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SEC Hoops Power Rankings... My Version, Pt 3

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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 14-0
Rank 1 1 1
Score .9761 .7263 95.1

You see, SEC, this is why we can't have nice (basketball) things. Leave it to Ole Miss to go in and ALMOST burn down the best thing the SEC has going for it.

2. Arkansas 12-2
Rank 28 18 27
Score .8562 .6226 80.9

Beating Georgia on the road isn't an easy task. Hogs might be a new team this year.

3. Florida 8-6
Rank 22 85 32
Score .8767 .5515 79.0

Buying Florida again after a tough fought win over SC. RPI will start inching back up but their KenPom and BPI is as good as anyone.

4. South Carolina 9-4
Rank 29 107 33
Score .8485 .5386 78.8

If they have an undoing, it's the ability to score consistently. Playing without Sindarius Thornwell doesn't help with that either.

5. Alabama 11-3
Rank 54 34 58
Score .7781 .6030 73.6

A solid thumping of A&M at home bumps them up ahead of a few teams from last week. Two road games and a game vs. Kentucky will reveal where they really are at this point.

6. Georgia 9-4
Rank 38 28 28
Score .8346 .6115 80.8

Nothing wrong with a close loss to Arkansas this year, however losing the SEC home opener is tough.

7. LSU 11-3
Rank 59 37 38
Score .7739 .5995 77.5

Probably won't move much with a win or loss vs. Missouri (submitting beforehand); until they play somebody good we'll all be skeptical. -post Missouri loss: I still think they're a middle of the road SEC team. They'll give up more than they should talent wise.

8. Ole Miss 9-5
Rank 53 63 62
Score .7796 .5743 72.2

Consider this my reward to Ole Miss for giving Kentucky a game. But this is what Ole Miss does, they play well in games they should lose, play bad in games they should win. They're too erratic to count on.

9. Vanderbilt 11-3
Rank 51 69 37
Score .7860 .5674 77.8

Vandy is still searching for their first quality win, they'll have a chance to prove their mettle with a trip to Fayetteville.

10. Texas A&M 9-4
Rank 81 59 61
Score .7089 .5810 72.3

It's hard to win games when you can't score.

11. Tennessee 9-4
Rank 76 61 71
Score .7216 .5783 70.1

Sure they won, but it was against Mississippi State in a game nobody wanted to watch. I'm surprised they got to 60 points.

12. Auburn 8-6
Rank 140 103 139
Score .5514 .5400 57.4

They're just not very good.

13. Mizzou 7-7
Rank 156 157 175
Score .5203 .5039 54.1

Submitted before LSU. I'm still remaining positive, but this team still has a long way to go. A good start would be WINNING a game against a decent team. Post LSU win: I'd probably move them up a spot, but beating a flawed LSU team at home isn't enough ton convince me that they're better than any other teams in front of them other than Auburn.

14. Mississippi State 7-7
Rank 217 206 176
Score .3957 .4729 51.2

Follow their first decent win in ages by looking positively awful at home vs a not very good Tennessee team. When does baseball start?

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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.