The 2018 NCAA Tournament banner was hanging above TD Arena when College of Charleston took to the court Friday afternoon for the team’s first “official” preseason practice.The Cougars, who were 26-8 a year ago, are coming off a Colonial Athletic Association title and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999.Gone from the team are two key players in point guard Joe Chealey, who finished his career fourth on the school's all-time list with 1,825 points, and defensive stopper Cameron Johnson.If the Cougars hope to make it back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, they’ll have to answer these five questions:Who will be the Cougars' third scoring option?Jarrell Brantley and Grant Riller are among CAA’s top players and should be among the league’s top scorers this season.But the Cougars will need a third offensive option. It was one of the keys to the Cougars' success a year ago. Shut down Chealey and Brantley, and Riller would go … [Read more...] about Five Questions College of Charleston will have to answer to return to the NCAA Tournament
John Marshall, Ap Basketball Writer Updated 4:24 pm CDT, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 The NCAA is ditching the RPI for its own evaluation tool to select teams for the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Evaluation Tool will rely on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency and quality of wins and losses. NET will be used for the 2018-19 season by the committee that selects schools and seeds the tournament. NET rankings will be released in late November or early December and updated through Selection Sunday, with a final ranking following the tournament. "What has been developed is a contemporary method of looking at teams analytically, using results-based and predictive metrics that will assist the Men's Basketball Committee as it reviews games throughout the season," NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said in a statement on Wednesday. "While no perfect rankings exist, using the results of past … [Read more...] about RPI replaced with new evaluation tool for NCAA Tournament
Justin Sayers Louisville Courier Journal Published 6:05 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 The NCAA announced Wednesday that it's abandoning rating percentage index, or RPI, as its primary tool for selecting and seeding the men's basketball tournament. In its place, the NCAA will instead use the NCAA Evaluation Tool, or NET, which "relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses," according to a news release. The NCAA had used RPI since 1981 as a way to provide data to the men's basketball committee when selecting at-large teams and seeding and bracketing teams in the men's basketball tournament. RPI is calculated based on three factors: winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponent's strength of schedule. But, in recent years, the metric came under scrutiny as other, more accurate tools for evaluating strength and performance were developed. Read more: Louisville basketball … [Read more...] about Meet NET: NCAA abandons RPI for new NCAA tournament selection metric
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?