RPI chance for Rebels against Dayton

Ken Pom gives a complete and analytical look at college basketball teams, but ultimately you have either a good RPI or its RIP for your postseason hopes.

The Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) combines wins and losses, plus opponent strength and other factors in determining a number that the selection committee holds in high regard when it extends at-large bids in March.

According to ESPN’s numbers, the Rebels have an RPI of 73, Dayton an RPI of 60. Ole Miss has one top-100 RPI win to date, Penn State.

Ole Miss is getting a lot of blocked shots due in large part to the athleticism of Aaron Jones, who ranks third in the SEC with 2.8 blocks per game. Ole Miss leads the SEC in blocked shots at 7.5 per game.

There are still frontcourt issues for the Rebels, who are last in the league in rebounding margin at minus-3.0.

Ole Miss is the only SEC team with a sub.-500 rebound average right now. Alabama is No. 13 with a plus-0.4 rebound margin.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy has spoken of the need to get more from his bigs, and he changed his starting lineup against Western Kentucky by adding freshman Sebastian Saiz who had 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting and seven rebounds.

This is a team that’s going to have to hit shots on the perimeter, and that’s what happened at Western as both Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers – the two primary scorers – had big games together, and Ole Miss was able to erase a 14-point deficit.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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