I don’t understand the SEC. I don’t understand the SEC and I graduated from Kentucky.
It’s been a strange year in the conference as the teams are just beating up on each other. Through five games everyone besides Kentucky and Tennessee has two losses. Who saw that coming?
What about the rest of the teams? Where do they rank in this week’s SEC Power Rankings?
14. Missouri 7-11, 1-4; KenPom – 171
As good as Kentucky is good, Missouri is bad. That’s some hot-take analysis, right there.
13. Mississippi State 9-9, 2-3; KenPom – 203
The Bulldogs won two in a row. So, 13 sounds good for them. Gavin Ware is a respectable player, averaging 9.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. So they got that going for them, which is nice.
12. Auburn 10-8, 2-3; KenPom – 153
It’s been a tough first year for Bruce Pearl at Auburn. It got even tougher when the Tigers lost to Mississippi State at home. But, he does have Cinmeon Bowers for another season and he’s averaging over 13 points and 11 rebounds a game. If Auburn can play teams tough, they should be competitive next season.
11. Vanderbilt 11-7, 1-4; KenPom – 61
Vanderbilt has talent on its roster. Damian Jones is a first round draft pick in the NBA and leads the team with 15.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The other name to know is Riley LaChance, a freshman who looks 10 years younger than that. LaChance is a pure shooter who is shooting over 41 percent from the arc and scoring 13.4 points per game.
10. Ole Miss 11-7, 2-3; KenPom – 34
Is almost beating Kentucky, LSU and Georgia good? I don’t know. I’m starting to think I don’t know much about the SEC the way this league has been playing. Despite losing Marshall Henderson, the Rebels are still scoring, averaging 74.3 points per game.
9. South Carolina 10-7, 1-4; KenPom – 47
South Carolina beats Iowa State and loses to Auburn. That’s what middle of the pack SEC teams do! The Gamecocks still play tough defense, the 22nd best in the country according to KenPom, but the offense has seemed to falter lately. Duance Notice is a name to keep an eye on the next couple of years as the guard is leading South Carolina in scoring and is just a sophomore.
8. Florida 10-8, 3-2; KenPom – 39
There hasn’t been a team in the country that has fallen farther than Florida did from the preseason to now. The Gators were preseason No. 7 in the country and now can’t crack the top seven in the SEC. Billy Donovan needs a lot of help this offseason because this year will continue to be a failure.
7. Texas A&M 12-5, 3-2; KenPom – 70
Texas A&M got a nice win by SEC standards when it came from behind to win at LSU. The Aggies have a nice duo with Jalen Jones and Danuel House, who combine for nearly 28 points per game. Alex Caruso continues to be Mr. Do it All for the Aggies, averaging nine points, 5.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds and two steals per game.
6. Alabama 12-6, 2-3; KenPom – 37
Alabama is in the group of teams where you can close your eyes, throw a dart and that will determine where they rank. The Tide have currently lost three in a row, two of which were on the road by two and the other was to Kentucky.
5. Tennessee 12-5, 4-1; KenPom – 77
He won’t get mentioned, but Donnie Tyndall should be in consideration for coach of the year. The Volunteers are second in the SEC in a year when many projected them to finish second to last. They have wins over Arkansas and at South Carolina and could be a surprise team in the SEC Tournament.
4. LSU 14-4, 3-2; KenPom – 42
It’s a common theme here in the SEC. But, can someone explain this team to me? How did LSU lose to Missouri and then blow a double-digit second half lead at home to Texas A&M? But then go get wins at Florida and Ole Miss? Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey should dominate every front court besides Kentucky.
3. Georgia 12-5, 3-2; KenPom – 30
Don’t look now, but the Bulldogs are on a three-game winning streak and have a real possibility at making it five in a row with games against Mississippi State and Vanderbilt coming up. Georgia currently has five guys scoring over nine points a game and seems to be getting better with each game.
2. Arkansas 14-4, 3-2; KenPom – 41
I’m not ready to give up on Arkansas just yet. Despite losing by 14 at home against Ole Miss and barely holding on against Alabama, this is still a tough team. Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls will always give this team at least a shot, but the Razorbacks need to start winning games they are supposed to, whether it’s at home or not.
1. Kentucky 18-0, 5-0; KenPom – 2
Still the only great team in the SEC.