When John Calipari picked up his copy of the NCAA’s first NET rankings of the season on Monday, his Kentucky Wildcats were nowhere to be found in the top 25. So he looked a little further down the list, then a little further, then a little more, then a little more after that, and realized his Cats didn’t even crack the top 50.
Kentucky was all the way down at No. 61 on the list, behind schools like Furman, Montana, North Texas, Abilene Christian and Liberty.
On Tuesday he was asked what he thought of his team’s place in the NCAA’s new system. He simply said, “Too early. Somebody told me there was a team that was five or eighth that you’re like, what? It’s too early. Don’t care.”
And he’s exactly right. It’s way too early to read into the NET and I’m wondering if the NCAA has regrets about releasing it so early in the season. The rankings won’t really be a good representation of college basketball’s best teams until February. Right now, it’s nothing more than a misrepresentation of the best teams. Undefeated Kansas being outside the top 10 with two AP top 10 wins is all I needed to see. Ohio State at No. 1 is a joke.
So like Calipari, you should not care. I know the Big Blue Nation is guilty of caring way too much, but the NET in December is really stupid.
And I have no idea how Calipari read the rankings yesterday. I wrote that first paragraph like he had a hard copy but somebody probably just sent him a text with UK’s ranking and then he went back to whatever he was doing. Probably yelling about defense, I assume.