Resumé Watch: The NET Is Here, But It’s Still Early

By JOHN BOHNENKAMP

The NCAA released its first NET rankings of the season for men’s and women’s basketball on Monday.

It is, of course, only December 5, but the rankings are a good early barometer on where teams are and where they could go. It’s a starting point — nothing more, and nothing less.

There is a caution to them, though: Don’t worry about things like Quad 1 wins or losses or anything like that yet. What is a Quad 1 win today may not look that way when the NCAA tournament selection committee meets in March.

A look at the rankings (records are NCAA Division I games only):

MEN’S BASKETBALL

IOWA

NET: 20

Record: 6-1

Average opponent NET rank: 187

Average opponent NET: 183

NET strength of schedule: 273

NET nonconference strength of schedule: 272

Notes: Iowa still doesn’t have a Quad 1 game on its team sheet. Again, it’s early.

IOWA STATE

NET: 22

Record: 7-1

Average opponent NET rank: 132

Average opponent NET: 168

NET strength of schedule: 138

NET nonconference strength of schedule: 135

Notes: Cyclones are 1-1 in Quad 1 games.

DRAKE

NET: 58

Record: 7-1 (6-0 nonconference)

Average opponent NET rank: 220

Average opponent NET: 192

NET strength of schedule: 303

NET nonconference strength of schedule: 340

Notes: Bulldogs do have a Quad 2 win.

UNI

NET: 223

Record: 2-4

Average opponent NET rank: 171

Average opponent NET: 179

NET strength of schedule: 211

NET nonconference strength of schedule: 262

WESTERN ILLINOIS

NET: 253

Record: 3-4

Average opponent NET rank: 224

Average opponent NET: 193

NET strength of schedule: 277

NET nonconference strength of schedule: 276Notes: All of the Leathernecks’ wins are Quad 4, including at Illinois State.

WOMEN

WOMEN

IOWA STATE

NET: 13

Record: 6-1

Average opponent NET rank: 27

Average opponent NET: 69

NET nonconference strength of schedule: 28

Notes: Cyclones already building a sturdy resumé with a strong nonconference schedule.

IOWA

NET: 16

Record: 6-3

Average opponent NET rank: 16

Average opponent NET: 23

NET nonconference strength of schedule: 12

Notes: Much like the Cyclones, a strong nonconference schedule. Now, can the Hawkeyes get some resumé wins?

DRAKE

NET: 60

Record: 4-2

Average opponent NET rank: 84

Average opponent NET: 138

NET nonconference strength of schedule: 80

UNI

NET: 73

Record: 4-3

Average opponent NET rank: 9

Average opponent NET: 87

NET nonconference strength of schedule: 38

WESTERN ILLINOIS

NET: 321

Record: 1-5

Average opponent NET rank: 245

Average opponent NET: 194

NET nonconference strength of schedule: 287

Photo: Iowa’s starters wait to be introduced before last Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

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