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SEC Hoops Power Poll Ballot: 1/15-1/21

Here's my final ballot, with explanations as necessary. Draft here.

1. Kentucky Wildcats

2. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

3. Florida Gators

4. Vanderbilt Commodores

5. Alabama Crimson Tide

6. Tennessee Volunteers

After glancing at Pomeroy's rankings, I should note that Tennessee does rank lower than Arkansas or LSU. I feel that that likely owes to Tennessee's early-season losses to Oakland, Austin Peay, and COC, losses that would not occur again if the games were replayed today. Based on how UT is playing now, I believe it would easily beat Ark. or LSU on a neutral court more often than not. That's good enough for me.

7. Arkansas Razorbacks

8. LSU Tigers

9. Georgia Bulldogs

10. Mississippi Rebels

11. South Carolina Gamecocks

12. Auburn Tigers

tryptic might not be completely satisfied with this shuffle job, but I feel it makes sense. I do agree with him that Carolina needs to drop lower than 10th. I tend to believe that the Gamecocks are better than Ole Miss and maybe Georgia but have simply been a victim of a tough schedule and not having their best player for the first few games, and the Pomeroy rankings seem to bear that out in regards to Georgia. Ole Miss does have a strong Pomeroy ranking, but, as the anti-Tennessee, they're playing much worse right now than they were at first and are riding on early results for their rating. All of that said, I also think that Carolina needs to prove it can nab some relatively quality wins before I remove it from the penulti-cellar. (No, Clemson doesn't count.) Lastly, I think Pomeroy has it right by ranking Auburn as low as it does. Nailbiter over Ole Miss notwithstanding, the Tigers have gotten smashed by every decent team they've played, and I won't be surprised at all if they lose out.

Overall results up tomorrow.