College Basketball: Week 11 SEC Power Rankings
Florida Clearly the Top Dog in the SEC
The SEC may not be a one-man race yet, but if the Florida Gators can keep it up, it will definitely become that. Man oh man, what a difference a week can make, especially when we are talking about last week’s power rankings to this week’s power rankings. Not much changed at the top or the very bottom, but a tornado took place in between.
The Kentucky Wildcats are continuing to be disappointing. I want to say that this team will bounce back, but when is it time to finally give up hope? The way things are going, Kentucky will be lucky to even lace up its dancing shoes this year.
Texas A&M was well on its way, but a couple of losses pretty much derailed the Aggies in the rankings. However, LSU did manage to pick up its first win in the SEC, but it, of course, came at Texas A&M’s expense.
Alabama seems like it is once again an elite team, when it comes to the SEC that is, and what about Ole Miss?
No one expected the Rebels to be this good, but they are still undefeated in conference play and are ranked No. 23 in college basketball. If both Ole Miss and Florida can stay undefeated, what a matchup that will make on Feb. 2.
Well, on to the Week 11 SEC Power Rankings, and believe me, there will be no surprises at No. 1 this week, unless if you are crazy, of course.
14. Georgia Bulldogs (7-11, 1-4 SEC)
If the first half was the only thing that mattered, then the Georgia Bulldogs would have beaten the Florida Gators.
Georgia led at half by three points, but was outscored by 20 in the second half. What a tale of two halves that one was.
13. South Carolina Gamecocks (11-7, 1-4 SEC)
South Carolina has actually been playing some decent basketball, but the Gamecocks just cannot find a way to win.
In their last four losses, South Carolina has lost by a combined 18 points. This team has been in a lot of close games in SEC play, but close games mean nothing if you can’t win them.
12. LSU Tigers (10-6, 1-4 SEC)
Congratulations LSU, you got your first win of the season in SEC play today. Not to mention, it was against a pretty good team in Texas A&M.
LSU has a good team, but it has been so bad in conference play. The Tigers will have Kentucky and Missouri next. Yeah, we will talk next week.
11. Tennessee Volunteers (9-7, 1-3 SEC)
Tennessee finally scored over 70 points against an SEC team and guess what happened? The Volunteers won their first conference game of the year.
Tennessee is good enough to rebound and compete in this conference, but it has to find ways to score because its defense is not good enough to win games alone.
10. Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-10, 2-3 SEC)
Mississippi State is back to its old ways before it entered conference play, which means the Bulldogs have been losing games.
In their most recent loss, the Bulldogs got blown out by Arkansas 97-70. I understand that Arkansas has a high-powered scoring offense, but allowing 97 points to a conference opponent is way too much.
9. Auburn Tigers (8-10, 2-3 SEC)
Freddie Sullivan is averaging 17.4 points per game this season. If only the rest of the team could score as much points as him, but that definitely is not the case, with the next highest-scorer averaging 10.1 points per game.
Auburn is on a three-game skid, and will unfortunately have to play Ole Miss next.
8. Vanderbilt Commodores (8-9, 2-3 SEC)
After three losses to open up conference play, Vanderbilt is on a two-game winning streak.
It is not likely, but the Commodores could make things interesting by pulling out a win at Missouri in their next game.
7. Texas A&M Aggies (12-6, 2-3 SEC)
Other than the Florida game, the Aggies could very easily be undefeated in SEC play, losing to Alabama and LSU by a combined five points.
The Aggies will definitely bounce back, but they should still be punished in the rankings for losing three games in a row, which seems to be the common theme for a lot of the teams in this conference.
6. Arkansas Razorbacks (12-6, 3-2 SEC)
The Arkansas Razorbacks will have a big game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Jan. 31, and the winner of that game will likely be in the NCAA tournament as of right now.
Not to mention, that will be a great SEC showdown consisting of two teams that were ranked pretty high to start the season in the power rankings.
5. Missouri Tigers (14-4, 3-2 SEC)
After a blowout loss to the Gators, Missouri could only manage a six-point victory over South Carolina. Missouri does not need to panic though, however, it does need Laurence Bowers back.
Missouri still only has four losses on the season, but it is clear that it is not the best team in the SEC.
4. Kentucky Wildcats (12-6, 3-2 SEC)
Kentucky is finally just another SEC team this season, meaning it is going to lose some games and it is also going to win some big ones.
The Wildcats are on the bubble, but they have plenty of time to make up for it and the dance would just be weird without the defending champs.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-6, 4-1 SEC)
Alabama is off to a great start in SEC play, after having a disappointing out-of-conference schedule.
This team can really separate itself from many teams in the SEC, with victories over Tennessee and Arkansas in its next two games, but it definitely won’t be easy.
2. Ole Miss Rebels (15-2, 4-0 SEC)
Ole Miss has a perfect record in SEC play so far. Its secret? Score points and score a lot of them. The Rebels are the third highest-scoring team in the nation and this is a result of two of their players averaging more than 15 points per game.
Ole Miss’ conference victories did not come by mistake because they have beaten some of the best teams in the SEC, including Missouri.
1. Florida Gators (15-2, 5-0 SEC)
If you watched the Florida vs. Missouri game then you would know that the Gators are clearly the best team in the conference. Just a game after thumping the Aggies, Florida did the exact same thing to Missouri, winning by the score of 83-52.
Florida will likely lose a conference game this season, but who will it be against? The Gators are playing good basketball, like good enough basketball to be the No. 1 team in the country. With all of these No. 1 teams going down, it is only a matter of time before the Gators take the top spot in the polls.
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