The NCAA released their first NET leaderboards for the 2020-21 season, and East Carolina ranks No.. 104 national, from Monday morning. The Pirates are currently 7-2 on the season and 2-1 in the American Athletic Conference under head coach Joe Dooley, who is in the third year of his second stint with the program.
The NET ranking was introduced as a new standard metric ahead of the 2018-19 season to determine which teams qualify for the NCAA tournament. The NCAA selection committee previously used the RPI as the main metric, but errors in this formula led to the adoption of the NET. Some components of the NET formula were changed prior to the 2020 season. They can be read here.
ECU is 6-2 per NET ranking as defeating Division III opponent North Carolina Wesleyan doesn’t count towards the formula. The Pirates are 0-1 in Quad 1 games (SMU), 0-0 against Quad 2 opponents, 3-1 against Quad 3 (Tulane, UNC Wilmington, Charlotte), and 3-0 in Quad 4 (Radford, North Florida, James Madison). With the 104. In the current AAC ranking, it ranks seventh from ECU. Houston leads the way with a top 10 ranking at # 1. 8th. SMU is currently 37 . . . Wichita State is 61. , Tulsa is 66. , UCF is 74. and Memphis is 96 . . . Trailing ECUs in the league are currently USF (114. ), Cincinnati (142. ), Temple (152. ) and Tulane (160. ).
Teams usually need a NET ranking in the top 40 to be able to participate in the NCAA tournament as a whole. Automatic bids are won by winning the respective conference tournaments at the end of the season. East Carolina has not played the NCAA tournament since the 1992-93 campaign.
After a lengthy break from live action, the Pirates fell last weekend (60-56) in Tulane when the Green Wave saved a season split. East Carolina defeated Tulane 68-58 in his previous game on December. 22 but couldn’t complete the sweep mainly due to 21 turnovers on the offensive end of the floor. Top scorer Jayden Gardner was also limited to five points in return.
« I was very disappointed with the way we played, » said Dooley after the game. « We have to prepare these guys better. That being said, if you’re minus 16 off the free-throw line and minus 14 in the turnover game (points down), you’re minus 30. I am amazed that we were still in the game and able to hang around telling you the truth. ”
Despite the loss, ECU’s 7-2 record marks the best start the pirate program has had in years. East Carolina returns next Saturday against USF at the Minges Coliseum. The delivery is planned for 1 p. m. ET and the game will air on ESPN . The pirates are hoping for the return of the guard Tristen Newton who missed the last Tulane game due to COVID-19 logs.
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