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SEC Hoops Power Rankings... My Version, Pt 2

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Each week, our own HHKB Chris has done a great job of setting up and compiling the SEC Basketball Power Rankings. Each week, I participate with my own take. I thought it would be a good idea to show you my ballot each week so you can see what I'm thinking when I submit my picks. I have yet to look at the previous week's rankings when considering where to slot the teams, instead I look at the record to date, wins, losses, KenPom, RPI and BPI.

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Listed is the rank, team and record, with their KenPom ranking and rating, their RPI ranking and score, and their BPI rank and score. Followed by me being quippy.

1. Kentucky 13-0
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 1 1 1
Score .9819 .7179 96.3

Submitted after they played Louisville, a top 5 team, that they beat soundly. Kentucky is good.

2. Arkansas 10-2
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 37 23 40
Score .8295 .6153 78.5

If the defense holds up, Arky is going to be a fun team to watch, but not a fun team to play.

3. Georgia 8-3
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 32 17 29
Score .8409 .6241 80.6

It's almost scary that the third best team in the SEC needed 3 Overtimes to beat Mercer at home.

4. LSU 10-2
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 53 18 32
Score .7815 .6238 79.8

I watched them play Southern Miss, who is not very big or good, and came away mostly unimpressed. They're very talented but play so carelessly, which means I don't see them winning too many games they shouldn't.

5. South Carolina 8-3
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 31 105 36
Score .8427 .5379 78.8

Big test coming up vs. Iowa State, but South Carolina has been doing something nobody outside of Kentucky has been doing and that's blowing teams out. Not the toughest schedule, but if you play a bad team, you should beat them badly, and SC has done that.

6. Alabama 9-3
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 73 35 69
Score .7321 .6000 71.6

A good win over UCLA, no bad losses at this point. Yet both BPI and KenPom aren't big fans. I think Alabama will probably win some they shouldn't, but probably not enough to get them into the NCAAs.

7. Florida 7-5
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 20 112 39
Score .8772 .5367 78.6

An ugly loss in an ugly way. KenPom still likes Florida, but I'm really starting to think this team is going to struggle despite it's roster. Maybe because of it, they just struggle to score points.

8. Texas A&M 8-3
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 63 57 44
Score .7539 .5779 77.0

They beat Mercer pretty soundly, but this team needs to do something to be better than they are. And by that, I don't mean wait for their good recruiting class to come in next year.

9. Vanderbilt 8-3
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 52 107 55
Score .7829 .5372 74.8

KenPom likes them, BPI likes them, RPI hates them. I'm in the middle. They're certainly better than I expected, I don't think they're a top 50 team, but certainly a top 75.

10. Tennessee 8-4
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 92 87 92
Score .6806 .5525 66.5

They keep squeaking out wins over pretty bad opponents, but at least they're winning.

11. Ole Miss 8-4
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 79 67 75
Score .7242 .5693 69.4

I'm not convinced they're this good. The fact that Jarvis Summers 11.8 points per game is stunning.

12. Auburn 7-5
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 139 103 129
Score .5597 .5388 59.4

A solid win over a not terrible Mid Tennessee squad was a good thing for this team. They'll be tougher in conference play than most think.

13. Mizzou 5-7
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 154 156 175
Score .5133 .5096 52.7

Another close loss is enough to keep Mizzou in place for now. But this team could easily move up in conference play if they keep improving like they have over the past few weeks.

14. Mississippi State 6-6
KenPom RPI BPI
Rank 196 215 185
Score .4182 .4715 49.9

A 19 point loss to McNeese State is downright embarrassing. The season started with so much promise, and tanked quickly. It will be interesting to watch State try to navigate through the conference.

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KenPom, because it's awesome and the best:

I try to measure skills based on the opportunities for those skills to be observed. On the team level, this often means ratings the offense (and defense) on points scored (and allowed) per possession. That is the basis for the ratings system. If you're looking for info on what the columns mean on the ratings mean, please continue. If you don't like the ratings, wonder why I have your team too low, or wonder why the ratings don't look like the AP top 25, go here. (For information on preseason ratings, see this and this and this.)

RPI, the NCAA selection committee uses this:

The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. Created in 1981, the RPI is a tool used in selecting and seeding the 68 teams for the NCAA Men's basketball Division I tournament. RPI data includes games against Division I schools only.

BPI, Joe Lunardi uses this:

The Basketball Power Index (BPI) is a team rating system that accounts for the final score, pace of play, site, strength of opponent and absence of key players in every Division I men's game. BPI can be used to measure both how well a team has performed (going far beyond just wins and losses) and how powerful it is likely to be going forward.