BASEBALL: Rebels’ RPI talk

I talked with Boyd Nation a little bit late yesterday. Boyd’s a 1988 MSU grad and, just because he likes it, has been doing RPI since before RPI was cool.

Of course, the significance of RPI is how much weight it carries when the NCAA tournament selection committee starts passing out at-large tournament bids. You’d really like an RPI in the mid-30s or lower.

Anyway, Nation has Ole Miss at a 46 RPI in his most recent rankings, which do not include the final two games of the regular season in which Ole Miss went 1-1 against Kentucky, a 31 RPI team.

My specific question was what might Ole Miss’ RPI be had the Rebels not lost to Central Arkansas (173), Arkansas State (190) and Western Kentucky (101).

By Boyd’s estimation Ole Miss’ RPI would really only increase by about five spots had the Rebels won any two of those three games.

The real problem is having them on the schedule to begin with.

I think Mike Bianco sets out to play a strong schedule, but some things you just can’t predict.

Minnesota (225), which was a 41-win NCAA team last year with a veteran pitching staff and several experienced position players returning, appears more damaging than any of the Sun Belt or Southland schools. The Gophers are 19-33 right now. Also, TCU (43) has had a stronger RPI than it has right now.

No doubt some of these schools thought they’d be getting an RPI boost from Ole Miss as well.

— PA


15 Responses to “BASEBALL: Rebels’ RPI talk”

  1. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    RPI: Just a mere type rating index; a relative index, nothing absolute. It cannot read into how a player/team feels or how a player/team is going to perform on any given day. Its just basically a percentage thing. Ole Miss percentage is 50/50 overall here up against the teams competing in this tournment. My feeling is that the Rebels have an advanatage. For one thing they will be facing teams on neutral grounds. They have strong pitching staff, good hitters, fielding need improvement, but other that than they are a great baseball team.

    One more thing about these rating index things; We once spent six (6) years in England, UK. Horse racing was a favorite pass time for me, other than making a visit now and then to the Pubs. One thing I learned, and learned very quickly about betting on horses was not to take the advice of those parimutuel computers in rating those race horses. Very seldom did one of their favorite cross the finish pole no. 1.

    The Rebels are in a horse race. I place my money on them crossing that finish pole No. 1. GO REBELS!

  2. cr Says:

    Hopefully we are working to improve the scheduling. Now that we know it is a problem a weak schedule next year is inexcusable. Georgia seems to be th only SEC team to have figured it out.

  3. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Coach John Vaught scheduled football games with weaker opponents in early season giving all his players online game experience before meeting the major part of schedule. It work for him. Coach Bianco with his baseball program seem to be doing the same; it will work out for them in the long run. Those young second team players sitting on the beach need more to occupy their mind and experience than just slidding up and down on the bench picking up splinters in their rear end.

  4. oxfordrebel Says:

    Hey guys, just wanted to drop by and ask that all of you that would to be praying for my wife and I as oft as you can b/c we’re going tomorrow to have our first child. He is a week overdue so they’ll have to induce labor, which could turn into a really long, exhaustive experience from what I’ve been told. We’re really excited but nervous too, so if you all can, say a little prayer for us in the morning. I’ll post again as soon as we get back, and sorry bout not posting so much the past few weeks, it’s been pretty hectic, lol. Thanks

  5. bigdraws Says:

    Prayers sent OR. They had to induce labor with my first child. We went in at 7pm on a Thursday. Baby was born 7pm on a Friday. But labor wasn’t induced until about 3-4pm on Friday. Just make sure you’re not watching when they break the water. Good luck man. I’m sure you got a nice bully outfit to bring him home in. LOL. Best wishes.

  6. VA Reb Says:

    OR. Will be sending prayers from Virginia. All the best, Larry

  7. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    OR, You and family lifted up to The Lord in prayer. The best and God Bless, Jimmy

    Please don’t take Draws advice about the bully outfit. That baby boy is a future Rebel.

  8. bigdraws Says:

    Aw, come on JB. OR lives too close to me up here. We got enough Rebels around here.

  9. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    I guess Birdms went off over to Tunica this week-end and got so much money out of those old cottonfields, that he is having trouble hauling it back to Tupelo.

    Bird care to share with us old senior citizens!

  10. jaybirdms Says:

    JB, I would if I could. Lost 20 at the Horseshoe. Spent a little time on the slots, the rest of my time was spent breathing fresh air.

    However, I did lose a golf ball or two in the cotton fields.

  11. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Those old “one armed bandits” are hard to beat.

    20 in the hole not bad, it could have worse.

  12. djrebel Says:

    OR, I’ll be praying for you guys. Our first was 17 days late, the second 17 days early for a balance of zero.

    — PA

  13. Raleighrebel Says:

    PA, has us predicted as a #3 seed in the Raleigh regional. What are your thoughts on this? I’m hoping it works out, b/c I have come down for the regionals the past two years, and was hoping to see the Rebels play again this year.

  14. djrebel Says:

    Raleigh, I think it was huge that they got to 15-15. In most years, I think 15-15 would be enough, but the SEC’s overall conference RPI is not No. 1 or No. 2 as it often is. I think the SEC will finish 4th in overall RPI, maybe 3rd.

    Not sure what that means for the Rebels. I was looking at the PAC-10 and the ACC the other night. The ACC could get seven, but I don’t see the PAC-10 going past five.

    It is possible the Rebels could be leap-frogged by Arkansas even though the Razorbacks won’t be in Hoover. Arkansas has a mid-20s RPI and beat Ole Miss head-to-head in Oxford.

    Could be that the committee chooses eight SEC teams, but the eighth isn’t Ole Miss.

    Winning a game in Hoover would do wonders for the Rebels.

    — PA

  15. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Well, if its down to a leapfrog game, then maybe Ole Miss can leap right over the Vandy team since the Rebels be them three out threel

    Rebels beat LSU two out of three!

    And how about the bully dawg, they beat hogie hogs two out of three.

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