GIDEL: Didn't the SEC Get the Memo?

Prognosticators from Athlon to The Sporting News got it. ESPN, Sports Illustrated and even Seth Davis read it, too. From coast to coast, every mouth that had an audience regularly preached it loud, proud and without reservation.

Whether it be a bad connection or an overlooked misnomer, the only one that didn't receive the memo about how poorly they would play this year?

The SEC.

Left for dead and ranked last among the ‘super conferences,' the Southeastern Conference has played well above expectations in this early portion of the college basketball season, peaking on Saturday with two top 10 upset victories, as Kentucky defeated arch-rival and 4th ranked Louisville, while unranked Tennessee defeated 6th ranked Texas on the road by 17.

With the Wildcats victory over the visiting Cardinals, the Wildcats bumped the Conference's record against the Big East to 6-5 on the year, a tremendous achievement considering the re-aligned conference's pre-season ranking was a consensus number one.

Arguably even more impressive, the SEC's record versus the only considerable challenger to dethrone the ‘new giant of college basketball' - the ACC.

With Georgia's 16-point victory over Georgia Tech eleven days ago, the SEC holds a 3-3 record versus the basketball powerhouse. That record, additionally, is expected to move past .500 next week when the conferences' highest ranked team, No. 7 Florida takes on in-state rival, Miami.

The Big East and ACC aren't the only ones, either.

The Big 12 has laid the proverbial egg against the SEC in 2005. Included in its early season struggles is a double-digit drubbing by the conference's highest ranked team at the hands of contemporary SEC East doormat, Tennessee. The Volunteers snapped a 33-game Texas home winning streak with the win, and also extended the SEC's record to 3-0 against Big 12 opponents this year.

That's right. After all the deflections to the NBA, transfers within respective programs, coaching moves around the conference and academic disqualifications, the SEC has still managed to remain among the elite.

While there is plenty of basketball to be played, if Saturday's performances signify anything in regards to how good the regular season will be in the conference, UK fans and basketball fans across the South should be in for a real treat.

At least until they get that memo from Seth Davis.

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