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Kentucky enters the top 10 in KenPom ratings

Dominque Hawkins can’t believe it either.
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After several missteps at the start of the season, the Cats appear to have finally hit their stride over the past month.  Apart from their really weird collapse at Tennessee, Kentucky has resembled the pre-season top five team they were expected to be in every game since their January 17th loss at Auburn, and the computers are starting to notice. After hovering around in the high-teens/low-twenties for the majority of the season, UK moved into 9th place in KenPom’s ratings this morning.

This shift puts them directly ahead of Louisville and Duke – which would seem to make sense, given that Kentucky has already beat both teams this season. However, Sagarin ratings currently has UK behind the two squads in 11th place. Though the difference seems arbitrary, it’s an important distinction for the BBN. Get your sh*t together, Jeff.

Will Kentucky sustain its momentum? Or is the team still prone to more UT-like losses? I’m hoping for the former.

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

9 Comments for Kentucky enters the top 10 in KenPom ratings

  1. david8577
    2:13 pm February 14, 2016 Permalink

    Sometimes the computers are a little slow. We already knew UK is better than Duke and UL because we stomped a mudhole in their asses this year.

  2. Long Dong Silver
    4:03 pm February 14, 2016 Permalink

    These ratings don’t seem very accurate.

    • Megan
      4:36 pm February 14, 2016 Permalink

      Because … numbers lie? Maybe your gut feeling isn’t very accurate. I’m curious to what extent such rankings play in the AP and Coaches polls. Does anyone think UK will be ranked anywhere close to No. 10 tomorrow? I don’t, but I’m something of a cynic.

    • 25OR624
      5:02 pm February 14, 2016 Permalink

      Megan. You are smart kid. Numbers rule. Worry not about rankings. I like your moxie.

    • Long Dong Silver
      6:11 pm February 14, 2016 Permalink

      I’ve found that numbers are only part of the story. Some things in life can’t be measured. And it all plays a part.

  3. cats paw
    4:06 pm February 14, 2016 Permalink

    so Auburn and Tennessee are better than UK since they stomped a mudhole….?

    • Bluecreeker
      4:15 pm February 14, 2016 Permalink

      Actually his comment was abut the veracity of Kenpom ratings.

  4. Bluecreeker
    4:13 pm February 14, 2016 Permalink

    Kenpom is the most accurate predictor of game outcome if played today.

  5. RexRox
    6:04 pm February 14, 2016 Permalink

    The one thing that concerns me over all others … what happens in the tournament when the Cats go cold from the three-point line?? The last three games (along with the loserville game) are the only ones they have hit 10+ three’s. Granted, they can be formidable when not hitting three’s (see KU game) but probably can’t run the table if they go cold for multiple consecutive games. Still got a puncher’s chance.

    BTW, from where I’m sitting, Tyler Ulis is the best PG in the country (if not the best player).