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Florida's RPI takes huge dip after loss to LSU

GAINESVILLE -- The computers don't like Florida this morning. The Gators' RPI ranking dipped to 60 after losing to Louisiana State on Wednesday night, according to a recreation of the ratings percentage index produced by kenpom.com.

Florida, previously ranked No.43 in the RPI, entered Wednesday's game second in the SEC East while LSU was the league's worst team. An RPI of 60 is probably not good enough to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Only one 19-win team has a lower RPI than Florida, Robert Morris at No. 155.

Further damaging the Gators' regular-season resume: the Gators have lost three of their last four games. The NCAA Selection Committee takes into account a team's final 10 games of the regular season when selecting teams for the NCAA Tournament.

Florida's non-conference strength of schedule ranks No.316 out of 341 teams, according to kenpom.com (the best college basketball website around). That weakness isn't going to help the Gators much when compared to team's with similar RPI rankings.

A weak non-conference schedule isn't helping Florida's cause but neither is a weak Southeastern Conference. Florida's only quality all season was the blowout against Vanderbilt. (Temple? RPI ranking of 60; Kentucky? RPI ranking of 84.)

Games against South Carolina and Georgia are must wins and Florida needs two more wins after that to insure an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament (just my opinion). Florida's remaining schedule: at Vandy (21-4), South Carolina (11-12) at home, at Georgia (11-10), Miss. State (16-7) at home, Tennessee (21-2) at home, at Kentucky (12-10), SEC Tournament.

-jo-

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