Chris Mack and the Louisville Cardinals have climbed all the way up to No. 11 in the updated NET rankings.
The NET rankings are still new as this is the first year the NCAA selection committee will be using them. Although they’re not the only numbers the selection committee will use when seeding the tournament, they’re certainly the most important.
I’d make a fool of myself trying to fully explain the NET rankings in a blog post, so check out this link if you want to learn more.
The NCAA will use the quadrant system for the second straight year, but they’re replacing the RPI with the NET rankings.
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
With with wins over Michigan State, at North Carolina and at Seton Hall, Louisville already has three wins against quadrant 1 opponents. This is good.
Losses are never good, but you want them to come against quadrant one opponents. As of right now all of Louisville’s losses have come to teams in the top 75, which means they’re all quadrant one losses.
There is still a lot of basketball to be played and we know Louisville is going to lose some games, but they’re in a very good spot right now. I realize the tournament doesn’t start today, but if it did Louisville is realistically a No. 4 seed.
Nick Coffey is the creator and lead publisher for TheCardinalConnect.com. Along with covering Louisville basketball, football and recruiting, Nick also hosts The Red Zone weekdays from noon – 3:00 PM on Cards Radio 790 KRD.