Welcome back to your weekly SEC Power Rankings, where nothing much happened since last we spoke. We’re in the midst of Finals week(s) in the SEC and that’s lead to less games because of all the studying, cramming and no sleeping that goes on this time of year. Really, the most exciting thing to happen this week was how close one school got to doing the SEC a big favor in the non con, but ended up losing a close one because, SEC. This week we’ve added another Tier as separation continues to occur in the rankings, even if some teams continue to be confounding for our voters, though that’s better than in past seasons when the hierarchy was set from the early season and then we just played this whole thing out.
Tier 1 is shrinking back to just two teams, featuring the Wildcats and Gamecocks, the crème de la crème of the SEC if you will. Both teams have one loss on the season, though one looks a little better than the other. Kentucky took their loss to a top 15 team (albeit at home) to UCLA last week, while South Carolina on the other hand lost to Seton Hall. And not last year’s Seton Hall. Kentucky has a big chance in Vegas this weekend against number 7 UNC (who just got the pants scared off them by UT) while Sindarious Thornwell will still be suspended this weekend against USF, and frankly, USC just aren’t the same team without him. Probably not even a Top 25 team to be fair…
Florida, coming off two straight losses, headlines Tier 2 along with Arkansas and Texas A&M. All three teams are separated by a mere four points by our voters showing how interchangeable all three truly are. The Aggies currently have the best loss (a close one to UCLA) while Arkansas lost to Minnesota in a bad way a couple weeks ago. Meanwhile Florida has suffered two losses in a row, one to Duke and the second to Florida State and won’t get a chance to make that up until conference play. Arkansas and A&M both have interesting games with the Hogs taking on Texas tomorrow and the Aggies getting a date with shorthanded Arizona. A win by either of these teams could propel them up the rankings, and worth watching this weekend.
In our third Tier we have two teams who could be good, could be average, could be something, no one really knows. Georgia handled their business with Louisiana Lafayette Wednesday night, while Auburn lost to a bad BC team and then absolutely annihilated poor little Coastal Carolina by putting up over 100 points last night. If Georgia wants to get a run going it is going to have to come in SEC play, and if Auburn wants to play in March they’re going to have to get their heads on straight and be more consistent…but still 112 points in a college game, wow.
Tier 4, home to three teams that our voters can’t agree on how good they are but can agree they’re not as bad as the bottom of the conference and I suppose that’s something…The Tigers of LSU do not really shift in our polls as they haven’t played in close to two weeks, so if you don’t play and you don’t lose you don’t move. Ole Miss on the other hand suffered a tough loss on the road to a resurgent Virginia Tech team that has their eyes on March, hopefully playing and not resuming their role of being left out and harped on by Dick Vitale for an entire evening. Finally Bama rounds out the bottom of this Tier and look just like an average team would, nothing to get too excited about here.
Tier 5 is no longer the Baltic Avenue of our Power Rankings, it’s more a Connecticut Avenue. So, hey, props to you Tennessee and Mississippi State. UT is our biggest mover in this week’s ranking shooting up two spots after suffering a oh so close road loss to UNC and then not losing to Tennessee Tech or Lipscomb, which wasn’t a guaranteed game, though in the SEC no games should be considered a gimme at this point. On the other hand you have Mississippi State who lost to East Tennessee State, and I suppose the less said about that the better.
Welcome to the bottom! Mizzou is in residence after getting blown out by Arizona last Saturday doing that thing where they don’t score for many, many, minutes on end. Vanderbilt on the other hand hasn’t played since their loss to Middle Tennessee State, but to be fair everyone is doing that now. This weekend Mizzou plays host to East Illinois while Vandy takes on Chattanooga, a game that should make them a little nervous.
