Ole Miss lost only once in Hawaii but didn’t get the bang for its buck that it hoped for.
RPI No. 9 Arizona was also in the field and rallied to beat No. 70 San Diego State to win the championship.
Ole Miss lost the opportunity to play Arizona when it dropped the opener to Indiana State in overtime.
The Rebels went 3-1 in their West Coast/Hawaii trip, winning a true road game at Loyola-Marymount on the way over.
Indiana State’s strength of schedule rank of 40 puts it at No. 54 in the RPI right now, not terrible.
San Francisco is 177, Hawaii 278. Those are the two teams the Rebels defeated in Honolulu.
Loyola-Marymount is 240.
Several Andy Kennedy teams have had a big non-conference win to boost RPI and put the Rebels in the NCAA discussion later in the season. Remember the wins against Clemson and Kansas State?
This team is lacking that marquee win right now. If the Rebels are going to break through the bubble they will have to build the resume against the SEC schedule. There are more opportunities to do that, but the conference is weaker than it has been in years past.
The league as a whole is ranked No. 8 among conferences. Only Florida (21), Missouri (34) and Kentucky (50) are top 50 RPI teams at the moment. South Carolina (214), Mississippi State (227), Georgia (241) and Auburn (260) are sub-200 teams.
Ole Miss at 10-2 is currently No. 56 in the RPI, ranking fifth in the SEC behind LSU (53).
The Rebels’ two losses lack and impressive name but stack up OK numerically at the moment. Middle Tennessee has an RPI of 51.