Starting this year, the Selection Committee will place more emphasis on road and neutral site wins when considering teams’ resumes for the NCAA Tournament. That is good news for Kentucky, as the Cats play three neutral site games this season, along with the normal slate of road games, highlighted by trips to West Virginia, Florida, and Texas A&M.
Here’s a more specific breakdown from Andy Katz:
The selection committee will no longer use top 50, top 100, 200 and 201 and above as dividing categories. Instead, the new terminology will be quadrants 1, 2, 3 and 4. The decision is to get away from treating every team the same if the game was on the road, neutral or at home based on their power rating. Now the road/neutral games will matter more.
And a diagram:
This quote from NCAA senior vice president Dan Gavitt makes a little more sense:
“The committee’s decision to focus on, for example, Q1 or Q2 wins, or Quadrant 4 losses, is a direct result of its desire to place greater emphasis on winning away from home, and to demonstrate how difficult it is to earn those wins. A wider net is cast when you play teams on a neutral court, and an even wider one is cast when you play in a true road environment, meaning teams leaving their home arenas to play competition ranked in the 50-75 range have the opportunity to earn a Q1 win. At the same time, if you go on the road to play a team ranked in the low 200s, you aren’t penalized for a loss as much because it will fall in the third quadrant rather than Quadrant 4. Beating elite competition, regardless of where the game is played, will always be important to the committee, but these new quadrants redefine its definition of a quality win.”
The NCAA using some common sense? What is this world?