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Kentucky’s Team Sheet compared to other potential No. 1 seeds

The regular season is over and Kentucky is still in contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. With Selection Sunday less than a week away, let’s break down the Cats’ team sheet and discuss how they can make it look even better in the SEC Tournament.

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.

Recently, the NCAA started making the team sheets even more specific, breaking Quadrants 1 and 2 into two parts to better organize games. As you can see, this shows how much more important away and neutral site wins are than home wins, and the opposite for losses.

Here’s Kentucky’s team sheet through yesterday’s games:

Quick thoughts

— Remember me saying Kentucky had the most Quadrant 1 wins of any team in college basketball on Friday? At the time, that was true; however, Missouri fell two spots in the NET rankings, putting that win back in the Quad 2 column. Kentucky is back to ten Quad 1 wins, tied with Kansas for second most in the country behind Virginia and Michigan State, who both have eleven.

— After rising to No. 4 in yesterday’s NET rankings, Kentucky is back at No. 5 behind 1) Gonzaga, 2) Virginia, 3) Duke, and 4) Houston.

— Three teams to cheer for in hopes it will boost their game vs. Kentucky to Quad 1: 33. Florida (needs to move up three spots), 62. Seton Hall (needs to move up 12 spots), and 77. Missouri (needs to move up two spots). Florida plays Arkansas on Thursday for the chance to play LSU, Seton Hall could face Marquette in the Big East Semifinals on Friday and Villanova on Saturday, and if Missouri takes care of Georgia, will face Auburn on Thursday.

Examining the other potential No. 1 seeds

Right now, Virginia and Gonzaga are the two teams have pretty much locked down a No. 1 seed. Which teams will get the other two? Right now, it’s a four-way race between Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina. All four will likely square off in the SEC and ACC Semifinals, making the Selection Committee’s job a lot easier. Here’s how their resumes stack up against each other right now:

Kentucky

  • NET Ranking: No. 5
  • Quadrant 1 record: 10-4
  • Average Opponent NET Rank (wins-losses): 101-28
  • Potential Quadrant 1 games remaining (Top 50 opponents): Three
    • SEC Quarterfinals vs. Ole Miss
    • SEC Semifinals vs. Tennessee or Mississippi State
    • SEC Championship vs. LSU, Auburn, or Florida

Duke

  • NET Ranking: No. 3
  • Quadrant 1 record: 8-4
  • Average Opponent NET Rank (wins-losses): 85-13
  • Potential Quadrant 1 games remaining (Top 50 opponents in neutral location): Three
    • ACC Quarterfinals vs. Syracuse
    • ACC Semifinals vs. North Carolina or Louisville
    • ACC Championship vs. Virginia, Florida State, Virginia Tech, NC State, or Clemson

North Carolina

  • NET Ranking: No. 7
  • Quadrant 1 record: 9-5
  • Average Opponent NET Rank (wins-losses): 87-19
  • Potential Quadrant 1 games remaining (Top 50 opponents): Three
    • ACC Quarterfinals vs. Louisville
    • ACC Semifinals vs. Duke or Syracuse
    • ACC Championship vs. Virginia, Florida State, Virginia Tech, NC State, or Clemson

Tennessee

  • NET Ranking: No. 6
  • Quadrant 1 record: 7-4
  • Average Opponent NET Rank (wins-losses): 94-36
  • Potential Quadrant 1 games remaining (Top 50 opponents): Three
    • SEC Quarterfinals vs. Mississippi State
    • SEC Semifinals vs. Kentucky or Ole Miss
    • SEC Championship vs. LSU, Auburn, or Florida

So, if you’re hoping for the ultimate resume boost to secure a No. 1 seed, maybe even in Louisville, here’s the path to root for: SEC Quarterfinals vs. Ole Miss, SEC Semifinals vs. Tennessee, SEC Championship vs. LSU. Let’s do it.

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14 Comments for Kentucky’s Team Sheet compared to other potential No. 1 seeds



  1. damage_control
    3:18 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

    Gimmie a break Houston.



  2. Ridge Runner
    3:24 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

    “ Remember me saying Kentucky had the most Quadrant 1 wins of any team in college basketball on Friday? At the time, that was true; however, Missouri fell two spots in the NET rankings, putting that win back in the Quad 2 column.”

    Ok that’s kinda what I thought. Thx Ms T for clearing that up.



    • Ridge Runner
      3:27 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

      And.. while your right a Q1 win in the SEC championship game would count on the resume, it really wouldn’t be a factor since seeds are determined before the Championship game. Right ?



    • J-Dub421
      4:31 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

      If we make the finals, that would still give us two more quadrant 1 wins that would count in our favor.



    • IrishCat
      4:40 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t like this whole deal of changing Q1 to Q2 posthumously. Some teams get better and some teams get worse through the course of the season. Count the Quadrants as what they were when the game was played. Just more NCAA nonsense imo.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:16 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

      J-Dub is right, we only need to make the finals, winning of losing it will not affect our seeding because the brackets will already be set before the champ is decided.



    • Ridge Runner
      7:37 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

      JDub & 4ever.. yes, I knew that but was just attempting to be polite to Ms T as it wasn’t posted anywhere – but, she mentioned a win in the final would be a Q1 win.



    • 4everUKblue
      10:58 am March 12, 2019 Permalink

      Sorry RR, that was not aimed at you at all, I was just making a point that winning the SEC tournament does not help us in seeding, but beating TN will.



  3. wyatts1
    4:05 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

    All this is well and good, but where’s some news on Reid?? The remainder of our season depends on that man. His veteran leadership and cool nature really helps anchor this team. Is he practicing with the team yet? I seen somewhere he wasn’t playing at all in the sec tourney?? While I’m just a fan it would be nice to know what’s up instead of feeling like I did when vando got hurt.



    • Ridge Runner
      4:12 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

      I hear ya as a fan Wyatt.

      Cal also has that “Belichick-Patriots” style of being coy and not giving specifics on injuries because of how other teams prepare.



  4. jaws2
    4:25 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

    This matters zero if we win the SEC tournament. It will NOT matter what other teams do in the tournament.



    • Ridge Runner
      4:31 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

      It matters to the point it’s how we got here. But really.. if we win the semi, the championship game doesn’t factor in on seeding so the NCAA has said.



  5. Go Deep
    9:34 am March 12, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t understand the mint green highlights. What does that represent?