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Kentucky Ranks 14th in Latest KenPom Rankings

After Kentucky’s victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday, the latest KenPom rankings have the Cats sitting as the 14th strongest team in the nation.

KenPom rankings are determined by the adjusted efficiency margin (AdjEM), which is simply the team’s adjusted offensive efficiency minus its adjusted defensive efficiency. The adjustments are largely based on scheduling, opponent quality, and game location.

The Adjusted efficiency numbers rank North Carolina at number 10 and Louisville at 27. Those two teams are undoubtedly Kentucky’s best two victories this season, both of which were away from Rupp Arena.

Where do Kentucky’s three losses rank? Well, Duke obviously reigns supreme at one, while Seton Hall ranks 47th, and Alabama sits at 65.

Kentucky has three remaining opponents sitting in front of them with Tennesee at five, Kansas at nine, and Auburn ranks 11th.

For the entire KenPom Rankings, you can check it out here.

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

17 Comments for Kentucky Ranks 14th in Latest KenPom Rankings

  1. BigolBlue
    7:07 pm January 13, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds about right to me. I think they can be a 1 seed still. I don’t really see any other losses on the schedule.

  2. Aar
    7:42 pm January 13, 2019 Permalink

    It’s probably worth noting that the Cats play 5 games against the 3 teams on their schedule that are ranked ahead of them.

    Also, they have 2 games against each of the 24th team, Florida, and the 28th, Mississippi State, and 1 each against the 30th, Ole Miss and 37th, LSU. That’s 11 of 16 remaining games against KenPom top 40 teams. Not many teams have a gauntlet like that to run to close out the season.

    Lots of both opportunity and the commensurate risk in that schedule. Not much of a break in there, either. Personally, I’m not too uncomfortable with them being a bit unfocused for the most recent 4 games. They have 5 days and 1 game to get refocused for this brutal stretch run.

    Unfortunately, Cal does not fare his best in games against his closest coaching friends – both Crean and Barnes fall in that group. Time to defy the “coaches buddies” trend!

    I think they get in the top 8 (1-2 seed) and SEC reg season title with 2 more losses. Stay in the top 16 (3-4 seed) with the right 5 losses from here on out. If they lose 7-8 (10-11 losses this season and 50% for the last 16 games), they’re still dancing but, dang that’ll be frustrating!

  3. cking
    8:15 pm January 13, 2019 Permalink

    This team is likely to lose the upcoming Auburn and Kansas game.
    Tennessee will beat us twice. We will lose at Miss St and Ole Miss. We will also likely lose at Vandy & Florida.

    I think at best we have 11 to 12 losses heading into the Sec tourney.

    • henderblue
      7:02 am January 14, 2019 Permalink

      We? You mean they? You don’t sound like one of us. I don’t see that kind of gloom and doom ahead for US. I think we’ll rise to the occasion and win 5 of those games..this team plays up or down to their competition. I think we’ll be ready for most of those games.

  4. eyebleedblue
    8:36 pm January 13, 2019 Permalink

    Have you watched them play the last 3 games? Gonna be several road losses in conference and some tough games at home as well. Sure they will win a lot of games, but they’re gonna drop some. 3-5 seed is likely.

  5. Righteous1
    7:39 am January 14, 2019 Permalink

    I see double digit losses for the 6th time in the last 10 year’s and a probable 8 or 9 seed in Duke’s region so the tournament run will be over quickly. Too many losses may result in an NIT bid. Cal should add his middle initial to his name. He reminds me a lot of Joe B. Hall. Good recruiter but not a very good bench coach that results in double digit loss seasons. Amazing when you consider that UK has had 1 of the top 2 recruiting classes for the last 10 yrs.

  6. KYjellyRoll
    8:07 am January 14, 2019 Permalink

    I’d love to see us run into duke again lol. This isn’t the same team. Neither are they but I do believe we have more heart than they do now

    • IrishCat
      8:55 am January 14, 2019 Permalink

      Me too.

    • BigolBlue
      11:44 am January 14, 2019 Permalink

      Haha. They will still destroy us

    • catsarerunnin
      11:46 am January 14, 2019 Permalink

      BigolBuffoon strikes again.

    • bigblue2284
      12:48 pm January 14, 2019 Permalink

      Dude just stop, did you watch us against Vandy? BTW the defense wasn’t better in the second half they just missed shots. Duke by years end still beats this team by 20.

  7. Wildcat_blues1029
    8:47 am January 14, 2019 Permalink

    Can see us upsetting Kansas and Tennesse at home. PG will be huge for us in both those games. As well as having a strong inside presence were we dominate the glass against both. Interested in seeing how PJ and Keldon match against Grant and Admiral

    • bigblue2284
      12:53 pm January 14, 2019 Permalink

      PJ will disappear against UT. When he can’t hang he disappears. He has scored over 10 points six times this year against: VMI, Winthrop, North Dakota, Seton Hall, Alabama and 11 points against UNC. He had 5 against UL and 8 against Duke. LOL if this team is relying on Washington they are done.