Ranking the SEC: 12-27

Southeastern Conference basketball play begins on January 8. Let's take a look around the SEC and see how the league is stacking up.

1) Vanderbilt (9-2): This could be the best Commodore squad in a long time.  Vandy's only two losses have been 3-point losses to West Virginia and Missouri, both games away from Memorial Gym. Meanwhile, wins over Nebraska and North Carolina will give Vandy some good resume bullets for the NCAA selection committee. 

2) Kentucky (9-2): John Calipari's got another squad of one-and-done freshmen but has lost to both UConn and North Carolina, a team Vanderbilt defeated convincingly.  Freshman Doron Lamb set a UK freshman scoring record when he tallied 32 points against Winthrop.

3) Florida (9-3): Gators biggest wins have been over Florida State and Kansas State but the reptiles have dropped games to Central Florida and Jacksonville.  Tiny guard Erving Walker is making almost 46 percent of his 3-pointers for the Gators. 

4) Tennessee (8-3): The Vols have lost three of their last four and barely beat Belmont just before Christmas.  What will happen when Bruce Pearl has to sit out for half the SEC schedule?

5) Georgia (9-2): Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie are two of the more talented players in the SEC.  The Bulldogs have lost to Notre Dame and Temple by 6 and 7 points respectively for their only losses while their biggest wins have been over Georgia Tech and Colorado.

6) Ole Miss (9-3): The Black Bear Rebs biggest victories have come over Penn State and Saint Louis.  Andy Kennedy, who is now in his fifth year in Oxford, may be on the hot seat if he doesn't make the Big Dance.

7) South Carolina (7-3): Darrin Horn's team must cope with the loss of superstar Devon Downey.  The Gamecocks have dropped two straight by over 15 points including an embarrassing loss to Furman, 91-75.  USC did manage to beat in-state rival Clemson, 64-60.

8) Arkansas (8-2): The Razorbacks' biggest win is a 71-62 win over Seton Hall. Arkansas also has a 10-point win over a struggling Oklahoma squad.  Junior guard Rotnei Clarke leads the Razorbacks in scoring with 14.6 points per game.

9) Alabama (6-6):  The usually overrated Crimson Tide looks about normal.  They've played a formidable schedule but their six victories have all come over lightly regarded opponents while teams like Purdue, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall and Providence have had no trouble with the Tide.

10) LSU (7-5): The Tigers have only a win over a mediocre Houston team to hang their hat on and have fallen to the likes of Nicholls State and Coastal Carolina. Looks like it could be another long season for head coach Trent Johnson and his team.

11) Mississippi State (8-5): State has dropped three of its last four games convincingly and recently suspended Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey indefinitely for fighting.

12) Auburn (4-7): The basketball Tigers are the opposites of their football counterparts. The War Eagle round ball squad's most notable win has been a 68-66 home thriller over lowly Middle Tennessee.  Other wins have come against the likes of Arkansas Pine Bluff, South Carolina Upstate and Georgia Southwestern.  Ken Pomeroy projects Vandy to win by 17 at Auburn in February.

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