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Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament Team Sheet: 10 Games Left

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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After another impressive week, Kentucky is now up to No. 6 in the NET rankings. The Cats’ wins at Florida and Vanderbilt added a Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 2 win to their NCAA Tournament team sheet, which continues to trend up with 42 days until Selection Sunday.

If you’re not familiar with team sheets, they’re what the Selection Committee uses to pick and seed teams in the NCAA Tournament. Wins are sorted into four quadrants using the opponent’s NET ranking:

  • Quadrant 1: Home Game 1-30; Neutral Site 1-50; Away Game 1-75
  • Quadrant 2: Home Game 31-75; Neutral Site 51-100; Away Game 76-135
  • Quadrant 3: Home Game 76-160; Neutral Site 101-200; Away Game 136-240
  • Quadrant 4: Home Game 161-plus; Neutral Site 201-plus; Away Game 241-plus

On the team sheet, the opponent’s NET ranking is listed on the left, followed by the site of the game (home/neutral/away), the name of the opponent, and the result. Quadrant 1 is obviously the most important, but losses in Quadrants 2-4 can be resume killers.

Here’s Kentucky’s team sheet through February 3:

Some takeaways:

— Kentucky can add a Quadrant 3 win by beating South Carolina tomorrow and a Quadrant 1 win by beating Mississippi State in Starkville on Saturday.

— The five teams ahead of Kentucky in the NET rankings: 1) Virginia, 2) Gonzaga, 3) Duke, 4) Tennessee, 5) Michigan.

— Kentucky has six Quadrant 1 wins, the second most in the top 10 behind Michigan State, who has eight.

— Kentucky’s average NET win right now is 113, while their average NET loss is 37.

On Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, the Selection Committee will reveal its top 16 teams on its Bracket Preview Show on CBS leading into Kentucky at Mississippi State. Set the DVR!


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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33 Comments for Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament Team Sheet: 10 Games Left

  1. Ridge Runner
    12:21 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

    We should be good (taking a loss to UT in Knoxville) to match any of the others in NET going into SEC tournament. Love to get a 1 seed with all this team has improved on.

    • Ridge Runner
      12:22 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

      Provided no stumble at Miss State

    • somerset bill
      5:56 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

      And provided Alabama finishes strong enough to avoid dropping into Quadrant II — which is only 4 slots away. Seems like your opponent should be pinned at the spot they were when you played them. If they were a Quadrant I team when you beat them, then you should keep that QI credit, no matter how bad they finish out.

  2. UKCatAttack
    12:34 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

    5 or less losses AND win 1 of the UT games we are a 1 seed.

    • Aar
      12:50 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed! I think that only 4 losses for the entire regular season is likely – assuming no bone headed losses.

    • syrin23
      9:42 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

      We likely plat UT three times, all at the end of the season when they drop you in rankings and you cannot make it back up.

  3. Aar
    12:47 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

    So, the game tomorrow night is a “must not lose”. IMHO, USC shapes up like a less talented Kansas that fouls a whole lot more. One big who needs to play without fouling and he does succeed at that. Martin does not teach “guard without fouling” much, except to his stars. So, I expect a junked up game. A lot like Florida but not as clean. The parallel to Kansas means that the Cats have four bigs to wear down Chris Silva. However, he’s been dealing with that all year while KU hasn’t. Still, he hasn’t dealt with the Cats’ talent level yet. Go Cats, time to make some KFC!

  4. shepdog3720
    2:18 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

    Hate to be picky, but we need the #1 seed in the South bracket, that puts us smack dab in the YUM Center for regionals. In order to do that, need to jump Tennessee in the rankings. Need 2 out of 3 vs UT to make that happen.

    • jaws2
      3:19 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

      Couldn’t agree more. The way the committee works against us, it’s the ONLY path to YUM.

    • syrin23
      9:43 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

      We need a #1 seed so the tourney can’t power f*** us into a 2 seed in the same bracket as the overall number one seed like they always do.

    • michaelb
      11:31 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

      Ideally that would be nice . Number 1 seeds never win it all anyway so we shouldn’t let that upset us . We’re gonna have to beat good teams in the big dance , there’s just no way around it . They don’t make free passes to the national championship trophy .

    • No more excuses cal
      12:22 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      I guess it was the committee fault we lost to them 3 star k state guards last year

    • syrin23
      1:34 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Nope, that was our subpar players. BUT, pretty much every analyst said it was the toughest bracket in the tourney. We have been in the toughest bracket in the tourney at least five years in a row now. But at least you haven’t been paying attention.

      Michaelb- yes we will, but I would rather face Duke in a title game than a game just to make it to the FF. Surely you agree with that.

    • No more excuses cal
      2:05 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      I agree with subpar players

    • catsarerunnin
      7:47 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      I’m sure you’re an expert in subpar.

    • CATandMONKEY
      2:31 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Sub par players still >>>>>>>>>>> than sub par forum rats that have not shown up since UK has been improving and winning consistently.

    • CellarDoorx06
      7:53 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      We lost that game to Kansas State because of Free throws. Nothing else.

  5. michaelb
    11:27 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

    That dam seton hall loss is ugly to look at on this resume thing. We shoulda had that game ! Rats !!!!

    • RealCatsFan
      9:17 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      It’s still against a quadrant 2 team, and there is half a chance that they make the tournament. Bama is a quadrant 1 team right now. But we have to beat the Cocks tonight or we WILL be looking at a bad loss.

    • henderblue
      9:19 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      They hit a falling out of bounds fade away 3 with a man in his face. It happens. The sun shines on a dog’s a$$ every now and then…

  6. The Real LindaS
    11:31 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

    who in the heck came up with quadrants? Seriously…some know nothing millennium no doubt.

  7. No more excuses cal
    12:17 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Would have looked much better if we would have had a great team leader in the bama and seton hall game that could have lead by example in encouraging and promoting team first instead of players first in those games we should have easily won

    • CATandMONKEY
      2:32 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Yet we are now in the top 5. What will your refrain be if we were to win the NC? ” Duke would have beat the runner up by 50?”

  8. No more excuses cal
    12:20 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Those were two games that it was all about players first and the program took the hit on the losses

    • 4everUKblue
      7:36 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      You really don’t have a clue. The only enjoyment you find is in criticizing Cal and the players, I pity people who have to be around you.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:47 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      That’s because he’s a UL troll.

    • unbridled
      8:23 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Excuses….you seem super smart lil guy. Your constant inane griping seems really well thought out. You weren’t an athlete were you? It’s glaringly obvious that you have little to no knowledge of sports. By all means…keep throwing up ignorant comments because it’s pretty funny at this point. You might set a record.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:20 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

      Nothing could be further from the truth. This was a relatively young team that was still learning how to play team defense when those losses happened. It has been demonstrated NUMEROUS times of late that the “players first” and the “self coached team” concepts are paying off now as this team becomes more autonomous and their confidence increases.

  9. CellarDoorx06
    7:51 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    We lost that game because of Free throws. Simply put.

  10. Go Deep
    8:14 am February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Why are some games highlighted in mint green?

  11. huehue
    1:13 pm February 5, 2019 Permalink

    Nice post Mrs. T. Preciate it.