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Power Ranking The SEC

With Saturday’s win over the defending champs Kentucky now moves on to conference play and perhaps a much easier road than the last thirteen games. Over the past few years the SEC has been abysmal with only UK and Florida as consistent contenders. This year it’s more of the same but you never know what can happen when you go into a hostile road environment. Here’s how I rank the teams of the SEC heading into conference play:

14. Alabama (5-7)

The Tide have played the 8th toughest schedule in college basketball and the record shows. Anthony Grant will need to find some magic in his fifth season in Tuscaloosa or he could find himself looking for a new job this April.

13. South Carolina (6-6)

The most intense man in sports, Frank Martin, needs some time to bring in players that can make an impact at USC. Still you can’t lose by 6 to South Carolina Upstate. They picked up a solid double digit win tonight against Marshall but I don’t see them finishing very highly in the SEC.

12. Georgia (6-5)

11 – 8 Auburn, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Texas A&M

Near the bottom of the SEC you have a bunch of three loss teams indistinguishable from one another. They lose to teams like Utah State, Northwestern State, and SMU.  They have no chance of making much noise this year in the SEC or otherwise.

7. Ole Miss (8-3)

Marshall Henderson continues to get buckets but he definitely isn’t getting much help in Oxford. The Rebs are currently in our state playing a tight game against WKU. This season the tourney champs will likely play gatekeeper between the elite teams ant the cellar dwellers.

6. Tennessee (8-4)

The Vols were firing on all cylinders tonight as they beat Virginia by 25. A super talented team may have finally got it all figured out heading into the new year.

5. LSU (9-2)

Is there anyone in the state not looking forward to Anthony Hickey being guarded by Dominique Hawkins? No? I didn’t think so. Beyond the match-up of two great KHSAA sweet sixteen players we get to see Julius take on the SEC’s favorite irishman Johnny O’Bryant. The game in LSU will be a major challenge for the Cats.

4. Arkansas (10-2)

Another year and another perfect home record for the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Cats will have their hand full when they travel to Bud-Walton two weeks from tomorrow to take on the high scoring offense of the ‘backs.

3. Missouri (11-1)

Mizzouri  is back inside the top 25 at number 25 following another win over the weekend. The Tigers have only lost once this season and have a quality win over UCLA.  Whether or not the Tigers can continue the hot streak into SEC play remains to be seen. As of now Frank Haith looks to have a contender in Columbia.

2. Florida (10-2)

The Gators have looked really good over the past few weeks and have all the tools to give the Cats problems. Tough big men have given the Cats fits all year long and the Gators have one of the biggest in Patric Young. With Chris Walker potentially joining the squad next semester the February 15th game with the Cats could be one of the series all time best.

1. Kentucky (10-3)

Following the win over the Cards the Cats are once again looking like the class of the SEC. Kentucky has a legit chance to make it through January undefeated with the only tough games coming on the road at Arkansas and LSU.


Will Kentucky easily win the SEC crown or do you think they could drop 3 or even 4 games?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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37 Comments for Power Ranking The SEC

  1. Mr. Obvious
    9:42 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    Well it is a football conference after all.

    • Jarvis Redwine
      12:33 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

      SEC has won 6 of the last 20 NCAA basketball titles. Any other conference done better?

    • Jeffrey
      4:51 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

      ACC has, but thats it

    • Jarvis Redwine
      8:19 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

      ACC schools have only won 5 during that period.

  2. shawn
    9:50 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    I could of swore we played AT Bud Walton last year, I thought I remember them screaming things at Archie. I guess I’m badly mistaken or the something with scheduling as changed allow that to happen.

    • Ukbradstith
      9:53 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

      Yes we played there last year. There is no east or west anymore, so the schedules have all changed.

    • CBSsports
      10:48 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

      Latest CBSsports conference RPIs list the SEC as the #6 basketball conference. Hard to argue that everyone in the SEC focuses on football except UK.

    • Jarvis Redwine
      12:34 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

      Yet 3 SEC schools have won basketball titles in the past 20 years. Pretty good, IMHO.

  3. GoCats2
    9:57 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    Never can predict what will happen to a young team on the road. The 2011 team is a good example because they never figured it out on the road. This team looks like they will be better than that. I say
    15-3 with losses at Missouri and at Florida and then one weird loss on the road to someone we definitely should not lose to. It feels weird that we do not play at Tennessee this year.

  4. John Ellis
    9:58 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    Since the days of Rupp UK fans have disparaged the SEC, even when in Tubby’s last two years the SEC East had three possible FF teams and the champ, and Kentucky wasn’t one of them. Six teams in the SEC could easily be tournament teams. Five could beat UK. The only conference that is stronger would be the Big 12, just in terms of the best teams are better. And Baylor, which Matt and others moan about losing to, might be the sleeper champ. This will in hindsight be a tough schedule and if they are consistent UK could lose two; if inconsistent four.

    • Ukbradstith
      10:02 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

      Not even close. SEC is right about even with the AAC. The big 10 is clearly better, the ACC is a little better…all the other major conferences are about even but the SEC is still at the bottom right now. Just too many really bad losses.

    • John Ellis
      11:15 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

      Uh huh. Not even close, but the SEC is even with all the major conferences except the Big 12 and maybe the Big Ten. That’s quite close actually. Ohio St. hasn’t played anyone, Michigan is sliding, Mich. St. has been shaky – I don’t think there’s much difference there either. But if the media and SEC fans insist the conference is weak, you can be sure the teams will be under-seeded as they often have been in the past. You don’t judge a conference by its worst members. Even means that the top and bottom are the same.

