The NCAA announced Wednesday that the Tournament Selection Committee will not be using Ratings Performance Index (RPI) to help choose teams, but rather a new ranking system called the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET). It will be the primary tool used to evaluate teams during the selection process.
NET will use teams’ game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency and the quality of wins and losses. Dates of games were omitted from the rankings to make sure early and late season games were equally prioritized. The margin of victory data was capped off at 10 points to make sure sportsmanlike conduct is still followed.
This shows a recent trend by the NCAA to make their selections on a more analytical basis.
The quadrant system will still be in place to evaluate teams, but NET will replace the RPI in that as well.
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