Week 9 SEC Power Rankings

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SEC Power Rankings

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The first game of SEC play finally tipped off when the No. 10 Missouri Tigers took on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Missouri, of course, won that game. After tonight we will have a much better idea of how many of the SEC teams matchup against each other, since so many conference games will be played tonight. However, before those games tip off, take a look at the latest rankings in the Week 9 SEC Power Rankings.

Would you look at the Auburn Tigers. This is a team that has been ranked near the bottom of the rankings for most of the season so far. Then the Tigers play Illinois on the road and barely lose by two points. Auburn followed up that game with victory over the Florida State Seminoles.

There seems to be some injuries going down for the top teams in the conference, with Florida’s Erik Murphy not playing in the Gators’ last game against Yale. Murphy will likely be out in Florida’s SEC opener against the Georgia Bulldogs.

Missouri also took a hit in its SEC opener, with leading scorer Laurence Bowers getting injured. However, the Tigers did manage to win that game by the score of 84-68.

There are currently only two ranked teams in the conference, which is kind of bad, considering that the SEC is considered as a powerhouse conference in college basketball.

Whether the case, SEC teams will be battling each other from here on out until the NCAA tournament takes place.

Read on to see this week’s power rankings.

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14. Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-7)

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Not much has changed for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, however, they did manage to blowout New Orleans in their last game by the score of 97-46. The Bulldogs will take any victories no matter how easy the competition though.

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13. Georgia Bulldogs (6-7)

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The Georgia Bulldogs are on a four-game winning streak, but that streak will likely end when the Bulldogs open up SEC play at Florida.

Georgia will have to play its best basketball of the season to pull of an upset in that game.

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12. Vanderbilt Commodores (6-6)

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Vanderbilt will unfortunately have to take on the Kentucky Wildcats in its first game of conference play, but it will be played at home for the Commodores.

Kentucky seems to be coming on strong as of late and the same cannot be said about Vandy.

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11. Auburn Tigers (6-7)

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The way that Auburn is playing right now, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Tigers beat the other Tigers out of LSU.

Frankie Sullivan has been playing big in his last three games, scoring 20 or more points in those games. Another 20 point performance would be huge for Auburn.

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10. South Carolina Gamecocks (10-3)

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Time to see how meaningful South Carolina’s out-of-conference schedule was. Sure, the Gamecocks have a pretty impressive record, but they have no impressive wins on the season.

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9. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-6, 0-1)

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Alabama did not start of conference play like it would have wanted, but it has a chance to make up for it. The Crimson Tide entered the season as one of the best teams in the SEC, but with six losses already on the season, that died pretty quickly.

Alabama can get back on track with a win over the Tennessee Volunteers in its next game.

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8. Texas A&M Aggies (10-3)

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Texas A&M’s out-of-conference schedule may have not been that difficult, but life will be very tough for this team to open up conference play.

First, the Aggies will take on Arkansas and then they will play Kentucky, Florida, Alabama and LSU in consecutive games.

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7. Arkansas Razorbacks (9-4)

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Time to see what B.J. Young and the sixth ranked scoring offense (82.9 PPG) in the nation are made of.

Arkansas will open up SEC play against the Aggies, which is a game that could really go either way. Don’t let the Razorbacks’ four losses on the season full you because this team has played some tough competition.

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6. LSU Tigers (9-2)

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Although the LSU Tigers have not had the toughest schedule in the world so far this year, this team is talented enough to pull of some big upsets in SEC play and possibly contend for a conference title.

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5. Ole Miss Rebels (11-2)

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Ole Miss currently has one of the most lethal offenses in the nation, scoring on average of 83.1 points per game. Time to see how the Rebels’ offense fairs against teams like Tennessee and Missouri, whom they will play in back-to-back games to kick off SEC play.

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4. Tennessee Volunteers (8-4)

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A win against the Memphis Tigers would have been great for Tennessee, but it came up short by five points in that contest.

Whether the case, Tennessee is not an easy matchup for anyone and you can expect this team to make the NCAA tournament.

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3. Kentucky Wildcats (9-4)

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The Kentucky Wildcats have been one of the biggest disappointments this season, but they are a good enough team to rebound in conference play.

Sure, the Wildcats may have four losses on the season, but don’t count out this team for an SEC title.

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2. Missouri Tigers (12-2, 1-0)

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Missouri looked pretty good against Alabama, despite Laurence Bowers being injured in the game.

The Tigers should cruise through its first couple of games in conference play, until it plays the Florida Gators on Jan. 19. Everyone circle that date because that will be one heck of a game between two teams that are good enough to go on a Final Four run.

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1. Florida Gators (10-2)

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The Florida Gators seem like they are back into the rhythm of things after two consecutive victories. Florida has only lost two games on the season and it has looked like the best team in the SEC.

This is a Billy Donovan team that is very capable of making a third straight Elite Eight and beyond this season.

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