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Despite the mid-week loss to Mizzou, Florida is in no danger of losing this spot for the moment. Number one in the country with Pomeroy, although the eye test suggests that Indiana is probably better.
Big win over Mizzou in Rupp this weekend. That was a do-or-die situation for UK, which maintains a positive bubble profile.
3. Mizzou Tigers
Another team that still has a solid bubble profile, particularly after the win over Florida. Still, this team's uneven performance over the course of the year makes you wonder if upsets to teams like South Carolina and LSU are coming.
Despite the impressive record, only 77th in Pomeroy's ratings, with little chance to move up. They'd need to, at the least, win the rest of their games and make a deep conference tourney run to make the Big Dance.
Playing decent-ish ball down the stretch, but would need a miracle to make the Dance.
6. Ole Miss Rebels
Still has a decent overall profile for the Dance, but falling quickly. Loss to South Carolina last week was a killer.
Actually has a Pomeroy rank of 67 after a five-game winning streak. No one would have imagined it a few weeks ago, but this team isn't completely out of the Dance picture with two weeks left to play in the regular season.
8. LSU Tigers
Another team that's improved down the stretch, but it's looking like NIT at best for these guys. Plenty of reason to be excited about the future for this squad, though. Star Johnny O'Bryant III is only a sophomore.
Stopped the bleeding with a much-needed, if ugly, win over South Carolina. Still in position to finish over .500 with a strong finish, which wouldn't be bad considering how they began the season.
10. Texas A&M Aggies
Lost a four-OT game to Tennessee over the weekend. This team has had tough luck this year, losing all but one of their league games (that one to Florida, of course) by small margins.
I continue to maintain that this young team is going to be a force within a couple of years. Close loss in Rupp and dismantling of MSU are further evidence that the core group on this team is talented enough to be good if it continues to improve.
The Gamecocks picked up a nice midweek win over Ole Miss, but they failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity to pick up their second straight by choking late against Georgia. Still, Frank Martin should be somewhat happy he's managed to keep his team from completely imploding as the losses have piled up. That's the main difference between this team and the two below it.
13. Auburn Tigers
Like the team below them, Auburn seems to have imploded after a somewhat promising start to league play. The latest embarrassment was a 30-point loss to Ole Miss, a team that had been struggling in previous games.
Very difficult to believe this team started 2-0 in league play. They've been a complete train wreck since then. Lost this week 72-31 to Vanderbilt, a team that only comes in a little bit ahead of State in this ballot.