Move over, RPI, there’s a new sheriff in town, and its name is NET.
NET stands for NCAA Evaluation Tool, and it’s a new metric for the 2018-19 season that for the first time, will include a measure of offensive and defensive efficiency as well as accounting for a team’s wins and losses and the location thereof.
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The primary purpose of the NET, like the RPI that it replaced, is for the NCAA Tournament selection committee to help sort through the potential at-large candidates and arrive at a field of 68 teams.
But the metric can be calculated throughout the season, and Monday, it was released to the public for the first time.
It turns out, the NET likes Pittsburgh.
The 6-0 Pitt Panthers, who are ranked No. 119 in KenPom.com’s combined efficiency rating, are rated as the No. 23 team in the country, according to NET.
It’s friendly to Duquesne, as well. The 4-1 Dukes are the No. 152 team according to KenPom.com, but NET rates them at No. 40.
The full ranking from 1 (Ohio State) to 353 (Chicago State) is available here.
Pitt will play at Iowa (NET No. 15) on Tuesday. Duquesne is off until Friday’s City Game at PPG Paints Arena. The annual showdown between the Panthers and Dukes will tip off at 7 p.m.