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Since January Of 2007 SEC Football Has Gone Up, SEC Basketball Has Come Down

gfx - by the numbersYou have to wonder if the SEC’s football and basketball fortunes passed one another on some great lucky escalator in the sky.  With the league mired in mediocrity at the moment — two of its three NCAA Tournament teams combined for one win and two exits — it’s interesting to look back and see when/where the SEC started having hoops issues.  Interesting for two reasons.

First, there is a clear dividing line between SEC basketball goodness and SEC basketball blah-ness.

Second, because that line falls at exactly the same point in time when the league’s football success began to soar.

Below is a look at SEC basketball since the turn of the century.  From left to right you’ll see the SEC’s rank among conference RPI (each year on March 25th, today’s date), it’s actual RPI, and the number of NCAA Tournament bids it received:

 

  Year   Conf. RPI Rank   Conf. RPI   NCAA Bids
  2012-13   8   .540   3
  2011-12   4   .562   4
  2010-11   6   .554   5
  2009-10   4   .560   4
  2008-09   6   .551   3
  2007-08   4   .563   6
  2006-07   1   .584   5
  2005-06   1   .576   6
  2004-05   5   .561   5
  2003-04   2   .576   6
  2002-03   3   .571   6
  2001-02   1   .578   6
  2000-01   2   .577   6

 

See the split?

In the last six seasons the SEC has had an average conference RPI rank of 5.33.  In the previous seven seasons, the SEC’s average rank among leagues was 2.14.  That’s a drop from second-best to fifth-best, on average.

Over the last six years the SEC’s average league-wide RPI has been .555.  In the seven seasons prior it was .574, never falling below .561.

Since the 2007-08 season, the SEC has not ranked better than fourth in conference RPI.  From 2000-01 thru 2006-07, the league finished worse than fourth only once.  It ranked as the best basketball conference in country three times in that span.  Five times the SEC ranked in the top two.

Naturally, the SEC never received fewer than five NCAA Tournament bids during its seven-year hot streak.  It’s received fewer then five on four different occasions in the six years since.

It’s pretty clear that the SEC’s decline can be traced back to the 2007-2008 basketball season.  Ironically, it was in January of 2007 that Florida won the first of the SEC’s seven-straight BCS championships.  Looking for a turning point in recent SEC athletics history?  Look no further than January ’07.

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There’s No Room For Crying Across The SEC Today

crying-baby-boyThere should be no crying in the land of popped bubbles today.  No whining should emanate from Dixie.  The NCAA’s selection committee made its choices yesterday and 11 of the SEC’s 14 teams simply didn’t deserve to go dancing this year.

Alabama ended its season at 20-12 with an RPI of 60 and a strength of schedule of 76 (non-conference of 84).  Worse, the Tide was 0-6 against RPI top 50 teams and had three losses outside the top 100… plus another outside the top 200.  If Anthony Grant’s team wanted in, it needed more than a win over Tennessee in Nashville (as we told you on Friday).  UA needed to take down Florida but it didn’t/couldn’t.

Kentucky had a slightly better record at 21-11, but it’s RPI was 57.  It’s strength of schedule was 70.  It’s non-conference SOS was 73.  While the Cats did manage three top 50 RPI wins, they also suffered three sub-100 losses.  But the real undoing of John Calipari’s fourth squad was the season-ending knee injury to Nerlens Noel back on February 12th.  Needing to prove that they could thrive without their big man, UK instead went 4-4 down the stretch.  That includes three losses in the Wildcats’ last four games, all to teams with RPI of 95 or worse.

Tennessee had a bubble-worthy resume, but there should be no complaining from the Volunteer State.  Good enough for the conversation?  Yes.  Definitely better than some other teams who landed at-large bids?  Hardly.  UT’s strength of schedule was 58 and its RPI 59.  It’s non-conference SOS was a solid 47.  Tennessee was 3-5 against top 50 RPI foes.  All pretty good.  But the Vols had a pair of sub-100 losses.  Those twin losses to Georgia (RPI 140) and an annual SEC Tournament flop — this time against Alabama — sealed the Vols’ fate.  UT surely had its chances.  Even going back to November the Vols went three-of-11 from the foul line against Georgetown in a 37-36 loss.  Hit two more free throws and beat the Hoyas (RPI 11 and a #2 seed in the tourney) and the Vols might have made the field.  In the end, UT left too much fruit hanging on the tree.

