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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: SEC Power Rankings, Non-Conference Edition (No. 5-1)

Last night, the first 2 SEC games took place, but we still have time to reminisce about the non-conference season and which SEC teams flopped and excelled.  Yesterday, I put Tennessee 6th in the conference, but then they went and smashed my #5 team LSU on their home floor.  Nothing can be done about it now.  But as I point out, I think the conference still might just be a 4-team race.  Below are the rankings from the last few days and the final 5 SEC teams, including UK:

#14. Georgia (6-6, RPI: 257)
#13. South Carolina (7-6, RPI: 95)
#12. Mississippi State (10-3, RPI: 183)
#11. Auburn (8-3, RPI: 161)
#10. Texas A&M (9-4, RPI: 177)
#9 Alabama (6-7, RPI: 119)
#8 Vanderbilt (8-4, RPI: 94)
#7 Ole Miss (9-4, RPI: 79)
#6 Tennessee (10-4, RPI: 54)

#5 LSU (9-4, RPI: 53)

Wins: Northwestern St, New Orleans, SE Louisiana, St. Joe’s, Butler, LA-Monroe, Texas Tech, UAB, McNeese St
Losses: UMASS, Memphis, Rhode Island, Tennessee

-To me, there is a clear gap between the Top 4 teams in the SEC and the rest of the league.  LSU is where that break occurs.  They have had a solid non-conference season at best.  Decent wins over Butler and UAB and none of their losses are bad, although losing to Rhode Island at home does raise an eyebrow slightly.  And then last night happened and they got spanked at home by Tennessee.  Obviously, UT belongs in this spot but since I had them #6 yesterday, no going back now.  LSU still had the 5th best non-conference season.

#4 Arkansas (11-2, RPI: 83)

Wins: SIU-Edwardsville, LA-Lafayette, SMU, Minnesota, SE Louisiana, Clemson, Savannah St, UT-Martin, South Alabama, High Point, UTSA
Losses: California, Gonzaga

-This team is very, very good on the offensive end of the floor.  I think this could be the year that Arkansas becomes a consistent threat in the SEC under Mike Anderson.  They have begun to run that system very well.  Currently 7th in the country and shooting nearly 50% for the year.  Home games against Florida and UK in the next week will tell us what we need to know.

#3 Missouri (12-1, RPI: 29)

Wins: SE Louisiana, S.Illinois, Hawaii, Gardner-Webb, IUPUI, Northwestern, Nevada, West Virginia, UCLA, W.Michigan, NC State, Long Beach St
Losses: Illinois

-A 1-point loss to Illinois is all that keeps the Tigers from being undefeated.  They are getting amazing guard play, probably the best in the conference.  They’ve played a very good schedule and nearly ran the table.  I was tempted to put them above Kentucky, but there is still something about Frank Haith that scares me.  Likely his coaching ability.  Plus, looking at their results, they rarely blow out anybody, including their worst opponents.

#2 Kentucky (10-3, RPI: 19)

-The Louisville win hopefully will vault this team into an SEC favorite, but when looking at the overall non-conference slate, Florida still has the better resume.  Cats play has been spectacular in spots and pedestrian in others.  But their guard play appears to be improving and barring injury, they have more than enough talent to compete for the conference title and more.

#1 Florida (11-2, RPI: 16)

Wins: North Florida, Arkansas-LR, Southern, MTSU, Jacksonville, Florida St, Kansas, Memphis, Fresno St, Savannah St, Richmond
Losses: Wisconsin, UCONN

-With a full roster, Florida has the potential to compete for a national title.  They dominated Kansas and lost on a buzzer beater to UCONN and by 6 to 4th ranked Wisconsin.  Now, the negative.  They actually have struggled at times on the offensive end of the floor.  Ranking just 200th in scoring in the country.  But they defend the hell out of you and usually defense carries on throughout the season, so as of right now, they are the favorite to win the SEC.  Play at Arkansas on Saturday.  Will be great test.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

16 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: SEC Power Rankings, Non-Conference Edition (No. 5-1)



  1. UKBlue1!
    9:07 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

    1. UF. 2 UK. 3. Mizzu 4. LSU. 5 Ole Miss. 6 Arkansas 7 UT and the rest look like they all need help.



    • PhilUK18
      9:34 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

      Now I hate Tennessee as much as the next Cats fan, but why did you put them so much lower than LSU? They beat the hell out of the Tigers last night, in Baton Rouge



    • Daniel
      9:40 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

      LSU is overhyped



  2. btowncatfan
    9:25 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

    BTI I realize you did the list before last night, but UT has to be ahead of LSU after beating them by 19 on LSU’s home court.



  3. Rei
    9:32 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Everyone on ESPN and this site overrates the crap out of Henderson. He jacks up 10-20 3’s a game and sometimes he hits a lot, other times he can’t hit at all. He’s like a much less talented Patrick Sparks.



    • PhilUK18
      9:37 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, pretty much. Volume shooters have never really impressed me that much. There seems to be one volume shooter in the SEC that isn’t that good but is massively overrated by the media. That little midget Devan Downey from South Carolina was another one.



  4. Daniel
    9:41 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Kentucky will be better then Florida



  5. bung
    9:53 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Cats by 28 over State…9 fast break baskets and numerous back door cuts for scores in the half court…



  6. rixter
    9:53 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

    If you dominated Kansas, the line starts here.



  7. Bob
    9:54 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Can’t believe you guys aren’t following up on this:
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/us/ncaa-athletes-reading-scores/index.html?hpt=hp_t1



  8. ShagariObrzut
    10:06 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I wouldn’t consider Missouri’s schedule to be “very good”. They’ve played one top 25 team in UCLA. West Virginia is okay, NC State isn’t very good.



  9. Jeffrey
    10:06 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

    UF number one? Get out



  10. Big Dave
    11:41 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

    It would cool for UK-Missouri to turn into kind of a rivalry game considering the states border each other. Wouldn’t make up for the loss of Indiana, but hey it would be a start.



    • Big Dave
      11:42 am January 8, 2014 Permalink

      *would be cool



  11. jollyroger
    12:12 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    With Arkansas its going to depend on if they can win on the road.



  12. bigblue091812
    6:25 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    To hell with Indiana. If you’ve ever gone there as a visiting fan you know what I’m talking about. Drinks being thrown on you, threatened to get the hell beat out of you (always by 4-5 or more) and even had my tires slashed after a big UK win. By far the worst fans and worst place to go in college basketball. And anyway, a rival is when teams go back and forth and that was far from what we had with IU, one team winning every 8,9-10 is not a rival, it’s almost getting to that point with LOSERVILLE so hopefully Missouri becomes a good rival. UK fans act like they want a rival but in reality they want someone they hate but we beat everytime. Don’t get me wrong I would like UK to go on a 1000 game win streak, but we wouldn’t have a rival if we did.