Inside the Numbers: The NET, and Free Throw Rate

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Virginia Tech is 12-1, and began ACC play with a victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday. The Hokies rank No. 10 in the country in both national polls, and they are also No. 13 in the NET, which is the metric the NCAA Selection Committee will use when seeding teams for the NCAA Tournament.

Today I want to go into a little bit further detail on the NET and how it’s better for Virginia Tech than the RPI. I also want to talk about Virginia Tech’s free throw rate, why it’s fallen off a cliff, and why that’s a good thing.

The NET Is Way Better Than the RPI

I’m sure some fans of some schools won’t agree with this, but for Virginia Tech, the NET is way better than the RPI.

RPI Ranking on January 3, 2019: No. 41
NET Ranking on January 3, 2019: No. 13

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