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Houston Cougars Men's Basketball ranked 5th in NET; 7th in AP Poll and 7th in Coaches Poll

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POSTED: March 8, 2021 -- 11:55 a.m. CT

As of the games played through March 7th, the Houston Cougars men's basketball team (21-3 overall, 14-3 in the American Athletic Conference) is ranked 5th in the NCAA's NET Rankings. The NET rankings are updated daily.

NOTE: Houston's 112-46 win over NAIA member Our Lady of the Lake DOES NOT count in the NET calculations. The NET is based on games against Division 1 opponents.

Two of Houston's 20 wins against Division 1 opponents are Quadrant (Quad) 1 wins; 5 wins are Quad 2 wins; 9 wins are Quad 3 wins; and 4 wins are Quad 4 wins.

Houston's 68-63 loss at Wichita State is a Q1 loss. Wichita State's NET ranking is 68 as games through Feb. 21. The Coogs' 65-64 loss at Tulsa is a Quad 2 loss. Tulsa's NET ranking, through February 21, is 114. Houston's 82-73 loss at East Carolina is a Q3 loss. East Carolina's NET ranking, through February 21, is 147.

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.

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Houston moves up 2 spots from 9th to 7th in Week 16 of the Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll.

The Cougars received 1173 points in the Week 16 poll -- an increase of 64 points -- compared to the 1109 points Houston received in the Week 15 AP poll.

Houston remains 7th in this week's Coaches Poll. The Coogs received 572 points in the March 8th Coaches Poll -- an increase of 16 points -- compared to the 556 points Houston received in the March 1st Coaches Poll.

Houston's next game is scheduled for Friday, March 12th, in the quarterfinals of the 2021 AAC Men's Basketball Tournament, versus the winner of the Tulane Green Wave / Tulsa Golden Hurricane first round game. Tip time is scheduled for 6 p.m. Central Time. ESPNU will broadcast the game.

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