NC State Sports Director Debbie Yow said she was "disappointed" that "Wolfpack's complete work" would not be rewarded with a place in the NCAA tournament, even though it was in the computer metrics used by the selection committee to evaluate the teams of all the teams that had missed the NCAA tournament field, NC State had the highest NET rankings at 33.
The NCAA introduced the NET Ranking this season to replace the RPI as an analytical system that incorporates factors such as the game's results, timeline strength, game location, scoring margin and net efficiency at both ends of the court.
Despite this, NC State – like its ACC team Clemson at 35 ̵
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"NC State is ranked 33th in the NET, 32 in the KenPom, 26 in the BPI and 24 in the Sagarin," Yow wrote on Sunday. "Our strength of the schedule is 179 and only the ranking of Kevin Pauga is higher than No. 33 at 66.
" We have completed 8-9 against Quad 1 and 2 [in NET rankings] with five of these games lying outside our home arena while playing 14 games against teams in the top 50 NET rankings and having only two defeats outside the top 22 in the NET. This included a win over the SEC Champions, Auburn University and five games against No. 1 in the field.
"Based on the above metrics [cited] that the NCAA stated they would use to evaluate team performance, we are disappointed with our athletes, coaches and fans that our entire work does not reward us with the NCAA tournament selection
NC State and Clemson were also not included in the four teams called the First Four Out. These went to UNC Greensboro (NET 60), Alabama (59), TCU (52) and Indiana (54), who also received the top seeds from the NIT, while NC State and Clemson are 2-seeds.
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Selection Committee Chairman Bernard Muir told ESPN, a team's specific NET The ranking should not be crucial to the decisions of the committee.
"The NET is just a sorting tool, it's one of the many tools we have, and we're obviously seeing a lot of games, too," Muir said. "We were very pleased with the performance of the NET, but we do not just go down the list one by one … We really try to evaluate the totality of the work that speaks on the committee, and the same who decides who the best team is one of the 36 largest. "
Following the CBS selection show, Muir said the committee had investigated how well teams were in the upper quadrant of the NET rankings. He noted that a team like Belmont, defeated 2–2 by Quadrant 1, was considered cheaper than a team like NC State that defeated Quadrant 1 opponents 3-9, and therefore not the best of the bunch made chances for Quadrant 1st winner.
Clemson was only 1:10 against Quadrant 1 teams, while Texas rose with a NET ranking of 38 from 5:10 and also opted for the NIT. Despite his much lower NET Ranking of 73, St. John's went 5-7 against Quadrant 1 teams, most of the victories of all Last Four In and First Four Out teams except Indiana, the 6-9 for Quadrant 1 reached St. John & # 39; s also went 5: 3 against Quadrant 2, while Indiana only stood with 2: 6.
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This methodology could have failed Alabama, who only defeated Quadrant 1 opponents 3-10, even though coach Avery Johnson admitted that his team had not earned any space.
I do not have anyone to blame, "Johnson said," we play at the NIT because we just were not good enough in the regular season and were not consistent enough. "
The NCAA said the UNC Greensboro had been in the field of 68 until Oregon 1945 […] won the Pac-12 tournament on Saturday night to receive an automatic bid, but UNCG coach Wes Miller did not know how close his Spartans were to be the first team to do so Southern Conference even received a large offer.
"It was a few emotional hours," said Miller. "Of course we felt we deserved to participate in the tournament. We felt good enough. If we find out you can not come in, the heart is broken. And you'll find that you're only one place away, maybe one day I'll be something that feels a little better, but now it feels a little worse.
This report used information from The Associated Press.