The Dayton Flyers (4-2) rank 69th in the first NET ranking, which was released Monday, and the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) are the surprise No. 1 team.
NET, which stands for NCAA Evaluation tool, will help determine the 36 at-large teams selected for the NCAA tournament and the seeding of 68 automatic and at-large qualifiers. It relies on game results, net offensive and defensive efficiency, winning percentage, adjusted winning percentage (weighted based on location and result) and scoring margin.
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Result of early-season games matter as much as late-season games. Teams do not gain an advantage by outscoring opponents by more than 10 points. The tool uses that measure so teams don’t run up scores to improve their ranking.
Ohio State (6-0) earned the top ranking over Virginia, Texas Tech, Michigan and Gonzaga. The Buckeyes rank 16th in the Associated Press poll and 26th in the Ken Pomeroy ratings.
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Wright State (3-3) ranks 126th. It’s the second-highest ranked Horizon League team behind No. 73 Illinois-Chicago.
The Miami RedHawks rank 139th. They’re the sixth-highest ranked Mid-American Conference team.
Dayton is the fourth-highest ranked Atlantic 10 team behind No. 40 Duquesne, No. 56 Virginia Commonwealth and No. 62 Saint Louis.
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Dayton’s best victory is against No. 45 Butler. Dayton’s losses are to No. 2 Virginia and No. 42 Oklahoma. Dayton plays No. 66 Mississippi State at 7 p.m. Friday at UD Arena.