College Basketball: Week 10 SEC Power Rankings
SEC Power Rankings
What happened? Literally. Everything we thought we knew about the SEC just went down in flames. That was a crazy start to SEC basketball and I feel sorry for the person who has to try and rerank all of the teams in this conference. Oh wait, that’s me. The Week 10 SEC Power Rankings look completely different from what they did last week, but you can thank all of the craziness that has been going on in this conference for that.
The Kentucky Wildcats got beat on their home court, which never happens. Kentucky can thank Texas A&M’s Elston Turner for that one. Turner dropped 40 points against the Wildcats in a winning effort for the Aggies.
Just a week ago, Tennessee was one of the best teams in the conference and now the Volunteers are 0-3 in the SEC. The LSU Tigers are another team that has gotten off to a bad start in conference play.
Just because Kentucky is down this season does not mean that this conference is. There are plenty of great teams in the SEC and plenty of these teams will punch their ticket to the big dance in March.
Read on to see all of the changes in the new SEC power rankings.
13. Vanderbilt Commodores (6-9, 0-3 SEC)
The Vanderbilt Commodores’ nightmare season continued in the start off SEC play. However, two out of the three losses to SEC opponents were very close. Vandy lost to Kentucky by two points and went down in overtime against Ole Miss.
12. South Carolina Gamecocks (10-5, 0-2 SEC)
South Carolina may have had a good out-of-conference record, but that clearly did not mean a whole lot because the Gamecocks just lost to Mississippi State and Auburn. Both of those teams were ranked near the bottom of the rankings for the first half of the season, which is a big reason why South Carolina is now ranked No. 12 in the power rankings.
11. Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-7, 2-0 SEC)
If Mississippi State can beat the Alabama Crimson Tide in its next game, it will definitely move up the rankings.
The Bulldogs have gotten off to a great start in SEC play, by beating Georgia and South Carolina.
10. Tennessee Volunteers (8-7, 0-3 SEC)
The Tennessee Volunteers need serious help on offense. Jordan McRae has been great and is leading this team, with 13.9 points per game, but McRae can’t score all of the points.
Tennessee has played very good teams to start off conference play, but four losses in a row does not look good for the Volunteers.
8. LSU Tigers (9-4, 0-2 SEC)
LSU looked great all season long and they should get back on track, but the Tigers have gotten off to a very disappointing 0-2 start in the SEC.
Next up will be South Carolina and the loser of this game will fall to 0-3 in the conference.
7. Arkansas Razorbacks (10-5, 1-1 SEC)
The Arkansas Razorbacks lost by 18 points to a very good Texas A&M team. However, they got back on track by blowing out Vanderbilt by the score of 56-33.
6. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-6, 1-1 SEC)
Alabama was in yet another close game against Tennessee, but still managed to come up with the victory. So many games in conference play have been nail bitters thus far.
Look for the Crimson Tide to improve to 2-1 in the conference when they take on Mississippi State.
5. Kentucky Wildcats (11-5, 2-1 SEC)
The Kentucky Wildcats are clearly not as good as everyone thought they would be, but they are still one of the most talented teams in the SEC and they will be right in the thick of things come March.
The Wildcats got a big win against Tennessee at home last night and Nerlens Noel filled up the stat sheet, like usual.
4. Texas A&M Aggies (12-3, 2-0 SEC)
We learned that Elston Turner is an absolute beast last week. Turner dropped 40 points in Rupp Arena and scored in every way imaginable. This kid is good, Texas A&M is good and the Florida Gators will have their hands full when these two teams meet on Jan. 17.
3. Missouri Tigers (12-3, 1-1 SEC)
Once Laurence Bowers is back, Missouri will be just fine. Bowers is the leading scorer for the Tigers and they will really need him to come up big if Missouri plans on upsetting Florida, assuming he will be back for that game.
The only reason for the drop in the rankings by this team is because Ole Miss has really stepped up its game.
2. Ole Miss Rebels (14-2, 3-0 SEC)
The SEC better watch out because the Ole Miss Rebels are for real. Ole Miss opened up conference play by beating Tennessee, Missouri and Vanderbilt. Not to mention, the Rebels held Missouri to just 49 points.
The Rebels just barely forced overtime against Vanderbilt, but they dominated overtime and got the W. All good teams know how to win close games and Ole Miss is no exception.
1. Florida Gators (12-2, 2-0 SEC)
The Florida Gators look like the team they were before they lost two out of three games in their out-of-conference schedule.
The Gators beat Georgia and LSU on average of 27.5 points per game.
However, injuries are starting to cumulate for this team, so it will be interesting to see how long Casey Prather and Mike Rosario are gone. Not to mention, Erik Murphy and Scottie Wilbekin are both playing with broken bones.
Regardless, the Gators are the team to beat in the SEC.
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