As for Arkansas and LSU not making the NIT field, well, that’s just further proof that the NIT has improved since the NCAA has taken it over.  Still a bracket for also-rans, the NIT is now forced to take those teams who won their conference’s regular season title only to be upset in their conference tourney.  That’s a good thing for the little guy.  It’s a bad thing for all the middle-of-the-road, big conference teams that used to fill the field.

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Updated SEC Bubble Numbers And Bracket Hopes

gfx - by the numbersTwo days into the SEC Tournament, it’s time to update the CVs for the four teams described as being on the NCAA tourney bubble by post prognosticators.  As of 8:30pm last night, BracketMatrix.com — a site that combines nearly 90 different internet projections into one list — had four SEC teams in the field of 68.  The current belief is that Florida and Missouri are clearly in, Kentucky and Tennessee are barely in, and Ole Miss and Alabama are barely out.

If you’ve been reading this site all hoops season, you know that that’s the way we’ve been calling the race for weeks — Florida and Missouri in, Kentucky and Tennessee in if the SEC gets four bids, Ole Miss and Alabama doomed by bad scheduling, bad losses, or both.

Let’s see if there’s any reason to change our thinking today…

 

    Kentucky   Tennessee   Ole Miss   Alabama
  Div. I Record   21-10   20-11   23-8   19-11
  Non-Conf. Record   9-4   8-4   11-2   7-5
  Winning % Rank   64   85   40   90
  Avg. RPI Win   157   148   171   152
  Avg RPI Loss   56   64   93   89
  SOS   61   57   130   88
  Non-Conf. SOS   72   45   284   86
  RPI   48   55   56   63
  Vs. RPI 1-50   2-4   4-4   1-4   1-4
  Vs RPI 51-100   4-4   4-5   5-1   5-3
  Vs RPI 101-200   6-2   4-2   6-1   7-3
  Vs RPI 201+   9-0   8-0   11-2   6-1
  Non-Conf. Away/Neutral   1-2   2-3   3-2   3-2

 

So what’s changed since our last (even more) in-depth bracket breakdown on Monday?

*  Tennessee’s resume has changed the most.  Yesterday’s win over Mississippi State got the Vols over the 20-win plateau and boosted their winning percentage rank from 92 to 85.  However, UT’s resume overall has taken a hit by a) having to play a team as bad as MSU and b) the poor work turned in this week by teams the Volunteers had already played.  Since Monday, UT’s average RPI win has fallen from 144 to 148… it’s average RPI loss has dropped from 61 to 64… it’s overall SOS has cratered from 42 to 57… its now played an additional sub-200 team in RPI (MSU).  All of those numbers appear on the info sheets handed out to the tournament selection committee, by the way.  Aside from grabbing a 20th win, the Vols have caught very few breaks this week.

*  Kentucky has seen an RPI boost from 50 to 48 (though their RPI is a tad different in every computer model you look at it).  Going up is a good thing.  Texas A&M has falled outside the RPI top 100 (again that depends on the RPI you look at) and that’s caused UK to now show two sub-200 losses on its data sheet.  Still, UK looks to be more of a lock today than at any point in recent weeks.

*  It’s non-conference foes from early in the season have done Ole Miss a bit of a solid this week.  While the number will still likely be a killer on Selection Sunday, UM’s non-conference strength of schedule has at least improved from 290 to 284.  Hurrah?  Overall, however, the Rebels’ average RPI win and average RPI loss have both dropped a point.  Also, Texas A&M’s fall from inside the top 100 to outside the top 100 has given Ole Miss another sub-100 loss to go along with two sub-200 losses.  Carrying three losses outside the RPI top 100, Mississippi really needs to do some winning in Nashville.

*  There’s been very little movement on Alabama’s resume aside from an RPI drop from 62 to 63.  As we’ve mentioned numerous times, fewer than one sub-60 RPI team per year has received an at-large bid since 1995.  The last two years — with an expanded field — three teams outside the RPI top 60 have gotten at-large berths (out of 74 total invitations extended).  The Tide still has a lot of work to do.

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UM’s Henderson Tweets An Insult At LSU’s O’Bryant

Marshall Henderson is a showboat with a bad reputation and a bad history.  He’s the kind of player that 13 SEC fanbases hate while the one he’s playing for feels he’s “misunderstood” or “picked on.”

