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At 8-13, if you happen to flip your head and squint your eyes a little bit, possibly Kentucky’s resume isn’t so unhealthy in spite of everything.
Kentucky is formally inside the sector of 64 so far as NET rankings go for the NCAA Tournament. Obviously, that doesn’t imply Kentucky will get within the match in the event that they’re inside the 64 groups within the NET rating, however it’s vital.
Now, I’m not going to take a seat right here and act like an analytic genius and let you know every part you’ll want to know concerning the NET rankings and the way it works as a result of I’m undecided anyone actually is aware of. However, the NET rating is the metric the Selection Committee bases their seeding off of within the NCAA Tournament. It focuses on “internet effectivity”, the workforce worth index, adjusted win share, and all this different stuff that fully goes over my head.
But I believe everyone knows that quadrant wins are essential, and that’s one thing that has vaulted Kentucky from 77th in NET rankings all the way in which to sixty fourth. Kentucky is 3-9 in Quadrant 1 video games and whereas that looks as if a not-so-good file to have, the Wildcats even have extra Quadrant 1 wins than Louisville, Duke, and North Carolina mixed.
Kentucky presently has extra Quadrant 1 wins, sure 8-13 Kentucky, than Louisville, UNC and Duke… mixed.
— Tres Terrell (@TerrellTres) February 21, 2021
Kentucky additionally has as many or extra quadrant 1 wins as Villanova, Houston, Virginia, Florida, and Texas. All groups that can probably make the match.
It’s additionally price noting Kentucky has solely performed (and received) two video games in Quadrants 3 and 4, so possibly Kentucky will get a little bit little bit of grace with regards to evaluating resumes.
According to barttorvik.com, a web site that primarily compares match resumes and a workforce’s total physique of labor, they listing Kentucky as having the twenty eighth greatest resume in school basketball this season. Unfortunately, utilizing algorithms that examine resumes to previous groups, Kentucky’s present physique of labor aligns with groups which have all missed the match in years prior.
The optimistic method right here is that this 12 months is clearly a lot totally different than every other 12 months, which can skew the numbers a bit with regards to evaluating bubble groups from years prior.
Obviously, it’s arduous to argue that an 8-13 workforce must be in over anybody within the NCAA Tournament, however there at the least appears to be a small-window the place Kentucky squeaks into the large dance with out successful the SEC Tournament.
I believe it’s paramount they get to the Championship regardless, however this Kentucky workforce is sizzling proper now. If they thump Florida and Ole Miss, deal with enterprise of their make-up video games, possibly Kentucky can get in with an at-large bid in the event that they lose within the SEC Tournament Championship Game.
Unfortunately, Kentucky nonetheless isn’t on anybody’s bubble in Bracketology, and possibly I’m reaching for skinny air. But, on the very least, the probabilities are higher immediately than they have been 48 hours in the past.