Changes coming to men's basketball NET for 2020-21 season

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Monday, May 11, 2020
A Lafayette basketball player shoots a jump shot on the NCAA floor logo during practice for an NCAA college basketball second round game in Pittsburgh Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
A Lafayette basketball player shoots a jump shot on the NCAA floor logo during practice for an NCAA college basketball second round game in Pittsburgh Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced Monday that changes will be made to the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) beginning with the 2020-21 season.

According to a release, the NET will not use winning percentage, adjusted winning percentage or scoring margin next season. The two components that will remain are the Team Value Index (TVI) and an adjusted net efficiency rating.

TVI is a result-based feature rewarding teams for beating quality opponents, particularly away from home. Adjusted efficiency is a team’s net efficiency, and it is adjusted for strength of opponent and location for all games played.

“When we adopted the NET in 2018, we had reviewed several seasons worth of data and we insisted that we would continue to evaluate the metric,” said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’s senior vice president of basketball. “We’ve been very satisfied with its performance thus far, but it became evident after two seasons of use that this change would be an improvement.

"While we will continue to monitor the metric, I don’t anticipate any additional adjustments for several years. We believe this change will result in more precision throughout the season and will be easier for our membership and the public to understand.”

Changes to the NET for men’s basketball are consistent with the women’s basketball NET, which was announced last week.

The men’s and women’s basketball NET rankings and team sheets will be provided publicly on a daily basis starting in December.

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