It is that time of the year. No, not Christmas time but the time of the year where SEC fans place their laser focus on college basketball.
With the focus switching, it is time to begin keeping track of the conference’s best and worst teams.
In the spirit of Christmas, I will stop beating around the bush and dive right in. Without further ado, I present to you the first edition of the SEC Basketball Power Rankings.
*note these won’t be weekly until conference play tips off.
1) Texas A&M
The Aggies have left an emphatic early season impression on me. Despite a close loss to Arizona, they throttled ranked USC and West Virginia teams.
I fully expect Kentucky to finish the season atop this list based off sheer talent alone. Their lone early loss is to Kansas, but they have a quality win against Virginia Tech.
I hear my uncle yelling “Soooieeee, How ‘bout them Hogs, John” already. Arkansas is coming off of a complete extermination of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Unlike their football counterparts, Tennessee Basketball is thriving. At risk of cold taking myself, they are back. Tennessee has a win over ranked Purdue under their belt already and nearly made a major statement against North Carolina.
Florida is slumping, but this team is talented, crazy talented. Florida went from nearly beating Duke to being blown out by Florida State, so they are risky. However, Mike White has earned his coaching stripes, so Florida will be just fine.
Alabama is the most dangerous team in the SEC thanks to one Collin Sexton. If you recall, they nearly beat Minnesota with just three players in the second half (3!) because Sexton went bananas on the court.
Even without Michael Porter Jr, Missouri appears to be back from the SEC basketball pit of misery.
8) Mississippi State
Mississippi State has yet to beat a decent team. In fact, they were embarrassed by the one they did play. Regardless, they have only lost one game, which gives them a mulligan advantage over some other teams.
Auburn is scoring a lot of points against bad teams.
Georgia has gotten off to a good start for a team that is usually Yante Maten and a bunch of dudes. Still, I’m not convinced by the Bulldogs of Athens yet.
11) Ole Miss
Andy Kennedy has a problem on his hands. Ole Miss struggles to get anything resembling production out of their big men. However, their guards are electric. If he can get the posts to become slightly productive, Ole Miss will be a scary team to deal with in conference, especially if Terence Davis goes off. Ole Miss has the talent to storm up this list, but they could also sink to the depths of LSU and Vanderbilt.
12) South Carolina
South Carolina recently skated past Coastal Carolina by the skin of Frank Martin’s skinny chin chin.
Notre Dame beat LSU 95-53. Baseball season can’t get here fast enough for LSU fans.
At least Vanderbilt has a good recruiting class is all that can be said for the Vandy Basketball season at this time.