After a bad week last week, I feel like there was some stabilization in the league. Probably more than anything though, I think the teams I expected to win, for the most part, won! Probably for the first time that I can remember in two years. That's awesome, give yourself a five SEC.
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 20-0 (7-0)
They're terrible, no idea how they keep winning all these games.
2. Georgia 14-5 (5-2)
Started at the bottom now we here. Started at the bottom now the whole team is ------- here.
3. Arkansas 16-4 (5-2)
A couple close calls, but enough to keep the Hogs near the top of the conference. Portis is playing like an All American, and Qualls looks better and better.
4. Texas A&M 14-5 (5-2)
The Aggies are pretty good, they defend, and now they've got two guys who can make shots and have won 5 in a row.
5. LSU 16-4 (5-2)
Quietly winning the games they need to in order to remain in contention for an NCAA spot. LSU has mostly found the shots they needed when it matters.
6. Ole Miss 13-7 (4-3)
The experienced roster is paying benefits as the Rebels have recovered nicely from a rough start to the season to win the games they need come conference time. They aren't elite, but they're good enough to beat most everyone in the league.
7. Florida 11-9 (4-3)
Probably the best 7th ranked team in the country. If Florida ever figures out how to win games at the end consistently, they can run off 6-8 wins in a row.
8. Alabama 13-7 (3-4)
Two close losses and suddenly Alabama is looking like an NIT team.
9. Tennessee 12-7 (4-3)
A big drop from last week, but the reality is that the smoke and mirrors can only carry them so far. The Vols are not a very good team, and will have a very tough time getting a signature win.
10. South Carolina 10-9 (1-6)
At least they've been losing close games to good teams? But the Cocks have been a pretty big disappointment after such a good non-conference run.
11. Vanderbilt 11-9 (1-6)
Youth hasn't been able to put them over the top this year, but I think most knew it was going to be tough once conference play hit.
12. Auburn 10-10 (2-5)
Reality sets in that Aubun is probably going to spend the rest of the year at the bottom of the SEC.
13. Mizzou 7-13 (1-6)
Tigers basketball is so bad their AD stepped down (that's not the real reason).
14. Mississippi State 9-11 (2-5)
State seems to have decided they wanted to be competitive, still realize they aren't very good though.
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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.