WBN SEC Power Rankings: 3/3/13 Edition

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Dec 3, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detail view of the SEC logo before the 2011 SEC championship game between the LSU Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

March 2, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan during the second half of the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Stephen C. O


1. #8 Florida Gators (23-5, 13-3) Last Week: L 64-58 at Tennessee, W 64-52 vs. Alabama- Despite a slip up in the road, the Gators remain the top team in the SEC and the likely regular season champion as Kentucky failed to capitalize against Arkansas. Florida has split their last four games, both losses coming on the road. The Gators finish out the season this week with a game in Gainesville on Wednesday and then at Kentucky on Saturday. Their number one seed in the SEC tournament is all but a lock, but can they fix their road worries at what will be a rowdy Rupp Arena? This Week: 3/6 vs. Vanderbilt, 3/9 at Kentucky

2. Kentucky Wildcats (20-9, 11-5) Last Week: W 85-55 vs. Mississippi State, L 73-60 at Arkansas- After looking like a new and improved bunch, the Wildcats again proved to be just as inconsistent as they have been all season long. There might not be a better home team in the country that Arkansas. While they are terrible on the road (only one SEC road win this season) they are unbeatable in Bud Walton Arena. Kentucky looked like a tournament team after three straight wins but are back firmly on the bubble. They have two games this week and they MUST win at Georgia. If not, then Kentucky will have to either beat Florida or win the SEC tournament. But, a loss at Georgia might mean that beating Florida won’t matter. If they lose to Georgia then they are probably out of the tournament barring a SEC tournament victory. This week is huge. This Week: 3/7 at Georgia, 3/9 vs. Florida

3. Missouri Tigers (21-8, 10-6) Last Week: W 90-69 at South Carolina, W 89-67 vs. LSU- After a big loss at Kentucky, the Tigers needed a couple of easy wins and they got just that versus the Gamecocks and the Tigers. Mizzou now has a chance to pass Kentucky for second in the SEC if they win their last two regular season games and Kentucky loses both. If UK wins one out of the two, then they or Alabama will take second place behind the Gators. As the tournament seeding shapes up, it looks like Florida, Missouri, Kentucky and Alabama will be the top four seeds in the tournament. This Week: 3/5 vs. Arkansas, 3/9 at Tennessee

4. Alabama Crimson Tide (19-10, 11-5) Last Week: W 61-43 vs. Auburn, L 64-52 at Florida- The Tide have bubble team written all over them. But they have a chance to make the tournament depending on if Kentucky stumbles and goes 0-2 this week. But it’s not going to be easy for Alabama. Like the rest of the SEC, they have had trouble winning on the road in the conference. They have a game at Ole Miss this week. Right now, they sit tied at second place in the conference with Kentucky. But Alabama has the tie breaker since they beat the Wildcats this season. If both Bama and Kentucky split their last two games, then the Tide will be the second place team in the SEC. This Week: 3/5 at Ole Miss, 3/9 vs. Georgia

5. Ole Miss Rebels (21-8, 10-6) Last Week: W 82-73 vs. Texas A&M, L 73-67 at Mississippi State- The Rebels have proven to be fools gold; and there is no greater proof of that than a loss against a truly terrible Mississippi State team. Ever since the Rebs took the SEC by storm, they have spiraled downward ever since their first conference loss to Kentucky. They are 4-6 since starting the conference 6-0. Every loss makes Kentucky’s win over them look less and less impressive. The Rebels look to be out of the tournament at the moment. This Week: 3/5 vs Alabama, 3/9 at LSU

6. Arkansas Razorbacks (18-11, 9-7) Last Week: L 65-60 at LSU, W 73-60 vs. Kentucky- Arkansas may be the most confusing team in the SEC. At home, they play like a top 25 team; on the road they look like a bunch of bums. What kind of magic is at Bud Walton Arena? The Razorbacks are on the bubble, but unfortunately they have to play at Missouri and the SEC tournament is in Nashville and not in Fayetteville. Too bad they can’t play all their games at home. Is Tom Crean coaching Arkansas part-time? This Week: 3/5 at Missouri, 3/9 vs. Texas A&M

7. Tennessee Volunteers (17-11, 9-7) Last Week: W 64-58 vs. Florida, L 78-68 at Georgia- And just when everyone thought Tennessee was going to make a late season charge into the tournament after beating Florida, they fumbled the ball losing at Georgia by 10 on the road. The Vols have the talent to make some noise as they won six conference games in a row, but the loss to Georgia pretty much sealed the deal for the NIT. This Volunteer team will be a tournament team next season. This Week: 3/6 at Auburn, 3/9 vs. Missouri

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