College Basketball: Week 12 SEC Power Rankings

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SEC Power Rankings

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How many teams out of the SEC are going to make the NCAA tournament? Although there is still plenty of college basketball to be played, if a lot of teams in this conference don’t start showing up, they will definitely not be dancing this year. With that said, let’s take a look at the power rankings in the conference for this week.

I figured it was just a matter of time, but the Kentucky Wildcats are starting to play like their talent suggests. The Wildcats just got done knocking off the Ole Miss Rebels at Ole Miss by 13 points. Keep in mind, that the Rebels have only lost three times this season.

We are about to break into the month of February, so now is the perfect time for teams like Kentucky to start to make their move. The Wildcats are only one and a half games out of first place.

However, the only problem for them is the fact that the Florida Gators look like the best team in the country right now.

It is time to put all of your previous losses aside because if any team can go on a huge winning streak in the SEC, it will be very hard to deny them a ticket to the big dance. Like they say, it’s now or never.

Get through the rest of the week by seeing the power rankings in the SEC and once again, there will be no surprise at the top of the conference. What a spoil alert.

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14. LSU Tigers (10-7, 1-5 SEC)

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It is crazy to think that the LSU Tigers entered conference play with a 9-2 record. What happened with that? This team is getting beat by everyone in the SEC.

Okay, not quite everyone. Sorry Texas A&M.

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13. Auburn Tigers (8-11, 2-4 SEC)

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Well, the Auburn Tigers started off with a 2-0 record in conference play, but then they started playing good teams and have lost four games in a row. Next up will be Georgia, so at least one of the not so good teams in the SEC will get a victory.

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12. Georgia Bulldogs (8-11, 2-4 SEC)

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Hey, would you look at that. It’s Georgia.

I feel bad for the Bulldogs, considering that they have already had to play Florida twice this season. However, Georgia’s next two games are very winnable.

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11. South Carolina Gamecocks (12-7, 2-4 SEC)

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South Carolina just got done blowing out Arkansas by 21 points. If this team can get hot, who knows if they can make the bubble discussion. My guess is that they could, but they must climb up the SEC rankings.

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10. Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-11, 2-4 SEC)

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Just like Auburn, the Mississippi State Bulldogs started off conference play with a 2-0 record. Then they lost four games in a row to much better competition in the SEC.

After looking at this team’s resume, it is safe to say that the Bulldogs’ season is over. I guess they could run the tables in the conference tournament though. That sounds real likely.

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9. Vanderbilt Commodores (8-11, 2-5 SEC)

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A win against Tennessee would have been nice for Vanderbilt, but it came up just short by one point.

The Commodores are another team in the SEC that will likely have to win the conference tournament if they plan on dancing this year.

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8. Texas A&M Aggies (12-7, 2-4 SEC)

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Texas A&M has a must win game later on tonight against Mississippi State. A victory in that game would still leave the Aggies one game under .500 in the conference, but this team will have an opportunity in its next two games to pull off a big win.

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7. Tennessee Volunteers (11-8, 3-4 SEC)

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The Tennessee Volunteers are starting to crawl back into the SEC race, but a win over Ole Miss would have been nice.

Tennessee still has a shot at the NCAA tournament, but it needs to somehow get back into the top four of five in this conference.

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6. Arkansas Razorbacks (12-7, 3-3 SEC)

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Arkansas could not afford that 21-point loss to South Carolina, but now it will just have to deal with it.

Just like many teams in this conference, the Razorbacks will have a shot to get back on track in their next game. However, this team can really make some noise by upsetting the Gators on Feb. 5 at home.

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5. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-7, 4-2 SEC)

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At this point in the season, the Alabama Crimson Tide have a great shot at dancing this year, but they have to beat Arkansas in their next game. The winner of that matchup will have a huge advantage over the other.

The Trevors (Releford and Lacey) better show up in that one.

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4. Missouri Tigers (15-4, 4-2 SEC)

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Laurence Bowers should be returning soon, or that is at least what the Missouri Tigers are hoping for.

Missouri is obviously in the NCAA tournament right now, but it can not slip up. The Tigers do have two losses in the SEC, but they did come against Florida and Ole Miss and those two teams are kind of the best in the conference and all.

Next up will be against LSU.

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3. Kentucky Wildcats (14-6, 5-2 SEC)

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The Kentucky Wildcats did themselves a huge favor by beating Ole Miss on the road. That was by far the biggest win that Kentucky has had all season long and it was the first victory over a ranked opponent.

The Wildcats seem to be clicking at the right time and a matchup on Feb. 12 against the Gators will be well worth the hype.

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2. Ole Miss Rebels (17-3, 6-1 SEC)

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Ole Miss is a great team, but it had to lose eventually. The only problem is the fact that the Rebels will have to take on Florida next. Not to mention, that game will be on the road for Ole Miss.

Florida is one of the toughest places to play in the SEC, especially this year when the Gators are a top five team in the nation.

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1. Florida Gators (16-2, 6-0 SEC)

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Florida will have a tuneup game against South Carolina before taking on Ole Miss later on in the week.

The Gators have not had a close game in conference play yet and it will be really tough to beat this team this time of year.

At this point, Florida looks unstoppable, but there is still one team that should scare the Gators in this conference and that is Kentucky. Sure, the Gators will easily be the favorite in that matchup, but there is nothing quite like a rivalry game.

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