Florida Gators hold at No. 1 in top 25 polls; updated S-curve and latest RPI standings

The Florida Gators (29-2, 18-0 SEC) held on to their No. 1 national ranking on Monday, edging Wichita State for the third-straight week in the 18th regular-season editions of the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Florida received 50-of-65 first-place votes from the AP panel and 25-of-32 first-place votes from the coaches.

UF kept its spot with two blowout victories last week. Florida routed South Carolina 72-46 on the road Tuesday and crushed No. 25 Kentucky 84-65 at home on Saturday.

This marks the latest in the regular season that the Gators have held the No. 1 ranking. Florida two weeks ago was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time since Feb. 12, 2007. UF checked in with 1,610 points (+4) in the AP poll and 793 points (even) in the USA Today top 25.

WeekGator BaitRecordAP Top 25USA TodayNCAA RPI
Preseason--No. 10 (1,048)No. 8 (550)-
2W 77-69 vs. North Florida1-0No. 11 (995)No. 10 (535)-
3L 53-59 at No. 20 Wisconsin
W 86-56 vs. Arkansas-Little Rock
2-1No. 16 (619)No. 14 (359)-
4W 67-53 vs. Southern
W 79-59 vs. MTSU
4-1No. 15 (729)No. 13 (395)-
5W 86-60 at Jacksonville
W 67-66 vs. Florida State
6-1No. 15 (758)No. 12 (426)-
6L 64-65 at No. 12 UConn6-2No. 19 (434)No. 19 (258)-
7W 67-61 vs. No. 13 Kansas7-2No. 16 (699)No. 17 (296)-
8W 77-75 vs. Memphis
W 66-49 vs. Fresno State
9-2No. 13 (881)No. 14 (383)-
9W 76-34 vs. Savannah State10-2No. 12 (915)No. 13 (413)-
10W 67-58 vs. Richmond11-2No. 10 (1,052)No. 11 (473)12
11W 74-58 vs. South Carolina
W-OT 84-82 at Arkansas
13-2
(2-0 SEC)
No. 7
(1,205)
No. 7
(573)
8
12W 72-50 vs. Georgia
W 68-61 at Auburn
15-2
(4-0 SEC)
No. 6
(1,303)
No. 6
(639)
8
13W 68-62 at Alabama
W 67-41 vs. Tennessee
17-2
(6-0 SEC)
No. 3
(1,436)
No. 4
(694)
5
14W 62-51 at Mississippi State
W 69-36 vs. Texas A&M
19-2
(8-0 SEC)
No. 3
(1,482)
No. 4
(720)
3
15W 68-58 vs. Missouri
W 78-69 vs. Alabama
21-2
(10-0 SEC)
No. 3
(1,477)
No. 4
(711)
5
16W 67-58 at Tennessee
W 69-59 at Kentucky
23-2
(12-0 SEC)
No. 2
(1,543)
No. 2
(752)
4
17W 71-66 vs. Auburn
W 75-71 at Ole Miss
25-2
(14-0 SEC)
No. 1
(1,606)
No. 1
(791)
3
18W 57-54 at Vanderbilt
W 79-61 vs. LSU
27-2
(16-0 SEC)
No. 1
(1,606)
No. 1
(793)
3
19W 72-46 at South Carolina
W 84-65 vs. Kentucky
29-2
(18-0 SEC)
No. 1
(1,610)
No. 1
(793)
2
Post-
season
W 72-49 vs. Missouri
W 56-49 vs. Tennessee
W 61-60 vs. Kentucky
32-2
(18-0 SEC)
(3-0 SECT)
No. 1
(1,610)
No. 1
(794)
1
FinalW 67-55 vs. Albany
W 61-45 vs. Pittsburgh
W 79-68 vs. UCLA
W 62-52 vs. Dayton
L 53-63 vs. UConn
36-3
(18-0 SEC)
(3-0 SECT)
(4-1 NCAAT)
-No. 3
(735)
-

Check out the complete top 25 rankings, RPI standings and an S-curve update…

UF’s 2013-14 opponents in italics. Wins in blue; losses in red.

