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Gonzaga No. 5 in NCAA’s initial NET rankings

Head coach Mark Few, shown in a 2018 NCAA Tournament game against UNC-Greensboro, and Gonzaga are No. 5 in the NCAA’s NET ratings. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Head coach Mark Few, shown in a 2018 NCAA Tournament game against UNC-Greensboro, and Gonzaga are No. 5 in the NCAA’s NET ratings. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

The first NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings released Monday were met with raised eyebrows and calls for the NCAA to disclose more details about the new metric.

Gonzaga is No. 5 in the NET rankings, which will be updated daily and available to the public. Ohio State, No. 16 in the latest AP poll, is No. 1, followed by Virginia, Texas Tech and Michigan.

Kansas, No. 2 in the AP poll, is No. 11 in NET, one spot behind the WCC’s Loyola Marymount. Belmont is No. 12, one spot ahead of Nevada, Radford is No. 22 and the WCC’s San Francisco No. 25.

With most teams just 5-7 games into the season, NET rankings are in the formative stage and should change dramatically as the season progresses.

The NET replaced RPI as a primary tool used by the selection committee to rank Division I programs and help select and seed NCAA Tournament teams. NET is based on five factors, including site and margin of victory in games, offensive/defensive efficiency ratings, winning percentage and adjusted winning percentage, but the NCAA has provided limited NET specifics. The committee also considers several other factors in its evaluation process.

The Big Ten has 10 teams in the NET ratings, followed by ACC’s six and the WCC and Big 12 both with three.

For the other Inland Northwest teams, Washington State (3-1) is ranked No. 155, Idaho (1-4) is 301st and Eastern Washington (1-3) is at No. 318. There are 353 teams in the rankings.

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