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Tuesday January 28, 2014Charting the Gators: SEC, RPI & SOS

Updated: 1:29pm, January 28

Casey vs Shaq GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- I never pay much attention to RPIs and bracketology speculation in December or even into January, but the Florida Gators are a third into their Southeastern Conference season and the calendar flips to February this week, so such chatter is about to become very relevant.

Figured, why not?

UF vaulted to No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, but the Gators started the week sitting No. 5 in the Ratings Percentage Index and -- as far as a snapshot of the Right Here/Right Now college basketball season -- loom on pace for a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Most mock brackets have the Gators penciled into the first weekend at the sub-regional in Orlando.

All situations are subject to change, of course, but who wouldn’t take that right now?

In scanning some of of the hoops data, I found it interesting that UF’s strength of schedule -- which featured non-conference games against Wisconsin, Florida State, Connecticut, Kansas and Memphis -- with a 3-2 mark in those, including a defeat of RPI No. 1 KU -- was not among the five toughest in the Southeastern Conference. The Gators checked in sixth, behind even South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Here’s the updated RPI and SOS charts in comparison to the rest of the SEC teams.

Note: Florida's next two games (Thursday at Mississippi State and home Saturday versus Texas A&M) are against two of the league's bottom four RPI teams. Those two have played the weakest schedules. 

RPI        TEAM 
5            Florida
13          Kentucky
53          Tennessee
54          Missouri
57          Ole Miss
65          LSU
70          Arkansas
84          Vanderbilt
85          Alabama
117        Georgia
125        Texas A&M
126        Mississippi State
134        South Carolina
186        Auburn

Strength of Schedule
(Top 50 RPI opponents listed in parenthesis) 

Rk    Team                       1-25    1-50    1-100
 2     Alabama                    0-5      0-6       3-7
(*Oklahoma, *Duke, Wichita State, Xavier @UCLA, Florida)

7      Kentucky                    0-1      2-2       7-4
(*Michigan State, Louisville, *Providence, @North Carolina) 

10    Tennessee                 1-3      2-4       5-5
(@Xavier, *Xavier, @Wichita State, Virginia, @Kentucky, @Florida)     

11    South Carolina           0-2     1-2        3-9
(@Oklahoma State, *Saint Mary’s, @Florida)

41    Vanderbilt                  0-2     0-4         2-7
(*Providence, @Texas, St. Louis, Kentucky)

51    Florida                       1-1     4-2        7-2
(@Wisconsin, Florida State, @Connecticut, Kansas, *Memphis, Richmond)

80    LSU                           0-1     0-2       3-5
(@Massachusetts, *Memphis)

81    Arkansas                   2-1     3-3       4-4
(Southern Methodist, *California, *Minnesota, *Gonzaga, Florida, Kentucky) 

84    Ole Miss                    0-0     0-2       2-4
(@Kansas State, Oregon)

88    Georgia                     0-3     0-4       3-5
(@Colorado, @George Washington, @Florida, @Kentucky)

117    Auburn                     0-2     0-2       1-7
(@Iowa State, Florida)

141    Texas A&M              0-2     0-3       2-5
(*Southern Methodist, *Oklahoma, @Kentucky)

142    Missouri                   1-0    1-0        4-3
(UCLA)

240    Mississippi State      0-1    0-1       1-3
(@Kentucky)

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