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First NET rankings for college basketball season released

Kentucky reaches their lowest NET ranking ever.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The first NET rankings for the 2020-21 college basketball season have been released, and the Kentucky Wildcats do not fair well in them.

The NET, as we all know by now, are broken up into four quadrants and rate your wins based on those quadrants, such as beating a tough, unranked opponent on the road, or beating a top-25 team at home, etc.

Kentucky made their debut in the NET rankings at No. 144, easily their lowest since the rankings were created back in 2018-19. The Wildcats obviously had their worst start in close to 100 years, now sit at 2-6 after a win at Mississippi State last Saturday. Kentucky has a record of 1-1 on the road, 0-3 at neutral sites, and 1-2 at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats find themselves behind schools such as Jacksonville State, UMass, Coastal Carolina, Grand Canyon, Duquesne, Drexel and Southern Utah.

Kentucky sits behind 12 fellow SEC schools, only ahead of Vanderbilt, whom they play on Tuesday.

However, Duke (115) and Michigan State (119) joined Kentucky in the sub-100 region of the initial NET rankings.

Conference play is most likely sink or swim for Kentucky and John Calipari.