Posted by Parliamentarian on February 06, 2017 at 10:10:31:
In Reply to: Are CIF polls same as Max Preps Playoff Predictions? posted by Help me understand... on February 06, 2017 at 08:57:20:
: Does anyone know how Max Preps calculates their Rating column?
: And does CIF take it into account when seeding teams?
Answering your first question (are the CIF polls the same as Max Preps Playoff Predictions), the answer is "No."
What you are referring to as "CIF" polls are actually prepared and compiled by SCIBCA and then published by the CIF-SS only. SCIBCA polls are usually compiled by one, sometimes maybe two, CIF-SS coaches whose teams compete in the particular division which is being ranked. It's supposed to be based, at least for the most part, on the votes of other coaches in the same division, but as a practical matter, only a handful of people vote.
The MaxPreps computer rankings are explained by several FAQ pages at MaxPreps. See, http://support.maxpreps.com/hc/en-us/articles/202097004-How-do-the-MaxPreps-computer-rankings-work-
The MaxPreps computer rankings are simply done by computer looking at not only win-loss records, but strength of league, strength of schedule, and a variety of other factors. MaxPreps does NOT poll or take input from coaches (at least that's what the website says).
The playoff committee in the CIF-SS office is supposed to take into account a number of factors in determining seeding and construction of the brackets. See, this link, and begin reading at page 10 of the PDF: http://cifss.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/basketballhandbook16-17-FINAL-1.pdf
Hope that answers your questions.
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