The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee is changing the definition of a quality win for next season, placing a greater emphasis on where games are played.
For the past several seasons, team résumés would include only records against the top 50 teams according to the NCAA’s Rating Percentage Index, then teams 51-100, 101-200 and 201 or lower.
There will still be four columns moving forward, but starting next season each column will be divided by quality of opponent and game location.
“The emphasis of performing well on the road is important, as was the need for teams not to be penalized as much for road losses,” said Mark Hollis, director of athletics at Michigan State and current chair of the committee.
“Beating elite competition, regardless of the game location, will still be rewarded, but the committee wanted the team sheets to reflect that a road game against a team ranked 60th is mathematically more difficult and of higher quality than a home game versus a team ranked 35th. We feel this change accomplishes that.”
The first column for each team will have its combined record of home games against teams ranked 1-30, neutral-site contests against teams 1-50 and road games versus opponents from 1-75. The second column will include home contests against squads ranked 31-75, neutral-site games versus teams 51-100, and road contests against opponents 76-135.
The next column will have home games played against competition rated 76-160, neutral-site games versus teams 101-200, and road contests against squads 136-240. Finally, the fourth column will consist of home contests versus teams ranked 161-351, neutral-site games against opponents 201-351 and road contests versus competition 241-351.
In case you're interested, here is what the new team sheets will look like. This is Providence's team sheet from selection weekend 2017. pic.twitter.com/E67Th3rBXo
— David Worlock (@DavidWorlock) July 14, 2017
The ACC team perhaps most interested in this change will be the Syracuse Orange. Jim Boeheim’s team beat three AP Top 10 opponents at home last season, but they lost badly to three AP Top 15 teams on the road. Also away from the Carrier Dome, Syracuse lost to Connecticut, Boston College and Pittsburgh — three teams that didn’t even make the NIT.
This coming season, it will be more important than ever for Syracuse, and every other team in the ACC, to play well on the road.