NCAA Tournament: Teams With Most Quadrant 1 Wins

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Andrew Doughty Aug 10, 2021, 7:58 PM
  • The selection committee replaced the RPI with the NET in 2018.
  • Each game is placed into one of four quadrants for each team.
  • Games aren't locked into a quadrant; they can move throughout the year.

With the Illini's overtime win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship, all NCAA Tournament résumés were locked. Approximately 82 percent of all teams (283 of 347) played at least one Quadrant 1 game this season. Only 115 teams, however, won at least one Quadrant 1 game, led by Illinois with 12 wins. Oklahoma State (10 wins) was the one other team with at least 10 Quadrant 1 wins.

Updated NET Rankings and full quadrant records for teams with at least one Quadrant 1 win (sorted by Quadrant 1 wins):

Team NET Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Illinois 3 12-5 5-1 4-0 2-0
Oklahoma St. 29 10-6 2-0 3-2 5-0
Ohio St. 8 9-7 6-2 4-0 2-0
Gonzaga 1 8-0 6-0 5-0 7-0
Baylor 2 8-2 2-0 7-0 5-0
Michigan 4 8-3 6-1 4-0 2-0
Alabama 7 8-4 9-1 7-1 0-0
Iowa 6 8-6 5-2 3-0 5-0
Texas 21 8-6 2-1 5-0 4-0
Creighton 26 7-3 5-3 4-2 4-0
Missouri 47 7-6 2-3 6-0 1-0
West Virginia 24 7-7 3-2 6-0 2-0
Kansas 11 7-8 2-0 5-0 5-0
Arkansas 14 6-5 6-1 5-0 5-0
Tennessee 13 6-6 2-2 6-0 4-0
Purdue 22 6-7 7-1 3-1 2-0
Villanova 17 5-3 4-3 6-0 1-0
Virginia 12 5-4 4-1 5-1 4-0
Florida 31 5-5 3-3 5-1 1-0
Oregon St. 91 5-5 2-4 4-1 5-2
LSU 28 5-8 3-1 6-0 4-0
Oklahoma 36 5-9 0-0 4-1 6-0
Marquette 95 5-9 2-4 3-0 3-1
Wisconsin 27 5-10 5-2 4-0 3-0
Michigan St. 70 5-10 4-2 2-0 4-0
St. Bonaventure 23 4-2 3-1 5-1 4-0
UConn 30 4-4 3-3 5-0 3-0
Stanford 78 4-6 1-5 6-2 3-0
Providence 85 4-7 2-5 4-1 3-0
Rutgers 38 4-9 6-2 3-0 2-0
Texas Tech 16 4-10 2-0 3-0 8-0
Maryland 35 4-10 3-3 6-0 2-0
Minnesota 77 4-11 3-3 3-1 4-0
Dayton 80 3-2 3-4 5-1 3-2
Colorado 15 3-4 7-1 9-3 3-0
USC 19 3-4 6-3 10-0 3-0
BYU 20 3-4 5-2 6-0 5-0
Florida St. 25 3-4 7-1 2-1 4-0
Richmond 68 3-4 2-0 6-2 1-2
Ole Miss 53 3-5 4-4 4-2 5-0
Georgia Tech 34 3-6 6-0 5-2 3-0
Clemson 41 3-6 7-0 5-1 1-0
Georgia 98 3-7 3-2 3-3 4-0
Miami (FL) 149 3-7 3-5 0-4 4-1
North Carolina 32 3-9 8-0 4-1 3-0
Seton Hall 57 3-9 5-3 4-1 2-0
Georgetown 64 3-9 5-1 4-2 1-0
Kentucky 60 3-11 3-4 3-1 0-0
Notre Dame 93 3-11 1-3 3-1 4-0
Penn St. 42 3-12 4-1 4-1 0-0
UAB 83 2-0 1-3 6-4 11-0
Houston 5 2-1 6-1 10-1 5-0
Loyola Chicago 10 2-2 4-2 4-0 12-0
Saint Louis 43 2-2 2-2 4-2 6-0
Tulsa 134 2-2 2-3 2-6 3-1
Oregon 33 2-3 7-1 7-2 4-0
Virginia Tech 48 2-3 3-3 5-0 5-0
Wichita St. 72 2-3 2-1 6-1 4-0
Rhode Island 108 2-3 1-8 4-3 3-1
Arizona 44 2-4 3-4 7-1 5-0
Boise St. 50 2-4 2-3 4-0 9-1
Colorado St. 51 2-4 1-2 4-0 10-0
VCU 37 2-5 7-0 6-2 4-0
Utah St. 39 2-5 2-1 7-2 8-0
Duke 49 2-5 5-4 2-2 4-0
UCLA 46 2-6 3-3 8-0 4-0
Utah 89 2-6 2-4 4-2 4-1
St. John's (NY) 69 2-7 5-2 4-1 5-1
Butler 122 2-9 4-4 2-1 2-1
TCU 141 2-10 1-1 4-2 5-1
Northwestern 92 2-11 3-3 1-1 2-0
Indiana 63 2-12 6-2 2-1 2-0
Marshall 88 1-0 3-5 2-2 9-0
Georgia St. 128 1-0 0-1 7-3 6-2
Charlotte 231 1-0 0-3 3-8 5-4
Navy 94 1-1 0-0 8-2 6-0
Wofford 111 1-1 3-1 6-6 3-1
Mercer 117 1-1 1-5 6-5 7-0
South Dakota St. 123 1-1 0-1 5-4 9-1
George Mason 130 1-1 1-7 2-0 8-1
Bowling Green 139 1-1 3-3 3-4 6-3
UNC Asheville 240 1-1 0-1 1-2 8-6
Youngstown St. 254 1-1 0-0 1-3 9-8
Drake 45 1-2 5-0 6-2 11-0
Louisiana Tech 76 1-2 1-2 5-3 13-0
Santa Clara 144 1-2 1-2 3-3 6-1
Hofstra 155 1-2 0-0 5-8 7-0
East Carolina 180 1-2 0-3 2-5 4-1
Milwaukee 236 1-2 0-0 1-3 8-7
San Diego St. 18 1-3 7-1 8-0 6-0
Western Ky. 81 1-3 3-1 7-3 9-0
Cleveland St. 160 1-3 0-1 0-0 18-3
Xavier 61 1-4 5-3 4-1 3-0
Army 119 1-4 2-1 3-2 5-2
Indiana St. 120 1-4 0-4 3-2 10-0
Cincinnati 124 1-4 4-4 4-2 3-1
Nevada 96 1-5 4-1 2-3 8-1
Pittsburgh 100 1-5 4-3 2-3 3-1
San Francisco 105 1-5 1-4 2-4 7-1
Fresno St. 190 1-5 0-5 1-1 8-1
La Salle 203 1-5 3-5 1-4 3-2
Saint Joseph's 221 1-5 0-7 1-3 3-0
Louisville 56 1-6 6-0 4-1 2-0
Washington St. 101 1-6 1-4 5-2 7-1
UCF 103 1-6 2-4 5-2 3-0
DePaul 163 1-6 2-5 0-3 2-0
California 165 1-6 2-8 1-6 4-0
Syracuse 40 1-7 6-1 6-1 3-0
NC State 73 1-7 3-2 3-1 6-0
Pepperdine 110 1-7 2-1 3-3 4-1
South Carolina 142 1-7 1-7 3-1 1-0
Washington 200 1-7 1-9 1-4 2-1
Mississippi St. 82 1-8 6-4 4-2 4-0
Auburn 66 1-9 5-3 2-2 5-0
Nebraska 126 1-13 1-6 1-1 3-0