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25
This Week 1-5: Florida (50), Wichita State (15), Villanova, Arizona, Louisville
6-10: Virginia, Duke, Michigan, San Diego State, Kansas
11-15: Syracuse, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Creighton, North Carolina
16-20: Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Saint Louis, Memphis, New Mexico
21-25: UConn, Michigan State, VCU, Ohio State, SMU

Last Week 1-5: Florida (46), Wichita State (14), Arizona (5), Duke, Virginia
6-10: Villanova, Syracuse, Kansas, Wisconsin, San Diego State
11-15: Louisville, Michigan, Creighton, North Carolina, Cincinnati
16-20: Iowa State, Saint Louis, SMU, UConn, Memphis
21-25: New Mexico, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Iowa, Kentucky

USA TODAY COACHES’ POLL
This Week 1-5: Florida (25), Wichita State (7), Villanova, Arizona, Louisville
6-10: Duke, San Diego State, Virginia, Michigan, Kansas
11-15: Syracuse, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Creighton, North Carolina
16-20: Iowa State, Saint Louis, Oklahoma, Memphis, New Mexico
21-25: UConn, Michigan State, SMU, Ohio State, VCU

Last Week 1-5: Florida (25), Wichita State (7), Arizona, Duke, Virginia
6-10: Villanova, Syracuse, Kansas, Louisville, San Diego State
11-15: Wisconsin, Michigan, Creighton, North Carolina, Cincinnati
16-20: Saint Louis, Iowa State, SMU, UConn, Memphis
21-25: New Mexico, Michigan State, Kentucky, Iowa

S-CURVE AND RPI STANDINGS

By Jake Sillick – OnlyGators.com Contributor

With the 2014 NCAA Tournament fast approaching, focus turns to selecting and bracketing the event. To many, this may seem like a mysterious process, but the NCAA actually accomplishes it in three phases: selecting the field, ranking the field and then placing those chosen teams on the bracket. The NCAA adds 36 at-large teams to the 32 league champions, ranks all 68 teams in order and then puts them into a seed list called an “S-curve” (it snakes right to left, then left to right, as seen below).

Criteria used for rankings teams are as follows:
» RPI rank
» Strength of schedule rank (overall and non-conference)
» Record vs. RPI top 25, RPI top 50, and RPI top 100 opponents
» Bad losses (typically against teams ranked 150+ in RPI)
» Rankings from computer systems (KenPom, Sagarin, etc.)
» Road/neutral-site records
» “Eye test” (personal opinions from watching games)

Here is how Florida stands is in the aforementioned criteria:
» RPI: 2nd (+)
» SOS: 21st overall, 22nd non-conference
» Record vs. RPI top 25: 3-1 | vs. RPI top 50: 6-2 (+) vs. RPI top 100: 14-2 (+)
» Bad losses: none (+)
» Computer rankings: top-three in most systems (+)
» Road/neutral-site record: 12-2 (+)

The first four teams (No. 1 seeds) determine the regional match-ups. Teams are then placed into the region closest to them (based on availability). Being ranked No. 1, No. 5, No. 9 or No. 14 is best for the top seed on the first four lines. When a team in the top 16 is placed, a sub-regional site is also assigned based on availability (each site can be assigned twice).

Florida has effectively locked up a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament regardless of how it performs in the 2014 SEC Tournament, which starts for UF on Friday. The Gators are also guaranteed to play their second- and third-round games in Orlando, FL and will almost certainly be placed in the South region in Memphis, TN for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds should they reach that point.

The only thing Florida actually has left to play for is its position on the S-curve.

If the Gators…
» Advance to the SEC Tournament finals: No. 1 overall seed
» Lose in the SEC Tournament semifinals: No. 1 or No. 2 overall seed
» Lose in the SEC Tournament quarterfinal: No. 2 or No. 3 overall seed

Because of the late start to the SEC Tournament title game on Sunday, the result will not matter as the committee will have already made its selections and the seeding finalized by that time (with a few exceptions). The committee generally spends the final 2-3 hours before the 6 p.m. deadline doing the final phase of bracketing the teams.

NCAA RPI Standings

RPI Top 25 Wins
vs. Kansas (3)
vs/at Kentucky (19)
RPI Top 25 Losses
at Wisconsin (6)
Record: 3-1

RPI 26-50 Wins
vs. Memphis [New York, NY] (29)
vs/at Tennessee [two games] (44)
RPI 26-50 Losses
at UConn (28)
Record: 3-1

RPI 51-100 Wins
vs. Missouri (52)
vs. Florida State (59)
vs. Middle Tennessee (61)
at Arkansas (62)
vs. Richmond (72)
vs. Georgia (73)
vs. LSU (74)
at Ole Miss (86)
Record: 8-0

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4 Responses to “Florida Gators hold at No. 1 in top 25 polls; updated S-curve and latest RPI standings”

  1. cline says:

    Go Gators! Eyes on the prize!

  2. Gatoralum88 says:

    If you’re correct Adam, that South bracket (UF, Kansas, Duke, Michigan St.) looks BRUTAL!!!…easily the toughest on paper IMO. :/

    • gatorboi352 says:

      I’m sorry, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how Michigan St. is STILL begin talked about as if they are a great team. They finished the year ranked 22 and coming off of a season ending loss. Kansas and Duke sound scary though since we took care of Kansas early and Duke has quite the offensive attack.

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