If you're interested in knowing where I'd rank each Southeastern Conference team, here are my power rankings:
1. Kentucky (18-1, 4-0) - I don't think anyone will dispute the fact the Kentucky is the cream of the crop in the SEC this season. The Wildcats have five players that average double digits in scoring and freshman Anthony Davis is on fire at the moment.
2. Vanderbilt (14-4, 4-0) - With both junior guard John Jenkins (19.8 ppg) and senior forward Jeffrey Taylor (16.9 ppg) in the top three among SEC scorers, it's easy to see why Vandy's had early success with its conference schedule. Jenkins is tops in the county from beyond the arc, as well.
3. Florida (14-4, 2-1) - Florida got off to a weak start in conference play scoring just 56 points in a loss to Tennessee. The Gators are scoring just 68.3 points per game in conference play, well below their season average of 82.6. That poor showing in Knoxville is weighing down their SEC average, but even the 74.5 points per game in their two other SEC games is well below what the Gators showed early in the season.
4. Mississippi State (15-4, 2-2) - I'm not going to beat up on the Bulldogs too much for their loss on the road in Oxford. That was an electrically-charged atmosphere and Ole Miss junior Reginald Buckner had to have a career game. However, Mississippi State is playing less defense and scoring fewer points today than it did before the turn of the calendar year. That trend must change.
5. Arkansas (13-5, 2-2) - The Razorbacks haven't lost at home yet this season and even have a victory over a ranked opponent (Mississippi State - Jan. 7) to brag about. For that trend to continue they'll have to beat No. 20 Michigan Saturday.
6. Mississippi (12-6, 2-2) - The Rebels got a huge win over in-state rival Mississippi State Wednesday and are one of three teams in the SEC (Kentucky and Florida are the others) that are undefeated at home. Ole Miss is leading the SEC in offensive boards and blocked shots. It's not sexy, but second-chance opportunities and disrupting shots in the paint can lead to big things.
7. LSU (12-6, 2-2 ) - After winning eight of nine from late November through the first week of January, the Tigers have dropped two of three in the SEC. If the Tigers hold an opponent to under 60 points they're going to do pretty well (11-1). With Florida and Mississippi State on the horizon this weekend and next week, the defense needs to step up.
8. Alabama (13-5, 2-2) - Alabama cruised into SEC play, winners of three straight, and reeled off two more wins. But two losses in a row hurts and having to travel to Kentucky Saturday won't help.
9. Georgia (10-8, 1-3) - The 'Dawgs got their first SEC win Wednesday over Tennessee in overtime. Sophomore forward Marcus Thornton came back from injury, missing five games, and may have been an emotional catalyst for the team's first win in the 2012 calendar year.
10. Tennessee (8-10, 1-3) - The Vols have played a brutal schedule this season and their start in SEC play wasn't any kinder. Tennessee has lost its last three games by a total of 11 points and is a much better team than its record shows.
11. Auburn (11-7, 1-3) - Auburn's only SEC win was a one-point victory at home against Ole Miss. The Tigers rank dead last in scoring in conference-only games with 53.8 points per game.
12. South Carolina (8-9, 0-3) - You want to know why South Carolina is the only remaining SEC team without a conference win? Well, the conference didn't do the Gamecocks any favors by giving them Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Florida to start off conference play.