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NCAA's New College Basketball Top 25 Rankings Are Getting Destroyed

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The NCAA released today its new college basketball rankings. The new rankings, called the NET, have replaced the RPI.

The new rankings are not going over well.

"These are the worst rankings I've ever seen in any sport, ever. NCAA needs to go completely back to the drawing board," tweeted statistical guru Nate Silver.

Ohio State, which is No. 16 in the new AP Poll, is at No. 1 in the NET.

Here's the full top 10:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Virginia
  3. Texas Tech
  4. Michigan
  5. Gonzaga
  6. Duke
  7. Michigan State
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Virginia Tech
  10. Loyola Marymount

Here's how the NET describes itself:

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.

You can view the full explanation here. It apparently needs some tweaking.