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FSU in the updated Polls, initial release of NET Rankings

Florida State, who went 3-1 over the past week with a victory over a ranked LSU team and a close loss to Villanova, the defending National Champions, moved from No. 14 to No. 15 in the updated Associated Press Top 25, which was released on Monday.

The Wildcats (5-2, 0-0 Big East) moved up to No. 23 after their victory over the Seminoles (5-1, 0-0 ACC), which enabled them to win the 2018 AdvoCare Invitational Championship.

FSU hosts No. 19 Purdue on Wednesday evening, as part of the ACC/B1G Challenge. Tip for the game against the Boilermakers (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten) is set for 9:15 p.m. That is the only game the Seminoles play between now and next Monday.

The complete AP Top 25 can be found here.

How voters voted in the AP Top 25

Here is a quick look at how voters voted for FSU in the AP Top 25.

The Seminoles were ranked as high as No. 11, by James Crepea of The Oregonian in Eugene, Ore. while John Feinstein of National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. omitted them from his ballot.

FSU got at least one vote at every spot from No. 11 to No. 24, with the lone exceptions being at No. 12 and No. 20.

The most common spot for the Seminoles? No. 14, where they received 15 votes. The second most common spot was at No. 18, where 11 voters placed the Seminoles.

USA Today Coaches Poll

FSU also dropped one spot from No. 13 to No. 14 in the updated USA Today Coaches Poll, which was also released on Monday.

Villanova is ranked No. 23 in that poll this week, while Purdue is No. 18.

The complete USA Today Coaches Poll can be found here.

FSU in first NET rankings

The NCAA Basketball Net Rankings, which is a metric being used in place of the RPI formula, was unveiled for the first time this season.

FSU checks in at No. 44 in the initial rankings. FSU is 2-0 at home, including a win over Florida; 1-0 on the road, with a win at Tulane; and 2-1 on a neutral court after their showing at the AdvoCare Invitational.

The complete NET rankings can be found here.

Here is an explanation of the NET rankings from NCAA.com:

The NCAA has developed a new ranking system to replace the RPI as the primary sorting tool for evaluating teams during the Division I men’s basketball season. The new ranking system was approved in late July after months of consultation with the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, top basketball analytics experts and Google Cloud Professional Services.

The NCAA Evaluation Tool, which will be known as the NET, relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses. To make sense of team performance data, late-season games (including from the NCAA tournament) were used as test sets to develop a ranking model leveraging machine learning techniques. The model, which used team performance data to predict the outcome of games in test sets, was optimized until it was as accurate as possible. The resulting model is the one that will be used as the NET going forward.

For more of an explanation on the NET rankings, click here.

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