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Week 8 SEC Power Rankings

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SEC Power Rankings

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Conference play for the SEC is just a week away, which means we will get a better idea on how teams will fair this year in the SEC. First though, let’s take a look at the Week 8 SEC Power Rankings.

The Kentucky Wildcats rallied back against the Louisville Cardinals, but when it was all said and done, the Wildcats still managed to lose. Kentucky has not won a big game all year, which is why it is 8-4 on the year. However, the Wildcats have played many good teams and are starting to play much better together.

So, who will be the No. 1 team in the SEC entering conference play?

Both the Florida Gators and Missouri Tigers make great cases to take this feat. Both teams have two losses on the year and both teams are barely ranked outside of the top 10 in the AP Top 25 Poll.

Is there any team that can challenge Florida, Missouri or Kentucky for an SEC title? Well, if there is any team it is looking like the Tennessee Volunteers at this point in the season. There are a few other teams with good records in this conference, but they have not been tested at all this season, but that will change with the start of conference play.

Before SEC play tips off, many teams in the SEC will be playing their final tuneup games. With just a week left until conference play, get ready with the Week 8 SEC Power Rankings.

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14. Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-7)

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The Mississippi State Bulldogs are in for a very long season. SEC teams are not supposed to lose to teams like Alabama A&M, but the Bulldogs still managed to do so.

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13. Auburn Tigers (5-7)

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Surprisingly, the Auburn Tigers played great basketball against the Illinois Fighting Illini, losing in overtime by two points. That was one of the Tigers’ best performances of the year, despite the loss.

Next, Auburn will take on the Florida State Seminoles.

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12. Georgia Bulldogs (5-7)

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The Georgia Bulldogs are on their best streak of the season, with a three game winning streak. The Bulldogs will take on George Washington before entering conference play against Florida.

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11. Vanderbilt Commodores (5-6)

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The Vanderbilt Commodores will have three tough games to open up SEC play. First, they will take on Kentucky, and then they will have to face Arkansas and Ole Miss. Things could get ugly for the Commodores in a hurry.

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10. South Carolina Gamecocks (9-3)

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South Carolina’s record is one of the best in the conference, but they have no quality wins on the resume. With a very easy out-of-conference schedule, Frank Martin and the Gamecocks will have to look for quality wins in conference play.

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9. Arkansas Razorbacks (8-4)

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B.J. Young and the Arkansas Razorbacks have one of the most lethal offenses in all of college basketball this year, scoring 82.7 points per game, which ranks sixth in the nation.

The Razorbacks have a pretty good team, despite the four losses on the year and they could definitely upset the top teams in the conference.

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8. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-5)

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The Alabama Crimson Tide are not playing good basketball right now. Alabama is losing to teams it has no business losing to and it better find its grove soon because games against the Missouri Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers will not be easy.

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7. Texas A&M Aggies (9-3)

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It is still very hard to say how good of a team Texas A&M is this season, since the Aggies have not played one ranked opponent all season long. However, this team has some playmakers and only three losses on the year.

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6. LSU Tigers (8-2)

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The LSU Tigers should enter conference play with only two losses on the season. This is a team that could really make some noise this season, especially when at home.

However, LSU will have to take on the Gators in just its second game of conference play.

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5. Ole Miss Rebels (10-2)

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In terms of record, the Ole Miss Rebels are tied with Missouri for the best record in the SEC. However, the Rebels have not faced the best teams in the world this season and we will find out real quick how good of a team they will be, playing Tennessee and Missouri right off of the bat.

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4. Tennessee Volunteers (8-3)

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After recording three early losses, the Tennessee Volunteers look like one of the best teams in the SEC. Tennessee is on a four game winning streak and a victory over Memphis would really look good on the resume.

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3. Kentucky Wildcats (8-4)

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The Kentucky Wildcats are very close to being good, but they aren’t quite there yet. Yes, Kentucky has as much talent as anyone in the country, but they need to learn how to play like a team. Someone needs to step up for Kentucky rather than players taking turns on coming up clutch.

Who is going to take the game-winning shot for this team? Kentucky still needs to find its identity, but this team will be one of the best come midseason.

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2. Missouri Tigers (10-2)

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The Missouri Tigers were on quite the roll, until they lost to UCLA on the road in overtime. The Bruins are clearly a great team, but a loss is a loss.

So much weight is put on Phil Pressey’s shoulders and the Tigers need to find a way to fix this. Whether the case, Missouri is still one of the best teams in the SEC.

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1. Florida Gators (9-2)

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The Florida Gators had a shaky first half against Air Force, but Kenny Boynton finally found his shot in the second half of the game. For Florida to be elite this year, it absolutely needs Boynton to come up big, especially when playing good teams.

Florida has the talent to be a top five team in college basketball, thanks to its well-rounded play on both sides of the court.

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