So this year the boys regular season breaks down nicely into 3 1-month sections. Dec 7 (defacto start of season) - Today (Jan 7), Jan 8 - Feb 7 and Feb 8 to Mar 7 which is the defacto end of the regular season. How nice then that the 1st boys QRFs came out today as well (thanks to MN Scores, hopefully they'll add an RPI sometime down the road). Let's evaluate the metro sections based on the average QRF rank of each team, all teams are included in the analysis. Of course with some of the A teams having only a game or 2 in the MN Scores system, that can skew these numbers in a negative direction.
4A: Average QRF rank, 99.18 worst in 1A and its not close, best QRF average 3A 72.52. Next closest to 4A was 5A at 92.63. Moral of the story, the section still is dreadful and is showing me that it is indeed the worst in the state. This includes CHOF at #6 and above Maranatha (#8) which I can't see staying that high as the season goes on. Don't get me wrong, they have a nice team, but #6 overall seems high to me based on what I've seen of them. MN Transitions at 53 and St. Agnes at 63 with their Tri-Metro schedule starting will both probably move up dramatically.
4AA: Average QRF rank, 65.59 4th in 2A. Best QRF average 1AA 54.94, worst 3AA at 76.75. I thought it would be higher with heavyweights like Concordia, St. Bernard's and Holy Family.
Class AAA: Best is 6AAA at 25.25 and that's with DeLaSalle being 0-6. Absolutely amazing. Worst by far is 7AAA at 44.88. 3AAA was 2nd (28.13), 4AAA was 6th and 1AAA was 7th at 34 showing why STA should be disappointed if they don't make state (which was the thought all along that they had a cakewalk). 5AAA only finishes 4th despite having Princeton and STMA. To think what DLS, BSM and Washburn have on their road to state compared to what STA will have. That's the luck you have sometimes.
Class AAAA: No surprise that 6AAAA is the strongest at 26.63 with Hopkins and Minnetonka, but nice showings by Wayzata and Armstrong put the section in 1st and they have no team under 500 when every other AAAA section has a bad team at the bottom. 1AAAA is the weakest at 43 with only Rochester Mayo showing a high number. 2AAAA finishes 4th at 29.5, 3AAAA surprisingly weak at 6th (34.38). 4AAAA tough as expected finishing 2nd at 27.5. 4 teams from there in the top 12. 5AAAA finishes 3rd at 29.13 with their 3 strong teams and a surprising high score from Park Center. 7AAAA finishes 7th at 36.5 and shows that the section is wide open. I think this is especially true since I was not impressed with Forest Lake when I saw them on opening day. Duluth East at 3-7 giving up 77.2 pts a night isn't getting it done. That 77.2 is 3rd worst in AAAA (and 4th worst across AA, AAA and AAAA) with only Richfield (let's just say this fan is not surprised by that) and Chaska being worse in AAAA. At that rate Dyami Starks will have to score 50 a night to keep them in games. I might have to jump on the Cambridge-Isanti bandwagon. For completeness, section 8 finishes 5th at 33.38 with 3 respectable but not great teams at the top in Moorhead, St. Cloud Tech and Elk River.
That's how the numbers are today, lots to change in the last 2 months. I'll try to do this analysis again after month 2 and see what has changed.