A week into the ACC schedule and the Virginia Cavaliers have already put up a 2-0 ACC record after posting an undefeated 12-0 out of conference record. Yes, the season is not even half way over for the Hoos, but it is never too early to start thinking about the NCAA Tournament.
Gone are the days of the NCAA Tournament selection committee using the RPI on their team sheets and here are the days where the NCAA Tournament selection committee uses the NCAA Evaluation Tool (“NET”). Nobody really knows how it works, but right now it has UVa at #1 overall, so let’s embrace it!
Similar to last year, the selection committee is also going to use Team Sheets showing each team’s “Quad Wins.” As you can see from the picture below, each Quad correlates to different criteria for the team’s opponent using the opponent’s NET ranking. Quad 1 is for home games against teams ranked NET 1-30, neutral court games against teams 1-50, and away games against teams 1-75.
Through the rest of the season, we’ll update how UVa’s team sheet looks and show where the upcoming games would fall as of that day.
Here’s how UVa’s team sheet looks as of games through January 10:
As you can see, the out of conference schedule for the Hoos was a little weak. Two of the twelve out of conference games were Quad 1 games, with the majority coming in Quad 4. That will obviously change in the coming weeks with so many ACC teams near the top of the NET rankings, UVa will get a chance for more Quad 1 victories.
With FSU ranked No. 21 in the NET, UVa was able to secure its third Quad 1 victory of the season last weekend. That victory was counterbalanced by the road victory over Boston College, who currently sits at No. 148.
Although they only sit at 3-0 in Quad 1 currently, the next three games on the schedule will all be Quad 1 games when played with the Clemson Tigers on the road, Virginia Tech Hokies in Charlottesville, and the Duke Blue Devils in Durham next weekend.