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Houston No. 1 in AP Ballot. However Do Cougars Have Finest March Insanity Resume?

Men’s college basketball has a new top-ranked team. Houston, two days after knocking off then-No. 11 Baylor 82-76 on the road in overtime, jumped up one spot to No. 1 in Monday’s latest Associated Press (AP) Top 25 poll. Purdue came in at No. 2, followed by defending champion UConn, which had occupied the top

Houston No. 1 in AP Ballot. However Do Cougars Have Finest March Insanity Resume?

Males’s faculty basketball has a brand new top-ranked staff.

Houston, two days after knocking off then-No. 11 Baylor 82-76 on the highway in additional time, jumped up one spot to No. 1 in Monday’s newest Related Press (AP) Prime 25 ballot. Purdue got here in at No. 2, adopted by defending champion UConn, which had occupied the highest spot in every of the six earlier weeks earlier than a 19-point loss to then-No. 15 Creighton on Tuesday, at No. 3. And so continues a three-squad battle to be ranked as the game’s greatest staff by AP.

With solely a few weeks before Selection Sunday, the Cougars, Boilermakers and Huskies have separated themselves from the remainder of the basketball pack. Every staff has been ranked No. 1 within the AP ballot over the past two months—not that the ballot essentially interprets to the choice committee’s pondering—and all three faculties obtained first-place votes this week.

These applications are safely on the one-seed line within the coming bracket mania. All of them have a justifiable case for the highest total seed. However which staff might need the sting?

Because the common season winds down and convention tournaments strategy, check out how Houston, Purdue and UConn stack up, using a few of the key standards the NCAA Match choice committee is probably going to have a look at.

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Jamal Shead, #1 of the Houston Cougars, on Saturday celebrates within the closing seconds of the staff’s victory over the Baylor Bears in additional time at Foster Pavilion in Waco, Texas. Houston moved as much as No….

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NET Rating: No. 1

Quad 1 Document: 7-3

BPI Rating: No. 1

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KPI Rating: No. 2

BartTorvik Rating: No. 1

Energy of Schedule: twenty seventh

KenPom Rating: No. 1 (Sixteenth-ranked offense, prime protection)

ESPN Bracketology Prediction: Third No. 1 seed, South Area

Houston rising to No. 1 within the AP ballot for the primary time this season backs up what the computer systems have been saying for weeks. The Cougars have been the top-ranked staff within the Ken Pomeroy rankings for the reason that begin of December, and in addition personal the premier place within the NET (NCAA Analysis Software), BPI (ESPN’s Basketball Energy Index) and BartTorvik metrics.

The NET is the NCAA’s official analysis device, which blends recreation outcomes, staff effectivity, energy of schedule and the standard of wins and losses. KenPom is probably probably the most revered analytics device for hoops fanatics, whereas BPI measures what ESPN calculates to be a staff’s energy transferring ahead, KPI ranks every staff’s wins and losses on a positive-to-negative scale and BartTorvik works equally to KenPom however emphasizes this season’s traits fairly than historic knowledge.

A a lot shorter reply—many of those devices have thought of Houston probably the most constantly dominant staff in males’s faculty basketball for some time now.

All three groups right here have three losses on the season, although Houston’s could be the “greatest” of any, all coming in opposition to top-four Large 12 groups. Including two top-15 victories into the resume combine final week additionally did not damage the Cougars, who additionally simply beat then-No. 6 Iowa State. In actual fact, it addressed what could have been the most important critique in opposition to Houston, whose Quad 1 report pales in comparison with these of UConn and Purdue. Nonetheless, Kelvin Sampson’s staff is atop maybe probably the most loaded convention within the nation (in this system’s first season within the Large 12, no much less) and, like Purdue, is all however a lock to earn a No. 1 seed for a second consecutive yr.

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Purdue Boilermakers (25-3)

NET Rating: No. 2

Quad 1 Document: 9-3

BPI Rating: No. 2

KPI Rating: No. 1

BartTorvik Rating: No. 2

Energy of Schedule: Ninth

KenPom Rating: No. 2 (Second-ranked offense, Twenty first-best protection)

ESPN Bracketology Prediction: First No. 1 seed, Midwest Area

Purdue was unanimously picked as the highest total seed when the NCAA Division I Males’s Basketball Committee unveiled its prime 16 groups earlier this month. A loss to unranked Ohio State since has clouded the image a bit bit, although the Boilermakers are nonetheless firmly in rivalry to earn that luxurious through the closing bracket reveal.

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No staff within the nation, not even Houston or UConn, could have the resume to match Purdue’s mixture of analytical love and noteworthy wins.

Over a three-day stretch in November alone, Matt Painter’s staff downed Gonzaga, Tennessee and Marquette, faculties ranked twenty third, fourth and fifth on this week’s AP ballot, respectively. Purdue is tied with UConn for probably the most Quad 1 wins within the nation, locked on the prime with seven Quad 2 wins and unblemished outdoors of Quad 1 territory. Led by reigning Picket Award-winner Zach Edey, the heavy favourite to earn the trophy once more, Purdue is No. 1 within the KPI rankings and locations second within the different key metrics. And that place will be improved upon throughout a three-game stretch to finish the common season that features matchups with three Large Ten groups in event territory—Michigan State (17-11), No. 13 Illinois (20-7) and Wisconsin (18-9).

UConn Huskies (25-3)

NET Rating: No. 3

Quad 1 Document: 9-3

BPI Rating: No. 3

KPI Rating: No. 6

BartTorvik Rating: No. 3

Energy of Schedule: forty third

KenPom Rating: No. 3 (Third-ranked offense, Twentieth-best protection)

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ESPN Bracketology Prediction: Second No. 1 seed, East Area

UConn, which busted brackets as a No. 4 seed throughout final yr’s March Insanity title run, has prevented a championship hangover and poised to earn a No. 1 spot in its most well-liked area on this yr’s event (Houston and Purdue additionally seemingly will) whether or not that comes as the highest total seed or not.

Dan Hurley’s squad begins this week ranked third in NET, KenPom and most different analytical instruments, although bracketology guru Joe Lunardi has the Huskies because the second No. 1 seed. UConn bounced again from its Creighton defeat to blow out Villanova over the weekend, and faces three groups proper under it within the Large East standings over the following 1 1/2 weeks. UConn, like Purdue, has not misplaced a non-Quad 1 recreation. This coming slate serves as a chance for the Huskies—who’ve 4 wins in opposition to groups on this week’s prime 25, together with two in opposition to present top-10 applications—to spice up up their elite Quad 1 resume much more in an try to get out forward of different groups within the one-seed pack.

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