Kentucky's standing in the NET Rankings after the Tennessee win
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Kentucky's standing in the NET Rankings after the Tennessee win

Article written by:Tyler ThompsonTyler Thompson

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After convincing wins over Vanderbilt and Tennessee, Kentucky is on the cusp on the NET Top 10. The Cats are No. 11 in the new NET rankings, up from No. 16 a week ago. From the SEC, only Auburn (Saturday’s opponent) and LSU are ranked higher, coming in at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively. Kansas, Kentucky’s opponent in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, is No. 8.

There are some big changes in Kentucky’s team sheet, but before we get to that, here’s a look at the current NET Top 25.

NET Top 25 – Through January 16

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Arizona
  3. Villanova
  4. Houston
  5. Auburn
  6. Baylor
  7. LSU
  8. Kansas
  9. Purdue
  10. Illinois
  11. Kentucky
  12. Duke
  13. Tennessee
  14. Texas
  15. UConn
  16. Xavier
  17. Texas Tech
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Iowa
  20. Iowa State
  21. UCLA
  22. Loyola Chicago
  23. Michigan State
  24. Alabama
  25. Ohio State

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 Team Sheet

What a difference a week makes. Saturday’s thrashing of Tennessee gave Kentucky another Quad 1 win AND Notre Dame moved into the Top 75 of the NET, which bumps the loss in South Bend to Quad 1 as well. The Cats now have zero losses in Quads 2-4, which is a very good thing. Arkansas’ win over LSU on Saturday boosted the Razorbacks from No. 85 to No. 56, which puts Kentucky’s date with the Hogs in Fayetteville on Feb. 26 in Quad 1 for now. That brings the number of Quad 1 games left to nine.

This week, Kentucky can add two more Quad 1 wins to the resume at Texas A&M (No. 51) and at Auburn (No. 5). Not an easy task, but two giant opportunities for the taking.

Quad 1: 2-3

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

NET RankingDateOpponentIn Conference?Result
501/22/2022@ AuburnY
701/04/2022@ LSUYL 60-65
702/23/2022 LSUY
801/29/2022@ Kansas

1211/09/2021 Duke (@ New York, NY)
L 71-79
1302/15/2022@ TennesseeY
1301/15/2022 TennesseeYW 107-79
2402/05/2022@ AlabamaY
2402/19/2022 AlabamaY
2512/18/2021 Ohio St. (@ Las Vegas, NV)
Canceled
3212/18/2021 North Carolina (@ Las Vegas, NV)
W 98-69
4603/05/2022@ FloridaY
5101/19/2022@ Texas A&MY
5602/26/2022@ ArkansasY
7412/11/2021@ Notre Dame
L 62-66

Quad 2: 1-0

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

NET RankingDateOpponentIn Conference?Result
4602/12/2022 FloridaY
4801/25/2022 Mississippi St.Y
7901/11/2022@ VanderbiltYW 78-66
11202/08/2022@ South CarolinaY

Quad 3: 2-0

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

NET RankingDateOpponentIn Conference?Result
7902/02/2022 VanderbiltY
8111/19/2021 Ohio
W 77-59
11112/22/2021 Louisville
Postponed
11503/01/2022 Ole MissY
12912/22/2021 Western Ky.
W 95-60

Quad 4: 9-0

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

NET RankingDateOpponentIn Conference?Result
20912/07/2021 Southern U.
W 76-64
22512/29/2021 MissouriYW 83-56
22601/08/2022 GeorgiaYW 92-77
28112/31/2021 High Point
W 92-48
28811/22/2021 Albany (NY)
W 86-61
30811/16/2021 Mount St. Mary’s
W 80-55
32311/26/2021 North Florida
W 86-52
32911/12/2021 Robert Morris
W 100-60
33911/29/2021 Central Mich.
W 85-57

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2022-05-28