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A Change To The NET Formula Is On The Way

Will it be a NET positive?

Big East Tournament First Round: Georgetown vs St. John’s
NEW YORK, NY - March 11: A basketball falls through the hoop during the first round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 11, 2020 in New York City.
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The NCAA will be making changes to the NET formula.

The NET formula (NCAA Evaluation Tool) helps determine how to seed teams for the tournament.

Out: Winning percentage, adjusted winning percentage and scoring margin.

Still in: team value index (aka TVI) and adjusted net efficiency rating. Those are now the only factors used in the formula.

The TVI puts a priority on quality wins, particularly on the road. For Duke, or really any ACC team, road wins are going to be even more critical.

Adjusted net efficiency on the other hand takes the strength of the opponent and where the game is played - home, away or neutral - into account.

You’ll still hear references to Quad 1, Quad Two, Quad Three and Quad Four wins.

The NCAA’s Dan Gavitt, a second generation lifer (his dad was the legendary Dave Gavitt), who basically runs the tournament now, and who seems to be doing a solid job, says we shouldn’t expect any more major changes in the near future.

Incidentally, Coach K has repeatedly called for a commissioner for college basketball. Why not Gavitt?