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SEC Hoops Power Poll Ballot: 1/29-2/4

I won't submit my ballot until later tonight, so you have the afternoon to convince me of any mistakes I might have made.

1. Kentucky Wildcats

The best team in the nation right now--this could be the year for Calipari.

2. Florida Gators

Not playing at Kentucky's level, but a very good team that seems to have found its rhythm as of late. The clear number two right now.

3. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

Good team, but didn't really put up a fight against the Gators. Very close win over Auburn suggests they're vulnerable to average teams. Defense just isn't good enough.

4. Vanderbilt Commodores

Vanderbilt looks to be a solid tournament team, but 'Dores fans have to be disappointed that they're clearly not the title contender they looked to be preseason. The rebounding numbers are not good for a team with talented big men.

5. Arkansas Razorbacks

The win over Vanderbilt had me thinking that Arkansas might break into the top four, but they followed it up with a bad loss to LSU.

6. Alabama Crimson Tide

Bounced back a little bit after the loss to South Carolina. Gritty double-OT win over Ole Miss.

7. Mississippi Rebels

This team has really impressed me with how it's bounced back from its mid-season slump. It now looks like a solid NIT team, at the very least. It's beating the teams it should and is competitive in the big games, sometimes pulling upsets.

8. Tennessee Volunteers

Outside of the UConn game, this team has the look of one that whips bad teams but can't beat the good ones. Talented enough to make it, but probably will miss the NIT due to ugly early-season OOC losses.

9. LSU Tigers

Nice win over Arkansas to bounce out of the mid-season doldrums.

10. Auburn Tigers

Another team that's really impressing me, Auburn looked like the conference's worst team at one point, but they've managed to string together a decent season; they're winning a game here and there and aren't caving against good teams.

11. Georgia Bulldogs

Really falling apart at the seams after what seemed to be a promising win over Tennessee a few weeks ago. Will be interesting to see if they're better than South Carolina when the two play.

12. South Carolina Gamecocks

Interesting to see if they can bounce back on the road to improvement after being utterly curb stomped by Kentucky.