SEC Power Rankings: Tale of 2 Halves

SEC Power Rankings: Tale of 2 Halves
January 27, 2012, 6:45 pm
Share This Post

Matt Stewart and I rank the top 10 basketball teams in the South (both majors and mid-majors) each week over at our blog, Who's Got the Call.

If you're interested in knowing where I'd rank each Southeastern Conference team, here are my power rankings:

1. Kentucky (20-1, 6-0 SEC) - The only remaining unbeaten team in Southeastern Conference play, the Wildcats extended their winning streak to 12 games this week and rank first in SEC action with 72 points per game, second in scoring margin (12.5), second in field goal percentage (47.7 percent), and first in blocked shots (9.2).

2. Florida (16-4, 4-1 SEC) - Without that one SEC blemish on the road to Tennessee, the Gators would be getting a lot more love. But they wouldn't be any higher in this poll than they are right now.

3. Mississippi State (17-4, 4-2 SEC) - Since losing their rivalry game on the road to Ole Miss, the Bulldogs came from behind to beat Vanderbilt and held off LSU. They had to work too hard to beat the Tigers and I'm worried about that 1-2 SEC road record. Especially since both SEC losses (Ole Miss and Arkansas) were to teams below them in the standings.

4. Vanderbilt (15-5, 5-1 SEC) - The Commodores let an 11-point halftime lead dissipate against No. 18 Mississippi State and lost in overtime at home. Letting double-digit halftime leads slip away and dropping games at home are big no-no's in conference play.

5. Ole Miss (13-7, 3-3 SEC) - After beating No. 17 Mississippi State, Ole Miss took care of Georgia on the road and then lost a close game to Florida. The Rebels' play of late may have them NCAA Tournament-bound, or at least sitting on the bubble.

6. Arkansas (15-5, 3-2 SEC) - The Razorbacks have played just once this week and beat Auburn even though they had to come from behind to do it. Arkansas pulled away at the 7:37 mark of the second half and fought off every Auburn push. At this point in conference play, this team really needs an SEC win on the road to move higher in the rankings.

7. Alabama (13-7, 2-4 SEC) - The Crimson Tide have lost four games in a row. The first three weren't terrible losses (Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky), but Wednesday's loss to South Carolina showed me that this team isn't anywhere close to where it needs to be.

8. Auburn (12-8, 2-4 SEC) The Tigers are rotating guys in as starters on a Whos hot right now, basis. Auburn has used 10 different players in its starting five and has just two conference wins to show for that lack of stability.

9. South Carolina (9-10, 1-4 SEC) South Carolina just upset Alabama on Wednesday and gets placed here at No. 9 not because of any great accolades, but because the Gamecocks just may be the best (right now) of the really bad teams in the SEC.

10. LSU (12-8, 2-4 SEC) LSUs 5-point loss Wednesday at Mississippi State showed that the Tigers could run with the big dogs, but just not beat them. LSU hasnt won an SEC road game this season in four tries.

11. Georgia (10-10, 1-5 SEC) It came down to head-to-head when deciding on where to rank Georgia and Tennessee. The Dawgs beat the Vols last week, Georgias only SEC win this season.

12. Tennessee (9-11, 1-4 SEC) Tennessee has shown flashes of brilliance this year but the Volunteers also got spanked in Nashville this week by Vanderbilt and looked just about as bad as a team could look doing so.

More Team Talk