Top-ranked Houston earns No. 1 spot in NET rankings

December 5, 2022 GMT
Houston guard Tramon Mark (12) drives to the basket as Saint Mary's guard Chris Howell (15) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
Houston guard Tramon Mark (12) drives to the basket as Saint Mary's guard Chris Howell (15) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Houston is No. 1 in the NCAA’s initial NET rankings, mirroring the AP Top 25.

The Cougars (8-0) were the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 for the second straight week on Monday and took the top spot in the NCAA Evaluation Tool, the primary sorting tool for determining NCAA Tournament teams.

Connecticut, No. 5 in the AP poll, was second in the NET rankings, followed by Purdue, Tennessee and Mississippi State. Sam Houston of the Western Athletic Conference was No. 7 behind Maryland.

Texas, second in the AP Top 25, was 12th in the NET rankings and No. 3 Virginia was ninth in the NCAA rankings.

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