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SEC in the Rankings


Another week has passed, with another series of Southeastern Conference games.  One trend that seems apparent is that the SEC as a whole, particularly the "middle six", are steadily losing traction in the rankings.  Unfortunately, with the exception of Florida, this is notable in the RPI rankings -- which are used directly by the NCAA Tournament committee.  There are three clear NCAA Tournament teams right now - Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee - but, it's not clear who's going to make a statement and join them. 

Moreover, the biggest game of the conference season takes place this week, as Kentucky visits Vanderbilt.  Kentucky can all but lock up the SEC Championship and a #1 seed with a road win in Nashville.  A Vanderbilt win means that the Conference race will come down to the wire, and Vanderbilt will have a legitimate shot at a top 3 seed in the dance. (I'm pretty sure that my dream last night, in which I attended the opening round NCAA tournament game between 1 seed Kentucky and 4 seed Vanderbilt, was not prescient.)


Numbers for your consideration ...

CBS Sportsline* RPI Rank SOS 1wk-trend 5wk-trend
Kentucky 4 49 +2 +7
Vanderbilt 11 21 0 +10
Tennessee 17 19 +5 +8
Ole Miss 54 57 -15 -9
Florida 58 62 -2 +25
Mississippi State 63 99 +9 -13
South Carolina 77 31 -13 -8
Alabama 91 37 +7 -11
Georgia 95 9 +7 +5
Arkansas 113 45 +1 ?
Auburn 152 63 -9 ?
LSU 216 83 +4 ?
* CBS Sportsline used because it is a consistently good approximation of the actual NCAA published weekly RPI.
More rankings after the jump ... 

Pomeroy Rank SOS 1wk-trend 5wk-trend
Kentucky 8 77 -1 +3
Vanderbilt 26 22 -6 -2
Tennessee 29 47 -1 -17
Mississippi State 40 98 -1 -3
Ole Miss 43 58 -3 -26
Florida 54 91 -6 -7
Alabama 72 62 -2 +6
South Carolina 79 36 -1 -10
Georgia 89 11 -1 -1
Arkansas 90 106 +3 ?
Auburn 106 78 +2 ?
LSU 200 63 +8 ?

Sagarin Rank SOS Predictor 1wk-trend 5wk-trend
Kentucky 4 80 8 +2 +1
Vanderbilt 14 35 24 +1 +7
Tennessee 20 51 23 -4 -7
Ole Miss 43 68 39 -7 -21
Florida 45 59 51 -2 +8
Mississippi State 51 99 41 +5 -25
South Carolina 74 22 76 -5 -1
Alabama 80 64 70 +2 -8
Georgia 93 4 93 +2 +10
Arkansas 104 95 97 +2 ?
Auburn 126 72 107 -3 ?
LSU 198 71 186 -1 ?

Basketball State  Rank 1wk-trend 2wk-trend
Kentucky 4 +2 +3
Vanderbilt 11 +1 -1
Tennessee 19 -1 -2
Mississippi State 51 +4 -3
Ole Miss 59 -10 -9
Florida 71 -6 +3
South Carolina 84 -5 -6
Alabama 97 +8 -7
Georgia 102 -4 +3
Arkansas 113 +10 ?
Auburn 149 +8 ?
LSU 218 +2 ?

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