(Someday our grandchildren might not know what those things are in the stack above)
CoachCal.com’s Eric Lindsey worked hard this afternoon crunching numbers and comparing Kentucky’s resume’ with Joe Lunardi’s other “Last Four In” and “First Four Out” teams. When it’s all said and done, Lindsey feels that Kentucky still stacks up against the competition despite Friday night’s loss to Vanderbilt.
“The one thing Kentucky has gotten criticized for this year is lack of “good” wins, but if you evaluate UK’s quality wins (a victory over a top-50 RPI opponent) with the other eight schools below, UK has just as many quality wins as its competition and actually fewer costly losses (losses to teams rated outside the RPI’s top 100) than most of the pack.”
Lindsey also mentions the fact that the Cats will inevitably be judged upon their performance without Nerlens Noel. Since Noel’s injury Kentucky has gone 4-4, but the Cats have also picked up two of the biggest wins of the season against Missouri and Florida. Willie Cauley-Stein talks about those wins and how they could help Kentucky in the end.
“When we play– where everybody plays as a team, everybody does what they’re supposed to do– we can beat anybody. We beat Florida. We beat Missouri. We beat Ole Miss. Missouri’s in it; they’re a lock. We beat them. Florida’s a lock. We beat them. And Ole Miss is on the bubble, so we showed can beat anybody.”
Kentucky’s profile stacks up against the profiles of the 8 teams in Lunardi’s bubble group (Boise State, Middle Tennessee State, Ole Miss, La Salle, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and Southern Miss). In fact, Kentucky has as 3-1 record against the teams in the group of 8 who they have played. Check out the numerical comparisons of Kentucky’s profile against the other 8 teams by clicking here.