In his “Bubble Watch” column for SI.com, Andy Glockner writes that Ole Miss “has almost no chance of landing an at-large berth” to the NCAA tournament because of weak RPI numbers in the SEC West.
The Rebels, at 58 according to Realtimerpi.com, currently have the best RPI of Western Division teams.
As it stands now, only five of Ole Miss' 16 SEC games will come against teams in the RPI top 80. All 10 SEC West games will be against teams outside the top 150.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy says he isn't getting worked up about RPI numbers or projections right now.
“There's really no reason to be concerned, because I can't do anything about it. Still think it's really early to be talking about RPI. I know that's what we all do, but you've got to get deep into January for those numbers to have relevance. With what we've done in our non-league, we've beaten some quality teams who will continue to win games, and that will reflect in our numbers. Also, we've got six opportunities against quality teams on the East side.”
Kennedy says he thinks RPI numbers in the West will “change dramatically” as division teams win games.
In other news ...
Ole Miss AD Pete Boone sent out a tweet a few minutes ago saying women's basketball has cancelled its trip to New Jersey because of the winter storm in the Northeast. The women's team had a commercial flight cancelled and "charter options didn't work."
The (Lady) Rebels were scheduled to face Samford tomorrow and either host St. Peter's or Central Connecticut State the following day. The ladies are now off until their Jan. 2 SEC opener at home against Vanderbilt. ...
Also, it was interesting to note that former Ole Miss center Malcolm White had his best game for LSU last night. Playing as a reserve after being pulled from the starting lineup, White had 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots in the Tigers' 62-41 win last night over cross-town rival Southern U.