Following the 77-75 comeback win at Arkansas, the numbers at RealTimeRPI.com show the Rebels’ RPI jumping 11 spots from 69 to 58, passing Mississippi State, among others, along the way.
Alabama, which visits Oxford for the regular season finale Saturday afternoon, currently has an RPI of 25 as it takes on Auburn tonight.
It looks like the Rebels have one more chance to pick up a big RPI win in the regular season. What that would mean to the NCAA resume remains to be seen. Road wins are calculated differently, but Arkansas was a team in the 80s before last night.
Alabama is a team the Rebels had a great opportunity to defeat on the road but lost 69-67 in double overtime in Tuscaloosa. Had they come away with the win there, the resume could look very different going into Saturday’s game.
At any rate, wins build on one another, and Saturday’s game would have less meaning if the Rebels had not rallied from 15 back to win last night.
It’s really stunning to see one team “have the number” of another team the way Ole Miss has had Arkansas’ number of late.
The Rebels have now won five straight in the series, four straight in Fayetteville, and 21 of the last 29 overall.
Ole Miss senior Terrance Henry will complete his career without losing at Arkansas’ Bud Walton Arena.
The win last night makes the Rebels’ 7-8 in the SEC and guarantees that Andy Kennedy will win at least seven SEC games for the sixth time in his career as Ole Miss head coach. He’s been 8-8 once, 9-7 once and 7-9 three other times.
Coming out of the Tennessee game I thought 7-9 would be a difficult mark to achieve.
Of course, 7-9 isn’t a record you aspire to, but the four teams prior to his arrival were 4-12, 5-11, 4-12 and 4-12 in SEC play.