Dayton seventh-best A-10 team in first NET ranking

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The Dayton Flyers debuted at No. 10 in the first NCAA Evaluation Tool ranking of the 2019-20 season and finished the season at No. 3. The first NET ranking of this season came out Monday, and Dayton is No. 111.

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The Flyers (5-2) are the seventh-ranked Atlantic 10 Conference team, trailing No. 12 Saint Louis (7-1), No. 31 Virginia Commonwealth (8-2), No. 57 Saint Bonaventure (3-1), No. 68 Richmond (7-3), No. 79 Rhode Island (5-5) and No. 92 Davidson (5-4). Dayton plays at No. 337 Fordham, the fourth-lowest ranked team in the nation, at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Dayton’s best victory, according to the NET, was against No. 62 Mississippi. Its worst loss was to No. 150 La Salle.

No. 80 Wright State (7-2), which ranked 117th in the first ranking last season and 127th at the end of last season, is the highest-ranked Horizon League team.

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Gonzaga (10-0) leads the nation in the NET. Ohio State (8-3) is No. 28. The Miami RedHawks (3-3) are No. 235. Xavier (8-2) is No. 46. Cincinnati (2-6) is No. 142.

The NET helps the NCAA tournament selection committee pick the 68-team field and seed teams. The NCAA simplified the formula this season and will use two factors instead of five.

“The remaining factors include the Team Value Index (TVI), which is a result-based feature that rewards teams for beating quality opponents, particularly away from home, as well as an adjusted net efficiency rating,” the NCAA announced in the spring. “The adjusted efficiency is a team’s net efficiency, adjusted for strength of opponent and location (home/away/neutral) across all games played. For example, a given efficiency value (net points per 100 possessions) against stronger opposition rates higher than the same efficiency against lesser opponents and having a certain efficiency on the road rates higher than the same efficiency at home.”

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