Virginia Tech remains ranked No. 13 in the AP Poll, but they moved up to No. 12 in the Coaches Poll while debuting in the top 10 in the brand new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings.
Since the most recent poll, the Hokies defeated Saint Francis (PA) 75-37. They leapfrogged North Carolina and Florida State in the Coaches Poll, thanks to a 92-89 Tar Heel loss to Texas and a 66-60 FSU loss to Villanova.
However, the biggest news comes in the debut of the new NET rankings, where the Hokies are ranked No. 9 in the country. Here’s the full top 10…
1: Ohio State
3: Texas Tech
7: Michigan State
9: Virginia Tech
10: Loyola Marymount
Rankings are expected to fluctuate early in the season because we’re dealing with computer numbers, but this is a good sign for the Hokies moving forward. They have yet to play a team that is currently ranked outside the top 200 in the NET, and they have a neutral site victory over No. 20 Purdue.
We don’t know the exact formula of the NET rankings, but they are based on the following criteria, in no particular order…
1: Game results
2: Strength of schedule
3: Game location
4: Scoring margin (up to 10 points)
5: Offensive efficiency
6: Defensive efficiency
7: Quality of wins and losses
The new system is expected to be an improvement over the RPI, which did not factor in things like offensive and defensive efficiency. The Hokies currently rank No. 9 nationally in offensive efficiency and No. 28 in defensive efficiency.
It’s far too early to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the NET, but we at TSL are inclined to believe that it will be better for Virginia Tech than the previous RPI system.
Click here for the full NET rankings.