Orion Sang Detroit Free Press Published 4:16 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 Goodbye, RPI, hello … NET? The NCAA announced Wednesday morning that it has developed a new ranking system for evaluating Division I men’s basketball teams. The rating percentage index (RPI), which has been used since 1981 to help the selection committee pick which teams advance to the NCAA tournament, will now be replaced be the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET). NET will rely "on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses,” according to an NCAA released statement. “To make sense of team performance data, late-season games (including from the NCAA tournament) were used as test sets to develop a ranking model leveraging machine learning techniques. The model, which used team performance data to predict the outcome of games in test sets, was optimized until it was as accurate as possible. The … [Read more...] about NET rating a new metric for NCAA tournament evaluation: How it works
By Mike Waters | [email protected] | Posted August 20, 2018 at 07:00 AM | Updated August 20, 2018 at 07:47 AM Dennis Nett | [email protected] Syracuse, N.Y. -- The Syracuse basketball team faced a rigorous non-conference schedule last season. Syracuse's non-conference schedule, which included games against Kansas, Maryland, St. Bonaventure, Buffalo, Connecticut and Georgetown, wound up ranked No. 21 in the nation. That schedule wound up being one of the reasons that Syracuse snuck into the NCAA tournament field despite a 20-13 regular season record. Syracuse officials have announced the complete non-conference schedule for the 2018-19 season. Here is a comparison of the upcoming schedule against last year's non-conference slate, including a team-by-team look at the 2018-19 non-conference games. Syracuse's 2017-18 schedule Last year, the NCAA introduced its new quadrant system for rating the difficulty of a team's schedule. The quadrant system still used the old … [Read more...] about Will Syracuse basketball’s 2018-19 non-conference schedule help NCAA tournament chances?
Canisius will play five teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament last March during its non-conference schedule, the school announced Monday. Among them is national champion Villanova in a Thanksgiving Day matchup previously announced as part of the Adovcare Invitational in Orlando Nov. 22-25. The Griffins open the season Nov. 14 at Patriot League champion Bucknell and visit Elite Eight participant Florida State on Nov. 19 along with Big Four matchup against NCAA Tournament teams St. Bonaventure on Nov. 28 and Buffalo on Dec. 29. Canisius travels to Olean and hosts UB this season. The home opener is against Albany on Nov. 17 in the second game of a doubleheader with the women's team. The men's game will begin at 3:30 p.m. The full schedule for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has yet to be announced. HOME GAMES IN CAPS Nov. 14: at Bucknell Nov. 17: ALBANY Nov. 19: at Florida State Nov. 22: vs. Vilanova (Advocare Invitational) Nov. 23: vs. Memphis or Oklahoma State … [Read more...] about Canisius basketball to face five NCAA Tournament teams in non-conference schedule
Dana Caldwell Naples Daily News Published 6:34 p.m. UTC Jul 26, 2018 Florida Gulf Coast University officials planned to officially announce this along with their University of Maryland, Baltimore County counterparts, but the Retrievers beat the Eagles to the punch on Wednesday night via Twitter. "IT. IS. HAPPENING. @FGCU_MBB at @UMBC_MBB on Dec. 16," the Retrievers tweeted. This also is happening -- UMBC will be coming to FGCU's Alico Arena during the 2019-20 season. These will be matchups of probably the NCAA tournament's greatest Cinderella stories. FGCU rose from total obscurity into being universally recognized as Dunk City during the Eagles' stunning Sweet 16 run to cap the 2012-13 season. FGCU still is the only 15 seed to progress that far. Last season, Ryan Odom's UMBC team became the first 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed when the Retrievers raced past top-ranked Virginia, 74-54, in a Charlotte, North Carolina, NCAA tournament first-round game. Unlike FGCU -- which … [Read more...] about College basketball: FGCU, UMBC men sign up for matchups of NCAA tournament Cinderellas
Kevin Lytle Fort Collins Coloradoan Published 5:03 p.m. UTC Jul 26, 2018 The CSU women's basketball team will face three teams who played in the 2018 NCAA tournament during nonconference play in the 2018-19 season. Two of them — Northern Colorado and Arizona State — will come to Moby Arena. Those contests, plus Colorado and Gonzaga on the road, are the highlight of Colorado State University's schedule, which was released on Thursday. Northern Colorado, Arizona State and Gonzaga all played in the 2018 NCAA tournament. The Rams open the season at home on Nov. 6 against Eastern New Mexico. CSU plays at Colorado on Nov. 15. CSU's home nonconference games are Eastern New Mexico (Nov. 6), Northern Colorado (Nov. 20), Cornell (Nov. 25), North Florida (Dec. 2), Northern Arizona (Dec. 5), Arizona State (Dec. 9), Denver (Dec. 29) and Chadron State (Dec. 29). CSU's road nonconference games are at Colorado (Nov. 15), at Gonzaga (Nov. 28) and at BYU (Dec. … [Read more...] about CSU women’s basketball team faces three NCAA tournament teams in nonconference play in 2018-19