Fresh off a nail-biting victory over Alabama that moved the Lions to 9-2 on the season, Penn State is No. 18 in the first NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings of the year. NET is the primary ranking system that the NCAA developed to replace the RPI ahead of the 2018-19 season, and is a major component the selection committee uses to determine seeding and at-large bids for the NCAA tournament. The NET rankings will be updated every day for the rest of the season.
The first NET rankings, per the Nitty Gritty report. Some major love for San Diego State, Butler, Stanford, Liberty, and the entire A10. pic.twitter.com/FppDwynOau— Kevin Sweeney (@CBB_Central) December 16, 2019
The ranking is a high-water mark for Pat Chambers and his program, which finished last season at No. 49. The only comparable ranking came at the end of the 2017-18 season where the Lions finished as NIT champions and No. 19 in Ken Pomeroy's ranking. Had the NCAA established NET for that season, Penn State may well have been an at-large selection.
Penn State plays two home buy games against Central Connecticut State (Fri. Dec. 20 - 6 p.m.) and Cornell (Sun. Dec. 29 - noon) before a huge showdown with Iowa at the Palestra on Jan. 4.