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Monday Quickies: Time to Fix The NET Edition

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Can you guess how poorly the NET Rankings have placed Kentucky?

NCAA Basketball: Auburn at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

There has yet to be a year that many followers outside of the Big Blue Nation are rooting for Kentucky to succeed. However, opinions and ranking systems should be two different things. The key word, of course, is “should.” In fact, it appears that the NET ranking system is as broken as most people’s opinion(s).

On Sunday, ‘twas released that the five-loss Kentucky Wildcats sit at 14 in the NET Rankings. Meanwhile, Duke (losers of three of their last four outings) sits at sixth despite having six losses. Another baffling truth is that there are five additional teams ahead of Kentucky who have seven or more losses.

With the Associated Press Top-25 coming on Monday, there’s little-to-no excuse as to why Kentucky should be any worse than sixth. In last week’s poll, Kentucky was eighth and only behind Duke, Florida State, San Diego State, Dayton, Gonzaga, Baylor and Kansas. Since then, Duke is of course 0-2 and Florida State lost at Clemson (though they did take down 11th-ranked Louisville).

Kentucky, on the other hand, won a contested road game at Texas A&M and clinched their conference with a statement win over 15th-ranked Auburn. The Wildcats’ loss to Evansville earlier this year and fluke defeat by South Carolina may very well keep them out of the top-3 and possibly even the top-5 this week. However, there is simply no reason for them to be worse than sixth in the AP poll and it’s simply dumbfounding that they’re 14th in the NET rankings.

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