Well, the pub Henderson is getting today is due to a classless — funny how that word is always associated with him — tweet that he posted yesterday once the All-SEC team was revealed:

 

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Whether someone feels Ole Miss’ Murphy Holloway was more deserving of an All-SEC first-team selection than LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant isn’t the point and it’s not even close.  Neither is the fact that Henderson was defending the accomplishments of a teammate.  The point is there are better ways of voicing one’s displeasure with the coaches’ All-SEC selections than by going to Twitter and suggesting another school’s player “can’t even hold” the jockstrap of your teammate.

But we’d expect no less from a guy who’s taunted and flaunted his way through 23 Mississippi wins this season.  Perhaps if a few more of those wins had come against teams in the RPI top 200, Henderson would have a better shot at showboating his way through the NCAA Tournament as well.

Some kids are just kids.  They make a habit of silly behavior that someday they’ll outgrow.  Others cross so many lines and show so little understanding of the term “class” that it’s obvious they’ll remain Iverson-esque for years to come.  Henderson is in that group.

Ole Miss fans don’t care, of course, because he plays for Ole Miss.  But we’d love to know what they’d say about Henderson, his actions, and his attitude if he played for Mississippi State.  Here’s guessing they wouldn’t spend quite so much time defending him.

Henderson himself had an outstanding season on the court averaging 19.7 points per game for his fourth school in four years.  Hmmm.  You don’t think he was left off the coaches’ first-team All-SEC squad because they too dislike the way he carries himself, do you?

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Tourney Hopes: A Deep Dive Into The SEC’s Bubble Resumes – 3/11/13

Florida and Missouri are in.

Arkansas, LSU, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Auburn are out (unless one of them wins the SEC Tournament).

Alabama, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Tennessee remain on the NCAA Tournament bubble — or at least within striking distance of it — depending on the source you choose to believe.  So with only the tourney in Nashville to go, we wanted to give you a look at four teams’ resumes, side-by-side, using much of the same info that appears on team sheets provided to the NCAA selection committee:

 

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So armed with all the important data, which SEC teams are better positioned to receive NCAA at-large tourney bids?

Read on (teams listed in order according to current RPI)…

 

  Kentucky   Tennessee   Ole Miss   Alabama
  Div. I Record   21-10   19-11   23-8   19-11
  Non-Conf. Record   9-4   8-4   11-2   7-5
  Winning % Rank   65   92   38   92
  Avg. RPI Win   158   144   170   152
  Avg. RPI Loss   54   61   92   90
  SOS   61   42   130   87
  Non-Conf. SOS   72   46   290   88
  RPI   50   55   56   62
  Vs RPI 1-50   2-4   4-4   1-4   1-4
  Vs RPI 51-100   5-5   5-5   6-2   6-3
  Vs RPI 101-200   5-1   3-2   5-0   6-3
  Vs RPI 201+   9-0   7-0   11-2   6-1
  Non-Conf. Away/Neutral   1-2   2-3   3-2   3-2

 

Observations

*  Looking at the NCAA’s example team sheet, it’s clear that a team’s conference record is not listed (though it’s easy to figure out with a little subtraction).

*  A team’s record over it’s final 10-12 games is not listed.  Team schedules are not arranged by date, either.  The NCAA wanted teams to schedule better in November and December so it de-emphasized a team’s play at season’s end.  That said, most basketball aficionados would probably have some idea of which teams are hot and which aren’t.

*  All numbers on NCAA’s team sheets are rounded.

*  Conference names are not listed and neither are conference RPI ranks, but the committee knows that information.

*  As for the SEC’s four bubble teams, let’s take a look at these resumes line by line…

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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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Tourney Hopes: A Deep Dive Into The SEC’s Resumes – 3/8/13

gfx - by the numbersBy rhis time next week the SEC Tournament will be under way in Nashville.  Hopefully, by then, we’ll have a clear idea of who’s destined to reach the NCAA tourney and who’s not.  As of today, the numbers point us in a certain direction, but the SEC and the overall bubble for this year’s tourney are so weak that it’s still not an open-and-shut case.  Normally by this stage of the season it is.

Below is a look at how all the SEC’s teams’ resumes look as of this morning.  Amazingly, even with Kentucky’s painful loss to Georgia last night, the Wildcats still have hope.  The same is true for three other SEC squads if — big if — they take care of their business, finish the season strong, and get plenty of help from other bubble teams who fall apart late.

At the bottom of this post we’ll give your overall picks for at-large bids as of today.