    • Ukbradstith
      11:57 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

      Upon further review, they are closer than what I thought. That being said we still aren’t even close to the big 12 or big 10, not even close…and I forgot Syracuse was in the ACC so that puts that conference ahead of us too.

  5. Ukbradstith
    9:58 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    Uk, uf, mizz, tenn, lsu, ark, ole miss, Alabama, vandy…all the rest tied for last. We could easily drop 3 or 4, any of the other top 9 teams will be tough on the road

  6. Chester
    10:12 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    Have any of you all seen the Gators play? We may be better at the end of the season, but right now they look like a much stronger team than the Cats.

    • Young is Huge
      8:48 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

      I agree… I’m a die hard but to put the Cats in front of Florida is ridiculous at this point… This guy needs to take his blue goggles off. I want to see the CATS at the top of this list, but can we at least prove we belong there first?

  7. LeX
    10:19 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, way to really be a homer there. Florida has shown more.

    • Rei
      10:42 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

      Florida beat Memphis and who else? Louisville is a more quality opponent than Memphis any year.

    • eddie vedder
      10:58 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

      They beat KU too, they’re good

    • Rei
      11:09 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

      Ah yeah, I forgot about Kansas. I’d say they’re a better win than UL regardless of rankings because of their talent too.

  8. math 101
    10:43 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    Vols won 87-52. Call me crazy but that seems like more than a 25 point victory.

  9. String music
    10:45 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    The only adjustment I would make to your list is moving Bama up a bit. You mention they have played the 8th toughest schedule and most of the games they have lost have been nail biters. Most of the SEC teams have played UL type schedules. Bama will be battle tested once the league starts. They may actually be in the 5-8 range. Georgia, Vandy, A&M and MSU look downright awful. SC, after a horrible loss to Upstate has played much better lately.

  10. jpg
    10:45 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    I would put UK at #2 as of right now. UK got a great win against UL, but UF has looked like the best SEC team up to now, and have more quality wins/less losses.

    UK still has a lot of time to show they are the class of the SEC.

    Go Cats!

  11. UK blue
    10:52 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    No chance Alabama should be last. 8th is more accurate.

  12. Congrats
    10:53 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    Congratulations UK. You are the worst football team in the best football conference, but the best basketball team in one of the worst basketball conferences. Go UK!

  13. Skeps
    10:56 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    That’s six solid teams. Instead of just saying the SEC is bad, go and do research on the other conferences and their out of conference schedules and losses.

  14. Skeps
    11:15 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

    What’s up with the advertisement on this site of some Asian girls falling down and getting hurt with their boobs falling out? That’s a little bizzare.

    • CapitalH
      11:33 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

      Those ads are typically based on your own search history/sites visited…

    • Ukbradstith
      11:51 pm December 30, 2013 Permalink

      I know they say that, but I constantly have ads that have nothing to do with me. Dating sites, weight loss, video games…nothing even remotely close to what I search for.

  15. Quartet Fan
    12:19 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

    AdBlock Plus is your friend.

  16. Gut Check
    7:40 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Enough with the undefeated talk. The cats should not overlook anybody. I still believe they have the players to beat anybody, but with their youth they could also lose to some lesser competition.

  17. CatsfaninFL
    8:38 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Yah, definitely joining in with some of the homer calls here. I think we’ll be better by years end, but right now there is no way I’d put UK ahead of UF. UF has done more with an equally tough, if not tougher, schedule.

    I hope the Cards can rebound after losing Chane because we need them to do well now to make our one big non-conference win look good (strong showings by Belmont, Boise, and Providence would help too).

  18. Andrew, don’t ever make the SEC out to be easy. Granted, this isn’t the ACC or the old Big East, but every team has their UK dates circled in blood red and the road can be tough, even for some of our better teams in the past.

  19. UKBlue1!
    11:48 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Worst Case 14-4. I can see potential losses @ UF, Ole Miss,Mizzu, Arkansas or LSU. UF at home will be tough. I figure worst case is 2-4 against that group of games. The league is Bad. SEC might get 4 teams into the NCAA out of 14.

  20. BigBlueNation#1
    12:51 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    I believe with the talent and size that Kentucky has, along with the depth they have; UK should run the table in the SEC. The SEC isnt what it was, in the 90’s. But teams like Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Arkansas have improved. There are teams (Florida) that can compete and contend for an SEC title. Kentucky’s freshmen need to get better and be consistent in their play. Most importantly, play as a team.

  21. Jrod
    2:43 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, I agree with the others saying UK should be at #2 right now. There’s really no question that they’ve had a better nonconference run than us.

    My guess is that we go 14-4, or maybe 13-5. This doesn’t look like a consistent team yet, and we are 1-3 away from home right now. The SEC is down this year, but games against Arkansas, LSU, Mizzou, and Ole Miss will all be tough, and that’s not even counting the two games against Florida. I’m more confident than I was that we’ll be good by the end of the year, but there are gonna be some bumps along the way.

  22. Plenty
    4:00 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    I say we are #2 on that list, but hopefully not after January. I think we will go 16-2 in the sec. Most likely a loss at Florida, and one other along the way, probably at Arkansas. I don’t see us losing at home, that doesn’t happen except for a couple times last year with out underperforming team. We have a weak schedule in January, which will give us enough time to improve before our big games come up. With that kind of run, we are looking at a 2 seed.