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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Your SEC Power Rankings Going into 2015

1. Kentucky
Record: 13-0
RPI: 1
Top 50 Wins: Buffalo, Kansas, Providence, Texas, North Carolina, at Louisville
Analysis: Duh.  Best team in the conference.  Best team in the country.  Best team this decade?  Either way, would be stunning if Cats drop out of this spot and lose more than 1 game in conference play.

2. LSU
Record: 10-2
RPI: 21
Top 50 Wins: at West Virginia
Analysis: Probably the 2nd hottest team in the league, riding a 7-game winning streak.  Very impressive win at West Virginia.  And they get UK in Baton Rouge, so maybe the Cats biggest pitfall?

3. Georgia
Record: 7-3
RPI: 20
Top 50 Wins: Seton Hall
Analysis: While playing the country’s 9th toughest schedule, the Bulldogs really don’t have a marquee win.  They play at Kansas State tonight, which would be a nice addition to the resume, but still not an impressive NCAA Tournament quality non-conference slate.

4. Arkansas
Record: 10-2
RPI: 28
Top 50 Wins: at SMU, Dayton
Analysis: Personal opinion, I think the Razorbacks are the 2nd best team in the league.  But the fact is they were thrashed in their biggest non-conference game at Iowa State.  The win at SMU will probably hold come tournament time but otherwise, they have played a fairly soft non-conference slate.

5. Florida
Record: 7-5
RPI: 93
Top 50 Wins: None
Analysis: They really don’t deserve to be ranked this high but there is no doubt they are one of the 2-3 most talented teams in the league.  They frankly just can’t win a big game.  Against Top 50 teams they are 0-3 this year.  And they had a real chance against Kansas but choked it away.

6. Alabama
Record: 8-3
RPI: 50
Top 50 Wins: None
Analysis: I actually really like the Crimson Tide.  They should have beaten Wichita State on the Shockers home floor.  But like most SEC teams, they just don’t have a quality win.  And until they do, I can’t move them up very much.

7. Texas A&M
Record: 8-3
RPI: 53
Top 50 Wins: None
Analysis: I think the gap between decent SEC teams and bad SEC teams begins at #6.  Everything below that, starting with A&M, and you have teams with huge holes.  Aggies follow theme for most league teams: beat bad teams and lose to any good team.

8. South Carolina
Record: 8-3
RPI: 103
Top 50 Wins: Oklahoma State
Analysis: Maybe the strangest non-UK win so far is the Gamecocks 26-point thrashing of Oklahoma State.  Other than that though, nothing much of note.  Could be dangerous game to game, but overall, a sub-par team.

9. Vanderbilt
Record: 7-3
RPI: 129
Top 50 Wins: None
Analysis: I have seen Rutgers this season and they are beyond terrible.  Vandy lost to them.  That will stick with me all year.

10. Ole Miss
Record: 8-4
RPI: 86
Top 50 Wins: None
Analysis: Losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky stand out for the Rebels.  Just another mediocre SEC team.

11. Tennessee
Record: 7-4
RPI: 88
Top 50 Wins: Butler
Analysis: If UT finishes 11th in the SEC, that will actually be a surprise to many because they are severely lacking in talent.  The win over Butler is nice but they have played close to some really bad teams.  Look for them to have some ugly scores this year.

12. Auburn
Record: 7-5
RPI: 142
Top 50 Wins: None
Analysis: Look, Bruce Pearl with almost surely get this program turned around before long, but they have played a very SOFT schedule and still lost 5 games in the non-conference.  He’ll probably win more games than he should but Pearl still doesn’t have a good team.

13. Missouri
Record: 4-6
RPI: 170
Top 50 Wins: None
Analysis: Kim Anderson was left a mess by Frank Haith and it has showed.  They’ve been trounced a few times and will likely see more of the same all year.  I have no idea how good a coach Anderson is but this will be the Frank Haith recovery year.

14. Mississippi State
Record: 6-6
RPI: 216
Top 50 Wins: None
Analysis: Despite playing the worst non-conference schedule in the league, they still lose 5 games.  The fact is they just don’t score the basketball well.  If you are looking for an SEC team that UK might hold under 40 points, I think it might be the Bulldogs.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

3 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Your SEC Power Rankings Going into 2015

  1. Mc12
    9:20 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

    When you say top 50 wins, is that RPI?

    • Bryan the Intern
      9:40 am December 31, 2014 Permalink


    • Mc12
      10:22 am December 31, 2014 Permalink

      Thank you. I was surprised for Ole Miss with wins over Creighton, Oregon, and Cincinnati. It looks like Cincinnati just cracked the top 50 so congrats to Ole Miss lol.

      I’m not sure who Incarnate Word is, but the fact that they’re #42 in the RPI is funny and almost devalues the entire system.