WBN SEC Basketball Power Rankings: 12/2/12 Edition

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November 29, 2012; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators center Patric Young (4) smiles during the second half against the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Stephen C. O

1. #7 Florida Gators (6-0, 0-0)- Last Week: W 79-66 vs. UCF, W 82-49 vs. Marquette: There is no denying that the Florida Gators are the team to beat in the SEC. They have been steam rolling their way through their schedule so far. With the combination of Kenny Boyton, Eric Murphy and Patrick Young, they are going to be tough to beat. They were an upset away against Louisville for a showdown with Kentucky in last season’s Final Four, and with most of their starters returning form last season, they are a force to be reckoned with. This Week: 12/15 @ Florida State

2. #16 Missouri Tigers (6-1, 0-0)- Last Week: W 68-65 vs. VCU, W 72-56 Appalachian State: The Tigers have only one blemish on their record and that’s against the the Louisville Cardinals. The addition of Alex Oriachi has paid off thus far as Mizzou is ranked 5th in the country in rebounding. Oriakhi is averaging 8.3 boards on his own. Junior guard Phil Pressey is having a stellar year thus far averaging 13.6 points per game. Though the Tigers haven’t really defeated anyone of note, they are still stacking up W’s in the win column. This Week: 12/ 4 vs. Southeast Missouri State, 12/8 vs. Tennessee State

3. #8 Kentucky (4-3, 0-0) Last Week: L 64-50 at Notre Dame, L 64-55 vs. Baylor: Stop worrying. All is well. Well, kind of. There are some glaring problems, but everything is fixable with these young Wildcats and they have played arguably the most difficult early schedule in the country. The team is still trying to find an identity and a point guard. Now that Cal has run through the early gauntlet, he has a month to get his team ready for the next challenge at Louisville. The Wildcats should be 8-3 heading into the Yum! and the team should have it mostly figured out by then. This Week: 12/4 vs. Samford, 12/8 vs. Portland

4. Alabama (6-1, 0-0) Last Week: W 75-47 vs. Lamar, L 58-56 at #17 Cincinnati: Anthony Grant’s team has been winning with their trademark defense. They have not exceeded 80 points yet, but did reach that mark once. Junior guard Trevor Releford has assumed the leadership role on the team and is leading with 17.5 points per games. Trevor Lacey, who was once recruited by John Calipari, is leading the Tide in assists with 3.9 per game. He was recruited as a scoring specialist and is pitching in nicely with 13.9 points per game. It’s not the football team, so the ‘Bama fans really aren’t interested. This Week: 12/5 vs. Dayton

5. LSU Tigers (5-0, 0-0) Last Week: W 75-50 vs. Mississippi Valley State, W 72-67 vs. Seton Hall: The LSU Tigers held up their end of the bargain in the Big East/ SEC Challenge by taking out the Pirates of Seton Hall. They are quietly having a nice early season thus far. The Commonwealth’s own Anthony Hickey is scoring 10.2 points per game and dishing out 5.2 assists. Forward Johnny O’Bryant III is second in scoring and first in assists. Their non-conference slate is not what you call challenging and we will see what they are made of when they make it to SEC play. This Week: Do not Play until 12/11

6. Ole Miss Rebels (6-0, 0-0) Last Week: W 91-45 vs. Lipscomb, W 80-67 vs. Rutgers: Don’t look now, but the Rebs are thrid in scoring in the country with an average 87 points per game. While Ole Miss isn’t playing anybody, but  they are winning by a lot. They, like LSU, don’t play anybody meaningful until their first game against Tennessee when conference play opens up. Wake me up with they compete in the SEC. This Week: 12/8 vs. Mississippi Valley State

7. Tennessee Volunteers (4-2, 0-0) Last Week: W 77-50 vs. Oakland, L 37-36 at #20 Georgetown: I was going to put the Vols ahead of Ole Miss and LSU until I saw that score against the Hoyas. That is an embarrassment to college basketball. Still, the Vols only two losses have come against quality teams. But they have to figure out a way to score. They are averaging only 65 points per game. Jarnell Stokes is beastly as usual as he leads the team in points (13.3) and rebounds (7.7). They have a difficult slate of games coming up against Wichita State, Memphis and Xavier. Unlike LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss, they are playing quality teams. This Week: 12/5 at Virginia

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