The first 16 teams have been released by the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee on Saturday with Virginia, Tennessee, Gonzaga, and Duke sitting at the top four positions. Fans and bettors can see that the mid-season is just a tease. It has been announced that March 17 will be the selection Sunday for the official 68 entries. There is still over a thousand games yet to be played.
The March Madness primer this weekend has given the committee the opportunity to start its new analytic-friendly ranking system. The NCAA’S Evaluation Tool (NET) proves that it is more accurate than the RPI Evaluation Tool. The RPI focuses more on winning percentages and common opponents.
One question that causes concern about the NET is how to deal with at-large bids. Will the new evaluation tool be in favor of middling teams over mid-major studs that fail to win their conference championships?
It is expected that the committee will monitor the numbers. Experienced bettors that have been using more advanced metrics college basketball for many years like KenPom will see the bubble teams in the range of 40-45.
The North Carolina State are among the most volatile teams. Wolfpack started the season by hosting Mount St. Mary’s, Maryland Eastern Shore. Maine and Asheville. Kevin Keatts who is a second-year coach has put together a number of impressive winnings either way. They topped Auburn in December and have claimed at least three solid ACC road victories at Pitt, Miami, and Notre Dame.
Wolfpack usually wins on the offense, scoring 11.9 points per 100 possessions. They’ve been able to acquire a 37.8 offensive rebounding rate, holding the eight position nationally. So far they have just three away test to complete on their schedule.
Two of which are against top-ranked opponents Duke and Florida State. The coach Keatts is 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS against AL Too 25 foes ever since he took over the program last season. The State will be closing the regular season in Boston College and this will in a way determine the team’s NCAA odds.
The North Carolina now has just four games left which are Georgia Tech, Boston College, Syracuse, and Wake Forest. The team has a higher margin of victory which is in their favor. There’s every chance that the Pack will close the season with nothing less than a 500 record.