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Kentucky debuts at No. 58 in first NET Rankings of the season

The first NET rankings of the 2019-20 basketball season are out and Kentucky comes in at…No. 58.

At 8-1, Kentucky’s sole Quadrant 1 win is vs. Michigan State, which ranks No. 29, and its strength of schedule is 280th. With games vs. Ohio State, the No. 1 team in the NET rankings, and Louisville, No. 8, coming up, there are plenty of opportunities to boost the resume. Utah, Wednesday’s opponent, is ranked No. 54.

The NET top ten:

1. Ohio State
2. Kansas
3. San Diego State
4. Butler
5. Baylor
6. Gonzaga
7. Auburn
8. Louisville
9. Stanford
10. Dayton

SEC teams:

7. Auburn
23. Arkansas
25. Tennessee
26. LSU
46. Ole Miss
58. Kentucky
73. Missouri
76. Georgia
78. Florida
90. Mississippi State
96. Alabama
99. Vanderbilt
145. South Carolina
281. Texas A&M

The NCAA debuted the NET rankings last season to replace the RPI as a sorting tool to seed teams for the NCAA Tournament. The ranking system factors in game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin (capping at 10 points per game), and net offensive and defensive efficiency.

Before you overreact, Kentucky debut at No. 61 in last year’s NET rankings, so not a huge deal. Still, that loss to Evansville (No. 183) hurts.

Check out the complete NET rankings here.

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6 Comments for Kentucky debuts at No. 58 in first NET Rankings of the season

  1. UKLugo
    11:45 am December 16, 2019 Permalink

    We will have our chances.

  2. Ben27
    12:04 pm December 16, 2019 Permalink

    This loads all the more experienced teams towards the top. Really makes no difference until March.

  3. DelrayCat
    12:27 pm December 16, 2019 Permalink

    Auburn is clearly UK’s biggest comp in the SEC. They have 5 seniors in their top 6 guys. And if we were being honest, they probably win the SEC regular season again as our young team is bound to lose several road games we shouldn’t next year. But by tourney time, once the younguns come around…UK is the team to beat.

    • CatsfaninFL
      12:37 pm December 16, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe… but our SEC schedule is very back loaded for toughness… if there is ever a year our youth won’t hurt us early in SEC schedule, it’d be this year.

  4. CJKAssassin123
    12:35 pm December 16, 2019 Permalink

    Wonder where we would be ranked in the NET poll had we beat Evansville while also covering the spread from that game? My guess would be top 30

    • VirginiaCat
      5:55 pm December 16, 2019 Permalink

      The loss to Evansville didn’t help, but I think SOS has more to do with it. We are currently ranked as 93rd in SOS, based on a weak schedule so far. The good news is that could change dramatically if we do well the rest of this month.