Beating the Viles in Knoxville put our RPI below 100 for the 1st time since the early part of this season. Currently 96. What kills us are the losses in St Thomas to #133 (Iowa) and #135 (St. Peter's). I wish we could play them again... we'd blow both of them out.
We're 5th nationally in scoring defense (57.0), 20th in 3 Pt FG percentage defense (29.8), 11th in steals (9.5), 71st in FT percentage (72.3%), and 21st in blocked shots (5.5). I'm surprised at FT and blocked shots statistical rankings.
We are getting some love from ESPN. First this one:
2. Speaking of the SEC, how about Alabama? There’s at least one other thing we know about the SEC: Alabama is making a legitimate run at an at-large tournament berth. After the Crimson Tide’s 65-60 win at Tennessee over the weekend, Anthony Grant’s team is now 7-1 in conference play and 15-7 overall. Complete link
But the Tide is now rolling in the SEC, off to a league-best 7-1 start. Alabama will be a good test case for the selection committee. The team has nothing to show for itself in the nonconference, losing also to Seton Hall and Iowa in St. Thomas, as well as Oklahoma State, Providence and Purdue. But if the Tide can roll to at least 11 or 12 wins in the SEC, then it would be hard to keep out a team on that hot of a streak in a major conference. This is an example where the body of work may be judged by how much Bama improved from November to March. Regardless, barring a collapse, Grant can clear space for an SEC coach of the year trophy. Andy Katz.
Kenpom.com measures our efficiency. We rank 5th in efficiency defense.
Also, we are getting votes in the AP (21) and USA Today top 25 (8).
Regardless if we end this run in the NCAA tournament or not, it sure is nice to get some national press for the hoops team. It's been... well 4 years since we've had some positive vibes from them.