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SEC Hoops 2010-2013: The Best And Worst Teams By RPI

gfx - by the numbersEach year at this time sports fans become amateur mathematicians.  We study RPI charts — there are dozens of different sites trying to mimic the NCAA official formula — and we break down strength of schedule numbers.  We count up wins and losses against RPI top 50 teams.  We eyeball obscure numbers like the rank of a team’s winning percentage (that data appears on the official team info sheets handed out to selection committee members).  Some of us might go so far as to buy a slide rule and a compass.

One thing we’ve never seen, however, is a breakdown of multiple teams over multiple years using RPI.  Which is why we’ve put together just such a list below.

For this exercise we’ll use ESPN’s RPI formula.  We’ve looked at the data from the current season, the 2011-12 season, and the 2010-11 season in order to compare the best and worst SEC teams — according to ESPN’s computers — of the past three seasons.  Since Missouri and Texas A&M weren’t playing SEC ball in two of those years, their squads from this season will be the only ones listed.

 

  Rank   School   RPI   Postseason
  1   Kentucky 2011-12   .6597   NCAA Tournament Champion
  2   Florida 2010-11   .6438   Lost in Round of 8 NCAA Tournament
  3   Florida 2012-13   .6376   ???
  4   Kentucky 2010-11   .6334   Lost in Round of 4 NCAA Tournament
  5   Vanderbilt 2010-11   .6203   Lost in Round of 64 NCAA Tournament
  6   Vanderbilt 2011-12   .6117   Lost in Round of 32 NCAA Tournament
  7   Florida 2011-12   .6041   Lost in Round of 8 NCAA Tournament
  8   Tennessee 2010-11   .6031   Lost in Round of 64 NCAA Tournament
  9   Missouri 2012-13   .6008   ???
  10   Georgia 2010-11   .5876   Lost in Round of 64 NCAA Tournament
  11   Alabama 2011-12   .5870   Lost in Round of 64 NCAA Tournament
  12   Kentucky 2012-13   .5819   ???
  13   Tennessee 2012-13   .5764   ???
  14   Ole Miss 2012-13   .5739   ???
  15   Ole Miss 2011-12   .5707   Lost in Round of 32 NIT Tournament
  16   Alabama 2010-11   .5636   Lost in NIT Finals
  17   Alabama 2012-13   .5629   ???
  18   Miss. State 2011-12   .5601   Lost in Round of 32 NIT Tournament
  19   Ole Miss 2010-11   .5570   Lost in Round of 32 NIT Tournament
  20   Arkansas 2012-13   .5542   ???
  21   LSU 2011-12   .5518   Lost in Round of 32 NIT Tournament
  22   Tennessee 2011-12   .5506   Lost in Round of 16 NIT Tournament
  23   LSU 2012-13   .5459   ???
  24   Texas A&M 2012-13   .5423   ???
  25   Georgia 2011-12   .5217   None
  26   Arkansas 2010-11   .5353   None
  27   S. Carolina 2010-11   .5350   None
  28   Arkansas 2011-12   .5334   None
  29   Georgia 2012-13   .5217   ???
  30   Vanderbilt 2012-13   .5208   ???
  31   Miss. State 2010-11   .5146   None
  32   Auburn 2011-12   .5128   None
  33   S. Carolina 2011-12   .4823   None
  34   LSU 2010-11   .4814   None
  35   S. Carolina 2012-13   .4740   ???
  36   Miss. State 2012-13   .4602   ???
  37   Auburn 2012-13   .4531   ???
  38   Auburn 2010-11   .4371   None

 

Observations:

*  This year’s Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ole Miss teams are sitting squarely on what’s been the cut-off line for recent SEC teams hoping for NCAA at-large bids.  This is just another example of how shaky their current situations are.

*  The top seven teams on the list all belong to Florida (three), Kentucky (two), and Vanderbilt (two).

*  The top 10 slots are filled by teams from the East Division (in football).

*  Tony Barbee’s three teams at Auburn rank 32nd, 37th, and 38th on the list.  Those numbers aren’t great for a man’s job security.

 


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