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Canes Hoops: NCAA is ditching the RPI

The Tournament Selection Committee will no longer use RPI for determining the march madness field

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The NCAA announced on Wednesday that it will no longer use the RPI ranking system. To replace the RPI, the NCAA has developed the NCAA Evaluation Tool (or NET). The change in procedure is effective immediately. The NET will use game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, offensive and defensive efficiency and the quality of wins and losses to sort teams they are considering for the NCAA Tournament.

“What has been developed is a contemporary method of looking at teams analytically, using results-based and predictive metrics that will assist the Men’s Basketball Committee as it reviews games throughout the season,” said NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt. “While no perfect rankings exist, using the results of past tournaments will help ensure that the rankings are built on an objective source of truth.”

Why does this matter for the Canes? As a consistent tournament team (Miami has been selected for the tournament the last 3 seasons, and 4 of the last 6), it’s important to know the criteria for selection in scheduling non-conference games and evaluating the team’s performance during ACC play. This season, the Canes should once again be in the tournament picture:

The change will be most notable when the bubble watch projections come out later in the season, as well as on Selection Sunday. Be sure to stay tuned with State of the U leading up to the 2018-19 Canes Hoops season.