Here we find ourselves halfway through the SEC Basketball conference schedule as every team has played in 9 of their 18 regular season conference games.
Through the halfway point teams like Auburn and Tennessee have raised eyebrows, while Texas A&M and Ole Miss have made their fanbases nauseous.
The conference is setting up for yet another intriguing race for the double-byes in the conference tournament, while also having quite the logjam in the middle of the conference.
Since we have reached the halfway point, we now know enough about most of the teams in the conference to group them. So, this week the Power Rankings will be different. I’m still going to rank the teams, but I’m also going to group them together as I go, from double-bye contenders to Teams in danger of playing on opening night in St. Louis this year – I don’t know who thought St.Louis was a good idea, sorry.
1) Auburn 3) Florida 5) Alabama
2) Tennessee 4) Kentucky
Auburn has easily been the SEC’s best team, as evident by their 8-1 conference record. Following in a discombobulated cluster are Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky, all are 6-3 in conference with at least one questionable loss. Alabama has been the epitome of inconsistency. One night they are beating Oklahoma or Auburn, and the next night they are getting handled by Ole Miss, Missouri or Georgia.
Logjam in the Middle
6) Arkansas 7) Missouri
8) Mississippi State 9) Ole Miss
10) Georgia 11) South Carolina
The Sec has an astounding six teams with a conference record of 4-5. Arkansas is the cream of the mediocre crop, I think. They have the ability to score so many points that they can prevent a problem for anyone, assuming they decide to play any defense at all. Missouri would have contended for the conference, but they lost Michael Porter Jr. Mississippi State is ranked above Ole Miss because Mississippi State actually has a road conference win, and Ole Miss does not. Georgia and South Carolina are both in this state where they occasionally win games they probably shouldn’t, but they respond with odd losses. None of these teams are all that good; however, they don’t suck either.
Fighting to Avoid Opening Night of the Sec Tournament
12) LSU 13) Texas A&M 14) Vanderbilt
I think Texas A&M has a better overall team than LSU, but LSU is 2-0 against the Aggies this season. Because of this, I can’t, in good conscious, rank Reveille ahead of Mike the Tiger. As for Texas A&M, apparently, they caught my Power Rankings curse for the long haul. Since being ranked number one in the inaugural Basketball Power Rankings on Dec 18, Texas A&M is 4-7 overall, and just 2-7 in league play. Vanderbilt, well Vanderbilt is the worst team in the conference. Naturally, they have a win over a team in the top-tier, Alabama, so what does that tell you about the SEC?
Conference Player of the Year Race
- Chris Chiozza
- Yante Maten
- Bryce Brown
- Collin Sexton
This list was easy, and, yes, that is the order I view them in as of now. If Auburn goes on to win the SEC, Brown could skyrocket. Whereas a Florida run for the league title could get Chiozza the crown.