As expected, Kentucky’s win at Auburn gave them a nice boost in the rankings and ratings. The Cats are now No. 8 in the AP Poll and the NCAA’s NET rankings, which become more and more important as we inch closer to the tournament.
After each game, we’ll take a look at Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament team sheet, which the Selection Committee uses to pick and seed teams. 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
Here’s Kentucky’s team sheet through January 20:
As you can see, Kentucky is now 3-2 in Quadrant 1 games with nine more on the schedule, two this week. Win both of those and that Quadrant starts to look really good. So, let’s do it.