freshman has shot the lights out for the last 3 games or how well a team’s fans travel. Also not important? Your uncle Ricky having a “feeling” that Villanova will repeat.