 

The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee has used Team Sheets to build the NCAA Tournament field for decades. Those Team Sheets, however, have undergone several facelifts in recent years as the 10-person committee utilizes better data to select and seed the 68 teams.

Prior to the 2018-19 season, the committee replaced RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) with NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool), which “relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.” It also omits “certain types of data” including game date and order to ensure early-and late-season games carry equal weight, and caps margin of victory at 10 points “to prevent rankings from encouraging unsportsmanlike play, such as needlessly running up the score in a game where the outcome was certain."

While we don’t know how the NET works–the NCAA refuses to release the algorithm–we do know it’s the foundation for Team Sheets (and drives Bracketology projections). The sheets, one per team, places each game into one of four quadrants:

Quadrant 1: Home NET 1-30, Neutral NET 1-50, NET Away 1-75
Quadrant 2: Home 31-75, Neutral 51-100, Away 76-135
Quadrant 3: Home 76-160, Neutral 101-200, Away 136-240
Quadrant 4: Home 161-plus, Neutral 201-plus, Away 241-plus

As NET rankings change, games can move in and out of quadrants. For example, a Quadrant 1 home win over the NET-29 team in December could become a Quadrant 2 home win by March if that team drops outside the NET 30. Not until all regular-season and conference tournament games are played that quadrants are locked.

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM and host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.

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