After wins over Mississippi State and Tennessee, Kentucky is now No. 22 in the new NET rankings, up from No. 27 a week ago.
Undefeated San Diego State is still the No. 1 team in the NET, followed by Gonzaga, Baylor, Kansas, Dayton, Duke, Louisville, Maryland, West Virginia, and Arizona. Somehow, even though Michigan State fell out of the AP Top 25, they are still No. 11 in the NET. You can see the entire 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 takeaways:
— On Saturday, the Selection Committee revealed its Top 16 seeds. Here’s how they compare to today’s NET rankings:
|NET (02-10)||Selection Committee Top 16 seeds (02-08)|
|1. San Diego State||Baylor (1)|
|2. Gonzaga||Kansas (1)|
|3. Baylor||Gonzaga (1)|
|4. Kansas||San Diego State (1)|
|5. Dayton||Louisville (2)|
|6. Duke||Dayton (2)|
|7. Louisville||West Virginia (2)|
|8. Maryland||Duke (2)|
|9. West Virginia||Seton Hall (3)|
|10. Arizona||Florida State (3)|
|11. Michigan State||Villanova (3)|
|12. Seton Hall||Maryland (3)|
|13. Florida State||Auburn (4)|
|14. Butler||Michigan State (4)|
|15. Auburn||Oregon (4)|
|16. Colorado||Butler (4)|
Selection Committee chair Kevin White said Kentucky was one of three teams just outside the Top 16 seeds along with LSU and Iowa, so, a five-seed. Considering Kentucky’s NET ranking, that can give you an idea of how the committee uses the computer data (NET) and their own discussions to determine seeds. The sneak peek came just before Kentucky’s win over Tennessee in Knoxville, which was a Quadrant 1 win, so the Cats’ resume has already improved. As of now, there are three more opportunities for Q1 wins: at LSU (Feb. 18), vs. Auburn (Feb. 29), and at Florida (March 7).
— Why is Kansas so high? They have ten Quadrant 1 wins, the most of any team. Baylor and Seton Hall are second with eight each. Kentucky’s Q1 record is currently 5-2.
— Kentucky’s average NET win (the average ranking of the opponents they’ve beaten) has improved from 142 last week to 133 today. The Cats’ average NET loss is up, but just barely, from 90 to 89. That’s still the worst of any team in the top 35. Similarly, the Cats are the only team in the top 40 with a Quadrant 4 loss. Thanks, Evansville!
— Up for grabs this week: Quadrant 3 wins at Vanderbilt tomorrow and vs. Ole Miss in Rupp on Saturday.