The first NET rankings of the 2019-20 season were released earlier today and Kentucky came in at No. 58, a stark contrast from its No. 6 ranking in the AP and Coaches Polls. Thankfully, we’ve got a while until we need to start worrying about the Cats’ tournament resume, but on a dreary Monday, let’s take a look at how Kentucky’s team sheet looks heading into the final stretch of the non-conference schedule.
First, a refresher on team sheets, which the Selection Committee starting using to pick and seed teams a few years back. Each team’s wins are sorted into four quadrants using their opponent’s NET rankings:
- Quadrant 1: Home 1-30; Neutral 1-50; Away 1-75
- Quadrant 2: Home 31-75; Neutral 51-100; Away 76-135
- Quadrant 3: Home 76-160; Neutral 101-200; Away 136-240
- Quadrant 4: Home 161-plus; Neutral 201-plus; Away 241-plus
Here’s what Kentucky’s first team sheet of the 2019-20 season looks like:
Obviously, the NET rankings will stabilize over time as the sample size grows larger and larger. For instance, right now Kentucky’s strength of schedule is 280th in the country, but in the next few weeks, the Cats play the No. 1 and No. 8 teams, Ohio State and Louisville.
All I want for Christmas are some Quadrant 1 wins.