Updated SEC Basketball RPI: Texas A&M on the rise after Auburn win

In News by Blake Lovell

Texas A&M appears to be hitting its groove after scoring its biggest win of the season at Auburn.

The Aggies held on for a 81-80 victory on Wednesday, which helped Billy Kennedy’s team up move up 10 spots to No. 20 overall in the RPI.

As expected, the loss did very little to hurt the Tigers, with Auburn only dropping four spots to No. 9.

Florida gained a spot after its win over LSU, and Vanderbilt moved up a couple of spots with a much-needed home victory over Georgia.

But that loss was pretty damaging for the Bulldogs, as they fell 13 spots to No. 72 overall, leaving Yante Maten and company on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble at this point.

Here’s how the entire SEC stands in the February 8 RPI:

And here are the seven conference matchups set for Saturday, with each team’s RPI in parentheses:

  • Florida (48) at South Carolina (63) – Noon EST
  • Mississippi State (54) at Missouri (30) – 2 PM EST
  • Auburn (9) at Georgia (72) – 3:30 PM EST
  • Ole Miss (103) at LSU (81) – 4 PM EST
  • Tennessee (10) at Alabama (42) – 6 PM EST
  • Kentucky (17) at Texas A&M (20) – 8:15 PM EST
  • Vanderbilt (118) at Arkansas (36) – 8:30 PM EST

Eight teams are currently projected to make the NCAA Tournament, but there’s still a long way to go to find out which teams will be dancing in March.

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Blake Lovell is the founder of Southeast Hoops. He hosts the Marching to Madness podcast, which features interviews with coaches around the country. He also hosts a weekly college basketball show on WNSR 560AM/95.9 FM in Nashville. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Athlon Sports, Rivals, FanRag Sports, and many more.