Dec 21, 2017
by Chase Gage
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — With SEC play about to start in college basketball, when could there be a better time to see how the Arkansas Razorbacks stack up against the competition?
The Hogs currently sit at 9-2 with one more non-conference game before the real season begins. They will face CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 27 before their SEC-opening showdown with 21st-ranked Tennessee at Bud Walton Arena.
Before we look at the rest of the league, let us first examine the Arkansas resume.
Just Win Baby
|Big Wins:||Margin of Victory|
Margin of Victory:
*Outscoring opponents at Bud Walton by 152 points (25.3 ppg)
Versus the SEC
SEC Standings (No Conference Games)
|Team||BPI Rank (Top 50)|
|Team||RPI Rank (Top 50)|
The Strength of Schedule rankings can be a bit off this time of year. The algorithms show favor to smaller schools that play Power Five competition. For example, 0-12 Texas Southern is ranked No. 1 in SOS. Only four SEC teams fell in the Top 50, and only five in the Top 100. So, take these with a grain of salt. They will change drastically once conference play starts.
|Team||SOS Rank (Top 100)|
If the Tournament Started Today
This one is even more out there than the SOS. These rankings are based on if the NCAA Tournament selection was today before conference play starts. These rankings are most likely to fluctuate the most compared to the others. This simply gives us an idea of how well fellow SEC teams have done in the non-conference season. Take these with an even bigger grain of salt because they basically mean nothing at this point. They are interesting, though. Alabama fell as the sixth team out, coming in at 74. Only the top 68 make the tournament.
*All rankings via ESPN.com as of December 21, 2017.