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An SEC Roundball Update

On Mondays we like to kick off the week with an SEC basketball update.  Usually that means a look at RealTimeRPI.com.  But yesterday’s Mississippi State-Auburn game — an 85-66 Bulldogs win, by the way — has slowed down their RPI update. 

So instead, we’ll turn to Ken Pomeroy’s computer service at KenPom.com.  Below are the current SEC standings, Pomeroy’s computer ranking for each team and his up-to-date projection of each team’s final SEC record.

And in case you’re wondering, like most computer polls, Pomeroy’s has the SEC as the sixth-best conference in the country right now.  The Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, ACC and Pac-10 all outdistance the SEC.  That won’t help league teams come NCAA tournament selection time.


SEC East

Ranking
School
Overall Record
SEC Record
SEC Projected Record
4
Kentucky
14-3
2-1
13-3
37
Florida
13-4
2-1
10-6
59
Georgia
13-3
2-1
9-7
80
S. Carolina
11-5
2-1
8-8
21
Vanderbilt
12-4
1-2
11-5
51
Tennessee
11-6
1-2
8-8



SEC West

Ranking
School
Overall Record
SEC Record
SEC Projected Record
58
Alabama
10-7
2-1
10-6
83
Arkansas
12-4
2-1
8-8
147
Miss. State
10-7
2-1
6-10
151
LSU
10-8
2-1
6-10
81
Ole Miss
12-6
0-3
7-9
248
Auburn
7-10
0-3
1-15



One other nugget we always pay attention to from Pomeroy’s site is his “tempo” rating.  This ranking simply shows the speed with which a team plays based on its average number of possessions per game.  Typically, slower teams that can dictate tempo have success against fast teams (for example: Alabama over South Carolina and Florida over Tennessee this year already).  Below are Pomeroy’s tempo rankings to show you how your team matches up — pace-wise — with its SEC rivals:


1.  South Carolina (43 national rank)
2.  Tennessee (89)
3.  Arkansas (92)
4.  Vanderbilt (106)
5.  Kentucky (107)
6.  Miss. State (119)
7.  Ole Miss (136)
8.  LSU (216)
9.  Auburn (227)
10.  Georgia (231)
11.  Alabama (233)
12.  Florida (304)

 




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