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SEC Stumbling Along In Latest RPI Ratings

The folks at RealTimeRPI.com have updated their ratings… but the SEC as a league still lags behind five other conferences.  That won’t help at tourney time.  Making matters worse?  Not a single SEC squad is ranked in the RPI Top 10.


RPI Rank
School
SEC Record
Overall Record
RPI Rating
SOS Rank
12
Kentucky
2-1
14-3
.6446
21
16
Florida
2-1
13-4
.6335
6
22
Vanderbilt
1-2
12-4
.6158
35
24
Tennessee
1-2
11-6
.6145
1
38
Georgia
2-1
13-3
.6025
84
85
Ole Miss
0-3
12-6
.5556
66
94
S. Carolina
2-1
11-5
.5468
154
117
Arkansas
2-1
12-4
.5310
205
176
LSU
2-1
10-8
.4920
174
179
Alabama
2-1
10-7
.4913
225
191
Miss. State
2-1
10-7
.4838
201
315
Auburn
0-3
6-10
.3967
298



Clearly SEC East teams are in better shape than SEC West teams.  If a West team wants to make the NCAA Tournament — and I’m talking to you Mississippi State — it will have to take care of business when it gets a shot at an East team.

Below are the records for the SEC’s tourney-hopes-alive teams against Top 50 opponents, any losses to schools outside the RPI Top 50, and remaining games against Top 50 foes:


Kentucky
Record vs RPI Top 50: 4-3
Losses outside Top 50: 0
Remaining Top 50 games: 7 (Georgia, at Florida, Tennessee, at Vanderbilt, Florida, Vanderbilt, at Tennessee)

Florida
Record vs RPI Top 50: 3-2
Losses outside Top 50: 2 (Jacksonville, South Carolina)
Remaining Top 50 games: 8 (at Georgia, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, at South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, at Kentucky, at Vanderbilt)

Vanderbilt
Record vs RPI Top 50: 2-3
Losses outside Top 50: 1 (at South Carolina)
Remaining Top 50 games: 7 (St. Mary’s, at Florida, Kentucky, at Georgia, Tennessee, at Kentucky, Florida)

Tennessee
Record vs RPI Top 50: 4-1
Losses outside Top 50: 5 (Oakland, at Charlotte, Southern Cal, College of Charleston, at Arkansas)
Remaining Top 50 games: 7 (at Georgia, at UConn, at Kentucky, at Florida, Georgia, at Vanderbilt, Kentucky)

Georgia
Record vs RPI Top 50: 1-3
Losses outside Top 50: 0
Remaining Top 50 games: 7 (Tennessee, Florida, at Kentucky, Xavier, Vanderbilt, at Tennessee, at Florida)

Miss. State
Record vs RPI Top 50: 0-1
Losses outside Top 50: 6 (Florida Atlantic, ETSU, Virginia Tech, Washington State, at Hawaii, Alabama)
Remaining Top 50 games: 5 (at Georgia, Vanderbilt, Florida, at Kentucky, at Tennessee)


In our view, the SEC is likely looking at a 4-bid NCAA Tournament.  The five top teams in the SEC are currently alive for a bid due to their resume.  Mississippi State is still alive — barely — because with a strong finish it might convince selection committee members that it would have been a better team at the first of the year had Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost been eligible to play.  But State only has five games against Top 50 opponents left.  They will probably need to finish with at least three (and probably four) wins out of those five games… and a conference record of 11-5 at worst.  And then MSU would need to do a little something in the SEC Tournament as well.

 




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