SEC Basketball RPI Report: January 3 edition

In Features by Devin Sherrer

The start of conference play has brought chaos to the SEC basketball world.

After a month-long run in the top 3 of SEC RPI, Texas A&M has suffered back to back defeats to open conference play and have fallen to fifth place.

Similarly, Rick Barnes’ Tennessee team has fallen outside of the top 10 nationally after dropping the first two contests in conference play.

The Alabama Crimson Tide had an interesting two games to start SEC play. After getting its most quality win of the year against Texas A&M last weekend, the Crimson Tide suffered its worst loss (in terms of RPI) of the season to Vanderbilt.

On the positive side of things, the Auburn Tigers are on fire.

Bruce Pearl has led Auburn to eleven consecutive wins including a marquee win on the road at Tennessee. The Tigers have moved up more than 50 spots in RPI over the last few weeks.

Kentucky will also be quite happy with the start of conference play. The Cats blew out Louisville and prevailed late against Georgia which has led them to 2nd place in the SEC and 16th nationally.

Lastly, we will touch on Mississippi State. Although State’s strength of schedule has been questioned often this season, the Bulldogs are moving on up after defeating nationally ranked Arkansas.

Sitting at 57 in RPI, Ben Howland’s team has all to play for in the remaining 17 conference games.

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SEC RPI Report – Wednesday, Jan. 3rd
SEC NCAA Team Record SOS Quad 1 Quad 2 Quad 3 Quad 4
1 9 Arkansas 11-3 16 2-2 1-0 6-0 2-0
2 16 Kentucky 11-2 20 0-2 3-0 4-0 4-0
3 21 Auburn 13-1 175 2-1 1-0 4-0 6-0
4 23 Tennessee 9-4 7 1-4 1-0 3-0 4-0
5 24 Texas A&M 11-3 35 2-2 3-1 1-0 5-0
6 26 Missouri 10-3 22 2-2 1-0 4-1 2-0
7 42 Alabama 9-5 8 2-1 2-3 3-1 2-0
8 45 S. Carolina 9-4 64 0-2 1-1 2-1 5-0
9 57 Miss. State 13-1 310 1-1 0-0 4-0 7-0
10 60 Georgia 9-3 183 2-1 2-1 0-1 5-0
11 62 Florida 10-4 66 1-2 2-1 0-1 7-0
12 115 LSU 9-3 213 1-0 1-2 1-1 6-0
13 143 Vanderbilt 6-8 38 1-4 0-3 2-1 3-0
14 158 Ole Miss 8-5 121 0-2 1-2 2-1 5-0

** All data presented in this report is courtesy of the NCAA’s Nitty Gritty & Team Sheet Reports **

Now that we have taken a look at the current positioning and figures for each SEC team, let’s take a look at what the next week of basketball holds for each of the 14 squads.

The Week Ahead (Jan. 1 – Jan. 7)
Alabama Crimson Tide
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/2/18 Vanderbilt Commodores (A) 6-8 #143
1/6/18 Georgia Bulldogs (A) 9-3 #60

Arkansas Razorbacks
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/2/18 Miss. State Bulldogs (H) 13-1 #57
1/6/18 Auburn Tigers (A) 13-1 #21

Auburn Tigers
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/2/18 #23 Tennessee Volunteers (A) 9-4 #23
1/6/18 #22 Arkansas Razorbacks (H) 11-3 #9

Florida Gators
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/2/17 #11 Texas A&M Aggies (A) 11-3 #24
12/30/17 Missouri Tigers (A) 10-3 #26

Georgia Bulldogs
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/3/18 Ole Miss Rebels (H) 8-5 #158
1/6/18 Alabama Crimson Tide (H) 9-5 #42

 

Kentucky Wildcats
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/3/18 LSU Tigers (A) 9-3 #115
1/6/18 #23 Tennessee Volunteers (A) 9-4 #23

LSU Tigers
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/3/18 #17 Kentucky Wildcats (H) 11-2 #16
1/6/18 #11 Texas A&M Aggies (A) 11-3 #24

Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/2/18 #22 Arkansas Razorbacks (H) 11-3 #9
1/6/18 Ole Miss Rebels (A) 8-5 #158

Missouri Tigers
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/3/18 South Carolina Gamecocks (A) 9-4 #45
1/6/18 Florida Gators (H) 10-4 #62

 

Ole Miss Rebels
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/3/18 Georgia Bulldogs (A) 9-3 #60
1/6/18 Miss. State Bulldogs (H) 13-1 #57

South Carolina Gamecocks
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/3/18 Missouri Tigers (H) 10-3 #26
1/6/18 Vanderbilt Commodores (H) 6-8 #143

Tennessee Volunteers
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/2/18 Auburn Tigers (H) 13-1 #21
1/6/17 #17 Kentucky Wildcats (H) 11-2 #16

Texas A&M Aggies
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/2/18 Florida Gators (H) 10-4 #62
1/6/18 LSU Tigers (H) 9-3 #115

Vanderbilt Commodores
Date Opponent (H/N/A) Record RPI
1/2/18 Alabama Crimson Tide (H) 9-5 #42
1/6/17 #23 Tennessee Volunteers (H) 9-4 #23

Devin Sherrer is a devout SEC basketball fanatic. He has followed all things SEC since birth and really there is nothing he’d rather do than sit back, relax, and enjoy the roller coaster we call college basketball. He can be found on many SEC and NCAA basketball forums and has been writing basketball-related content for leisure since 2016.