 

  UF   MU   UK   UT   UM   ALA   LSU   ARK   A&M   UGA   VU   USC   MSU   AUB
  RPI   6   30   54   56   58   66   82   84   97   122   130   204   230   234
  SOS   27   47   72   53   131   82   118   77   54   57   60   140   99   106
  Vs Div I   24-5   22-8   20-10   18-11   22-8   18-11   18-10   18-12   17-13   15-15   13-16   14-16   8-21   9-21
  Vs SEC   14-3   11-6   11-6   10-7   11-6   11-6   9-8   9-8   7-10   9-8   7-10   4-13   3-14   3-14
  Vs RPI 1-50   4-3   3-3   1-4   2-3   1-3   0-4   1-4   3-5   2-3   0-6   0-5   0-3   0-5   0-3
  Losses Vs RPI 100+   0   0   1   2   0   3   1   1   4   5   0   5   2   8
  Losses Vs RPI 200+   0   0   0   0   2   1   2   1   0   1   1   2   4   1
  Vs Non-Conf (Away)   4-2   3-2   1-2   2-3   3-2   3-2   1-2   0-3   2-2   0-4   2-4   3-1   1-6   1-4
  Non-Conf SOS   9   77   74   49   294   78   245   116   36   142   59   315   296   297
  Final Game   @UK   @UT   UF   MU   @LSU   UGA   UM   A&M   @ARK   @ALA   USC   @VU   AUB   @MSU
  Last 10 Games   7-3   7-3   6-4   7-3   5-5   6-4   7-3   6-4   4-6   6-4   5-5   2-8   1-9   1-9

 

Notes

*  There are about 50 different sources that try to replicate the NCAA’s official RPI formula.  The vast majority are similar.

*  The information handed out to the NCAA selection committee does not emphasize or list the way a team finishes the season.  Each team’s schedule is listed according to wins and losses, so there’s no way to look at schedule from start to finish and determine who’s hot and who’s not.  This has been done to make sure teams schedule better non-conference games in November and December.  However, the people on that panel must have some knowledge of who is playing well and who isn’t.  So we list each school’s record over its final 10 games.  It might not be a big factor, but it has to be some factor.

*  While the NCAA selection committee says it uses RPI more for seeding than for filling the field, a quick study of the past 10 brackets suggests that just the opposite is true.

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How Did Last Night’s SEC Action Impact The League’s Tourney Hopes? It Didn’t

fingers-crossedSince last Friday, we’ve said that Ole Miss and Alabama are dead in the water when it comes to reaching the safe shores of NCAA Tournament Island.  Arkansas had already sunk so far beneath the waves that it wasn’t even necessary to discuss the Razorbacks’ tourney hopes.

We based those conclusions on simple math and history.  While Joe Lunardi of ESPN is eyeballing all the teams rising and falling on this year’s “soft bubble,” we compare only the resumes of this year’s SEC hopefuls to those of past SEC squads that have and haven’t received NCAA invites the past four years.  And in four years, we haven’t been wrong in our tourney predictions yet.

As of today, we still believe Florida and Missouri are locks to make the field of 68.  Tennessee and Kentucky still have reason for hope as well, but neither can afford to stumble.  And last night’s games probably didn’t mean much at all.

Missouri’s blowout win over Arkansas only solidified the Tigers’ spot in the tourney.  They were in the field before tip-off.

Arkansas entered that game with an RPI of 80 (it’s now 82).  Since 1995, only two teams with RPI rankings over 70 have been handed at-large bids.  No teams above 80 have made the cut.  The Hogs were doomed regardless of last night’s outcome.

Ole Miss’ victory over Alabama probably didn’t mean much, either… at least not tournament-wise.  The Crimson Tide has an RPI in the 60s (now 62), an 0-4 record against RPI top 50 teams, and four losses to squads ranked outside the RPI top 100.  The bubble had burst for Bama long before last night’s game.

The Rebels improved to 22-8 overall and 11-6 in the SEC.  They still have a game remaining at LSU.  If Andy Kennedy’s team goes 23-8 and 12-6 in the conference, new AD Ross Bjork would take a beating from the national press for firing his head coach.  Yes, even if Kennedy doesn’t reach the NCAA Tournament.  And he probably won’t.

If history is a guide, last night’s victory over Alabama probably meant more for Kennedy’s job security than it did for UM’s tourney resume.  Yes, the bubble field is weak this year, but the Rebels have several important numbers working against them.  Their RPI is 57 and only eight of the past 74 at-large bids have gone to teams with RPI in the 50s.  Their strength of schedule is bad (131) and their non-conference strength of schedule is worse (291).  Of their eight losses, two have come against teams ranked outside the RPI top 200.  Add it all up and Ole Miss’ resume wouldn’t be good enough in a normal year.

