(Note: These rankings do not include 1/31 results. The NCAA has decided they want to wait forever to update the rankings the following day. We apologize.)
The Virginia Cavaliers rolled off two more victories since the last NET Report, utterly dismantling the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (#98 in the NET) 82-55 in South Bend last Saturday, and squeaking by in overtime against the N.C. State Wolfpack (#25 in the NET) in Raleigh on Tuesday.
As a reminder, the NCAA has moved on from the RPI and now uses the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET, for short) to evaluate teams for the NCAA Tournament. The Selection Committee views a team’s “team sheet” which breaks down all that team’s games into “Quads.” Nobody really knows how the equation works, but it currently has UVa at #1, so we’re good with it.
Here’s how UVa’s team sheet looked last week:
Here’s how it looks now (with results through 1/30):
The win at NC State on Tuesday gave UVa yet another Quad 1 victory while due to the Notre Dame game being in South Bend, it earned the Hoos another Quad 2 W. Also of note is Dayton’s rise. The Dayton Flyers won their previous two games (and have a fairly easy schedule going forward) to jump into the Top 100 of the NET. If Middle Tennessee could improve, that Bahamas trip could be very beneficial.
With next week being UVa’s “bye” game, this weekend’s game against the Miami-Florida Hurricanes is the focus. The Hurricanes are bad, and their NET ranking reflects that. Currently sitting at 113, a win isn’t going to do UVa much good, but a home loss could be brutal. Pray for a W.