If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am obsessed with the RPI, and this year has been great for me because of UK’s borderline RPI and the thought of “what do the Cats need to do to get an at-large bid”. The most interesting point that I got from the Vandy game was UK’s RPI actually WENT UP 4 spots. Its simply because the Vandy game helped UK’s overall schedule, bumping them ahead of a couple mid-majors. My point is, if Kentucky can win 5 out 6, it will naturally bump them up some, but not enough. They need some other teams to lose also. Here are the teams/games to keep your eye out on this weekend and hope these teams lose. Kentucky’s RPI is 84 right now, it needs to get to around 50. Miami of Ohio (82), Cornell (81), Siena (75), Wright St. (69), and Stephen F. Austin (62) will fall by the wayside after UK plays Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Tennessee because of strength of schedule, as long as UK wins 2 out of 3.
Saturday, February 16th
UK (84) needs to beat LSU
Virginia Tech (83) at North Carolina
UAB (80) home to Memphis
Utah St. (77) at Hawaii
Missouri (74) at Kansas St.
San Diego St. (73) at Utah
Villanova (67) at St. Johns
Creighton (65) at Bradley
Temple (63) at Dayton
W.Kentucky (56) at M. Tennessee
Sunday, February 17th
Wake Forest (79) at home to Duke
Seton Hall (68) at West Virginia
I can see UK with a 74-77 RPI after this weekend. LSU doesnt help their strength of schedule but there are several teams ranked directly ahead of UK with tougher games than the Cats. This will be all moot if the Cats lose, but dont give up hope. So, now you have other teams to cheer against, and unfortunatly you need to cheer for Duke this weekend. We must take it one weekend at a time, one game at a time. And its the time of year to also look at who we need to lose.