Parity is here

Parity has arrived in Southeastern Conference hoops. It seems that just about anyone can win – or lose – on a given day. Even the home-court advantage isn't sacred anymore.

Consider the following:

South Carolina is good enough to sweep nationally ranked Florida but bad enough to lose to Georgia and Tennessee on its home floor.

Kentucky is good enough to trounce Louisville by 12 points but bad enough to lose to Vanderbilt, Alabama and Tennessee on its home floor.

Ole Miss is good enough to beat Alabama by 10 in Tuscaloosa but bad enough to lose seven consecutive games after a 3-0 SEC start.

Georgia is good enough to win at South Carolina and at Vanderbilt but bad enough to lose by 14 at home to Kentucky.

Vanderbilt is good enough to sweep Kentucky but bad enough to lose on its home floor to South Carolina and Georgia.

Alabama is good enough to beat Ole Miss in Oxford but bad enough to lose to Ole Miss by 10 in Tuscaloosa.

Florida is good enough to beat Georgia by 18 in Athens but bad enough to be swept by South Carolina.

Given the topsy-turvy nature of SEC hoops this season, the fact Tennessee has won seven conference games in a row and stands 9-1 in league play is quite an accomplishment.

"We're having a great run this year," UT coach Bruce Pearl said following Saturday night's win at Georgia. "But I can see why runs can be difficult. Vanderbilt was better than Kentucky. Kentucky had a great win here (in Athens) but when this team (Georgia) goes to Kentucky, this team can beat ‘em.

"South Carolina, who is last in the East, beat Florida twice, and Florida beat LSU. Where do you get a night off?"

The closest the Vols may come to a night off is Wednesday, when they'll host an Auburn team that is 2-8 in SEC play and hasn't won a road game all season. Tip-off is set for 7:30 at Thompson-Boling Arena.


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