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SEC Hoops Power Poll Ballot: January 31st-February 6th

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1. Kentucky Wildcats

The 'Cats finally lost a game, but they're still the conference's best team by far. They rebounded nicely with a convincing win against Vanderbilt.

2. Vanderbilt Commodores

The 'Dores' fast start ended with a loss at Kentucky. This team has been impressive, though, especially with their win at rival Tennessee.

3. Tennessee Volunteers

The Vols seem to be slowing down a bit but are still a very solid team.

4. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have slowed down a bit after their fast start in conference play. They should still be able to find plenty of wins against the bottom part of their Division, but they don't quite seem to be elite.

5. Mississippi Rebels

Despite the loss to Arkansas, the Rebels are playing good basketball right now and still appear to be a tournament lock.

6. Florida Gators

The Gators still have a good shot at the tournament, but there's still lots of work to do and many tough matchups to be played.

7. South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks are making their move to get back on the bubble. They upset Kentucky and gutted out a win against Georgia to stay afloat in the standings. If they make it into the tournament, Devan Downey will unquestionably deserve SEC Player of the Year honors.

8. Arkansas Razorbacks

Although they were utterly humiliated by Kentucky, in general the Hogs are beginning to play much better ball as of late. The return of Courtney Fortson has breathed new life into a team that may now be poised to make a run at the NIT. That's good news for head coach John Pelphrey, who needs some positive momentum to please a restless fan base used to more success than he's provided so far.

9. Alabama Crimson Tide

The Tide are slipping a bit after looking like a possible bubble team early in the year. They still have a shot at some sort of postseason berth, though, if they can find a way to win a few more games down the stretch. With many Western Division teams struggling, that should be doable.

10. Auburn Tigers

Much like last year, Aubie seems to be picking up a bit of steam as the conference season heats up. They're going to have to finish exceptionally strong, though, for Jeff Lebo to save his job.

11. Georgia Bulldogs

UGA has been competitive in just about every game they've played. However, they've only won one conference game, and at the end of the day that's why they're this low. I think they'll probably move up a couple of spots by year's end.

12. LSU Tigers

Talk about your rough seasons. The Tigers seem to be getting trounced by every team they play.