NCAA committee to place greater emphasis on road wins

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Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh, center, Sanjay Lumpkin (34), Jordan Ash (23) and others walk off the court after an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Washington. Wisconsin won 76-48. | Nick Wass/Associated Press

Winning road games will have a greater emphasis than before in the NCAA Tournament selection process.

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee is altering its definition of a “quality win” to highlight the importance of winning on the road.

For the last several years, team sheets used in evaluation of NCAA Tournament contenders were divided into four columns: Results against top-50 teams in the RPI, teams ranked 51-100, teams ranked 101-200 and teams outside the top 200.

Starting in the 2017-18 season, these team sheets will place greater emphasis on where the games are played rather than the ranking of each opponent.

The committee also plans to continue studying different available metrics for evaluating teams, with the likelihood that a new metric could be in place by 2018-19.

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