So much for an important night of basketball.

Missouri was already in.  Alabama and Arkansas already needed to win the league tourney to earn an NCAA bid.  And Ole Miss already needed a heap more wins — at LSU on Saturday, and in Nashville next week — plus a lot more help in the form of bad losses from other teams on the NCAA bubble.

Heading into tonight’s slate of SEC games, the numbers still point to Florida, Missouri, probably Tennessee and maybe Kentucky getting NCAA bids.  So keep an eye on the Vols trip to Auburn tonight.  The Wildcats travel to Georgia tomorrow.  Those games definitely will matter.

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WOW headlines – 3/5/13

SEC Tuesday Night Basketball Results…
Missouri 93, Arkansas 63…Ole Miss 87, Alabama 83
Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork on coach Andy Kennedy’s job status: “Our focus is on the rest of the season.”
Tennessee G Jordan McRae says he’s giving “no thoughts” to a potential jump to the NBA
Kentucky has already sold 23,000 tickets to its spring football game, last season just 5,000 people attended
The SEC currently has just two teams in the RPI top 50: Florida (6) and Missouri (33)
Three SEC teams — Kentucky (51), Tennessee (56), and Ole Miss (58) — are in the 50s in the RPI, but only eight of the last 74 at-large NCAA bids have gone to teams in the 50s
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SEC RPI Watch – 3/4/13

gfx - by the numbersLast Friday we told you something that everyone else in the free world knew to be true: Florida and Missouri had already locked down spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.  We also told you that thanks to a stronger schedule, Tennessee — at that point — would be the most likely SEC team to grab a third tournament bid with Kentucky following closely behind the Volunteers.  We projected Ole Miss and Alabama as DOA thanks to a combination of RPI and schedule strength measures.

Over the weekend, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi adjusted his projection of this year’s tourney field and his view fell into line with ours: Florida, Missouri and Tennessee in… Kentucky and the others out.

For now, at least.

As we also noted on Friday, it’s tougher projecting the SEC’s tourney teams this year because, frankly, the league isn’t very good.  Usually it’s easy for us to eyeball the SEC’s teams, compare their numbers with the typical figures associated with NCAA at-large picks, and draw a clear line between the haves and the have-nots.  That’s not the case this year.  There are two haves and four or five almost-haves.

All that said, let’s take a look at the SEC’s resumes — all 14 of them — as they stack up with one week of regular-season play to go.  The digits in bold/italics are numbers to be concerned about, based on past NCAA Tournament selections:

 

  School   RPI   SOS   Vs Div I   Vs SEC   Vs RPI 1-50   Losses Vs RPI 100+   Losses Vs RPI 200+   Vs Non-Con (Away)   Non-Con SOS
  Florida   6   25   23-5   13-3   4-3   0   0   4-2   10
  Missouri   33   54   21-8   10-6   3-3   0   0   3-2   86
  Kentucky   51   59   20-9   11-5   1-4   0   0   1-3   69
  Tennessee   56   39   17-11   9-7   2-3   2   0   2-3   42
  Ole Miss   58   132   21-8   10-6   1-3   0   2   3-2   289
  Alabama   60   87   18-10   11-5   0-4   3   1   3-2   76
  Arkansas   80   81   18-11   9-7   3-4   1   1   0-3   110
  Texas A&M   84   56   17-12   7-9   2-3   4   0   2-2   41
  LSU   91   116   17-10   8-8   1-4   1   2   1-2   244
  Georgia   128   57   14-15   8-8   0-6   5   1   0-4   126
  Vanderbilt   132   68   13-15   7-9   0-4   0   1   2-4   59
  S. Carolina   204   135   13-16   3-13   0-3   5   2   3-1   316
  Miss. State   226   96   8-20   3-13   0-5   2   3   1-6   305
  Auburn   228   107   9-20   3-13   0-3   8   1   1-4   301

 

As you can see, Florida and Missouri have healthy resumes.

Tennessee has reason for concern with its RPI and those two losses outside the RPI top 100 (both to Georgia).  Kentucky must be worried about its RPI, its record versus RPI top 50 teams, and it’s non-conference record away from Rupp Arena.  (How the committee will view the Wildcats post-Nerlens Noel is also a concern.)

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