We were so close to having it figured out. The SEC seemed to be coming into shape with teams falling into a pecking order.
But, then LSU goes and loses at Mississippi State and at home to Auburn. Hint, those two teams aren’t good. That wasn’t the only bad loss of the week in the conference, so outside of Kentucky this league will be ever changing.
For the meantime, these are the current SEC power rankings.
14. Missouri 7-15, 1-8; KenPom – 183
At least there’s football?
13. Vanderbilt 12-10, 2-7; KenPom – 60
The Commodores have played the toughest conference schedule in the league so far. There should be no reason Vanderbilt doesn’t climb up the rankings over the next month, but for now this young team is No. 13. They had a nice win at home against Florida that could jumpstart the climb.
12. Auburn 11-11, 3-6; KenPom – 133
Bruce Pearl will continue to coach this team and ruin other teams’ seasons. What’s that? Oh, it did it last night at LSU. The trio of K.T. Harrell, Cinemon Bowers and Antoine Mason can score with the best of them. Don’t be surprised to see this team win at least one game in the SEC Tournament.
11. South Carolina 11-10, 2-7; KenPom – 44
Once upon a time, South Carolina almost cracked the Top 25. Yeah, the top 25 in the country. Then the Gamecocks went on a massive losing streak until beating Georgia last week. Could it be the end of the Frank Martin era?
10. Mississippi State 11-11, 4-5; KenPom – 161
Don’t look now but the Bulldogs have won four of their last five games including the previous two. Those two wins were rather impressive, beating LSU at home and then winning in Knoxville against Tennessee. Could Mississippi State make a run to the top half of the conference?
9. Alabama 14-8, 4-5; KenPom – 40
Anthony Grant has the same amount of conference wins as Rick Ray. One of those two entered the season fighting for his job. The Crimson Tide got a much needed win over Missouri and now need to turn this into a four-game winning streak. Otherwise, it’s another empty season in Tuscaloosa.
8. Tennessee 13-8, 5-4; KenPom – 100
The Volunteers could lose every game from here on out and I’d still think Donnie Tyndall had a helluva year during his first season at Tennessee. Despite having just nine players on the roster, none of which are his guys, he has the Volunteers fighting for a bubble spot. Josh Richardson is a special player people don’t know about.
7. Florida 12-10, 5-4; KenPom – 36
Chris Walker is a key player for Florida. At least there’s football? Oh, it doesn’t have that either right now.
6. LSU 16-6, 5-4; KenPom – 35
How do you lose to Auburn and Mississippi State? How do you lose to Auburn at home? How do you lose to these teams when you have Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey? You thought Texas was confusing. LSU is even more confusing. At least they FOR SURE have football.
5. Ole Miss 15-7, 6-3; KenPom – 30
The Rebels are squarely on the bubble. This is a huge testament to Andy Kennedy, who continues to just win in Oxford, Miss. Jarvis Summers and Stefan Moody are a great scoring duo who very well could lead Ole Miss back to the NCAA Tournament.
4. Texas A&M 15-6, 6-4; KenPom – 48
Speaking of great duos, Jalen Jones and Danuel House are forming something down in College Station that is getting dangerous with each passing game. The Aggies seemed to be an afterthought heading into conference play. Heck, many thought they were a year away. Now, the Aggies are a tournament team that could make a run in the SEC Tournament.
3. Georgia 14-7, 5-4; KenPom – 31
Georgia is currently playing shorthanded with Marcus Thornton missing a couple games due to a concussion. Once he comes back, the Bulldogs should stay as a top-three team in the conference. Even though they are on a two-game losing streak, one of those games was at Kentucky so it shouldn’t count.
2. Arkansas 17-5, 6-3; KenPom – 34
Arkansas faced a tough loss on the road to Florida. It was a questionable foul call but still a game Arkansas should have won as the Gators are down this year. This is hands down the second-best team in the conference and Bobby Portis is on the shortlist for national player of the year.
1. Kentucky 22-0, 9-0; KenPom – 1
Basketball, bourbon and horse racing. All things that are the best from Kentucky.