After a win over Vanderbilt and a loss at Auburn, Kentucky is down to No. 27 in the new NET Rankings, six spots lower than a week ago.
Undefeated San Diego State is the No. 1 team in the NET, followed by Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas, Dayton, Duke, Louisville, Arizona, West Virginia, and Michigan State. You can see the rest of the rankings here.
As we do every Monday, let’s take a look at Kentucky’s team sheet, which the Selection Committee starting using to pick and seed teams a few years back. Each team’s wins are sorted into four quadrants using their opponent’s NET rankings:
- Quadrant 1: Home 1-30; Neutral 1-50; Away 1-75
- Quadrant 2: Home 31-75; Neutral 51-100; Away 76-135
- Quadrant 3: Home 76-160; Neutral 101-200; Away 136-240
- Quadrant 4: Home 161-plus; Neutral 201-plus; Away 241-plus
A few notes, since we’re about a month and a half out from Selection Sunday, so this stuff is becoming more and more important:
— Kentucky’s average NET win (the average ranking of the opponents they’ve beaten) is 142, while its average NET loss is 90. Here’s how that compares to teams in the top ten:
- 1. San Diego State: 157/0
- 2. Baylor: 126/53
- 3. Gonzaga: 167/31
- 4. Kansas: 80/7
- 5. Dayton: 154/11
- 6. Duke: 109/62
- 7. Louisville: 132/24
- 8. Arizona: 130/39
- 9. West Virginia: 92/47
- 10. Michigan State: 127/36
In fact, Kentucky has the highest average NET loss of any team in the top 40. Those losses to Evansville and Utah hurt.
— After winning three straight games, South Carolina’s NET ranking is now No. 74, moving Kentucky’s loss in Columbia last month to Quad 1. That’s good.
— Kentucky’s “biggest” games left: LSU in Baton Rouge (Feb. 18), Auburn at home (Feb. 29), Florida in Gainesville (March 7), and Tennessee in Knoxville (Feb. 8).
— Up for grabs this week: a Quad 2 win vs. Mississippi State at home on Tuesday and a Quad 1 win at Tennessee on Saturday.