How Auburn’s win over Ole Miss affects its KenPom rankings

Auburn continues to find rhythm in SEC play.

The No. 22 Tigers traveled to Ole Miss on Tuesday night. Despite trailing at halftime, Auburn walked away with an 82-73 win over the Rebels at The Pavilion. The Tigers scored 48 second-half points to seal the victory.

Auburn was one of four SEC teams to earn a win on Tuesday, joining Tennessee, Florida, and South Carolina. The most surprising result of the night was South Carolina’s 71-68 win over Kentucky at Rupp Arena. The loss to the Gamecocks has set Kentucky back to a 10-6 overall record, and 1-3 against SEC opponents.

The Tigers grabbed their second-straight win over an SEC foe on Tuesday. Because of this, Auburn remains one of the SEC’s best teams according to the data that makes up the KenPom rankings.

Here’s a look at where Auburn stands in the KenPom rankings following their 16th game of the season.

Overall Ranking: No. 19

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Auburn’s win over the Rebels keeps them in the top-25. The Tigers are the fourth-highest ranked SEC team in the KenPom, behind Tennessee, Arkansas, and Alabama.

Adjusted Offensive Efficiency: No. 51

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Auburn remains in the fifties when it comes to adjusted offensive efficiency, as KenPom data predicts that Auburn will score 109.8 points per 100 possessions.

Adjusted defensive efficiency: No. 15

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Auburn remains strong defensively, as they are projected to allow just 90.7 points per 100 opposing possessions.

Adjusted Tempo: No. 172

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Auburn is in the middle of the road when it comes to tempo, as they are projected to hold 68 possessions per 40 minutes.

Mississippi State overview

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Auburn’s next opponent, Mississippi State enters the day ranked No. 46 in the KenPom. Like Auburn, the Bulldogs’ strong suit is defense. They currently rank No. 12 in adjusted defensive efficiency by allowing 89.6 points per 100 possessions. Mississippi State will play Georgia on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s game at Auburn.

Story originally appeared on Auburn Wire