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Dick Vitale Crushes New College Basketball Rankings

Dick Vitale makes his prediction on the game.

The NCAA unveiled its new NET ranking yesterday, which look quite different than the AP and Coaches' Polls. The reaction to the new metric was, well it wasn't good.

The NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) ranking has replaced the RPI, and is set to have an impact on the NCAA Tournament, which is a major problem, according to FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver. Silver called them "the worst rankings he's ever seen in any sport."

ESPN's Dick Vitale is also not a fan, and he ripped the NET rating on Twitter today.

"It is so EMBARRASSING that The NET rankings are released before more data used !" Vitale tweeted.

Here is a quick explanation of the NET. You can read a full breakdown here.

The NCAA Evaluation Tool, which will be known as the NET, relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses. To make sense of team performance data, late-season games (including from the NCAA tournament) were used as test sets to develop a ranking model leveraging machine learning techniques. The model, which used team performance data to predict the outcome of games in test sets, was optimized until it was as accurate as possible. The resulting model is the one that will be used as the NET going forward.

The aforementioned Silver gave a quick rundown of why he isn't a fan of the NET yesterday.

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The NET rankings will change as the season goes on, but expect the criticism to continue.