Where Alabama ranks in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index ahead of matchup with South Carolina

The Alabama men’s basketball team dropped to No. 2 in this week’s poll and will look to build off Saturday’s win over Georgia when they travel to Columbia to take on South Carolina on Wednesday night.

Before Alabama tips things off against the Gamecocks, let’s look at the latest update of ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.

According to ESPN, the BPI is a “measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of performance going forward. BPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Strength of Record (SOR) is a measure of team accomplishment based on how difficult a team’s W-L record is to achieve. Game predictions account for opponent strength, pace of play, site, travel distance, day’s rest, and altitude, and are used to simulate the season 10,000 times to produce season projections. Numbers update daily.”

Here is a breakdown of where Alabama ranks in the BPI.

BPI: No. 2

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Strength of Schedule: No. 11

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Strength of Record: No. 1

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Remaining Strength of Schedule: No. 40

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Projected tournament seeding: 1.2

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