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Kentucky's NCAA Tournament resume with 10 regular season games left

Article written by:On3 imageTyler Thompson


Photo by Dr. Michael Huang | Kentucky Sports Radio

Believe it or not, there are only ten games left in the regular season. On Saturday, Kentucky had a huge opportunity to improve its NCAA Tournament resume with a win over Kansas. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Can the Cats make up ground? Yes, but the margin for error is small.

Right now, the Cats are 1-6 in Quad 1 games with five Quad 1 opportunities remaining: vs. Arkansas (Feb. 5), at Mississippi State (Feb. 15), vs. Tennessee (Feb. 18), at Florida (Feb. 22), and at Arkansas (March 4). Win at least three of those and put in a decent showing at the SEC Tournament and you’re probably in. Anything less and it’ll be an anxious Selection Sunday in the Bluegrass.

Since Selection Sunday is fast approaching, it’s time to get even nerdier with the team sheet. The Selection Committee breaks Quads 1 and 2 into two parts to further categorize wins and losses. Quad 1A wins are obviously huge, and thankfully, Kentucky has one, the win at Tennessee.

  • Quad 1: 1-6 (5 games remaining)
    • Quad 1A: 1-4 (2 games remaining)
    • Quad 1B: 0-2 (3 games remaining)
  • Quad 2: 3-0 (4 games remaining)
    • Quad 2A: 2-0 (2 games remaining)
    • Quad 2B: 1-0 (2 games remaining)
  • Quad 3: 4-0 (1 game remaining)
  • Quad 4: 6-1 (0 games remaining)

Here’s Kentucky’s team sheet as of Jan. 30. Currently, the Cats are No. 36 in the NET Rankings, a four-spot drop from where they were after the win at Vanderbilt last week.

Quad 1: 1-6

Quad 1A: Home: 1-15, Neutral: 1-25, Away: 1-40

NET RankingDateOpponentResult
201/14/2023at TennesseeW 63-56
401/07/2023at AlabamaL 52-78
512/17/2022UCLA (CBS Sports Classic, New York, NY)L 53-63
801/28/2023KansasL 68-77
1411/20/2022at GonzagaL 72-88
2803/04/2023at Arkansas

Quad 1B: Home: 16-30, Neutral: 26-50, Away: 41-75

NET RankingDateOpponentResult
4412/28/2022at MissouriL 75-89
4711/15/2022Michigan St. (Champions Classic, Indianapolis, IN)L 77-86 (2 OT)
5002/22/2023at Florida
5402/15/2023at Mississippi St.

Quad 2: 3-0

Quad 2A: Home: 31-55, Neutral: 51-75, Away: 76-100

NET RankingDateOpponentResult
4201/21/2023Texas A&MW 76-67
9301/24/2023at VanderbiltW 69-53

Quad 2B: Home: 56-75, Neutral: 76-100, Away: 101-135

NET RankingDateOpponentResult
8312/04/2022Michigan (London, England)W 73-69
11202/11/2023at Georgia
11401/31/2023at Ole Miss

Quad 3: 4-0

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

NET RankingDateOpponentResult
8012/10/2022YaleW 69-59
11201/17/2023GeorgiaW 85-71
12911/11/2022DuquesneW 77-52
13701/03/2023LSUW 74-71

Quad 4: 6-1

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

NET RankingDateOpponentResult
25411/07/2022HowardW 95-63
26111/29/2022BellarmineW 60-41
27201/10/2023South CarolinaL 68-71
29611/23/2022North FloridaW 96-56
33712/31/2022LouisvilleW 86-63
34911/17/2022South Carolina St.W 106-63
35912/21/2022Florida A&MW 88-68

A few team sheet notes:

— After two straight losses (Texas A&M, at West Virginia), Auburn is now No. 31 in the NET, which moves the game vs. the Tigers next month in Rupp to Quad 2. It’s time to cheer for Auburn to pick up some wins so that game on Feb. 25 means more.

— We might also need to cheer for Michigan State. The Spartans are No. 47 in the NET, meaning the loss to them in the Champions Classic is in danger of slipping to Quad 2.

— Tennessee is No. 2 in the NET, making Kentucky’s win in Knoxville the most impressive in college basketball this season. Obviously, sweeping the Vols would be huge for the Cats’ resume.

The Road Ahead

Here’s where each remaining game sits on the team sheet according to the current NET rankings. This week, Kentucky can pick up Quad 2 wins at Ole Miss on Tuesday and vs. Florida at home on Saturday.

DateOpponentNET RankingQuad
01/31/2023at Ole Miss114Quad 2B
02/04/2023Florida50Quad 2A
02/07/2023Arkansas28Quad 1A
02/11/2023at Georgia112Quad 2B
02/15/2023at Mississippi St.54Quad 1B
02/18/2023Tennessee2Quad 1A
02/22/2023at Florida50Quad 1B
02/25/2023Auburn31Quad 2A
03/01/2023Vanderbilt93Quad 3
03/04/2023at Arkansas28Quad 1A

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