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Houston Cougars Men's Basketball ranked 8th in NET; 11th in AP Poll and 11th in USA Today Coaches Poll

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POSTED: January 4, 2021 -- 1:08 p.m. CT

The Houston Cougars men's basketball team moved down 6 spots to 11th in Week 7 of the Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll.

The Cougars (8-1) received 977 points -- a decrease of 336 points -- compared to the 1313 points Houston received in the Week 6 AP poll.

Houston is also ranked 11th in this week's USA Today Coaches Poll. The Coogs received 464 points in the January 4th USA Today Coaches Poll and moved down 6 spots from 5th to 11th. The 464 points compares to the 636 points Houston received in the December 28th USA Today Coaches Poll.

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As of the games played through January 3rd, Houston is ranked 8th in the NCAA's NET Rankings.

Four of Houston's 8 wins are Quad (Quadrant) 1 wins; 2 wins are Quad 3 wins; and 2 wins are Quad 4 wins. Houston's lone loss (65-64 at Tulsa) is a Quad 1 loss. Tulsa's NET ranking is 66.

Houston is one of 3 NCAA men's teams to have as many as 4 Q1 wins. Gonzaga (number 1 in the NET) and Missouri (number 10 in the NET) are the other two teams.

The men's basketball committee divides all 350 plus Division 1 men's basketball teams into 4 quadrants: Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4. Each quadrant consists of rankings which also depend on whether the game is at home, on the road, or at a neutral site.

Quadrant 1 (Q1) rankings:

Quadrant 2 (Q2) rankings:

Quadrant 3 (Q3) rankings:

Quadrant 4 (Q4) rankings:

The NET rankings replaced RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) as the NCAA's primary sorting tool for evaluating teams.

The NET is in its third season for men's basketball and was modified in the offseason when it was simplified to a two-component system. The two components are the Team Value Index, which rewards teams for beating quality opponents, especially away from home, and a team's efficiency rating, which is adjusted for the strength of an opponent and the location of a game.

The NET was approved in July 2019 after consultation with the Division I Men's Basketball committee, National Association of Basketball Coaches, top basketball analytics and Google Cloud Professional Services.

The system relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency and qualities of wins and losses.

Houston's next game is scheduled for Wednesday, January 6th, at home the Wichita State Shockers. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ESPN+ will stream the game.

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