Now that we’re just over halfway through the SEC schedule, two things are fairly clear: Auburn has been the league’s best team while Vanderbilt has been its worst.
The other 12 schools have been up and down more often than the Bitcoin market. Three games separate second-place Tennessee from the six (!) teams tied for eighth place. So, it only looks like we’re drawing our power rankings this week from a hat.
Let’s have a look, shall we?
Record: 8-15, 2-8 SEC
Ranking last week: 14
Take: The Commodores have had their share of bad weeks in conference play, but falling in overtime to Kentucky on Tuesday before watching Auburn drain 17 3-pointers on Saturday may be the worst.
13. Ole Miss
Record: 11-12, 4-6
Ranking last week: 12
Take: Tennessee handed the Rebels their worst loss since 2008 on Saturday, a 94-61 drubbing in Knoxville. That’s three losses in a row for Andy Kennedy’s squad, which hosts Missouri on Tuesday.
Record: 13-9, 4-6
Ranking last week: 11
Take: The Tigers had dropped five of six before knocking down a season-high 15 3-pointers Saturday in a 94-86 win over Arkansas. They’ll try to keep that momentum going Wednesday night at Florida.
11. South Carolina
Record: 13-10, 4-6
Ranking last week: 7
Take: An 83-60 trouncing at the hands of Texas A&M sent the Gamecocks to their third loss in a row. Those 83 points allowed are a season high — an alarming stat for a team built on defense.
Record: 13-9, 4-6
Ranking last week: 9
Take: A 12-point win vs. Florida is the lone high point in the Bulldogs’ recent swoon. Mark Fox’s squad has now dropped six of its last eight games — and three of the next four are against ranked opposition.
Record: 15-8, 4-6
Ranking last week: 5
Take: Arkansas had won 30 games in a row when scoring 80 points, but 86 wasn’t enough to avoid a season sweep at the hands of LSU on Saturday. A pair of home games against South Carolina and Vanderbilt this week offer a chance to right the ship.
8. Mississippi State
Record: 17-6, 5-5
Ranking last week: 10
Take: The Bulldogs have picked up three straight SEC wins to level their league mark at .500. Good offense has been the theme for the winning streak, with the team hitting over 50 percent from the floor in all three victories.
Record: 15-8, 5-5
Ranking last week: 8
Take: Missouri had a banner week, notching a road win at Alabama before taking down Kentucky on Saturday in Columbia. The Tigers hit 13 of its 14 free throws in the final minutes, giving them their first win against the Wildcats after 10 previous losses.
6. Texas A&M
Record: 15-8 overall, 4-6 SEC
Ranking last week: 13
Take: Since the Aggies got healthy, they’ve started to look more like the team that was ranked in the top 5 earlier this season. After an 0-5 start to the league slate, they’ve won four of five. We’ll see how “back” they are this week against Auburn and Kentucky.
Record: 15-8, 6-4
Ranking last week: 2
Take: Three consecutive league losses, including an 18-point home defeat against Alabama on Saturday, make that 6-1 start in league play seem like a long time ago. At least the students are still having fun, though:
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Record: 15-8, 6-4
Ranking last week: 6
Take: The Crimson Tide have been alternating wins and losses for the past two weeks with the wins coming against ranked teams (Oklahoma and Florida) and the losses coming against teams below them in the standings (Missouri and Ole Miss).
Record: 17-6, 6-4
Ranking last week: 3
Take: With their roster full of young players, the Wildcats are bound to run hot and cold from time to time. The vent was blasting AC at Missouri on Saturday, as the Wildcats managed only 31.3 percent from the floor in a 9-point loss.
Record: 17-5, 7-3
Ranking last week: 4
Take: Tennessee is enjoying a season-best five-game winning streak, and the four SEC wins in that span have the Vols alone in second place in the standings. This sets the stage for a big game Tuesday night against Kentucky at Rupp Arena.
Record: 21-2, 9-1
Ranking last week: 1
Take: Six teams ranked in the AP Top 25 fell on Saturday, but Auburn stayed calm and buried Vanderbilt under a barrage of jump shots. Bruce Pearl’s squad has a two-game cushion on Tennessee and at least a three-game lead on everyone else. Not bad for the team picked ninth in the preseason poll.