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West Virginia Men Top Big 12 in Initial NCAA Net Ratings

Bob Huggins

West Virginia has the highest NCAA NET rating in the first release of the NCAA’s tool that helps determine the NCAA Tournament field.

The Mountaineers (6-2) are ranked No. 11, followed closely by Texas (6-0) at No. 12 and Kansas (8-1) at No. 18.

The top-ranked team is Houston (8-0), which will join the Big 12 next season, followed by UConn at No. 2, Purdue at No. 3 and Tennessee at No. 4.


The Big 12 has six teams in the Top 50. The only conference with more teams in the Top 50 is the Big Ten. The Big 12 also has the best winning percentage — 80.5 percent — of any of the Power 6 conferences. The Big 12 has a 62-15 record going into Tuesday’s games.

Just outside of the Top 20 is Iowa State at No. 22. The Cyclones have a 5-0 record at home and a 1-1 record against Quad 1 teams, which are wins at home against teams NET  ranked Nos. 1-30 in net, wins against teams NET ranked Nos. 1-50 on a neutral site and wins against NET ranked teams Nos. 1-75 on the road.

Baylor is No. 32, followed by Oklahoma at No. 46, Kansas State at No. 52, Texas Tech at No. 62, Oklahoma State at No. 74 and TCU at No. 81.

The other three future Big 12 schools include UCF at No. 95, Cincinnati at No. 151 and BYU at No. 190.

The NCAA NET ratings include factors like the Team Value Index (TVI), which is a result-based feature that rewards teams for beating quality opponents, particularly away from home, as well as an adjusted net efficiency rating.

The adjusted efficiency is a team’s net efficiency, adjusted for strength of opponent and location (home/away/neutral) across all games played. For example, a given efficiency value (net points per 100 possessions) against stronger opposition rates higher than the same efficiency against lesser opponents and having a certain efficiency on the road rates higher than the same efficiency at home.

NET is updated every day.

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