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SEC Hoops Power Poll Ballot: 1/27-2/2


1. Florida Gators

The Gators continue to be the class of the SEC. They've not yet been challenged in league play and retain the top spot in Pomeroy's national rankings.

2. Ole Miss Rebels

Andy Kennedy's Rebels haven't dominated like Florida, but they sport a similar record and a similarly long winning streak (eight for Florida, nine for Ole Miss). This team has been very effective late in games, and it has one of the nation's most prolific scorers in Marshall Henderson. Too bad the kid is the opposite of likable to all but Rebels fans.

3. Missouri Tigers

The Tigers stopped the bleeding with a dominant win over Vandy over the weekend. They've now won two straight, also netting a nailbiter over South Carolina mid-week. This team should be in decent shape once forward Laurence Bowers returns to action.

4. Kentucky Wildcats

As the season goes on, it seems more and more likely that this year's Kentucky team will not come close to measuring up to the teams of the past three years. The 'Cats had their hands full with cellar-dweller LSU, and they lost a mid-week game to Alabama, although it should be said that they led for the majority of that game, sometimes by large margins. The one good thing they have going for them is Nerlens Noel, one of the nation's most impressive defensive players.

5. Alabama Crimson Tide

The Tide looked poised to move ahead of Kentucky after beating the 'Cats midweek, but they followed that up by blowing a lead of their own to middling Tennessee. This team has some great guards, but the complete lack of a post game makes it a difficult team to get too excited about. The Vols dominated 'Bama on the boards, which will likely be the story for this team all year.

6. Arkansas Razorbacks

Even after being throttled by South Carolina, this team looks like solidly middle-tier. It's main problem is that it can't win away from Fayetteville. At least the Hogs are consistent.

7. Tennessee Volunteers

This team got itself heading in the right direction again with a win over Alabama. Jordan McRea and Jarnell Stokes give the Vols a nice nucleus.

8. Vanderbilt Commodores

After a few games of steady improvement, Vandy got throttled by Mizzou over the weekend. Still, it doesn't take a lot to get to the eight spot in this league.

9. Auburn Tigers

Close but no cigar against Ole Miss. Have lost four straight since a surprising 2-0 start, but they at least seem to keep things respectable most of the time.

10. South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina got its best win of the season over Arkansas over the weekend. Lost a heart-breaker at Mizzou earlier in the week, though.

11. Georgia Bulldogs

Don't get your hopes up, UGA fans. Caldwell-Pope is good, though.

12. Texas A&M Aggies

I'm not sure if they're really this bad, but this team has gone off the tracks since beating UK a few games back. Lost to LSU And Georgia this week.

13. LSU Tigers

The Tigers had a decent week, beating Texas A&M and playing UK close. Still, this is the team that South Carolina and Georgia used to get their seasons on track.

14. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

After a surprising 2-0 start in league, the MSU Bulldogs have quickly returned to the form everyone expected, losing the next four. The closest game of that bunch was a 15-point loss to Tennessee. Ouch.