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SEC Basketball Power Rankings: Second Edition

SEC Basketball Power Rankings: Second Edition

Power Rankings

  1. Auburn: 5-0 (+1)
  2. Kentucky: 3-1 (-1)
  3. Tennessee: 3-0 (+2)
  4. LSU: 3-1 (-)
  5. Ole Miss: 4-0 (+1)
  6. Florida: 2-2 (-3)
  7. Mississippi State: 4-0 (+2)
  8. Arkansas: 4-0 (+2)
  9. Georgia: 3-0 (+3)
  10. Missouri: 3-1 (+1)
  11. South Carolina: 3-1 (-3)
  12. Alabama: 2-2 (-5)
  13. Texas A&M: 2-1 (-)
  14. Vanderbilt: 2-1 (-)

Top Tier (1-4)

Auburn had a lot of talent to return last year but apparently hasn’t missed a step. Aside from a close game against South Alabama, Auburn has dominated every opponent they’ve faced this year.

Kentucky had another trip up against Utah Valley but were eventually able to secure the win. It would have been Kentucky’s first back to back losses in the out of conference schedule since 1989.

Tennessee dominated No.20 Washington and appears back to regular form under Rick Barnes. They’re off to a nice 3-0 start and are showing no signs of slowing down.

Mid Tier (5-10)

SEC Basketball Power Rankings: Second Edition
Senior Breein Tyree scored 10 with 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the win against Seattle. (Photo by apnews.com).

Ole Miss continues to roll through the non conference. The first real test comes this weekend on the road against Penny Hardaway’s Memphis squad.

Florida had another hiccup, this time on the road against UCONN. It’s not the start Mike White was hoping for. Kerry Blackshear has had an excellent start but Florida is still needing to find a way to win the close ones.

Mississippi State, Arkansas and Georgia have continued to win the ones they should. They’ve both jumped to undefeated starts this season and are setting themselves up nicely as they get into the meaty part of the non conference.

 

Bottom Tier (11-14)

South Carolina dropped a tough one to Boston who remained firmly in control as the game came to a close. Alabama seems to have had the preseason favoritism based off of the football team as they got dominated by Rhode Island and then struggled at home against Furman.

Texas A&M and Vanderbilt played just one game between the two of them since the last rankings. Texas A&M got dominated by No.8 Gonzaga 79-49 which is nothing to read too much into. The Aggies and Commodores need a couple more weeks to see just how much improvement they’ve had since last season.

Outlook

Auburn and Tennessee are out to red hot starts. Kentucky continues to struggle with a young team. LSU has one loss on the road but remains a relevant team in the conference.

The mid tier is loaded with undefeated teams that have beaten the teams they should have. Then there’s Florida. The Gators had the setback against rival Florida State which is not a bad loss. The loss against UCONN isn’t the worst loss, but they’ll want to get things straightened out as they have a daunting schedule moving forward.

SEC Basketball Power Rankings: Second Edition
Missouri has won 3 games this season by an average of 24.6 points. (Photo by qctimes.com).

Missouri’s lone loss remains the overtime loss at Xavier. They let Wofford hang with them until about the second TV timeout in the second half. The Tigers dominated the second half and have looked great so far this season.

The bottom tier is led by a South Carolina team that had a setback against Boston at home. Alabama has dropped two bad losses and nearly had a third against Furman at home.

Texas A&M’s lone loss to Gonzaga isn’t bad but will need to do more before they make an argument for fighting for an NCAA spot. Vanderbilt’s loss to Richmond on the road can be silenced with a solid run on a schedule that seems a little soft on the front end.

 

 

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