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    Below is a list of the top 15 most improved teams by TPR between this year and last year. I've also included a list later that shows the most improved teams by TPR between two years ago and this year. Note that teams are only counted for moving from one rank to another. Teams that enter the ranks on one year are not considered.

    Most Improved TPR from 2017-2018 to 2018-2019

    Lafayette A moved up 201 ranks from 252 to 51
    Haverford moved up 168 ranks from 222 to 54
    Georgia State moved up 138 ranks from 238 to 100
    UC San Diego A moved up 128 ranks from 215 to 87
    Baylor B moved up 117 ranks from 263 to 146
    UC Irvine B moved up 108 ranks from 166 to 58
    Notre Dame B moved up 102 ranks from 210 to 108
    Colorado moved up 96 ranks from 241 to 145
    Arizona B moved up 93 ranks from 228 to 135
    Richmond B moved up 83 ranks from 190 to 107
    Illinois B moved up 81 ranks from 257 to 176
    Illinois State A moved up 80 ranks from 193 to 113
    UC Santa Barbara B moved up 76 ranks from 227 to 151
    Princeton B moved up 74 ranks from 249 to 175
    SUNY Binghamton moved up 72 ranks from 240 to 168

    Unsurprising, since rank encompasses multiple years, none of the top improved teams made strides into the top 20 (or even the top 48). However, we do see three teams getting close with Lafayette, Haverford, and UC Irvine B almost making top 50s. Further, if we extend to a sixteenth team, UC Irvine A made a 67 ranks jump from 82 to 15.

    Most Improved TPR from 2016-2017 to 2018-2019

    UC Irvine B moved up 181 ranks from 239 to 58
    Lafayette A moved up 151 ranks from 202 to 51
    Tenn-Chattanooga A moved up 146 ranks from 198 to 52
    William and Mary moved up 131 from 210 to 79
    Haverford moved up 123 ranks from 177 to 54
    La Salle moved up 120 ranks from 235 to 115
    Howard B moved up 110 ranks from 187 to 77
    Seton Hall A moved up 109 ranks from 220 to 111
    Denver moved up 108 ranks from 203 to 95
    St. Thomas (TX) moved up 106 ranks from 204 to 98
    Georgia State moved up 105 ranks from 205 to 100
    Rutgers A moved up 95 ranks from 120 to 25
    Auburn moved up 94 ranks from 256 to 162
    Georgia Tech B moved up 94 ranks from 223 to 129
    Penn State B moved up 94 ranks from 215 to 121

    While the one year trends featured a lot of movement from 200s to 100s, it seems that the biggest two year trends show a notable amount of programs moving into the double digits, with a lot of 50s, some 70s, some 90s, and Rutgers shooting into 25th.

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    This is a pretty clear demonstration that the best thing a team can do to improve their TPR is to make and succeed at Nationals. I know that seems obvious, especially for anyone who knows the formula, but it bears saying anyway.

    In the one year changes, 5 of the top 6 were teams that qualified to NCT in 2018. In the two year changes, each of the top 5 have qualified to NCT in either one or both of the past two years.


    • #3
      TrialWithoutATheme Great analysis, but I am curious as to why you did not include teams that were previously unranked, that were introduced (or reintroduced) back into the TPR this year.
      Maybe if we presume that all unranked teams for a given year assume one position lower on the TPR than the last place team. For example, both Rice University and Tennessee B, the two best-performing, previously-unranked teams this season. Both of them are tied at 133rd for the 2018-19 season. If they assume one position lower than the lowest ranked team from the previous year, they’re position (along with all other unranked teams) for 2017-2018 TPR would be 277th. That means the difference would signify a jump of 143 positions. They would be tied for 3rd on your one-year-jump list.
      PMiddle This demonstrates to me that for new programs or programs who have historically struggled to get out of regionals, going to ORCS and managing to get some wins would be the first step to making huge gains on the list. This does not invalidate your point but given that there is a significant portion of member programs that are in fact unranked, simply picking up ballots at orcs would see them make higher jumps than many new faces at nationals, simply because they have more teams to pass at the bottom then at the top of the list.
      Last edited by bdopl; August 8th, 2018, 08:13 AM.