Welcome folks, to theBRKDWN’s inaugural SEC Hoops Power Rankings! Every Monday, myself and my good pal — and fellow SEC basketball fanatic — Lincoln Ottersbach, (@NotAnOtterBox on Twitter) will be releasing our SEC Power Rankings.
Finally, all the teams in the SEC have officially begun conference play. It appears we’ll have a slew of teams fighting for the top spot for the entirety of the season, with no one truly separating themselves until the very end. So without further adieu, let’s get into the rankings!
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14. Georgia Bulldogs (7-3, 0-3 SEC) (LW: 12)
Last Week: L @ LSU 92-94 F/OT, L @ Arkansas 69-99
This Week: vs. Auburn (Jan. 13), @ Ole Miss (Jan. 16)
Georgia started off the week with a tough loss on the road against LSU. They had the Tigers on the ropes, with a 10-point second half lead, but watched it vanish over the final minutes of regulation and couldn’t hang in overtime. They closed out the week getting 30-pieced by Arkansas to solidify their spot at the bottom of the rankings.
13. Auburn Tigers (6-6, 0-4 SEC) (LW: 11)
Last Week: L @ Ole Miss 61-72, L vs. Alabama 90-94
This Week: @ Georgia (Jan. 13), vs. Kentucky (Jan. 16)
Bruce Pearl’s young Auburn squad continues to struggle as conference play rolls on. The Alabama loss was probably to be expected, but a double-digit loss to Ole Miss isn’t a good look. If they can’t find a win at Georgia, it will be hard to find many more W’s on the schedule.
12. Vanderbilt Commodores (4-5, 0-3 SEC) (LW: 13)
Last Week: L @ Kentucky 74-77, L vs. Mississippi State 81-84
This Week: vs. #10 Tennessee (Jan. 12), @ #10 Tennessee (Jan. 16)
Vandy put together a scrappy week of basketball, with a shot in the air to tie it falling short in each game. Scotty Pippen Jr. continues to lead the way in scoring for the Commodores, but it hasn’t been enough to get a victory in conference play. The schedule couldn’t be more difficult this week. They have back-to-back games against Tennessee on the docket, but we’ll see if the scrappiness continues.
11. Texas A&M Aggies (6-4, 1-3 SEC) (LW: 8)
Last Week: L @ South Carolina 54-78, L vs. #9 Tennessee 54-68
This Week: @ Mississippi State (Jan. 13), vs. #17 Missouri (Jan. 16)
It was an extremely disappointing week for the Aggies. Sure, no one expected a win against Tennessee, but a 24-point loss to a South Carolina team playing in their second game in a month? That’s a terrible look for Buzz Williams squad. They’ll need to find some more scoring if they want to win many more games and rise back up the ranks.
10. South Carolina Gamecocks (3-2, 1-0 SEC) (LW: 14)
Last Week: W vs. Texas A&M 78-54
This Week: @ LSU (Jan. 16)
Frank Martin’s squad finally opened up conference play last week in outstanding fashion, throttling A&M by 24 points. They’ll need another big game from junior AJ Lawson if they want to pull off the upset on the road against LSU this upcoming weekend.
9. Ole Miss Rebels (6-4, 1-2 SEC) (LW: 6)
Last Week: W vs. Auburn 72-61, L vs. LSU 61-75
This Week: @ Florida (Jan. 12), vs. Georgia (Jan. 16)
It was another split week for the Rebs, with a solid win against Auburn, but also getting handled by LSU after a Covid-related schedule change. Ole Miss was never going to be around the top of these rankings for long, but we’ll see if they can get back to the middle of the pack after this week.
8. #17 Missouri Tigers (7-2, 1-2 SEC) (LW: 3)
Last Week: L @ Mississippi State 63-78
This Week: @ Texas A&M (Jan. 16)
Missouri tops the list as one of two biggest losers of the week. They got run off the court by a mediocre Mississippi State squad and didn’t get another opportunity in the week, as they cannot play due to Covid complications. We’ll see if they can get back on the court this week and turn it around.
7. Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4, 3-1 SEC) (LW: 10)
Last Week: W vs. #13 Missouri 78-63, W @ Vanderbilt 84-81
This Week: vs. Texas A&M (Jan. 13), vs. Florida (Jan. 16)
Mississippi State got a big win at home against the aforementioned Missouri squad and survived a let-down spot on the road against Vandy. The duo of Iverson Molinar and D.J. Stewart Jr. are third and fourth in the SEC in scoring and have led the way for the Bulldogs thus far this season. They have two winnable games this week, so we’ll see if they can continue to rise.
6. Florida Gators (5-3, 2-2 SEC) (LW: 1)
Last Week: L @ Alabama 71-86, L vs. Kentucky 58-76
This Week: vs. Ole Miss (Jan. 12), @ Mississippi State (Jan. 16)
Florida took a big step back from last week after back-to-back double-digit losses. Their leader and SEC Preseason Player of the Year, Keyontae Johnson, has officially been ruled out for the rest of the season, so someone else is going to need to step up. We’ll see if anyone does this week, as the Gators look to get back into the contender conversation.
5. Arkansas Razorbacks (10-2, 2-2 SEC) (LW: 6)
Last Week: L @ #9 Tennessee 74-79, W vs. Georgia 99-96
This Week: @ LSU (Jan. 13), @ Alabama (Jan. 16)
The Razorbacks are coming off a split week in which they ran Georgia off the court and competed in a hard-fought loss at Tennessee. Losing to Tennessee isn’t a bad loss, nor does it hurt Arkansas in the rankings. However, they’ll need to win some games against better competition to join the contenders conversation. They’ll get a chance to show what they can do this week with two games against real competition.
4. Kentucky Wildcats (4-6) (LW: 7)
Last Week: W vs. Vanderbilt 77-44, W @ Florida 76-58
This Week: vs. Alabama (Jan. 12), @ Auburn (Jan. 16)
Kentucky continued to improve last week and finished it off with two wins. Normally, a three-point Vandy win would be cause for concern for the folks in Lexington, but they’ll take any wins they can get this season. They capped off the week with a dominant performance at Florida with the help of sophomore Keion Brooks Jr. returning from injury. They’ll face a tough test with Alabama coming to town, but that should tell us if Cal and co. have truly righted the ship.
3. LSU Tigers (8-2, 3-1 SEC) (LW: 5)
Last Week: L vs. Georgia 94-92 F/OT, W @ Ole Miss 75-61
This Week: vs. Arkansas (Jan. 13), vs. South Carolina (Jan. 16)
The defensive roller coaster continues in Baton Rouge, as it was another week with an abysmal performance followed up by a stifling one. Losing at home to Georgia would have been a horrible loss to overcome, but it’s survive and advance in this year’s SEC. The Ole Miss win was a solid one considering freshman phenom Cameron Thomas only played four minutes. They’ll need to make sure he’s healthy if they want to keep the scoring on pace with Arkansas.
2. #10 Tennessee Volunteers (9-1, 3-1 SEC) (LW: 2)
Last Week: W vs. Arkansas 79-74, W @ Texas A&M 68-54
This Week: @ Vanderbilt (Jan. 12), vs. Vanderbilt (Jan. 12)
Tennessee finished up another solid week of play following the loss to Alabama at home the week prior. They won both of their games — which they should have — so it’s difficult to make any changes in the rankings for the Vols. They get back-to-back matchups with Vandy this week, so it might be difficult to make the jump to the #1 spot based on those performances.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-3, 4-0 SEC) (LW: 4)
Last Week: W vs. Florida 86-71, W @ Auburn 94-90
This Week: @ Kentucky (Jan. 12), vs. Arkansas (Jan. 16)
Alabama continued to build off their impressive victory at Tennessee, adding two more solid victories to the resume. Even more impressively, they were without one of their backcourt leaders in Jahvon Quinerly for both wins. They’ll head to Lexington for a mid-week showdown with the Cats, but John Petty Jr., Nate Oats and co. haven’t shown me they aren’t up to the challenge.
That will complete the rankings for this week, check back with us next Monday to see who rises and falls after another week of action! Follow us on Twitter @brkdwn_sports for more great sports and gambling content!