With conference play nearly upon us, the sample size for various computer-based rating systems is growing larger. Computer rankings are great because they attempt to leave bias aside and focus solely on numbers. After a disappointing start, Kentucky is currently ranked 19th and 21st in the subjectively-based AP and Coaches polls. For comparison, let’s see where UK currently ranks in some of the most popular computer-based systems:
Top 5: Wisconsin, Umass, Syracuse, Colorado, Oregon
Other Note-worthy Rankings: Kansas (8th), Michigan State (29th), Duke (41st), Louisville (60th)
Top 5: Wisconsin, Umass, Villanova, Oregon, Arizona
Other Note-worthy Rankings: Kansas (7th), Louisville (18th), Michigan State (20th), Duke (24th)
Top 5: Arizona, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Villanova, Iowa
Other Note-worthy Rankings: Louisville (7th), Kansas (9th), Duke (11th), Michigan State (16th)
Top 5: Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Villanova
Other Note-worthy Rankings: Kansas (8th), Michigan State (14th), Duke (17th),
Kentucky’s Average Rank: 19th
– Kentucky’s average ranking is the same as their ranking in the AP poll. While UK’s place varies widely among the computer polls, the consensus places them at the same spot in which the writers of the Associated Press ranked them.
– The RPI is still horrible. Not only is Kentucky getting shafted at #38, Duke (41st) and Louisville (60th) are ranked laughably low as well. One of the biggest jokes in college basketball is the continued use of the RPI in choosing which teams will make the NCAA tournament.
– The computers love Kansas. Kentucky and Kansas have had similar seasons so far; they both have a young team team that has suffered three close losses. However, Kansas is currently ranked higher than Kentucky in all of the computer polls, finishing in all of their respective top tens.