College Basketball: Week 3 SEC Power Rankings

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Kentucky Wildcats no Longer at the Top of the Conference

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Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

This early in the 2012-13 college basketball season there are going to be many shifts in the rankings and the SEC Power Rankings will be no different. However, for Week 3 there was a shift at the top of the conference.

The Kentucky Wildcats did not lose or anything last weekend, but there is just another team that looks better than them and hans’t recorded a loss on the season either.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are still rolling and find themselves undefeated. For what it’s worth, Alabama is the first team in the SEC to six wins on the season. However, the Crimson Tide will have their toughest test of the season yet when they take on a ranked Cincinnati Bearcats team in the SEC/Big East Challenge.

Speaking of which, the SEC can really make a statement by winning this challenge. For whatever reason, the Syracuse Orange are playing the Arkansas Razorbacks, when they should be taking on the Florida Gators or Kentucky.

With that said, the SEC/Big East Challenge will host many great games and could really go either way.

Florida finally has both Scottie Wilbekin and Casey Prather back. This team looks better than ever with the addition of these two players. Ryan Harrow also rejoined Kentucky, but received limited minutes and scored zero points in his first game back. Now that both of these teams have their full rosters for the season, the rest of the college basketball world better watch out.

Get ready for a great week of college basketball by seeing the Week 3 SEC Power Rankings.

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14. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 2-4

The Mississippi State Bulldogs got their second win of the season against the Alcorn State Braves. That may not be the biggest accomplishment in the world, but a win is a win and the Bulldogs desperately need them right now.

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13. Auburn Tigers Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

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Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 2-4

The Auburn Tigers played in two very close games, but they still managed to lose those games last week. This team could very easily be 4-2, but things did not go Auburn’s way.

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12. Vanderbilt Commodores

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Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 2-3

The Vanderbilt Commodores may be way worse than we thought, after only scoring 33 points against the Marist Red Foxes.

Vanderbilt is only 307th in the nation in points scored per game, so it’s not like the Commodores should panic or anything.

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11. Georgia Bulldogs

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Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 2-4

After two great games against the ULCA Bruins and Indiana Hoosiers that ended up in two checks on the loss column, the Georgia Bulldogs got back on track against East Tennessee State.

Georgia needs to beat the South Florida Bulls if it plans on really moving up this list.

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10. South Carolina Gamecocks

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Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 5-1

The South Carolina Gamecocks have a pretty good record, but they do not have one quality win. A win against St. John’s Red Storm would be the quality win that this team is looking for.

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9. LSU Tigers

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Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 4-0

The LSU Tigers will take on the Seton Hall Pirates out of the Big East Conference this week. After that game, LSU will not play another one until Dec. 11.

This victory would be a pretty huge one for LSU, at least for this early in the season.

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8. Texas A&M Aggies

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Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 5-1

Not much happened to the Texas A&M Aggies over the past week. They added a victory to the resume and Elston and Ray Turner are still leading this team in scoring.

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7. Arkansas Razorbacks

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Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 3-2

Things are not looking good for the Razorbacks. First, they lose to both the Arizona State Sun Devils and Wisconsin Badgers, and now they will have to face Syracuse and the Michigan Wolverines in their next two out of three games.

Things could get ugly for the Razorbacks in a hurry.

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6. Ole Miss Rebels

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Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 5-0

The Ole Miss Rebels still haven’t played a tough team, which means they are still undefeated. The Rebels will host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the SEC/Big East Challenge in a game that could be very crucial to whom wins the challenge.

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5. Tennessee Volunteers

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Randy Sartin-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 4-1

The Tennessee Volunteers will have a very tough opponent in the SEC/Big East Challenge, when they take on the Georgetown Hoyas. Unfortunately, this game will be on the road for the Volunteers, so it will need a full team effort to pull off the upset.

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4. Alabama Crimson Tide

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Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 6-0

Like I stated earlier in the article, Alabama has the best record in the SEC, but will have a tough challenge against Cincinnati on Dec 1. A victory in that game should knock the Crimson Tide into the top 25.

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3. Missouri Tigers

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Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 5-1

As expected, the Missouri Tigers lost to the Louisville Cardinals, however, Missouri rebounded by beating a very good VCU Rams team.

Phil Pressey is still leading this team and it should only be a matter of time before Michael Dixon is allowed back on the team.

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2. Kentucky Wildcats

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Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 4-1

Sorry, Kentucky fans, but the Florida Gators are just playing better than your team and have better wins on the season so far.

However, Kentucky now has Ryan Harrow back and the freshmen of this team are really playing well. Archie Goodwin is leading the Wildcats with 19 points per game, but you can’t forget abut Alex Poythress who is putting up 18.4 points per game.

The Wildcats will have two tough games in a row against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Baylor Bears. Victories in those games could very well put Kentucky back on top, but the Gators also has some tough games ahead of them.

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1. Florida Gators

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Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 5-0

How good have the Gators looked with Scottie Wilbekin and Casey Prather back on the team? Florida is playing great ball on both sides of the court and is distributing the ball all over the board.

Kenny Boynton is leading the team in scoring (16.2 PPG) as expected, but three other Gators are averaging in double figures, along with two players averaging eight points or more per game.

Florida’s offense has looked great, but its defense has been surprisingly just as good.

The next three games for the Gators will be against the Marquette Golden Eagles, Florida State Seminoles and Arizona Wildcats. Those three games will decide how good Florida is going to be this year.

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