Monday marked a huge day in the NCAA Men’s Basketball calendar. It’s the first release of the NET Rankings, a formula-based model of judging college basketball teams that was developed by the NCAA. The 2020-21 debut list either forgot about the Minnesota Gophers or deeply disrespected them.
The NET Rankings replaced the RPI a few years ago but somebody must have input the wrong data this week for Minnesota. How else do you explain Pitino’s Gophers debuting at #43 in the nation, 22 spots lower than last week’s AP ranking.
I heard the NET Rankings just updated but that can’t be right because here’s what their website says for the #Gophers rn:
12. Saint Louis
28. Ohio State
42. Penn State
43. Minnesota— Minnesota Sports Fan (@realmnsportsfan) January 4, 2021
Look at some of the teams that landed in the top-25. Pitino’s Gophers beat Iowa on Christmas Day, beat Saint Louis in the non-conference and DOMINATED Ohio State just last night, which the NET Rankings website claims to include in its formula.
I didn’t even know Colgate had a minty fresh college campus and who would have thought that Liam Robbins made a HUGE mistake in transferring out of top-20 Drake for such a shitty basketball school like Minnesota.
Better known, eye-test college basketball polls (AP, Coaches) will update later today but the Gophers should climb both. They won 2 of 3 games this week and all three were against ranked opponents. Being dominated at the Kohl Center by #6 Wisconsin will hold them from blazing up lists, however.
The Minnesota Gophers sits at #23 in the KenPom rankings, #15 in the Massey Rankings and #27 by TeamRanking.com. Only the ESPN BPI has the Gophers ranked that low. If you your best comparison is ESPN BPI… then you need a new formula.
My man Jeff Goodman (Stadium.com) gets it.
Updated Goodman Top 25 with tons of movement after a crazy Saturday:— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) January 3, 2021
– Texas moves up into the Top 4
– Three teams in, three out pic.twitter.com/q7Mpso3mhA
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan