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Kentucky No. 82 in NET Rankings; Updated Team Sheet

Kentucky still has major work to do to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive, but Saturday’s win vs. LSU was a good start. After the 82-69 win over the Tigers, the Cats’ NET ranking rose from No. 95 to No. 82, which is ninth best in the SEC:

9. Alabama (13-3)
11. Tennessee (10-3)
23. Missouri (10-2)
26. Florida (8-4)
33. Arkansas (12-4)
35. LSU (10-4)
64. Auburn (9-7)
65. Ole Miss (8-6)
82. Kentucky (5-9)
92. Mississippi State (9-7)
101. Georgia (8-5)
110. South Carolina (3-5)
136. Texas A&M (7-6)
185. Vanderbilt (4-7)

It may be a fruitless exercise at this point, but every Monday from now until Selection Sunday, I will break down Kentucky’s team sheet, which the Selection Committee will use to decide whether or not the Cats deserve an NCAA Tournament bid. This year, the NCAA tweaked the NET formula to focus only on two metrics: Team Value Index, a results-based feature that rewards teams for beating quality opponents, particularly away from home; and efficiency, which is adjusted for strength of opponent and location (home/away/neutral) across all games played. Winning percentage, adjusted winning percentage, and scoring margin are no longer factors. Also, with teams playing home games with limited or no fans, the committee and staff is also studying home-court advantage.

Here is Kentucky’s team sheet as of today, January 25.

Quad 1: 1-4

Home: 1-30, Neutral: 1-50, Away: 1-75

NET RankDateOpponentResult
901/26/2021@ Alabama
901/12/2021AlabamaL 65-85
1102/20/2021@ Tennessee
1912/01/2020Kansas (@ Indianapolis, IN)L 62-65
2302/02/2021@ Missouri
2601/09/2021@ FloridaW 76-58
4212/26/2020@ LouisvilleL 59-62
6401/16/2021@ AuburnL 59-66
6503/02/2021@ Ole Miss

Quad 2: 2-4

Home: 31-75, Neutral: 51-100, Away: 76-135

NET RankDateOpponentResult
3501/23/2021LSUW 82-69
5112/19/2020North Carolina (@ Cleveland, OH)L 63-75
5612/06/2020Georgia Tech (@ Atlanta, GA)L 62-79
6011/29/2020RichmondL 64-76
9201/02/2021@ Mississippi St.W 78-73 (2 OT)
10101/20/2021@ GeorgiaL 62-63

Quad 3: 0-1

Home: 76-160, Neutral: 101-200, Away: 136-240

NET RankDateOpponentResult
9612/12/2020Notre DameL 63-64
11012/29/2020South CarolinaPostponed
13602/23/2021Texas A&M
18502/17/2021@ Vanderbilt

Quad 4: 2-0

Home: 161-357, Neutral: 201-357, Away: 241-357

NET RankDateOpponentResult
18501/05/2021VanderbiltW 77-74
19111/25/2020Morehead St.W 81-45
22612/15/2020Detroit MercyCanceled

Some notes…

— Unfortunately, LSU’s NET ranking dropped to No. 35, pushing Saturday night’s win to Quad 2. Right now, Kentucky only has one Quad 1 win, at Florida, so we need to root for the Tigers to do well to bump that victory back up.

— Tennessee’s two-game losing streak dropped the Vols from No. 4 in the NET rankings (Jan. 18) to No. 11, which makes tomorrow night’s game at Alabama the biggest prize left on the table. Saturday’s game vs. No. 10 Texas at Rupp Arena is also huge.

— Florida and Ole Miss’ wins last week improved their NET rankings so that the Feb. 26 home game vs. the Gators and the March 2 season finale in Oxford are now in Quad 1. That’s good.

— Eighty-second may not seem that high, but it is Kentucky’s highest spot in the NET rankings this year.

— If you’re curious, Kentucky is ahead of Duke in the rankings. The Blue Devils are now No. 90, one spot below Army, Coach K’s alma mater.

— Kentucky’s current resume is not good, but the Cats have four straight Quad 1 opportunities ahead of them.

  • Tomorrow: at Alabama (No. 9)
  • Saturday, Jan. 30: vs. Texas (No. 10)
  • Tues., Feb. 2: at Missouri (No. 23)
  • Sat., Feb 6: vs. Tennessee (No. 11)

Just keep winning.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for Kentucky No. 82 in NET Rankings; Updated Team Sheet

  1. Bluemister
    12:41 pm January 25, 2021 Permalink

    Tyler, these kind of boring stats are a job for BTI–who still SUCKS–by the way.

  2. unbridled
    12:44 pm January 25, 2021 Permalink

    Wow!!! They’ve made it into the top 100. Now that’s some amazing progress we can all get behind. Does anyone think we can magically earn an invite to the NIT?

  3. Wade
    1:10 pm January 25, 2021 Permalink

    We need to just worry about the next game. The next 5 games will decide if we are in or not and need to take this serious. That’s for the fans coaches and players. If you get on a roll here and beat 2 of bama Texas or tn that’s a run that gets us in the conversation. We’ve played well enough to be in some of these games but losses to nd ga tech and ga hurt not to mention we couldn’t get a w against Kansas. We may be startin to head in the right direction and the kids buying in , its not pretty but good enough to win games and get a shot in March. just need to keep developing this team,be better the last 8 minutes ,and Keep playing hard defensively. It’s not where you start but where you finish and we Might go from The unwatchables to possibles.

  4. jaws2
    3:47 pm January 25, 2021 Permalink

  5. EdC
    8:58 pm January 25, 2021 Permalink

    “Kentucky still has major work to do to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive”

    I REALLY REALLY want some of what you are smoking. The only chance this team has at the NCAA tournament is winning the SEC tournament. If there is an NIT tournament they have no chance of making that. The last time there was an NIT tournament only two teams had a 50% win percentage. Everybody else was better. There is zero chance that this UK team wins more than half of their games.

  6. UKFaninCO
    12:32 am January 26, 2021 Permalink

    Soft team.