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Kentucky’s opponents in the ratings: January 7


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How much did the loss to Alabama damage Kentucky’s resume? Not much, actually. Although the Cats fell five/four spots in the AP/Coaches Polls, they only dipped a spot or two in the Sagarin and NET rankings and even rose in the KenPom and ESPN BPI.

At 10-3, here’s where the Cats and their opponents stand in the rankings and ratings:

  • AP Poll: 18 (Previous: 13)
  • Coaches Poll: 18 (Previous: 14)
  • Ken Pomeroy Ratings: 12 (Previous: 13)
  • Jeff Sagarin Ratings: 14 (Previous: 13)
  • NET Rankings: 13 (Previous: 11)
  • ESPN Basketball Power Index (BPI): 15 (Previous: 16)
TeamResultAP PollCoaches PollKenPomSagarinNETESPN BPI
Duke Loss, 118-84121121
Southern IllinoisWin, 71-59NRNR130133123127
North DakotaWin, 96-58NRNR263271278243
VMIWin, 92-82NRNR328334332315
WinthropWin, 87-74NRNR139148120149
Tennessee StateWin, 77-62NRNR308316336292
MonmouthWin, 90-44NRNR295297311300
UNC GreensboroWin, 78-61NRNR1031056478
Seton HallLoss, 84-83NRNR49453857
UtahWin, 88-61NRNR12412097151
North CarolinaWin, 80-72121265116
LouisvilleWin, 71-58NRNR37332734
AlabamaLoss, 77-75NRNR59555255
Texas A&MJan. 8NRNR9297103122
VanderbiltJan. 12, Jan. 29NRNR70676273
GeorgiaJan. 15NRNR1139884121
AuburnJan. 19, Feb. 2311101110159
Mississippi StateJan. 22, Feb. 9141419271822
KansasJan. 26791091613
FloridaFeb. 2, March 9NRNR23295425
South CarolinaFeb. 5NRNR11411217397
LSUFeb. 12NRNR41412645
TennesseeFeb. 16, March 2337767
MissouriFeb. 19NRNR74706571
ArkansasFeb. 26NRNR52487182
Ole MissMarch 5NRNR42433548

My takeaways:

— Even after a close loss at DePaul, Seton Hall moved up in the ratings this week and received votes in both polls. The Pirates are now considered a top 50 team by KenPom, Sagarin, and the NET rankings, which makes Kentucky’s loss last month a little less terrible (I said a little!).

— Elsewhere in the SEC, Florida’s loss to South Carolina resulted in a 21-spot drop in the NET rankings. Ouch. Also,¬†Tennessee is now a top-ten team across the board after being ranked in the teens by KenPom and Sagarin last week.

— Kansas’ 17-point loss at Iowa State dropped them several spots in most of the ratings but only two spots in the AP poll. Meanwhile, Kentucky dropped five spots in AP poll after losing by two on the road at Alabama? Hmm. Iowa State is a great team, but once again, the media is giving Bill Self’s squad a bit of a cushion. With Udoka Azubuike now out for the year, January 26’s game at Rupp doesn’t scare me quite as much as it used to. (Knock on wood)

— MONMOUTH WON TWO GAMES, GUYS. If you’ve followed this weekly post, you know I’m a huge fan of King Rice’s group, which got its first win of the season in overtime at Penn last Monday night, no small feat. After crashing back to Earth with a loss at Iona on Thursday, they bounced back to beat Saint Peter’s on Saturday. Way to go, Hawks!

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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