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Michigan ranked 4th in initial NET Ranking release

The NCAA released the first NET Rankings of the 2018-19 season today and Michigan checks in at No. 4 in the initial release.

The Wolverines are one of four Big Ten teams in the top ten, joining Ohio State (1), Michigan State (7) and Wisconsin (8).

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Only one Big Ten school is ranked outside the top 100 (Illinois at 125) which bodes well for the conference’s chances at a high volume of at large NCAA Tournament bids.

Here’s a full list of the Big Ten rankings:

  • Ohio State (1)
  • Michigan (4)
  • Michigan State (7)
  • Wisconsin (8)
  • Nebraska (14)
  • Iowa (15)
  • Maryland (17)
  • Purdue (20)
  • Indiana (34)
  • Minnesota (43)
  • Rutgers (74)
  • Penn State (75)
  • Northwestern (83)
  • Illinois (125)

Find the full ranking release here. The NET was announced by the NCAA this summer as a replacement for the RPI. It will be the primary metric used by the NCAA Selection Committee.

At the time, I wrote about how the lack of transparency behind the NET algorithm (among other things) could be a cause for concern.

This graphic released by the NCAA explains (in simple terms) what goes into the NET system.

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  1. buckets12

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  3. tarverine

    For all of RPI’s flaws at least we knew exactly how it was calculated and we knew what the purpose was: resume resume resume.

  4. adamsmit86

    Michigan #1 in the latest NET rankings

  5. MrLG

    It’s obviously a great ranking system!

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