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SEC struggling in RPI rankings

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Thumbnail image for SEC.jpgKind of a slow day as we wait for tonight's men's basketball game vs. Hartford and any news from the Rich Brooks retirement talk. So far, nothing new on the latter.

In the meantime, I thought I would check up on a couple of college basketball ranking systems to see how the Cats have fared to this point. The NCAA Tournament selection committee takes the RPI into consideration when selecting and seeding teams for the Big Dance, although it's not the biggest factor, only a guideline in determining a team's worth.

An undefeated record would surely land the Cats a No. 1 seed if the tournament were to start today, but let's take a look at the rankings anyway.

RealTimeRPI.com      
1. Duke        
2. Kansas State       
3. West Virginia    
4. Temple    
5. Texas      
6. Connecticut    
7. William and Mary    
8. Virginia Commonwealth  
9. Washington    
10. Syracuse    
11. Kentucky    
12. Purdue    
13. Kansas    
14. Georgetown   
15. Villanova    

Sagarin
1. Texas
2. Syracuse
3. Duke
4. West Virginia
5. Kansas
6. Kansas State
7 Purdue
8. Kentucky
9. Villanova
10. Temple
11. Mississippi
12. Georgetown
13. BYU
14. Clemson
15. North Carolina

CBSSports.com RPI
1. Duke
2. Kansas State
3. West Virginia
4. Temple
5. Texas
6. Connecticut
7. William & Mary
8. Washington
9. Syracuse
9. Virginia Commonwealth
11. Kentucky
12. Purdue
13. Kansas
14. Villanova
14. Georgetown

No surprises with Kentucky in the top 15 of all three. The alarming matter however is the lack of Southeastern Conference teams in the ratings. Kentucky is the only team in the top 25 of the RealTimeRPI.com rankings and the CBSSports.com RPI rankings. Mississippi checks in at No. 11 in the Sagarin ratings.

A slew of early season losses to mid- and low-major teams around the league has really hit the credibility of the league again, just a year removed from a three-bid NCAA Tournament season. More than three teams will get in this  year, but the league has to pick it up in the closing week of non-conference play and into league play.

As of now, Sagarin has the SEC rated the fifth-best conference behind the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Big 12 and the Big Ten, respectively.

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why woulc UConn be ahead of UK in 2 of the 3 RPI rankings listed even though they lost to the Wildcats earlier in the season?

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