Two more wins for the Virginia Cavaliers’ basketball team once again improved the NCAA Tournament resume for the Hoos. The win over the Virginia Tech Hokies last Wednesday gave UVa another Quad 2 win and the 52-50 win over the visiting Duke Blue Devils gave UVa their 4th Quad 1 victory of the season.
Oddly enough, while both of these wins helped UVa’s resume in the eyes of the selection committee, the NET rankings, which the selection committee uses as a tool in their selections, doesn’t like the Cavaliers too much. Even though they have rattled off six wins in a row and nine wins in their last ten games, the NET still has them at No. 50; not far from where they were to begin this streak.
Heading into the final two games of the season, here is how UVa’s NET Report would look to the selection committee:
As mentioned above, the two wins over the past week improve UVa’s Quad 1 and Quad 2 record and they are now 11-6 combined between the two quads.
It will be interesting to see how the Hoos’ former opponents finish the year because a few more losses could greatly impact UVa’s report. Syracuse and Clemson are flirting with disaster and falling further down the NET Rankings, which could force UVa to lose a Quad 1 victory. At the same time, the Arizona State Sun Devils have lost two in a row and are now No. 49 in the rankings. Any further drop and UVa’s Quad 1 record could fall to .500 or worse.
Like last week, the Cavaliers will have a chance at a Quad 2 road game and a Quad 1 home game this week. Miami is checking in in the low 100s, so it should safely stay a Quad 2 game and the Louisville Cardinals are so high in the rankings, it will remain a Quad 1 game.
UVa’s NCAA Tournament hopes appear to be pretty safe right now, but two more victories could go a long way.