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Rutgers women’s basketball is listed No. 13 in the first NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings, released by the national office on Monday. Starting with the 2020-21 season, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee will use NET as a guide in selecting the at-large field and seeding for the NCAA Tournament, replacing the Rating Percentage Index (RPI) system in place since 1984.

NET ranking is determined by who you played, where you played, how efficiently you played and the result of the game, primary driven by Adjusted Net Efficiency and Team Value Index. The Scarlet Knights are 5-3 on the season with a 4.3 average margin of defeat in their three losses – two of which were on the road – and a 42.0 average margin of victory in their five wins.

Rutgers offensive efficiency is at 1.14 points per possession compared to opponents’ 0.80 points per trip.

RU is ranked fourth out of Big Ten teams in the NET behind No. 6 Ohio State, No. 10 Maryland and No. 12 Michigan.

Adjusted Net Efficiency is a measure of a team’s overall performance during the regular season, determined by the difference between offensive efficiency (points per possession) and defensive efficiency (opponents points per possession). It also accounts for strength of opponents (as measured by their adjusted net efficiency) and location (home/away/neutral) of the games (against Division I opponents only).

Team Value Index is the results-oriented component of the NET, ranking more highly those teams that played and beat other good teams, factoring in opponent, location of the game and winner.

The Scarlet Knights are enjoying their best offensive production in 30 years, while maintaining their patented elite defense. Rutgers recently scored 80 or more points in five consecutive games for the first time since the 1990-91 season and at 81.3 points per game, is challenging the school record of 86.2 points per contest from the 1978-79 campaign. RU ranks 13th in the nation in scoring margin, 2nd in the county in steals per game and fourth in turnover margin.

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