The NCAA Does the Right Thing (For Once)

If you’ve got paid consideration to the NCAA Tournament in any respect you realize about the NET rankings. If not, possibly you’ve got seen them mentioned on this web site or elsewhere on the school basketball web. If this nonetheless is not ringing a bell I’ll give a quick primer beneath earlier than we go into what the NCAA did at present to assist our beloved Boilermakers.

The NET largely changed the earlier measurement of RPI that the NCAA Selection Committee makes use of to find out seeding and who’s in and who’s out come Selection Sunday. It takes under consideration quite a lot of components (It takes under consideration recreation outcomes, energy of schedule, recreation location, scoring margin, internet offensive and defensive effectivity, and the high quality of wins and losses.) however the means you and I work together with it’s largely primarily based on Quad wins. You could also be asking your self what are these quad wins. I’ll give that information to you immediately from the NCAA web site itself:

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

You clearly need as many Quad 1 and Quad 2 wins as doable. The Quad 3 and 4 wins do not give you a large number so actually you need to keep away from losses in these quadrants. You can see that the NET values ​​enjoying away and at impartial websites way more than enjoying at house. That is smart as a result of as Big Ten followers we all know that enjoying on the street is way more tough than enjoying at house.

All that preamble accomplished we now get to what the NCAA did at present that really…was proper. As you realize Purdue performed Penn State on Sunday in Philadelphia. This recreation was initially scheduled to happen at the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State’s campus however Coach Shrewsberry wished to play a recreation at the Palestra and Coach Painter and Purdue agreed. Taking no different info in it might appear that this may transfer the recreation from away to impartial and that is the way it was put into Purdue’s NET rating. Until at present. We first noticed this formally reported by Andy Katz.

As Katz says, this solely is smart. Penn State managed each facet of the recreation from ticket gross sales, to announcers in the area, the video board, band and scholar part, and many others. It had all the hallmarks of a house recreation for Penn State (minus the empty seats).

This is nice information for Purdue because it strikes the victory over Penn State (at the moment 66 in the NET) from a Quad 2 win to a Quad 1 win. Making Purdue 6-1 in Quad 1. They’ve now acquired Quad 1 wins over Marquette, West Virginia, Gonzaga, Duke, Ohio State, and now Penn State. Their solely loss is in fact towards Rutgers. Kansas is the solely different crew in the nation that may declare a 6-1 Quad 1 report. Top ranked Houston is simply 3-1 in Quad 1 with a really gentle schedule the remainder of the means.

With this resolution by the NCAA Purdue finds itself in an awesome place to proceed to construct its resume and work in direction of that ever elusive primary seed come March. Every victory counts and proper now Purdue sits at #5 in the NET and #3 in the AP Top 25. Yes, the solely ballot that issues is the one at the finish of the yr, however you get there by placing in the work now . Let’s maintain it shifting.

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