Kentucky No. 39 in the first NET Rankings of the season
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Kentucky No. 39 in the first NET Rankings of the season

Tyler Thompsonabout 2 months

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the NET Rankings are back! This morning, the first edition of the NET Rankings, the NCAA’s primary sorting tool for evaluating teams for the tournament, of the 2021-22 season dropped. As you might expect, the NET is not impressed by Kentucky’s schedule thus far. The Cats are No. 39 in the initial rankings, which is behind five SEC teams: LSU (2), Tennessee (11), Alabama (15), Auburn (16), and Florida (22). Thankfully, there’s plenty of room for growth. Let’s dive in.

NET Top 25 – December 5

  1. Purdue
  2. LSU
  3. Arizona
  4. Houston
  5. Villanova
  6. Baylor
  7. Southern California
  8. Gonzaga
  9. Iowa
  10. Duke
  11. Tennessee
  12. Wyoming
  13. UConn
  14. Kansas
  15. Alabama
  16. Auburn
  17. Texas
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Michigan State
  20. Iowa State
  21. Seton Hall
  22. Florida
  23. Wagner
  24. BYU
  25. Loyola Chicago

NET changes for the 2021-22 season

This is the fourth season the NCAA has used the NET Rankings as its primary metric to evaluate the strength of teams’ wins and losses. This year, the formula has been tweaked. From now on, the NET will only use two components, adjusted net efficiency rating and Team Value Index (TVI), which is a result-based feature that rewards teams for beating quality opponents, particularly away from home. Win percentage, adjusted win percentage, and scoring margin are no longer used in the NET rankings.

Kentucky’s First Team Sheet

Why is Kentucky so low? Look no further than the schedule. Thus far, Kentucky’s average opponent’s NET ranking is 249. For perspective, there are 358 teams in Division I. So, not great. The Cats have only played one Quad 1 game, vs. Duke, and FIVE Quad 4 games. Kentucky’s most impressive win, vs. Ohio, is in Quad 3.

That’s about to change. As you can see below, the Cats have plenty of chances to improve their standing. The game vs. Ohio State on Dec. 18 is Kentucky’s next Quad 1 opportunity. Tomorrow night’s game vs. Southern is Quad 4, Saturday’s game at Notre Dame Quad 3. The SEC schedule is riddled with Quad 1 games.

Here’s a look at the Team Sheet:

Quad 1: 0-1

Home: 1-30, Neutral: 1-50, Away: 1-75

NET RankDateOpponentIn ConferenceResult
201/04/2022@ LSUY
202/23/2022LSUY
1011/09/2021Duke (@ New York, NY)
L 71-79
1102/15/2022@ TennesseeY
1101/15/2022TennesseeY
1401/29/2022@ Kansas

1502/05/2022@ AlabamaY
1502/19/2022AlabamaY
1601/22/2022@ AuburnY
2203/05/2022@ FloridaY
2202/12/2022FloridaY
2812/18/2021Ohio State (@ Las Vegas, NV)

4402/26/2022@ ArkansasY
5801/19/2022@ Texas A&MY

Quad 2: 0-0

Home: 31-75, Neutral: 51-100, Away: 76-135

NET RankDateOpponentIn ConferenceResult
4901/25/2022Mississippi St.Y
5312/22/2021Louisville

8401/11/2022@ VanderbiltY
12202/08/2022@ South CarolinaY

Quad 3: 1-0

Home: 76-160, Neutral: 101-200, Away: 136-240

NET RankDateOpponentIn ConferenceResult
8402/02/2022VanderbiltY
8611/19/2021Ohio
W 77-59
12603/01/2022Ole MissY
15712/11/2021@ Notre Dame

Quad 4: 5-0

Home: 161-357, Neutral: 201-357, Away: 241-357

NET RankDateOpponentIn ConferenceResult
20801/08/2022 GeorgiaY
25512/07/2021 Southern U.

27012/31/2021 High Point

27812/29/2021 MissouriY
30711/16/2021 Mount St. Mary’s
W 80-55
32911/26/2021 North Florida
W 86-52
33411/12/2021 Robert Morris
W 100-60
33511/22/2021 Albany (NY)
W 86-61
34511/29/2021 Central Mich.
W 85-57

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