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
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
Beating Georgia on the road isn't an easy task. Hogs might be a new team this year.
3. Florida 8-6
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
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
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
Nothing wrong with a close loss to Arkansas this year, however losing the SEC home opener is tough.
7. LSU 11-3
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
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
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
It's hard to win games when you can't score.
11. Tennessee 9-4
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
They're just not very good.
13. Mizzou 7-7
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
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.