On Saturday, we found out that Kentucky is currently the top two-seed in the eyes of the Selection Committee. With eight games left in the regular season, five against Quadrant 1 opponents, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. As we do each Monday, let’s examine the Cats’ team sheet.
If you’re not familiar with team sheets, they’re what the Selection Committee uses to pick and seed teams in the NCAA Tournament. Wins are sorted into four quadrants using the opponent’s NET ranking:
- Quadrant 1: Home Game 1-30; Neutral Site 1-50; Away Game 1-75
- Quadrant 2: Home Game 31-75; Neutral Site 51-100; Away Game 76-135
- Quadrant 3: Home Game 76-160; Neutral Site 101-200; Away Game 136-240
- Quadrant 4: Home Game 161-plus; Neutral Site 201-plus; Away Game 241-plus
On the team sheet, the opponent’s NET ranking is listed on the left, followed by the site of the game (home/neutral/away), the name of the opponent, and the result. Quadrant 1 is obviously the most important, but losses in Quadrants 2-4 can be resume killers.
Here’s Kentucky’s team sheet through February 10:
And some takeaways:
— Obviously, this week is huge. Tennessee and LSU are No. 4 and No. 17 in the NET rankings, respectively. Win those two and Kentucky’s resume is worthy of a one-seed. Lose one, and you’ll have to knock off Tennessee in Knoxville to stay in the conversation. Lose both and at best, you’re a two-seed.
— Kentucky’s seven Quadrant 1 wins are tied for third most in the country with Wisconsin and Marquette. Michigan State has the most, with nine, followed by Kansas with eight.
— Kentucky is No. 5 in the NET rankings behind 1) Gonzaga, 2) Duke, 3) Virginia, and 4) Tennessee.
Big week. Let’s do this.