Welcome to College Basketball Season! Now I know what you’re thinking, basketball season began at the end of October (and ended at the end of December for some schools) and conference season began two weeks ago. All true, I cannot dispute these facts. However, in this lovely conference college basketball season starts when college football season ends, and it runs ALL the way up to National Signing Day.
With that in mind welcome to the shortest season in all sports, the 17 day of college basketball. With nothing college football related happening for the next two weeks and three days, all eyes are upon what is going on basketball wise on our 14 campuses, even Alabama.
For those just coming on board, welcome, there are certain facts that have not changed since last March, Kentucky is still good, Mizzou is still bad and Johnny Jones still doesn’t remember where he left his keys. A more in depth look at the past week of SEC basketball follows, but that primer should help you catch up with what you’ve missed in the past nine months.
There’s something, not comforting, and not exactly refreshing, but maybe easy, about Tier 1 of the Power Rankings. We know who is going to be there and in what order. With Thornwell back at SC the top 3 of the SEC in our voters minds have solidified with Kentucky being the class of the conference, followed by Florida and the aforementioned Gamecocks. Barring injury or suspension, I imagine these will be the three teams representing the SEC in the tournament and who will be riding atop the conference from now until Nashville. All three teams are perfect in conference and the only challenge that awaits them at this point is when they face off against each other or when two of the three have their Big 12 challenge date.
Hello Georgia! The gap between Tier 2 and Tier 1 feels like that chasm Indiana Jones had to walk over in “The Last Crusade.” It’s massive and really the only real reason the Dawgs are here is because someone has to be. Their only loss so far in conference was to SC at home, but the wins have not been overwhelmingly impressive. But here they sit, because somebody has to.
Our third Tier is all sorts of wacked out. You’ve got Arkansas on top of this group, however they’re there because of name recognition at this point. The Hogs somehow can no longer win at home, and can only win on the road. Bama is playing pretty good basketball, however they’ve yet to really beat anyone of consequence and Vanderbilt is wildly confusing to our voters. It wouldn’t surprise me if anyone of these teams is moving up and down our rankings for the entirety of this season.
In Tier 4 we’ve got three teams bunched together that are either exactly who we thought they were, Ole Miss, greatly disappointing, A&M or wildly confusing, Mississippi State. The Rebels can score, but they can’t defend. A&M can’t really do anything and against the best of the conference have taken some serious beatings. And State handled LSU (as expected) but then won on the road at Arkansas, which I guess is the new thing in the SEC for 2017.
The fifth tier, new home to the Volunteers. The Vols had started off the year playing well, losing close games to top tier Power 5 teams and we’re giving the SEC what for, but that could all be moot at this point. Detrick Mostella has been booted from the team for possession of drug paraphernalia, and with his departure has significantly reduced Tennessee’s chances against the better teams in the SEC. Meanwhile Auburn has gotten a win over Mizzou this week which means almost nothing.
Welcome back to the bottom LSU. The Tigers of LSU are getting destroyed on a nightly basis and Johnny Jones looks to be doing that thing where he fails with superior talent and then looks like he just woke up from a coma where he taught a different type of basketball. On the other hand, Mizzou finds new and more creative ways to lose. The Tigers are essentially the Storm Troopers from the original Star Wars trilogy. They can’t shoot and wind up falling all over themselves.
