The Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team once again took a tumble in the latest RPI rankings after another tough week on the court.
The Rating Percentage Index, or RPI, is a widely used ranking system in college basketball that is based upon a team’s wins, losses and strength of schedule.
Generally, an RPI in the top 50 is considered a good ranking. This takes into account that 68 teams make the NCAA Basketball Tournament each year.
Alabama’s RPI has been hovering around the top 100 mark all season. As of January 27 the Tide was ranked No. 87 in ESPN’s RPI Rankings.
After losses to No. 185 Auburn on January 29 and No. 53 Tennessee on February 1 the Tide dropped to No. 107 in the latest ESPN RPI rankings. A 30 spot drop is harsh, but isn’t out of the ordinary for most teams after a bad loss.
Keep in mind, Alabama’s RPI is a bit inflated after a tough non-conference schedule. The Tide’s schedule is currently ranked as the second strongest in the nation. Thanks in part to top 15 opponents like No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Wichita State and No. 11 Duke.
A late season drop like this could be a killer for Alabama. With only two top 25 RPI opponents left on the schedule in No. 5 Florida and No. 13 Kentucky, there isn’t much recovery room before the conference tournament for the Crimson Tide.
Only time will tell and the Crimson Tide’s postseason outlook is fairly grim. Unless Alabama can make a run in the SEC Tournament this team might be looking at another NIT birth.
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