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Pitt and Duquesne Side-by-Side In Initial 2021 KenPom Ratings

Pitt and Duquesne Side-by-Side In Initial 2021 KenPom Ratings

The Pitt and Duquesne men’s basketball programs finished last season in the same neighborhood when it comes to the KenPom Ratings and that’s still the case as the 2020-21 season is close to getting underway.

After finishing with a 21-9 record, Keith Dambrot’s Duquesne Dukes were ranked 95th in the final KenPom Ratings, while Jeff Capel’s squad found themselves ranked 111th after ending the season with a mark of 16-17.

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With the college basketball season less than 3 weeks from tipping off, the initial KenPom Ratings for the start of the season have been released and the Panthers and Dukes are side-by-side.

The Panthers check in ranked No. 83 with a AdjEM of +9.95 while the Dukes are one spot behind them at No. 84 and a AdjEm of 9.91.

Optimism surrounds both programs as Duquesne returns their starting five from last year while the Panthers return a solid nucleus, including an impact transfer in Ithiel Horton plus a very strong 2020 recruiting class.

NOTABLE 2020-21 KENPOM RATINGS:

1) Baylor
2) Gonzaga
3) Duke
4) Villanova
5) Kansas
8) West Virginia
14) Louisville
16) Virginia
19) Florida State
23) North Carolina
29) Syracuse
45) Saint Louis
49) Dayton
64) Penn State
230) Robert Morris

KenPom ratings are based on a mathematical formula that calculates a team’s efficiency, which is how many times they score per possession on offense subtracted by how many times they score per possession on defense.

Those are then compared to a players share of playing time and time with the ball to figure the importance of each player to that efficiency. Preseason rankings are based on the team’s 2019-20 results, but with changes made to compensate for players lost and added.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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