(Editor’s note: The NCAA has decided it’s hard to run an algorithm, so all information contained in this article does not contemplate the games played on January 24th. All info is for games played through January 23rd. Not sure how that Louisville-NC State matchup or Syracuse-Miami matchup changes the numbers. Sorry.)
By now I am sure you have heard the Virginia Cavaliers dropped their first game in nearly a year since they lost in a tournament that doesn’t count anymore. They were the final unbeaten team in the country and the 2018-19 season has been very very good to them.
So good that sitting at 17-1 has earned the Cavaliers the No. 1 spot in the NCAA’s NET rankings. Although their schedule remains one of the weaker in the Top 10 of the rankings, their only loss came at the hands of the Duke Blue Devils, who are No. 2 in the rankings.
Two weeks ago, this is what the Hoos’ team should looked like:
Entering this weekend’s matchup against Notre Dame, the Hoos have improved their Quad 1 and 2 wins, and will likely finish off their Quad 4 games undefeated.
Here’s what the Team Sheet looks like now:
Obviously the Duke loss puts a blemish on their resume, but as we all know, nobody is perfect anymore. Barring some miracle, and Wake Forest figures out how to basketball, that drubbing during the week won’t help much.
This weekend’s trip to South Bend to take on Notre Dame is a fringe Quad 1/2 game. If Notre Dame could win a few games going forward and sneak into the Top 75, it could help UVa’s resume in the long run. Next week’s trip to Raleigh will almost certainly stay a Quad 1 game. NC State has had a solid year thus far and since it is a road game, will likely stay in UVa’s Quad 1 games.