William Hill Odds to Win 2019 Big Dance
The latest prognostications in relation to NCAA Championship Tournament Bids for the Big East find the Marquette Eagles as a No. 4 seed. Additionally the conference is poised to have a minimum of four entries into this year’s Big Dance. William Hill Odds to Win 2019 Big Dance: Eagles 40-1.
Making pre-Selection Sunday predictions involves different variables this 208-19 campaign. For example the NCAA has replaced the traditional team ranking value, RPI, with a new rating system called the NCAA Evaluation Tool (known as the NET).
For those unfamiliar with the new NET aa brief outline of the new NCAA criteria is as follows.
NCAA Evaluation Tool
“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. Accordingly 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. In summary a resulting model is the one that will be used as the NET going forward.”
As a result accessing a team’s qualifications under the NET grading formula presents some unknowns.
The quadrant system qualifying equation remains intact.
Home 1-30, Neutral 1-50, Away 1-75
Home 31-75, Neutral 51-100, Away 76-135
Home 76-160, Neutral 101-200, Away 135-240
Home 161-353, Neutral 201-353, Away 241-353
William Hill updated Odds to Win 2019 Big Dance: