Of course on Friday the 13th it’s time to look at the SEC power rankings. Of course on Friday the 13th there’s not much change in the rankings from last week.
Teams finally started taking care of business across the conference, even if it was holding off an upset like Kentucky or hitting a game-winner with a couple seconds left like Ole Miss did against Florida.
The conference is finally trending in the right direction this season and should get at least five teams in the NCAA Tournament. With just a couple regular season games left there’s still plenty to be decided in the conference standings.
For the meantime, these are the current SEC power rankings.
- Missouri 7-17, 1-10; KenPom – 194
Maybe Frank Haith made the right decision to go to Tulsa. This team is bad.
- Vanderbilt 13-11, 3-8; KenPom – 56
The Commodores blew a home game against rival Tennessee. After taking a two-point lead, they let Robert Hubbs drive the length of the floor to hit a runner at the buzzer. If Damian Jones returns for another season instead of going to the NBA, not only will Vanderbilt be better but the SEC will be loaded with individual talent.
- Auburn 11-13, 3-8; KenPom – 143
After getting a win at LSU, Auburn lost games to Ole Miss and Arkansas. It hasn’t been an easy first season for Bruce Pearl, but he was a late hire. Expect more success for the Tigers the next couple of years.
- South Carolina 12-11, 3-8; KenPom – 57
What went wrong with South Carolina? That’s a question many fans of the Gamecocks have to be asking. After beating Iowa State in a neutral court game to cap off a seven game winning streak, they are just 3-8 in the SEC. A trip to Rupp Arena looms for South Carolina tomorrow.
- Mississippi State 11-13, 4-7; KenPom – 167
The Bulldogs lost two in a row, but compared to past Mississippi State teams, these guys compete. Seeing Mississippi State on the schedule no longer means an automatic win. Rick Ray has done an incredible job as head coach getting his guys to play hard game-in and game-out. It will lead to a few more wins this season.
- Alabama 15-9, 5-6; KenPom – 48
The Alabama natives will finally get their wishes and Anthony Grant will be fired after this season. At least he should be. Alabama was expected to contend for an NCAA Tournament bid, but instead the Crimson Tide are vastly underachieving. But, could they make a run late in the season? The schedule is favorable with home games against Vanderbilt, Georgia, South Carolina and Ole Miss and away games against Auburn, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.
- Florida 12-12, 5-6; KenPom – 35
Raise your hand if you had Florida with a .500 record and a below .500 record in SEC play. You’re a liar.
- Tennessee 14-9, 6-5; KenPom – 84
Tennessee went to Nashville and got an impressive overtime win at Vanderbilt earlier in the week. The next two games will give the Volunteers a chance to make a run toward an at-large bid when they host LSU and Kentucky. Those two games will either push Tennessee toward the top of the SEC or it will plummet to the bottom.
- Texas A&M 16-7, 7-4; KenPom – 50
After jumping out to one of the most surprising conference starts in the country, the Aggies are starting to come back to life. Losing two of their last three, including a home game to Georgia, Texas A&M will find itself on the bubble come March. They have a tougher end to the regular season as they must travel to South Carolina, Florida and Arkansas still.
- LSU 17-7, 6-5; KenPom – 41
The Tigers have lost three out of four games, including two terrible losses at Mississippi State and at home against Auburn. However, the game against Kentucky showed off LSU’s talent, especially Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey. This team should finish the season strong with the toughest test coming at Arkansas.
- Georgia 16-7, 8-4; KenPom – 27
It’s really a tossup between Georgia, Ole Miss and Arkansas for the 2-4 spots in the power rankings. Heck, even KenPom has them rated within the 27-30 range. Georgia finally got Marcus Thornton back from injury and took care of business getting wins against Tennessee and at Texas A&M. The Bulldogs should be a lock for the NCAA Tournament now.
- Ole Miss 17-7, 8-3; KenPom – 30
It doesn’t matter what conference you’re playing in or what teams they are against, two road victories are impressive. That’s exactly what Ole Miss did this week when it defeated Auburn 86-79 then used a Stefan Moody three with two seconds left to beat Florida by one. Andy Kennedy is doing a remarkable job of keeping the Rebels relevant.
- Arkansas 19-5, 8-3; KenPom – 29
Arkansas showed its offense is for real by putting up 100 points in a win against Auburn. It was two wins over bottom feeders Mississippi State and Auburn, but two games the Razorbacks definitely needed to help with seeding come March. Bobby Portis should garner a couple SEC Player of the Year votes.
- Kentucky 24-0, 11-0; KenPom – 1
Wait, Kentucky won?!? Color me shocked.