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BYU Ranks Highest Among Local Teams In NCAA’s Initial “NET” Rankings

Dec 16, 2019, 11:01 AM
Brigham Young Cougars head coach Mark Pope looks at the BYU student section after defeating the Uta...
Brigham Young Cougars head coach Mark Pope looks at the BYU student section after defeating the Utah State Aggies 68-64 in the Beehive Classic at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Colter Peterson, Deseret News)
(Colter Peterson, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITYΒ – 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.

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

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

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)

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

Utah Valley – NET Ranking: 237

Best Win: at North Dakota State (196) – Quad 3

Worst Loss: at Denver (306) – Quad 4

Weber State – NET Ranking: 292

Best Win: at Utah Valley (237) – Quad 3

Worst Loss: San Diego (226) – Quad 4

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