Wow, i didn't remember that. They must have had a bad non-conf record.
They lost 6 non-conference games, all away from home. The losses were to St. Peter's, Iowa, and Seton Hall (all neutral), and at Purdue, Providence, and Oklahoma State. Not horrible, but certainly no world-beaters on that list.
Their home non-conference wins were all garbage. They didn't play a single BCS conference school. They feasted on the likes of Troy, Alabama A&M, Florida A&M, Lipscomb, SE LA, etc...
The point is...12-4 in the SEC is NOT impressive anymore. The league as a whole plays a poor non-conference schedule, and in the last few years, has been losing a lot of early season games to crappy teams. Couple a weak non-conference schedule with a poor conference and you have a team with a lot of wins not getting in.
LSU is in the same boat as Alabama was that year...terrible non-conference schedule plus terrible conference. This is NOT like football. SEC football teams can schedule garbage non-conference teams and get away with it because the league is so strong.
As mentioned earlier, 4 of our 6 conference wins are almost useless because the teams that we beat have such low RPI's.
The SEC has 3 teams with RPI's in the 200's--South Carolina, Auburn, and Mississippi State. That is unheard of for this league and it is a new low. They are totally bringing the whole league down. Vandy in the mid 150's isn't helping.
So yeah...we could win out and find ourselves still in the NIT.
This post was edited on 2/19 at 10:19 am