|Team||Points||Ranking||Ranking Last Week||Change||Highest Pick||Lowest Pick|
|South Carolina||89||2nd||2nd (Tied)||None||2nd||4th|
|Florida||78||3rd||2nd (Tied)||Down 1||2nd||6th|
|Mississippi State||26||12th||11th||Down 1||9th||14th|
Points were distributed as follows: 1st = 14, 2nd = 13, 3rd = 12, 4th = 11, 5th = 10, 6th = 9, 7th = 8, 8th = 7, 9th = 6, 10th = 5, 11th = 4, 12th = 3, 13th = 2, and 14th = 1
I can say anything I want here between now and the end of the football season. They won't notice. Houndstooth looks kinda weird. Coaches shouldn't wear a fedora. The elephant is a poor thematic fit with the rest of your #brand. (please win the ship for us thanks) (Good Bull Hunting)
Maybe they should see if Jalen Hurts can play basketball, too? (Anchor of Gold)
The football distraction only works for so long, Avery. Just ask Mark Gottfried. (Dawg Sports)
Arkansas and Florida look good. The December 29th conference opener is a de facto SEC semifinal. Kentucky has a bye in the other half of the bracket. (College and Magnolia)
Arkansas gets a “neutral site” game against Texas in Houston and I think we all know how this ends. Whistles. Mike Anderson loses a jacket. Arkansas gets blown out. We all make fun of their lack of road prowess. (Rock M Nation)
They finally are about to play somebody. (Dawg Sports)
Bruce Pearl is preheating that oven, now let's see how this #SECBasketballFever souffle turns out. (Red Cup Rebellion)
Inconsistency reigns on the Plains. Auburn suffered the worst loss of the week, suspended two players, came back, and had the most dominant win of the week. (College and Magnolia)
I'm not going to pile on. Let's just call that not a good week for Auburn Basketball. (Good Bull Hunting)
For what it's worth, Kasey Hill taking 15 shots in a game probably isn't the best idea going forward. (Anchor of Gold)
I'd say it's still clear that UK, South Carolina, and Florida are spearheading the conference and the rest will continue to sort itself out. (Orange and White Report)
The Gators were beaten by Bacon Mann, two people who when combined make one of the lamest and most delicious super hero’s ever. (Rock M Nation)
So it appears that Mark Fox is working his voodoo again. (Red Cup Rebellion)
Like clockwork, a Mark Fox team plays their best game of the year coming out of the exam break. We'll see if they can build enough of a resume off SEC foes to dance. (Dawg Sports)
Georgia, a team with no bad losses and no good wins. (College and Magnolia)
I love the way these guys challenge themselves in non-conference. UNC and Louisville will show us the size of the gap between UK and the rest of the SEC. (Good Bull Hunting)
Kentucky closes out the noncon season with North Carolina and Louisville. The rest of us close out with leftover turkey and dressing. (College and Magnolia)
That awkward moment during the season when the question shifts from "are they the best team in the SEC" to "will they lose an SEC game?" (Anchor of Gold)
LSU, what are you doing here? (Red Cup Rebellion)
Beat North Carolina Central, a senior lead team (thanks for that nugget Mizzou Hoops Twitter!), which Mizzou could not do, so apparently someone got their SECBASKETBALLFEVER shot in the pregame. (Rock M Nation)
They didn't LOSE to North Carolina Central, which I guess counts for something in the SEC this year. (Anchor of Gold)
They'll beat Kentucky and we'll become a single bid conference, just watch. (Dawg Sports)
They took the worst L of the week. Have you SEEN this week? (Good Bull Hunting)
Hey guys, I think you could still get a medical hardship for Quinndary Weatherspoon because this season's not going anywhere. (Anchor of Gold)
I feel like five random Rock M Nation commenters could shoot better than this. (Anchor of Gold)
No pressure Jordan Barnett but the entire season, a man’s job and the sanity of about 4000 fans in attendance are dependent on how you play from now until March. (Rock M Nation)
We will avenge your defeat to Arizona tomorrow. You did not die in vain. Actually, I can't promise anything. You might have died in vain. (Good Bull Hunting)
At some point, they'll get hot, and you'll think they might do something. Then they'll settle right back in to mediocrity like a good Andy Kennedy club. (Dawg Sports)
The Rebs are 7-3 and Andy Kennedy is still dominating press conferences. Rinse and repeat. (Red Cup Rebellion)
In the battle of the balds, Buzz was victorious. (Rock M Nation)
South Carolina took on their first loss, dropping one to Seton Hall. (Orange and White Report)
South Carolina isn't close to being a great team but, then again, neither are most of the rest of us. (College and Magnolia)
Look, it's fine if you lose to Seton Hall, just don't embarrass yourselves before Sindarius Thornwell comes back. (Anchor of Gold)
Yeah, they aren't good. But a decent showing against North Carolina is better than the ugliness below them. (Dawg Sports)
Tennessee almost beat North Carolina and then struggled with Lipscomb. (Orange and White Report)
If you bring a 2-1 record (with a close loss @UNC) to the table this week, you're going to fly up the rankings. In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. (Good Bull Hunting)
I hope they paid South Carolina State with a big novelty check for this game. (Rock M Nation)
A heavy volume, light intensity 3-0 record week is enough to bump A&M up pretty high this week. Such was the crap play of our wonderful conference. (Good Bull Hunting)
Have a huge matchup with Arizona on tap tomorrow, win and they can jump up the list quick. (Dawg Sports)
Vandy was off last week which means we can talk about their blowout loss to MTSU some more. (College and Magnolia)
Looking for excuses to not watch them lose to Chattanooga on Saturday night, anybody got a good one? (Anchor of Gold)
Perhaps the 'dores have figured this poll out. The only winning move is not to play. (Good Bull Hunting)
That’s going to do it, be sure to tune into all the good basketball this weekend, the SEC has got some stuff going on...don’t miss out!