The first college basketball NET rankings for the 2019-2020 season came out on Monday, and Oklahoma State found themselves in a decent spot.
The Cowboys are ranked 41st overall in the NET and sixth in the Big 12 behind Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma.
For those who don’t know (or don’t remember), the NET is how the NCAA tournament committee evaluates teams for the Big Dance. The NET replaced the RPI system a few years ago, and while the NET isn’t perfect, it has been better.
The NET rankings uses a quad system to rate wins and losses. Here’s how the Quads work.
Quadrant 1: Home 1-30, Neutral 1-50, Away 1-75.
Quadrant 2: Home 31-75, Neutral 51-100, Away 76-135.
Quadrant 3: Home 76-160, Neutral 101-200, Away 135-240.
Quadrant 4: Home 161-353, Neutral 201-353, Away 241-353.
And here is OSU’s record in each quad.
Quad 1: 2-1 (Ole Miss, Houston, Wichita State)
Quad 2: 3-1 (Yale, Charleston, Syracuse, Georgetown)
Quad 3: 0-0
Quad 4: 3-0 (ORU, UMKC, Western Michigan)
While OSU’s NET ranking seems a little low, especially with a 5-2 record in those Quad 1 & 2 games, it’s still early. Plus, three Quad-4 games don’t exactly help (Thanks ORU). But there are plenty of opportunities for quality wins (and losses!) in the Big 12.
Plus, OSU has a shot at another Quad 1 win against Minnesota on Saturday in Tulsa (though that might become a Quad 2 if the Cowboys win).
At this point just keep rooting for Oklahoma State to win, as well as all of their opponents.