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Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament Team Sheet: Eight Games Left

© Kim Klement | USATSI

© Kim Klement | USATSI

On Saturday, we found out that Kentucky is currently the top two-seed in the eyes of the Selection Committee. With eight games left in the regular season, five against Quadrant 1 opponents, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. As we do each Monday, let’s examine the Cats’ team sheet.

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 10:

And some takeaways:

— Obviously, this week is huge. Tennessee and LSU are No. 4 and No. 17 in the NET rankings, respectively. Win those two and Kentucky’s resume is worthy of a one-seed. Lose one, and you’ll have to knock off Tennessee in Knoxville to stay in the conversation. Lose both and at best, you’re a two-seed.

— Kentucky’s seven Quadrant 1 wins are tied for third most in the country with Wisconsin and Marquette. Michigan State has the most, with nine, followed by Kansas with eight.

— Kentucky is No. 5 in the NET rankings behind 1) Gonzaga, 2) Duke, 3) Virginia, and 4) Tennessee.

Big week. Let’s do this.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

21 Comments for Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament Team Sheet: Eight Games Left

  1. No more excuses cal
    5:11 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

    You can’t count seton hall remember cal said to pretend we didn’t lose that game

    • bigbluebanana
      5:18 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

      First of all, you don’t get to say “we” as much as you shlt on our coach and team. Secondly, context and nuance are key when you’re trying to quote someone. What Cal said was that he told his team to pretend like it didn’t happen, which is advice often given to people, or teams that face adversity. It’s a coping sentiment so folks don’t dwell on negative things. It’d be one thing if you were just an obvious troll, but you’re not. You’re an embarrassment to our fan base because you really believe the crap you spew. Go find another team that wins the championship every single year. Go jump in their bandwagon because I assure you we will save no room for you on ours. Whether UK goes out in the first round, or win it all, most of us love our Cats…you’re just a miserable person with the intelligence level of toe jam.

    • henderblue
      5:23 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

      Go bigbluebanana..

    • runningunnin.454
      5:25 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

      Well said, BBbanana!

    • 4everUKblue
      5:41 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

      Banana, no more excuses is nothing more than a troll, probably BigolSlaterMedic’s new username or his daddy.

    • 4everUKblue
      5:45 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

      To be fair no more excuses makes less sense with every post.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:41 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

      That’s because he’s Slater. Nuff said.

  2. No more excuses cal
    5:15 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

    Come selection Sunday he regret scheduling that game in the garden that’s the lose that’s killing the resume but hey it New York we players first June all that matters anyway

    • henderblue
      5:25 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t know what the hell you just said..but I do know it doesn’t mean shi+

    • runningunnin.454
      5:27 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

      Go henderblue. No more excuses wants to buy some periods, commas, and semi-colons.

    • 4everUKblue
      5:43 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

      No more excuses obviously attended those fake UNC classes no one else attended, he’s obviously been dumbed down.

    • He wants to buy some syntax and coherent thoughts.

    • Kentuckybbnfan01
      6:51 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

      Yep we have no good wins we should quit no let’s go play in the nit that sounds right get outta here what a no life

  3. Ridge Runner
    5:16 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

    Great perspective to keep in front of us, Ms T. We control our destiny big time.

  4. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:31 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

    Great article. Seton Hall should be a Q1 loss since they are top 50 RPI, and SH could still jump up there in their NET rankings if they win some of the huge games coming up (which they’re predicted to do). But with two games against the Vols, our destiny as a #1 seed is in our hands anyway.

  5. michaelb
    6:24 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

    I love these break downs , thank you for the info . This is a big week for uk basketball. I think we got it – we’ve been improving a lot & I don’t think we’re even close to peaking yet .

  6. RAGE
    9:25 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

    I have a question about this… I do understand the NET rankings and the Q wins… But I am just curious if this is what the NCAA is looking at to seed the teams then how is Gonzaga ranked in the top 4 teams??? I mean they can’t have very many Q1 wins in their conference and I understand that ain’t there fault cause they are in a weak conference and not in the conferences that give teams many chances to get quality wins… But still how are they getting this much respect when other mid majors such as Houston isn’t getting that kind of respect… Don’t get me wrong I hope we get far away from Gonzaga in the tournament cause the way they shoot the basketball and their size would be a tough matchup for us… So I hope we can only play them in the championship… Also don’t get me wrong I don’t know what their resume looks like exactly but I am a college basketball fan and watch everybody play not just our Cats… So I know their schedule mostly… But can someone explain this to me??? Also if we win both games this week and our only loss in the regular season is to Tennessee in Knoxville… which is a possibility do you guys think we have a chance of a 1 seed

    • Biglaw Dawgin'
      9:58 am February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Pretty good point here. Gonzaga is 3-2 in Q1, and 14 of their 23 wins are against Q3&4. It seems like the main factor here is not really Q1 wins, but avoiding losses in Q2-4, which Tyler alluded to was very important. Kentucky is 7-2 in Q1 vs. Gonzaga’s 3-2. However, Gonzaga has no losses in Q2-4 and UK has 1.

      It seems that avoiding losses in Q2-4 may be the most important factor of them all. UK and Gonzaga have very similar resumes except UK has 4 more Q1 wins than Gonzaga, but 1 more Q2 loss. It appears our single Q2 loss hurt us more than 4 additional Q1 wins helped us. Only thing I can figure is that their win over #1 Duke (at around the same time as our bad loss to them) is propelling them.

  7. Luether
    9:43 pm February 11, 2019 Permalink

    Good post, Mrs TT…