The failure of Minnesota hurt our RPI. They fell apart buzzard luck but the schedule is a crap shoot. I'd like to see the hogs try to get home and home with Cinny, Wichita State and North Carolina.GeneralHog wrote: ↑Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:27 amI've always said that Calipari is a good coach, but not a great or elite coach. He's the Malzahn of SEC basketball. He needs that one or two "blue chip," or elite athlete to make his team go or he'll have an average season. When he doesn't get those players, we've all seen how he fairs, and this isn't he first time in SEC play he's had a season like this.Dfarris wrote: ↑Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:05 amTerrific win yesterday at BWA, the General was correct about this one. Now, on to beating a not so great UK team at BWA on Tuesday night. Don’t get it wrong, UK has talent, but this years freshman haven’t played to the level they have in the past. Specifically, Calipari didn’t get the cream of the freshman crop to sign with UK this time. I for one hope that’s a trend that will continue.
As for the remainder of this season, it’s right there in front of them. If they can win out or go 3 of 4 they should make it into the top four and get the bye for the SEC Tournament. My gut says they split these final four games which would still be ok given how the SEC is viewed this season and a 10-8 record, anything better than that would welcomed.
I’m getting a little bit sick and tired of Texas A&M being seeded higher in bracketology than the Hogs and if we do beat UK I’ll bet they will not fall below us, we just get very little respect nationally and records should matter, not just perception of how good a team could be or how much star power a team has like Oklahoma, they’ve lost 5 conference games in a row, but because the media is infatuated with Tre Young they have been kept in the top 25, that’s just wrong.
I also don’t understand why Tennessee is thought of as highly as they are, they seem to have hit a wall and could be in a free fall, the Hogs could catch and surpass them for the #2 spot in the conference if we win out or at least finish 3-1.
I think those early season victories and matchups between teams that are perceived to be top 25 teams aren’t a true gage of how good teams are. I realize their will always be polls, but when the season is over and you know exactly how good or not all of the teams are that’s the first and only time RPI, BPI and SOS needs to be calculated.
For instance, we are the beneficiary of the win over Minnesota whom at the time was ranked, but as everyone knows now has had a horrible season and not what many pundits thought they would be. This is just one example.
I have said this team would finish this season just at, over and below .500 they have an opportunity to exceed that and I hope they do.
As to the seeding, I completely agree with you. I'm a numbers guy and I don't see how they are perceiving some of these SEC teams ahead of Arkansas. A&M, I can "kinda" see why they are projected higher, just because the RPI wins and losses are almost similar to ours. Their record is worse, but they've lost to more highly rated opponents than we have, but not by much. The one team that I can't figure out how on God's green earth they have in front of us or anybody for that matter in SEC as a tourney team is Florida. They have RPI and BPI's in the 60's and they've had TERRIBLE losses to teams like Vandy, Ole Miss, Georgia and the mighty power of Loyola-Chicago. They have some quality wins, but on the same level as Arkansas, so how the pundits put Florida as a 6th seed and Arkansas an 11th last week, I'll never know.
After yesterday, the brackets should bump us up to maybe a 9 seed considering we have a top 25 RPI now.
The hogs getting the 10-11 seed versus Florida getting the 6 last week is par for the course. Florida also beat us! Missouri is the team getting more respect than we are is what bother me more.
I think this week a lot of the answers will come for our hogs. Pick up 2 wins this week and we will lock our a seed that will feed us to a blue blood in the second round or the Dance.