Where do ratings systems have LSU after the win at Florida?

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On Wednesday night, LSU Basketball went to Gainesville and beat Florida. Florida isn’t ranked, but given this was a road win for LSU against a solid team, it’s still a resume builder.

There are over 300 teams in D-1 college basketball. It’s not the beginning of the season, but there’s still a long way to go. All of this can make it hard to figure out how good a team actually is at this point in time.

Luckily, we have some tools to help such as rating systems. For the unfamiliar, these are systems that take lots of information into account and spit out a ranking. There are countless variations of formulas that can be made.

Today, let’s take a look at where LSU stacks up in these algorithms.


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Perhaps no rating is as popular as KenPom. Put together by Ken Pomeroy, these ratings primarily rely on points per possession on both ends of the court.

After the Florida win, LSU now sits seventh with the top-rated defense in college basketball. However, the Tigers’ offense sits at just 76th.

According to KenPom, LSU has played the 42nd toughest schedule. That isn’t blistering, but for a 15-1 team, it’s impressive.

The only team in the SEC with a higher KenPom rating than LSU is Auburn, to who LSU lost their conference opener last month.

Next, ESPN’s basketball power index

Basketball Power Index

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BPI is ESPN’s basketball power index. It’s put together by the analytics team at ESPN and is meant to be a predictive rating of how a team will play in the future. It takes almost everything into account.

LSU currently ranks No. 7 here as well, having played the No. 38 strength of schedule.

Like KenPom, BPI also has LSU pegged as the top defense in the country. They have a slightly more favorable view of the LSU offense, ranking the Tigers 48th on that side of the ball.

Also, like KenPom, LSU is the second highest-rated team in the SEC. The only difference is BPI has Kentucky ahead of LSU, not Auburn.

ESPN projects LSU to finish the regular season with 26 wins.

Next, LSU’s strength of record

Strength of record

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Strength of record (SOR), also put out by ESPN, is important because it can be a good indicator of who’s resume stacks up for the selection committee in March.

After the Florida win, LSU is up to second in SOR, only behind Auburn.

LSU has four top-tier wins. If the tournament began today, LSU would likely be a number one seed.


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The Sagarin ratings are put together by Jeff Sagarin. They currently have LSU at No. 8 in the country and the best team in the SEC.

They’re close to KenPom and ESPN when it comes to the strength of schedule, giving LSU the 43rd toughest schedule in the country with a 4-1 record vs top 50 teams.