Michigan coach John Beilein speaks to the media after the 83-55 win over Chattanooga on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, at Crisler Center.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press
Michigan (6-0) is ranked No. 7, up two spots from last week. Michigan State (5-1) is No. 9, also up two spots from its previous ranking.
MSU and U-M are the highest-ranked teams from the Big Ten, which has five other teams ranked in the top 25 in No. 14 Iowa, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 19 Purdue, No. 22 Wisconsin and No. 24 Maryland.
Michigan will host a pair of top-25 teams this week. The Wolverines play No. 11 North Carolina on Wednesday and will play Purdue on Saturday afternoon.
The first version of the NCAA Evaluation Tool, known as NET, was also released on Monday. NET was developed by the NCAA to replace RPI as the “primary sorting tool” for evaluating team performance.
Michigan came in at No. 4, and Michigan State was No. 7. Other Big Ten teams ranked highly included Ohio State at No. 1, Wisconsin at No. 8, Nebraska at No. 14, Iowa at No. 15, Maryland at No. 17 and Purdue at No. 20.
“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,” the NCAA wrote. “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.”
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