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ESPN gives Kentucky a 75% chance of winning the SEC

Believe it or not, conference play begins on Thursday vs. Ole Miss. Per usual, the SEC just isn’t great at basketball, with only two teams ranked in Kentucky and Florida. In turn, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI) gives Kentucky a 75% chance of winning at least a share of its conference title, the second most of any team in the country behind Villanova, who has a 97% the Big East.

Here are the latest BPI rankings, which are calculated using a really complicated algorithm that I couldn’t start to explain to you.

Basically, that +/- figure represents the projected point differential against an average Division I team on a neutral court. So, against the average team on a neutral court, according to this formula, Kentucky would win by 14.9 points, the sixth highest margin of any team in the country.

Not sure, I totally understand it, but Kentucky having at least a 75% chance of winning the SEC is a no-brainer.


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7 Comments for ESPN gives Kentucky a 75hance of winning the SEC

  1. Chan UKkah
    4:32 pm December 26, 2016 Permalink

    dook has zero chance in hell.

    Vulvanova….Yew see LA…..WV yew….maybe…. eye yew. And – KENTUCKY all have a ‘goot’ chance.

    Butler is good again this year; it will come down to the gift of seeding (of which dook is an annual recipient).

  2. JC Ice
    4:54 pm December 26, 2016 Permalink

    Winning the SEC is equivalent to winning the Sunbelt.

    • jim tom
      8:45 pm December 26, 2016 Permalink

      10-4. Pretty accurate statement actually

    • THE William Hill
      10:57 pm December 27, 2016 Permalink

      Still hasn’t prevented UK from having the second most national titles (8), the most NCAA tournament wins (120), most NCAA Tournament games played (167), most NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances (41), most NCAA Elite Eight appearances (36), and most total postseason tournament appearances (63).

      So your point is rendered irrelevant.

  3. jim tom
    8:46 pm December 26, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t expect a good seed come tourney time.

    • THE William Hill
      9:21 pm December 26, 2016 Permalink

      Doesn’t matter what our seed is – Cal has a pretty good knack for getting his team to the Final Four.

  4. Angelo
    2:34 am December 27, 2016 Permalink

    SEC is such a waste of time for basketball. But $ comes from football… Why? TV? basketball plays more games than football? is it butts in seats? March Madness gets a lot of viewers…