BYU Ranks Highest Among Local Teams In NCAA’s Initial “NET” Rankings
SALT LAKE CITY – The rankings that the NCAA Selection Committee uses to seed teams in the 68-team Men’s basketball tournament has been released. NCAA’s “NET” rankings are now out for the first time this season.
What are the NET Rankings?
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Out of the six in-state Division I men’s basketball programs, BYU ranks the highest in the NET’s initial rankings sitting at number 42.
The NET ranking is an algorithm that compiles a team’s value based on game results through the opponents they face, where the games are played, and who ultimately wins the game.
NET rankings break up games into four different “quadrants.” Teams are looking to compile as many quadrant 1 games as possible on their resume and pull off some wins when going up against those great teams. Losing games to teams in the quadrant 3 or quadrant 4 could potentially impact a team’s chances at an NCAA Tournament birth in March.
BYU – NET Ranking: 42
Quadrant 1 wins: Utah State (47), Houston (68)
Quadrant 1 losses: Kansas (2), San Diego State (3), Utah (54)
Quadrant 3 & 4 losses: NONE
— BYU Basketball (@BYUbasketball) December 15, 2019
The initial NET rankings have BYU as the highest-ranked local team in large part because of their tough schedule so far. According to NET, BYU has faced the eighth toughest schedule in college basketball to this point of the season.
To be in the at-large NCAA Tournament pool, you usually need to be around the Top 40 of the NET rankings, it’s a good start for BYU to find themselves at 42.
Utah State – NET Ranking: 47
Quadrant 1 wins: LSU (26)
Quadrant 1 losses: BYU (42), Saint Mary’s (64)
Quadrant 3 & 4 losses: NONE
— USU Men's Hoops (@USUBasketball) December 15, 2019
The Aggies setback against BYU over the weekend was a tough one as it was a missed opportunity for a Quad 1 win. The upcoming game against Florida this Saturday will be an important one for the Aggies at-large NCAA resume.
Utah – NET Ranking: 54
Quadrant 1 wins: NONE
Quadrant 1 losses: NONE
Quadrant 3 & 4 losses: Tulane (127), Coastal Carolina (156)
Big game Wednesday night in Las Vegas against #6 ranked Kentucky! 👀
— Utah Basketball🏀 (@UtahMBB) December 16, 2019
None of Utah’s games has fallen in the quadrant 1 category just yet. But that’s about to change as the Utes take on Kentucky this Wednesday in Las Vegas followed by a meeting in Los Angeles with San Diego State.
Southern Utah – NET Ranking: 178
Best Win: at Nebraska (153) – Quad 3
Worst Loss: at LMU (171) – Quad 3
— SUU Men's Basketball (@SUUBasketball) December 15, 2019
Utah Valley – NET Ranking: 237
Best Win: at North Dakota State (196) – Quad 3
Worst Loss: at Denver (306) – Quad 4
— UVU Men’s Basketball (@UVUmbb) December 13, 2019
Weber State – NET Ranking: 292
Best Win: at Utah Valley (237) – Quad 3
Worst Loss: San Diego (226) – Quad 4
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