SEC Basketball: 5-Year Ranking

    
November 4th, 2009

SEC 5-YEAR STANDINGS

 

CHN's annual 5-year ranking answers a simple question is in a simple manner: Who has been the best team in the SEC over the last five years?

 

Teams get points for league wins, making the postseason (NIT or NCAA) and winning games in the Big Dance. NIT wins are meaningless here, as are non-conference wins.  Also, league tournaments wins are not taken into account. (An original trial-scoring system included points for conference tourney wins. But the flukish nature of these tourney's did more harm than hurt: ie, 2008 Georgia, 2006 Syracuse, and 2004 Maryland ended up getting too much credit despite the reality that they were mediocre to sub-par teams.)

 

100 total points is set up to be the equivalent of batting .300 in baseball.. anything above and beyond is all-world stuff. 50 points is mediocre and you only start to get bad below 40 points.

 

Pos. Was Team 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Wins Gms. Points  
                       
1 1 Florida 12 10 13 8 9 52 80 65 Win %
      2nd Round Champs Champs NIT NIT     30 Post Pts.
                    95  
                       
2 2 Kentucky 14 9 9 12 8 52 80 65 Win %
      Elite 8 2nd Round 2nd Round 1st Round NIT     19 Post Pts.
                    84  
                       
3 3 Tennessee 6 12 10 14 10 52 80 65 Win %
      X 2nd Round Sweet 16 Sweet 16 1st Round     17 Post Pts.
                    82  
                       
4 6 LSU 12 14 5 6 13 50 80 63 Win %
      1st Round Final Four X X 2nd Round     16 Post Pts.
                    79  
                       
5 4 Miss. St 9 5 8 12 9 43 80 54 Win %
      2nd Round X NIT 2nd Round 1st Round     11 Post Pts.
                    65  
                       
6 5 Vanderbilt 8 7 10 10 8 43 80 54 Win %
      NIT NIT Sweet 16 1st Round X     10 Post Pts.
                    64  
                       
7 7 Alabama 12 10 7 4 7 40 80 50 Win %
      1st Round 2nd Round NIT X X     7 Post Pts.
                    57  
                       
8 8 Arkansas 6 10 7 9 2 34 80 43 Win %
      X 1st Round 1st Round 2nd Round X     8 Post Pts.
                    51  
                       
9 9 So. Carolina 7 6 4 5 10 32 80 40 Win %
      NIT NIT X X NIT     3 Post Pts.
                    43  
                       
10 10 Ole Miss 4 4 8 7 7 30 80 38 Win %
      X X NIT NIT X     2 Post Pts.
                    40  
                       
11 12 Auburn 5 4 4 7 10 30 80 38 Win %
      X X X X NIT     1 Post Pts.
                    39  
                       
12 11 Georgia 2 5 8 4 3 22 80 28 Win %
      X NIT X 1st Round X     3 Post Pts.
                    31  

-Ties are broken by favoring conference winning %

 

SEC Thoughts

- LSU, despite inconsistency, has won 50 leagues games, surprisingly only 2 behind Florida & Tennessee.

- Vanderbilt was a rare 8-win SEC team that didn't even get an invite to the NIT.

- Not one SEC team has advanced beyond the Sweet Sixteen in the last two years, allowing the likes of Florida/Tennessee/UK to remain at the top despite disappointing years.

 

Postseason Points

NIT = 1

NCAA 1st Round = 2

NCAA 2nd Round = 4

Sweet = 6

Elite 8 = 8

Final Four = 10

Final = 11

Champs = 12

 

Other 5-Year Rankings

ACC

Big 12

Big East

Big Ten

Pac-10

.. All