As promised, the SEC Basketball Power Rankings will now be a weekly occurrence. The SEC is most widely known for football – they have two teams playing for a national championship on January 8th.
However, it is basketball season, so football can go kick rocks, at least until Monday night. We will all be on the edge of our seats as soon as the clock strikes 8:00 p.m. est.
But for now I have basketball blinders on, so back to that. SEC Basketball has a brand. That brand is Kentucky as the kings with the rest of the conference typically cannibalizing each other. 2018 appears to be another year destined to go down that path, at least in the cannibalization fashion. The jury is still out on whether or not Kentucky will reign supreme.
So, I will stop beating around the bush and jump into the SEC Basketball Power Rankings, which are headlined by a familiar foe.
Kentucky started SEC play 2-0, and they have arguably the most talented roster in the SEC. John Calipari always wins big with young talent at Kentucky, except for that one year. I’m still not convinced that they will win the conference, though.
Mike White just keeps on keeping on, when it comes to winning, at least. Florida seems to have finally righted the ship after early season struggles.
3) Texas A&M
The #1 team in my first rankings, Texas A&M started off conference play with a remarkable zero for two dud. But they were missing key contributors. They will compete with Kentucky for the conference.
4) Mississippi State
I criticized Mississippi State for not beating anyone, and then they went and beat Arkansas. Mississippi State has earned the right to be #4, for now. They will need to get over their recently unpassable hump in the struggling Ole Miss to stay there, however.
Arkansas is a weird team to figure. They led Mississippi State nearly the entire game, but they lost. Arkansas gonna Arkansas.
Alabama is young, but they have Collin Sexton. Collin Sexton gives Alabama the chance to beat anyone, and they will factor in the Conference title race whether they finish in the top 4 or not.
Auburn started off conference play with a win over Tennessee, which, in of itself, is good. However, they have a massive cloud hanging over their head, so the wheels could fall off at any given moment.
I proclaimed that Tennessee was back, and then they went and started the conference 0-2 with losses to Arkansas and Auburn, shame on me. I should have learned my lesson with Tennessee, but I haven’t. I still believe they will finish in the top half of the conference.
Georgia is proving that they may be more than just Yante Maten and some dudes. However, I am still not convinced. Color me skeptical.
Michael Porter Jr went down, but Missouri has kept from sinking. Missouri could upset someone in the conference, but so could most every team on this list.
11) Ole Miss
Andy Kennedy is on the hot seat, whether it is fair or not. Ole Miss has struggled to start the season, and they just lost to Georgia. If they lose to Mississippi State this weekend, things will only get more uncomfortable.
Dandy Vandy has risen a few spots. I still don’t think they’re any good, but they did beat Alabama.
LSU is bad. I can’t say it any other way. They hung around with Kentucky, but they’re just not very good.
14) South Carolina
They’ll always have the Final Four run from last season.