SIAC Sagarin observations:
The SIAC as a whole is rated higher then one year ago, about 12 pts per team better this year. This comes from a strength of schedule weighting greater then last year. Currently, Jasper (5pts) and Castle (.43 pts) are both rated higher then Central was at the same time one year ago.
One year ago the conference entered sectional as 66 pt underdogs in round one non-conference games and outperformed that by 90pts. (Bosse alone was a 51 pt underdog, they lost by 49)
This year the conference is a favorite by 1.91 pts in round one non-conference games (MD, Vin, Bosse, Reitz, Jasper).
By comparison, the Summit (another closed conference) has one of the best strength of schedules in the state. Last year both conferences had the same strength of schedule heading into sectional. Some sort of adjustment was made to try and offset the closed conference problem.