According to this site, we're climbing the charts... sitting at 134 as far as the RPI is concerned. Our biggest win is over UK (13)and our worst loss is to Iowa (149) with St Peter's (145) just ahead of that. As far as quality losses are concerned, losing to Oklahoma State (40) and Purdue (11) isn't looking too bad.
There's been a lot of discussion on what ifs... like if we somehow go 12-4 in conference will we get into the NCAA Tournament. IMO it's a lock if we do. Even at 11-5 we are on the good side of the bubble provided we don't throw up a stinker in the 2nd round of the SEC tournament. Right now, we should be favored in every home game remaining... although I worry about the UGA and Ole Miss (who I think might have their act together) games. On the road, we got Florida and Vanderbilt as probable losses. The rest of the games we have a fighting chance to win. Can you imagine this team playing .500 on the road in the SEC? When I was on the plane coming back from St Thomas I didn't think that was remotely possible. Heck, I was about as gloom and doom as you can be.
We are 7th in scoring defense at 57.3 PPG, 3rd in FG percentage defensive (35.9%), 21st in steals (9.2), 24th in blocked shots (surprised me at 5.4), and 25rd in 3pt FG percentage defensive (29.8%).
The flip side is our offense... 242nd in turnovers, 311th in 3pt FGs, 218th in scoring offense, and 193 assist/turnover ratio. I'd link this, but the ncaa website doesn't like direct links.
Truth be told I don't know how we're doing it. I know how (defense), but being this putrid on the offensive side of the ball shows how hard the team is D-ing up.
If Releford gets more confidence in his jumper... especially beyond the arc I believe our offensive stats will improve. Right now he's too tentative shooting the ball. Don't get me wrong, his dribble drive is opening up shots for others... that aren't falling so either he takes more shots or someone else steps up their mid range game. While I close my eyes every time Hillman shots, he seems to be hitting more than I give him credit for. Maybe he's the guy... that 42.6% FG clip still troubles me.
Also.. SEC Power Poll. I think I put us down as the 3rd or 4th best in the conference. Obviously, we're nt getting love from the rest of the SEC bloggers :).