The Basketball Power Rankings are typically a Friday thing, but how about a special MLK Day edition?
The mayhem that is SEC basketball struck again as another top team fell on the road. I have (apparently) created some type of curse that comes with the top-spot in my power rankings, so who shall I curse this week?
Auburn fans, I am sorry for placing the curse on your tigers, but they deserve the top spot. Now just don’t lose to Alabama, please. Or, you know, lose and I will become the new Lil B in terms of sports curses. Maybe, I can start branding myself as John the Power Rankings God.
I send my deepest regards, Florida. I ranked you number one, and you thanked me by losing the very next day. So, who really took a hit here, me or you? Anyways, a 4-1 conference start is nothing to be ashamed over.
Kentucky is conducting an experiment similar to that of Florida football in recent years, “how bad can we play and still skate away with an SEC title?”
Tennessee started off conference play with losses to Arkansas (eww) and Auburn (very respectable). But the Vols turned things around with three consecutive wins, including the annual home flogging of Kentucky.
Alabama has been a dangerous team all year, but they still lack a key win, now enter the matchup with Auburn on January 17, who I just cursed, see above. I have said it until I turned blue, “as long as Alabama has Collin Sexton, they can and will beat anyone at any time.”
LSU is the ultimate #mayhem team. On one hand, they lost to Notre Dame by 39 points, but, on the other hand, they beat Texas A&M and straight up skull-drug Arkansas.
Being Yante Maten and a collection of dudes finally bit Georgia in the behind as they fell at home to former Pit of Misery inhabitant South Carolina.
8) Ole Miss
Where, just where, has a performance of that nature been all year Ole Miss? Ole Miss upset Florida in the Pavilion behind a renewed inside attack courtesy of Bruce Stevens, and less reckless jacking of threes, threes that they were not making at a high percentage. Maybe someone finally broke the news to them?
9) Mississippi State
It would appear that Mississippi State’s scorching hot start was more a product of their opponents than their talent level. MSU has only one conference win (Arkansas) with losses to Ole Miss, Florida, and Auburn, all teams ranked ahead of them.
Arkansas is just plum weird. One week, they lose to Auburn and get mauled by LSU, and then they win a close conference game, after they blew out Minnesota in nonconference play. Somehow Nolan Richardson is cursing and subbing out an entire unit.
Missouri fights hard, but without Michael Porter Jr. they just lack the ability to consistently beat good teams.
12) South Carolina
Look who finally got out of the Pit of Misery! South Carolina broke out with an upset of Georgia over the weekend.
Vanderbilt is not very good, and they have been victimized by a rough schedule. The Commodores have lost games to then ranked opponents, as well as losses to perennial good teams such as Virginia , Florida and Middle Tennessee.
14) Texas A&M
A&M has completed their fall from grace. Texas A&M was the first victim of my curse, and they now sit last in the conference. I get it, A&M, you have been short-handed to start conference play, but at some point you have to make a play and win a game. Instead, A&M started conference play 0-5.