NCAA Tournament: Teams With Most Quadrant 1 Wins

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With the Illini’s overtime win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, 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.

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

TeamNETQ1Q2Q3Q4
Illinois312-55-14-02-0
Oklahoma St.2910-62-03-25-0
Ohio St.89-76-24-02-0
Gonzaga18-06-05-07-0
Baylor28-22-07-05-0
Michigan48-36-14-02-0
Alabama78-49-17-10-0
Iowa68-65-23-05-0
Texas218-62-15-04-0
Creighton267-35-34-24-0
Missouri477-62-36-01-0
West Virginia247-73-26-02-0
Kansas117-82-05-05-0
Arkansas146-56-15-05-0
Tennessee136-62-26-04-0
Purdue226-77-13-12-0
Villanova175-34-36-01-0
Virginia125-44-15-14-0
Florida315-53-35-11-0
Oregon St.915-52-44-15-2
LSU285-83-16-04-0
Oklahoma365-90-04-16-0
Marquette955-92-43-03-1
Wisconsin275-105-24-03-0
Michigan St.705-104-22-04-0
St. Bonaventure234-23-15-14-0
UConn304-43-35-03-0
Stanford784-61-56-23-0
Providence854-72-54-13-0
Rutgers384-96-23-02-0
Texas Tech164-102-03-08-0
Maryland354-103-36-02-0
Minnesota774-113-33-14-0
Dayton803-23-45-13-2
Colorado153-47-19-33-0
USC193-46-310-03-0
BYU203-45-26-05-0
Florida St.253-47-12-14-0
Richmond683-42-06-21-2
Ole Miss533-54-44-25-0
Georgia Tech343-66-05-23-0
Clemson413-67-05-11-0
Georgia983-73-23-34-0
Miami (FL)1493-73-50-44-1
North Carolina323-98-04-13-0
Seton Hall573-95-34-12-0
Georgetown643-95-14-21-0
Kentucky603-113-43-10-0
Notre Dame933-111-33-14-0
Penn St.423-124-14-10-0
UAB832-01-36-411-0
Houston52-16-110-15-0
Loyola Chicago102-24-24-012-0
Saint Louis432-22-24-26-0
Tulsa1342-22-32-63-1
Oregon332-37-17-24-0
Virginia Tech482-33-35-05-0
Wichita St.722-32-16-14-0
Rhode Island1082-31-84-33-1
Arizona442-43-47-15-0
Boise St.502-42-34-09-1
Colorado St.512-41-24-010-0
VCU372-57-06-24-0
Utah St.392-52-17-28-0
Duke492-55-42-24-0
UCLA462-63-38-04-0
Utah892-62-44-24-1
St. John’s (NY)692-75-24-15-1
Butler1222-94-42-12-1
TCU1412-101-14-25-1
Northwestern922-113-31-12-0
Indiana632-126-22-12-0
Marshall881-03-52-29-0
Georgia St.1281-00-17-36-2
Charlotte2311-00-33-85-4
Navy941-10-08-26-0
Wofford1111-13-16-63-1
Mercer1171-11-56-57-0
South Dakota St.1231-10-15-49-1
George Mason1301-11-72-08-1
Bowling Green1391-13-33-46-3
UNC Asheville2401-10-11-28-6
Youngstown St.2541-10-01-39-8
Drake451-25-06-211-0
Louisiana Tech761-21-25-313-0
Santa Clara1441-21-23-36-1
Hofstra1551-20-05-87-0
East Carolina1801-20-32-54-1
Milwaukee2361-20-01-38-7
San Diego St.181-37-18-06-0
Western Ky.811-33-17-39-0
Cleveland St.1601-30-10-018-3
Xavier611-45-34-13-0
Army1191-42-13-25-2
Indiana St.1201-40-43-210-0
Cincinnati1241-44-44-23-1
Nevada961-54-12-38-1
Pittsburgh1001-54-32-33-1
San Francisco1051-51-42-47-1
Fresno St.1901-50-51-18-1
La Salle2031-53-51-43-2
Saint Joseph’s2211-50-71-33-0
Louisville561-66-04-12-0
Washington St.1011-61-45-27-1
UCF1031-62-45-23-0
DePaul1631-62-50-32-0
California1651-62-81-64-0
Syracuse401-76-16-13-0
NC State731-73-23-16-0
Pepperdine1101-72-13-34-1
South Carolina1421-71-73-11-0
Washington2001-71-91-42-1
Mississippi St.821-86-44-24-0
Auburn661-95-32-25-0
Nebraska1261-131-61-13-0

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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