After another impressive week, Kentucky is now up to No. 6 in the NET rankings. The Cats’ wins at Florida and Vanderbilt added a Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 2 win to their NCAA Tournament team sheet, which continues to trend up with 42 days until Selection Sunday.
If you’re not familiar with team sheets, they’re what the Selection Committee uses to pick and seed teams in the NCAA Tournament. Wins are sorted into four quadrants using the opponent’s NET ranking:
- Quadrant 1: Home Game 1-30; Neutral Site 1-50; Away Game 1-75
- Quadrant 2: Home Game 31-75; Neutral Site 51-100; Away Game 76-135
- Quadrant 3: Home Game 76-160; Neutral Site 101-200; Away Game 136-240
- Quadrant 4: Home Game 161-plus; Neutral Site 201-plus; Away Game 241-plus
On the team sheet, the opponent’s NET ranking is listed on the left, followed by the site of the game (home/neutral/away), the name of the opponent, and the result. Quadrant 1 is obviously the most important, but losses in Quadrants 2-4 can be resume killers.
Here’s Kentucky’s team sheet through February 3:
— Kentucky can add a Quadrant 3 win by beating South Carolina tomorrow and a Quadrant 1 win by beating Mississippi State in Starkville on Saturday.
— The five teams ahead of Kentucky in the NET rankings: 1) Virginia, 2) Gonzaga, 3) Duke, 4) Tennessee, 5) Michigan.
— Kentucky has six Quadrant 1 wins, the second most in the top 10 behind Michigan State, who has eight.
— Kentucky’s average NET win right now is 113, while their average NET loss is 37.
On Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, the Selection Committee will reveal its top 16 teams on its Bracket Preview Show on CBS leading into Kentucky at Mississippi State. Set the DVR!