NCAA selection committee starts work with new ranking system

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The selection committee that chooses the NCAA Tournament field is getting its first use of a new rankings formula that uses factors such as offensive and defensive efficiency when evaluating teams.

The committee is holding orientation meetings this week in Indianapolis. The work includes using the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings as part of the process to choose the top 16 seeds to this point ahead of a Saturday reveal, which comes about a month from Selection Sunday on March 17.

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The NCAA announced in August that it was moving to the more analytical NET incorporating numerous factors after using the RPI since 1981.

Selection committee chairman Bernard Muir said in a Wednesday teleconference there could be tweaks to the formula in the future.