It’s way too early in the college basketball season to get too amped up about RPI, but it’s never too early to prepare for the time you need to be amped up … like February and March.
The value of the Ole Miss wins over Georgia Tech and Penn State remains to be seen, but it was good to see Georgia Tech take a 67-64 win over Illinois last night, the first loss this season for the Illini.
Penn State held a lead over Pittsburgh in the middle of the second half but couldn’t hold it to the finish and lost 78-69 at Pitt which is now 8-0.
As members of the ACC and Big 10, Georgia Tech and Penn State will play a lot of games against a lot of quality opponents.
“My hope is for the big picture, when we look back in March, those will be wins that can help us,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.
The Rebels have a chance for another true road win Thursday night at Kansas State. Neutral site wins count for more when figuring RPI than home games, and true road games count for even more.
Manhattan will truly be a hostile environment, but K-State has lost their once already this season against Northern Colorado.
The Wildcats are 4-3. They’ve won against Central Arkansas and Oral Roberts and twice against Long Beach State. Their losses are against Charlotte and Georgetown in Puerto Rico.
Ken Pom has them No. 84 in his power ratings, while the Rebels are at 59.