|Team||Points||Ranking||Ranking Last Week||Change||Highest Pick||Lowest Pick|
|Mississippi State||54||10th||13th||Up 3||5th||13th|
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
If they had an offense at all they'd be a tournament team. (Anchor of Gold)
Got behind big against Vandy and Florida. Came back and beat Vandy. Came back and lost to Florida. A good defensive team but the Tide has the worst scoring offense in the SEC and is the second worst free throw shooting team. Poor free throw shooting (16-32) allowed Florida to pull away. Another trip to the NIT is probably the best to hope for. (Garnet and Black Attack)
Beat Miss St and Vandy, lost to Florida. If only more talented teams could say that right now... (Dawg Sports)
The loss at Kentucky is understandable, but the home loss to MSU raises some questions. (Good Bull Hunting)
Every time Arkansas steps on the court the SEC sees their fourth tournament bid begin to fade into the mist. (Rock M Nation)
Bad week for the Hogs. No shame in losing at Kentucky but that loss to Mississippi State at home is bad. (Garnet and Black Attack)
Remember when I thought these guys were gonna be really good? Hahahahahahahahaha. (Dawg Sports)
The display they put on against Missouri was some of the ugliest basketball I’ve ever seen. (Rock M Nation)
Well, at least they didn't lose to Mizzou...(Anchor of Gold)
This conference is as its best when Kentucky has a true adversary. Florida is primed to fill that role. (Good Bull Hunting)
Oh, look, Florida is undefeated in the conference again. Color me shocked. (Red Cup Rebellion)
Three losses overall, and the worst loss was to... Duke? Yeah, they're good. (Anchor of Gold)
Mark Fox is indestructible. (Red Cup Rebellion)
Looked good enough in a road win at Ole Miss, so maybe their NCAA dream isn't dead. It'll just be dead soon because no one can last consecutive weeks for me in the 4th spot. (Dawg Sports)
Georgia has always been at war with Mizzou. (College and Magnolia)
Kentucky had to make it suspenseful for Jim Harbaugh. Nothing more to see here. (Red Cup Rebellion)
Kentucky, Florida, and everyone else. (A Sea of Blue)
Kentucky is the only SEC team with a win over the RPI top 25, soooo, they're still #1. (College and Magnolia)
A 17 point loss and a 30 point loss. (Garnet and Black Attack)
The question is when, and the answer is probably within 40 days. (Dawg Sports)
Johnny Jones is Milton from Office Space, he’s not going to get fired, they’re just going to stop paying him and see if he notices. (Rock M Nation)
There's a massive gap in the middle of this conference, and road wins over LSU and Arkansas have them in surprising position to fill the void. (Good Bull Hunting)
After two straight wins, it may be time to reevaluate Miss State. (College and Magnolia)
I feel like they're gonna regret that nonconference schedule pretty soon. (Anchor of Gold)
Will go 1-17 in the SEC with the one win coming against Kentucky, because the universe likes to fuck with us. (Anchor of Gold)
Kim Anderson didn’t wear a tie Tuesday night, so by the end of the season I expect him to be rolling up in sweatpants and t-shirt that says “I’m with Stupid” on it. (Rock M Nation)
Missouri won Twitter already by trolling Mississippi State baseball, no need to play basketball. (Red Cup Rebellion)
I don't think they're very good. But they've lost to the good teams and haven't had a chance to beat the bad yet, so maybe? Because aside from the top 3 the rest of this conference looks awful. (Dawg Sports)
No Deandre Burnett = [fart noise] (Red Cup Rebellion)
Followed up a road win at Auburn with a 22 point home loss to Georgia. Have some chances to get big wins (SCx2 and Baylor) but looking like the NIT for the Rebs. (Garnet and Black Attack)
They're safely in third, but the gulf after the top three is vast and terrifying. Please don't make me assess the other eleven teams. (Good Bull Hunting)
Double digit wins against A&M and UT. Can't afford to look past Ole Miss before Florida and Kentucky next week. (Garnet and Black Attack)
Hey, at least if they make the tournament Gamecocks fans can forget for a week that Clemson won a national title. (Anchor of Gold)
That win over A&M feels like a lifetime ago, and their schedule doesn't get any easier. (Good Bull Hunting)
Vols hung around at Florida and against SC but couldn't get a win this week. Road games at Vandy and Ole Miss this week could have them at 8-10 on the season. (Garnet and Black Attack)
You know, it's hard to win a race to the bottom in the conference right now, but Tennessee is just good enough to lose it (like every basketball game they've played so far this year). (Dawg Sports)
When you have an eFG of 63.7% and lose by 11, you're doing a lot wrong. (Anchor of Gold)
Is your basketball team struggling? Just schedule a visit from Johnny Jones and the LSU Tigers, and you'll feel good as new. (Good Bull Hunting)
A&M beat LSU and we learned absolutely nothing from it. (Rock M Nation)
But, hey, Vanderbilt looked pretty good against a NBA D-League team. (Red Cup Rebellion)
Saves its best effort of the season for the least beatable team on the schedule? Are we sure Kevin Stallings left? (Anchor of Gold)
Two close losses, including one at home to Kentucky, will only drop you one spot in this new and terrifying desert of the SEC bottom eleven. This is a land without law or reason. (Good Bull Hunting)
That will do it for this week, enjoy this weekend’s games, even if the SEC chose some less than fantastic matches to feature, but hey college basketball is like pizza, even bad college basketball is good.