SEC Hoops Power Poll Draft Ballot: 1/22-1/28

If you have any thoughts about my ballot, let me know.

1. Kentucky Wildcats

Needed some help from the officials to hold off 'Bama, but I don't think anyone can argue that they're not the best team in the league at this point. The question is whether they're good enough to compete for a national title, and the jury is still out on that one.

2. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

Maybe the toughest team in the conference to figure out. The Bulldogs lost at Ole Miss and followed that up with a road victory against Vanderbilt. Hard to know which team will show up day to day. I still like them at the two spot because they have some nice wins, but I'm open to moving them.

3. Vanderbilt Commodores

Impressive win at 'Bama shows what this team is capable of, but, like MSU, they seem to lack the consistency needed to challenge Kentucky.

4. Florida Gators

I'll move this team up once they beat a really good team. They're lacking in quality wins for the time being.

5. Alabama Crimson Tide

Remember when I said recently that I don't think 'Bama has what it takes to break into the top tier of the SEC quite yet? Well, after playing three teams from that tier, they're on a three-game losing streak. That said, winnable games are on their way for the Tide, and I expect their fortunes to change quickly.

6. Arkansas Razorbacks

Nice win over Michigan for the Hogs. Still, another team that needs to establish a bit more consistency if it's going to make a run at an NCAA berth.

7. Mississippi Rebels

I had written the Rebels off for dead after the shellacking they suffered from LSU, but they're now 3-2 in the league with a couple of nice victories under their belts. I could easily see putting them at 6, but I'll leave them here, for now.

8. Tennessee Volunteers

Shouldn't have lost to UGA, but the win over UConn certainly helps. Generally playing better than their record.

9. LSU Tigers

After a nice stretch of wins, LSU has hit a tough spot with a handful of road losses. Will it be able to right the ship?

10. Georgia Bulldogs

The Dawgs picked up a nice win against Tennessee but couldn't follow up on it with a victory over Ole Miss. Not really sure that they don't deserve the 11th spot, but I like that Tennessee victory, as the Vols are playing well right now.

11. Auburn Tigers

Although it may not like its ranking at the 11th spot, Aubie can rest easy knowing that it's 11 points better than the team below it.

12. South Carolina Gamecocks

Clearly the league's worst team after taking a whipping at Auburn.

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