The NCAA released its first ever NET rankings today and… oh my… Kentucky is ranked all the way down at No. 61, way below its No. 10 place in the AP poll.
The NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) is the NCAA’s alternative to the RPI and it is being used for the first time this season. It is the primary metric the selection committee will use to choose and seed teams for the tournament next spring.
The NET is unique in that, unlike the RPI, it will take into account margin of victory. It also relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.
Ohio State, of all teams, is the No. 1 overall team in this first rankings set.
The entire top 10 looks like this:
1. Ohio St.
3. Texas Tech
7. Michigan St.
8. Wisconsin Big Ten
9. Virginia Tech
10. Loyola Marymount
See the NET rankings here.