The SEC basketball schedule is still in its infancy, but there have already been a few March-worthy finishes all over the conference. Two of those heart-stopping endings came on Saturday, powering Florida and LSU to conference wins.
Let’s have a look at what those games meant to our power rankings for this week:
Record: 6-9 overall, 1-2 SEC
Take: A 76-75 win in Nashville over Alabama on Tuesday gave the Commodores their first SEC win. They couldn’t carry that momentum over into the weekend, however, falling at South Carolina.
13. South Carolina
Record: 10-5, 1-2
Take: Chris Silva poured in 27 points to push South Carolina past Vanderbilt — and out of the league basement — on Saturday. The Gamecocks visit Alabama on Tuesday night.
Record: 10-4, 1-1
Take: LSU was staring an 0-2 start to SEC play in the face before Tremont Waters hit a contested 3-pointer for the win against Texas A&M on Saturday.
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11. Ole Miss
Record: 9-6, 2-1
Take: The Rebels are perfect in home conference games with wins over South Carolina and Mississippi State, but lost their only road date by 11 points at Georgia on Wednesday. Andy Kennedy’s club will play three of its next four games away from home, so that’s an area that needs to improve ASAP.
10. Texas A&M
Record: 11-4, 0-3
Take: The Aggies were ranked 11th in the previous Associated Press Top 25 Poll, but an 0-3 start to SEC play has them heading south in the latest rankings.
Record: 11-4, 1-1
Take: The Tigers were close to a statement win at home against Florida on Saturday but came up a basket short. In fact, three of the four losses for Missouri this season have been by six points or less.
Record: 9-6, 1-2
Take: The Crimson Tide failed to crack 30 percent from the floor in a 65-46 loss at Georgia on Saturday. They’ll try to snap a two-game skid on Wednesday at home against the Gamecocks.
7. Mississippi State
Record: 13-2, 1-1
Take: A six-point loss to Ole Miss on Saturday stopped a five-game winning streak for the Bulldogs. A trip to Florida on Wednesday night looms next for Ben Howland’s squad.
Record: 10-4, 1-2
Take: Tennessee started SEC play with losses to Arkansas and Auburn but stopped the skid with a win against Kentucky on Saturday.
Record: 11-4, 1-2
Take: Two straight road losses against Mississippi State and Auburn have the Razorbacks reeling a bit. Home dates with LSU and Missouri this week offer a chance to right the ship.
Record: 11-3, 2-1
Take: After dropping their SEC opener at Kentucky, the Bulldogs have bounced back with back-to-back wins against Ole Miss and Alabama. Georgia will try to keep that run going Wednesday night at Missouri.
Record: 14-1, 2-0
Take: Auburn’s nonconference schedule was pretty soft, but after the Tigers opened SEC play with a pair of wins over ranked teams (Arkansas and Tennessee), the rest of the conference is starting to take notice.
Record: 11-4, 3-0
Take: The Gators’ Chris Chiozza made a steal and a layup to beat the buzzer — and Missouri — on Saturday. The Gators stumbled late in their nonconference schedule, but they’re atop the SEC and rocketing up these rankings with a 3-0 start.
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Record: 12-3, 2-1
Take: The Wildcats flirted with disaster in its first two SEC games and finally stumbled in the third, falling 76-65 at Tennessee. Kentucky took the second half off, being outscored 47-28 by the Volunteers in the loss. Still, their overall body of work rates the top spot.