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SEC Hoops Power Poll Ballot: 1/16-22

I feel confident in where I have Kentucky, Georgia, LSU, and Auburn. The rest of the pack is going to need a few weeks to figure out.

1. Kentucky Wildcats

The 'Cats feasted on the conference's worst two teams this week. A road trip to Tuscaloosa and Columbia should give us a better picture of just how good this team really is.

2. Georgia Bulldogs

The Dawgs continued a solid season with a win at Ole Miss.

3. Florida Gators

Florida needs to hold down the fort better than it did against South Carolina if it wants to return to the nation's elite. Still, this team has shown flashes of brilliance at times.

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks are the conference's biggest surprise so far. They've notched two solid SEC East victories over Vanderbilt and Florida, solidly putting themselves in a good position to challenge for a spot in the top half of the league.

5. Tennessee Volunteers

Still a difficult team to read. They have some nice victories and nice ugly losses.

6. Arkansas Razorbacks

Another of the conference's unpredictable teams, the Hogs followed an ugly loss to LSU with a nice win over Alabama. For the time being, they look to be the class of the West.

7. Vanderbilt Commodores

The SS Commodore is sinking fast after losses to South Carolina and a blown lead to Tennessee. The win over Georgia looks nice now, though.

8. Alabama Crimson Tide

Another team that's tough to figure out. The home win over South Carolina is beginning to look nice, but they've also lost some ugly ones. They stand to win plenty of games in the struggling West, regardless of how good they really are.

9. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

Renardo Sidney's 24 points against Ole Miss looked good. If Rick Stansbury can keep Sidney out of trouble, this team could go on a tear at some point in the season.

10. Mississippi Rebels

Once thought to be the best of the West, the Rebels are quickly falling into obscurity.

11. LSU Tigers

That loss to Kentucky is one LSU fans will want to forget.

12. Auburn Tigers

Some programs, like Ohio St., have both good football and basketball. Auburn is not one of those programs.