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.
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:
8) West Virginia
19) Florida State
23) North Carolina
45) Saint Louis
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.