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UK remains strong in computer rankings


With seven losses, UK fans have grown accustomed to watching the team bounce around in the polls this season. Pollsters have ranked the Cats as high as 1st and as low as 23rd so far this year. With that type of volatility, it’s been difficult to gauge where UK stands relative to other programs. Alas, as the team’s identity starts to solidify, their rankings are beginning too as well. Despite last night’s loss, the computers still say that UK is about the 12th best team in the country. Here is where UK stands in several computer polls as of this afternoon:

Sagarin: 12th
KenPom: 8th
RPI: 12th
BPI: 15th

So, at the end of the day, last night’s loss seems to be the least impactful of the season (save Kansas). Let’s try to avoid any more going forward, shall we?

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

4 Comments for UK remains strong in computer rankings

  1. jonthes
    6:33 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

    In Tubby’s next to last year, UK was in the same SEC division with eventual champion Florida, Vandy and Tenn (both FF contenders who had NCAA runs). UK was 13 in the RPI. They got an 8 seed which meant playing a 1 seed in the Sweet Sixteen. Never underestimate the committee’s power to screw UK.

  2. kjd
    6:34 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

    Please, change the picture. Skal flexing is just ridiculous!

    • jch67
      8:54 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

      Agreed, I wouldn’t be surprised if opposing teams practiced allowing Skal to get the rebound knowing they can just take it out of his hands once he’s brought it down. Let him do all that silly jumping stuff…

  3. jch67
    9:10 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

    I was impressed with last night’s effort. Given the very short turn-around, playing AT A&M, it being Game Day and our list of injuries coming in – Poythress, Lee’s back, Willis’ knees and ankles – I was expecting as much as a 10+ point loss.

    However, we actually won the game if it weren’t for the Technical on Humphries (I understand the rule but there should be some discretion as to his intent, but, it is what it is…).

    With 9 seconds left, Humphries blocked the game winning shot AND came away with the ball AND a foul. He had just hit 2 high-pressure free throws (the first high-pressure shots of his career making it much more impressive) and was headed to the other end to seal the victory with a couple more. If he’d only held on to the ball!!!

    All in all, I was VERY pleased with last night and even more so with Humphries; he needs to play (start??) much more. I’m very comfortable when he’s in the game. Unless Poythress is in the mood to be who we all know he can be, I’d rather have Humphries in there – much more effort and interest in the game than Poythress. Our front court is VERY thin (both literally and figuratively) and Humphries brings us a true “big” in the lane – and he can step out and hit a mid-range jumper to keep everyone honest.

    I’m looking forward to watching him develop over the next year or, hopefully, two!!