WBN SEC Basketball Power Rankings: 01-27-2013 Edition

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Jan 26, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Florida Gator guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) plays defense against Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Craig Sword (32) at Humphrey Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

1. #8Florida Gators (16-2, 6-0) Last Week- W 64-47 at Georgia, W  82-47 at Mississippi State: Billy the Kid has this team humming to the tune of his repeat National Champions.  Huge inside game complimented with Scotty W. and Kenny Boynton.  As bad the Georgia game was, MSU was twice as bad.  They’re a buzz saw right now and with the high ranked losses this week, they’ll be near the Top 5.  They have a couple tough games coming up, with Ole Miss being the true test until Kentucky comes calling. This Week: January 30 vs. South Carolina, February 2 vs. Ole Miss

2. #23 Ole Miss Rebels (17-2, 6-0) Last Week: W 62-56 vs. Tennessee, W 63-61 at Auburn: These victories are getting a bit tougher for Kennedy’s Rebels, which is what we’ve been expecting, but they continue their torrid streak.  Murphy Holloway got some help against TN from Henderson down low.  These boys are going to give Noel and Poythress fits on Tuesday. This Week: January 29 vs. Kentucky, February 2 at Florida

3. Kentucky Wildcats (13-6, 4-2) Last Week- L 59-55 at Alabama, W 75-70 vs. LSU: After the shocker of a meltdown against Alabama, UK rebounded nicely against LSU.  Poythress found his inner smile and dominated the post (20-12)with Noel.  Unfortunately they haven’t learned to put a team away yet but some savvy coaching moves by Cal helped compensate for their youth and inexperience.  The road trip to Oxford will be their heat test.  This Week: January 29 at #23 Ole Miss, February 2 at Texas A&M


4. #22 Missouri Tigers (15-4, 4-2) Last Week: W 71-65 vs. South Carolina, W 81-59 at Vanderbilt: After a rough patch for the Tigers, they found victory lane against some of the weaker teams in the SEC.  Pressey and Oriakhi showed their veteran leadership and ability to direct a game.  But all these past two and next two games show us is they can/will wear some lower level teams out.  And with Frank Haith in some serious trouble with the NCAA the jury is still out for the remainder of the season. This Week: January 30 at LSU, February 2 vs. Auburn

5. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-7, 4-2) Last Week: W 59-55 vs. Kentucky, : L 54-53 at Tennessee:  Fresh off their “upset” of Kentucky at home, they promptly lost to a questionable TN team.  They had a chance to distance them from mediocrity and came up empty.  Anthony Grant has to find some consistency in the post to help their stud guards.  If they can survive the “40 Minutes of Hell” they should demolish Vanderbilt.  This Week: January 31 vs. Arkansas, February 2 at Vanderbilt

6. Arkansas Razorbacks (12-7, 3-3) Last Week: W 96-70 vs. Mississippi State, L 75-54 at South Carolina: To this point, Marshawn Powell and BJ Young continue to be all they have.  Waxing MSU and losing to SC reeks of inconsistency and makes the “40 Minutes of Hell” not about defense but about having to watch this team play.  Expect them to come out on fire against Bama and Tennessee.   This Week: January 31 at Alabama, February 2 vs. Tennessee

7. Texas A&M Aggies (12-7, 2-4) Last Week: L 58-54 at LSU, L 59-52 vs. Georgia: Mired in a two game skid, A&M had a chance to not be terrible but losses to two of the SEC’s worst puts them in the thick of terrible.  They have a chance to split this next week but UK is coming for blood so that’s not likely their W.  I can guarantee you that Elston Turner will not have a repeat performance against UK.  This Week: January 30 at Mississippi State, February 2 vs. Kentucky

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