There were a number of nice out-of-conference wins over the last eight days in the SEC. Georgia beat Colorado, Vanderbilt beat Purdue, Tennessee knocked out both Kansas State and Butler, and Arkansas smoked Dayton. A nice run of wins.
And, of course, Mississippi lost to Western Kentucky. Such is #SECBasketballFever.
1. Kentucky - They ain't moving from here.
2. Florida - They're 6-4, but they've lost to Miami, Georgetown, UNC, and Kansas, with only one of those games at home. Florida will be fine.
3. Arkansas - Nice rebound win over Dayton, but only 1-2 on the road so far, and that was against a severely undermanned SMU team.
4. South Carolina - Still living large on that Oklahoma State demolition. A chance to prove it was real when they host Clemson on Friday.
5. Georgia - Like Florida, they've struggled against good teams, but they're blowing out the bad ones, and they got a nice win over Colorado to boot.
6. Texas A&M - Not a very solid performance at Baylor, which knocks them below the Gamecocks. They still should be a very tough out in College Station this year, though.
7. Alabama - Brutal loss at Wichita State, but being that close on the road shows how good this team can be.
8. LSU - Didn't expect LSU to go out and win in Morgantown. No real challenges left in the non-conference, so we'll see how real they are in the SEC.
9. Vanderbilt - Didn't expect the Commodores to grab a big home win over Purdue. If Kevin Stallings gets this team to a winning record, it's probably his best coaching job in a series of great ones in Nashville.
10. Tennessee - Back-to-back wins over Kansas State and Butler? Donnie Tyndall took a team that didn't really do anything in their tournament (losses to Kansas and Marquette) and turned them into a team with two very nice home wins.
11. Mississippi - They beat Creighton, Cincinnati, and Oregon after losing to Charleston Southern to start the year. So naturally, the Rebels go out and lose at home to Western Kentucky. Andy Kennedy just wants to get fired?
12. Mississippi State - Finally back down where I thought they'd be thanks to a three-game losing streak, though none of those losses in Starkville. They're still a lot better than they were 12 months ago.
13. Missouri - Another double-digit loss against a real opponent, this time against Xavier. Missouri is 0-4 against top 100 teams and has yet to keep a game within single digits.
14. Auburn - A three-game losing streak to Texas Tech, Coastal, and Clemson. That's not exactly a murderer's row, Tigers.