Where Utah Basketball Sits In The Initial NET Rankings Of 2021-22 Season

Dec 6, 2021, 1:15 PM
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(Photo courtesy of Nick Grace, Utah Athletics)

SALT LAKE CITY – The first NET rankings of the 2021-22 season are out and the Utah Runnin’ Utes are sitting in a favorable position through their first eight games.

Utah basketball is 6-2 overall and 1-1 in Pac-12 play, coming off of a 66-58 win over Cal on Sunday afternoon. The Runnin’ Utes are No. 57 in the first NET rankings of the college basketball season.

Utah is the fourth-highest ranked team in the Pac-12, according to the NET.

What Is The NET Rankings?

The best way to explain what the NET rankings are is to click on this story from the NCAA. It’s the primary sorting tool for Division I men’s basketball for the selection committee. Each win and loss for each program is put in a quadrant, depending on where the game was played and the opponent’s ranking.

Here is how the quadrants are sorted out.

  • Quadrant 1: Home 1-30, Neutral 1-50, Away 1-75
  • Quadrant 2: Home 31-75, Neutral 51-100, Away 76-135
  • Quadrant 3: Home 76-160, Neutral 101-200, Away 135-240
  • Quadrant 4: Home 161-353, Neutral 201-353, Away 241-353

Utah’s NET Ranking

The Runnin’ Utes come in at No. 57 in the country in the initial rankings of the season. They are 6-2 overall, 0-1 on the road, 2-0 in neutral site games, and 4-1 at home. Utah is 0-2 in quadrant 1 games, 2-0 in quadrant 3 and 4-0 in quadrant 4.

Based on the system above, Utah’s two quad 1 games were against BYU and USC. Their quad 3 games were against Boston College and Abilene Christian.

Utah’s wins over Cal, Bethune-Cookman, Sacramento State and Tulsa are considered quad 4 games.

Looking ahead to the rest of the season, here is how Utah’s schedule shakes out as far as quadrants. Keep in mind, the NET rankings change all the time. As of the time this story was published, Utah has four quad 1 games, three quad 2 games, nine quad 3 games and six quad four games remaining.

  • TCU (neutral) – Quad 3
  • Manhattan (home) – Quad 4
  • Missouri (road) – Quad 4
  • Fresno State (home) – Quad 3
  • Oregon State (road) – Quad 4
  • Oregon (road) – Quad 3
  • Washington (home) – Quad 4
  • Washington State (home) – Quad 2
  • Arizona State (road) – Quad 3
  • Arizona (road) – Quad 1
  • UCLA (home) – Quad 2
  • USC (home) – Quad 1
  • Washington State (road) – Quad 1
  • Washington (road) – Quad 3
  • Oregon State (home) – Quad 4
  • Oregon (home) – Quad 3
  • Colorado (road) – Quad 2
  • Stanford (road) – Quad 3
  • California (road) – Quad 3
  • Arizona (home) – Quad 1
  • Arizona State (home) – Quad 4
  • Colorado (home) – Quad 3

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com, Co-Host of Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.

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