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SEC Brag-O-Meter: Basketball Over The 2000s

Bragging rights.  Every SEC fan wants ‘em.  Hopes for ‘em.  Prays for ‘em.  But some programs’ fans have a lot more reason to brag than others.

Earlier this week, we looked at the SEC’s football programs from 2003 through 2010.  Using a simple formula, we showed you which schools’ fans had the most to brag over three different spans: 2003-2006, 2007-2010, and 2003-2010.  We also showed you which programs have risen — and fallen — the most over the past four years.

And now we’re going to do the same with SEC basketball. 

Below are the point values we assigned to certain milestones that all SEC fans brag about.  We call the formula our brag-o-meter:


Wins = 1 point each
NCAA Tournament Bids = 1 point
Final Four Appearances = 1 point
National Titles = 5 points (We assigned a big bonus for a national crown.)
SEC Tournament Titles = 1 point
SEC Titles = 2 points (We assigned extra weight to a regular-season title.)
SEC Division Titles = 1 point (Goes to #1 seeds in SEC tourney.)
Top 10 Recruiting Classes = 1 point (Rivals’ rankings were used.)


Using that formula, each school’s individual points were as follows:


School/Years
BB Wins
NCAA Tourney Bids
Final Fours
National Titles
SEC Tourney Titles
SEC Titles
SEC Div. Titles
Top 10 Rec.
Total Points
Alabama (08-11)
77
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
78.0
Alabama (04-07)
82
3
0
0
0
0
1
2
88.0
Arkansas (08-11)
69
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
71.0
Arkansas (04-07)
73
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
75.0
Auburn (08-11)
64
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
64.0
Auburn (04-07)
57
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
57.0
Florida (08-11)
99
2
0
0
0
2
1
1
105.0
Florida (04-07)
112
4
2
10
3
2
1
1
135.0
Georgia (08-11)
64
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
67.0
Georgia (04-07)
58
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
58.0
Kentucky (08-11)
104
3
1
0
2
2
1
3
116.0
Kentucky (04-07)
99
4
0
0
1
2
2
1
109.0
LSU (08-11)
62
1
0
0
0
2
1
0
66.0
LSU (04-07)
82
2
1
0
0
2
1
0
88.00
Miss. State (08-11)
87
2
0
0
1
0
2
0
92.0
Miss. State (04-07)
85
2
0
0
0
2
2
1
92.0
Ole Miss (08-11)
84
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
84.0
Ole Miss (04-07)
62
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
62.0
S. Carolina (08-11)
64
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
64.0
S. Carolina (04-07)
80
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
81.0
Tennessee (08-11)
99
4
0
0
0
2
2
2
109.0
Tennessee (04-07)
75
2
0
0
0
0
1
1
79.0
Vanderbilt (08-11)
92
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
95.0
Vanderbilt (04-07)
82
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
84.0



Assuming that we’ve correctly copied over the numbers from our thrice-checked Excel sheet, we can now show you which programs have given their fans the most to brag about from 2003-04 to 2010-11.  Here’s a look at the who’s accomplished the most in basketball over the last eight seasons:


School
Total Points
Florida
240.0
Kentucky
225.0
Tennessee
188.0
Miss. State
184.0
Vanderbilt
179.0
Alabama
166.0
LSU
154.0
Arkansas
146.0
Ole Miss
146.0
S. Carolina
145.0
Georgia
125.0
Auburn
121.0



Congratulations to the Gators.  There aren’t many times in history when an SEC program has bested Kentucky over an eight-season span.  A pair of national championships will do that for you.

Now let’s compare the numbers from one four-year period (2007-08 to 2010-11) to another (2003-04 to 2006-07):


School (2008-2011)
Total Points
  School (2004-2007)
Total Points
Kentucky
116.0
  Florida
135.0
Tennessee
109.0
 
Kentucky
109.0
Florida
105.0
 
Miss. State
92.0
Vanderbilt
95.0
  Alabama
88.0
Miss. State
92.0
 
LSU
88.0
Ole Miss
84.0
  Vanderbilt
84.0
Alabama
78.0
  S. Carolina
81.0
Arkansas
71.0
  Tennessee
79.0
Georgia
67.0
  Arkansas
75.0
LSU
66.0
  Ole Miss
62.0
Auburn
64.0
  Georgia
58.0
S. Carolina
64.0
  Auburn
57.0



In our football study, we found that eight of the league’s schools had seen a boost in total points of at least 8.5.  But in basketball, only four SEC schools jumped 8.5 points or more from 2004-07 to 2008-11.  While the league has gotten better from the bottom up in football, it’s flatlined in basketball with only Tennessee, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt making double-figure gains from one era to the next.

In the back-to-normal department, you’ll notice that Kentucky has moved back into its rightful spot atop the conference over the last four years.  (“In spite of Billy Gillispie,” UK fans are no doubt muttering.)

Below is a look at which hoops programs have risen and fallen the most from one four-year span to the other:


School
Total Points Gained/Lost
Tennessee
30.0
Ole Miss
22.0
Vanderbilt
11.0
Georgia
9.0
Auburn
7.0
Kentucky
7.0
Miss. State
0
Arkansas
-4.0
Alabama
-10.0
S. Carolina
-17.0
LSU
-22.0
Florida
-30.0



No school in the SEC saw a bigger bounce from 2004-07 to 2008-11 than Tennessee.  But with Bruce Pearl already out and NCAA sanctions likely arriving soon, it’s quite doubtful the Vols will be able to extend their good fortune.  At least not in the short run.

Andy Kennedy’s score at Ole Miss has been buoyed by the Rebels’ penchant for reaching the 20-win plateau.  Unfortunately, those additional wins haven’t translated into NCAA Tournament bids and that’s why Kennedy will enter next season on a rather warm seat.

Vanderbilt, Georgia and Auburn all seem to be currently going in the right direction.  The same can be said for Kentucky even though they were already starting from a position of strength.

On the other end of the spectrum, Alabama and Arkansas fans are hopeful that they have the coaches in place to create new successes.

South Carolina and LSU have clearly moved in the wrong direction in the past couple of years and both Darrin Horn and Trent Johnson will need to reverse that trend quickly.

And Florida suffered the biggest drop from one period to the next, but that was to be expected.  The odds were long against the Gators duplicating two Final Fours and two national titles from the previous four-year span.


Up next, we’ll take a look at football and basketball combined to see which SEC fans have the most to brag about when it comes to the league’s money sports.  Until then, congrats to Florida and Kentucky hoops fans.  They’ve had the most reason to celebrate — by far — over the last eight years.

 


3 comments
pastorfant
pastorfant

Great to see MSU holding at a steady rate 92 but i believe including last year, the next four are going to move us up. Check out today's word pastorfant.wordpress.com

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Sean,

It's just for fun... and we wanted to keep it simple. No matter how many points we assigned, we knew we'd get complaints.

Thanks for reading though,
John

Sean McKeown
Sean McKeown

John,

I love what your doing with the rankings.. Its a great way to pass the off season! That said, after seeing your ranking method I had to say something! How can a SEC tourney title or a SEC reg season title be worth the same as reg. season win? That's crazy to think that they are both on equal footing!

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