Week 6 SEC Power Rankings

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SEC Power Rankings

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Like usual this early in the season, many SEC teams have bounced around in the Week 6 SEC Power Rankings. You can expect this until conference play takes place when these teams are playing each other on a regular basis.

The best team in the conference took its first hit of the year, when the Florida Gators lost to the Arizona Wildcats. Florida was leading the entire game, but it took a collapse and a great comeback with under a minute to go for this game to completely turn around for the Gators.

The Missouri Tigers will take on an undefeated Illinois Fighting Illini team this Saturday, on Dec. 22. That game will be played at home for the Tigers, but it will be a great matchup where either team could win.

The top teams in the conference are looking really good in the SEC, but the bottom teams are continuing to struggle, like the Georgia Bulldogs and Mississippi State Bulldogs.

After a horrible start to the season, the Kentucky Wildcats have won three games in a row and will have one more tuneup game before they take on the Louisville Cardinals.

The LSU Tigers will also have one of their toughest matchups of the season against the Marquette Golden Eagles. Marquette has only lost to Florida and Butler this season. If the Tigers can pull off a victory in that game, they will be sure to move up in the power rankings.

See where all of the SEC teams are ranked in the new weekly power rankings.

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14. Georgia Bulldogs

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Record: 3-7

Georgia will take the win over Mercer, but it likely will not beat the USC Trojans in its next game. Conference play is just around the corner and things couldn’t get much worse for the Bulldogs.

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13. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Record: 3-6

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are just a bad team. With a 3-6 record, don’t expect things to improve much for the Bulldogs over the course of the season.

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12. Auburn Tigers

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Record: 5-5

As a result of easy competition, the Auburn Tigers have won their last three games. However, we will see if this team can even compete against Illinois and Florida State in the next couple of weeks.

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11. Vanderbilt Commodores

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Record: 5-4

After a horrible start to the season, the Vanderbilt Commodores are on a three-game winning streak. However, Vanderbilt will have to play a very good Middle Tennessee team next and then after that game, the Commodores will take on the Butler Bulldogs.

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10. South Carolina Gamecocks

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Record: 6-3

Expect the South Carolina Gamecocks to go on a little winning streak, since the rest of their games until conference play will be against easier teams.

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9. Arkansas Razorbacks

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Record: 5-4

With all of the tough teams that Arkansas has played this season, they should be ready for the NCAA tournament come March. That is if they make it. The Razorbacks need to string together some wins, already having four losses on the year.

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8. LSU Tigers

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Record: 7-1

LSU has been playing great basketball this season, but it will get its toughest test of the year when it plays Marquette. Unfortunately, this game will be on the road for the Tigers, so this team will need Shavon Coleman and Johnny O’Bryant III to come up big.

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7. Alabama Crimson Tide

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Record: 6-3

The Alabama Crimson Tide are continuing their slide, losing their last three games. The game against VCU was a complete blowout, but it was on the road.

Alabama needs to beat Texas Tech or else its season could really take a turn for the worse.

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6. Tennessee Volunteers

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Record: 6-3

The Tennessee Volunteers got a very convincing win against the Wichita State Shockers the other night, which shows that the Volunteers are good enough to compete for an SEC title.

Tennessee may have three losses on the year, but it came to three very good opponents. Watch out for this team come tournament time.

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5. Ole Miss Rebels

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Record: 7-1

Ole Miss is scoring 82.6 points per game, which is good enough for eighth best in the country, but the Rebels have been playing some pretty easy opponents. Ole Miss is also the ninth best rebounding team in the country.

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4. Texas A&M Aggies

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Record: 8-2

The Texas A&M Aggies recorded their second loss of the season against the Oklahoma Sooners. However, Texas A&M is still off to a good start, but it is kind of hard to say how good this team will be until it enters conference play, which is the case for most of the SEC teams.

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3. Kentucky Wildcats

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Record: 7-3

Kentucky has a game against Marshall and then it will play Louisville. That isn’t necessarily a must-win game for the Wildcats, but they really do need to beat the Cardinals to get back into the national title talk in college basketball.

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2. Missouri Tigers

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Record: 9-1

It’s time to see if this year’s Missouri Tigers are good as last year’s team. Missouri will face Illinois and the UCLA Bruins in back-to-back games. If the Tigers can come up with wins in both of those games, they may just pass up the Gators in the rankings.

However, a feat like that is going to take flawless basketball by Phil Pressey and the rest of the Tigers.

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1. Florida Gators

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Record: 7-1

There is no way that the Florida Gators should have lost to Arizona, but it is what it is. The Gators blew a six-point lead with a minute to go in the game. Florida had a couple of turnovers in the last minute and Kenny Boynton missed a crucial free-throw.

Florida did not close down the stretch and they blew a game that they led the entire way. This win would have pushed the Gators into the top 3 of most of the rankings, but Florida will have to rebound from this loss regardless.

This team is still the best team in the SEC, but Boynton needs to learn how to step up in big games, only scoring five points against the Wildcats, shooting 2-10 from the field.

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