WBN SEC Power Rankings: 03-10-2013 (Pre-SEC Tourney) Edition

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Mar 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) blocks the shot of Florida Gators guard Mike Rosario (3) in the first half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Florida 61-57. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports


1. #11 Florida Gators (24-6, 14-4) Last Week: W 66-40 vs. Vanderbilt, L 61-57 at Kentucky-  In a bit of a surprise, Florida split the final games of the regular season, smashing Vandy and falling to Kentucky at Rupp. To those who say Florida had nothing to play for at Kentucky need to realize they were playing for NCAA seeding. Boynton and Young are as inconsistent as any pair in the country and that killed them against UK. Perhaps the saddest stat is Patric Young had two (2) rebounds Saturday. If they hope to survive and advance in the SEC and NCAA Tourneys, they have to first survive the inconsistency that is their best players. This Week: SEC Tournament

2. Kentucky Wildcats (21-10, 12-6) Last Week: L 72-62 at Georgia, W 61-57 vs. Florida-  After the devastating loss at Georgia, Kentucky rebounded with the HUGE win at Rupp against the #11 ranked Gators. Everybody showed up and showed out, completing the two tasks Calipari set before each of them going into the game. Harrow was clutch Saturday where he failed to show up Thursday. WCS was a genius defender with 4 fouls and is now MORE important to the Cats than Nerlens Noel was. Let that sink in a minute. I’m not going to attempt to peg this team’s chances of winning any SEC or NCAA Tourney games but if they play like they did against Florida, they’ll be a tough out. Once Calipari figures out how to use Wiltjer since he gets burned so often on D with the absense of Noel, we will roll. This Week: SEC Tournament

3. Missouri Tigers (22-9, 11-7) Last Week: W 93-63 vs. Arkansas, L 64-62 at Tennessee- Staying true to form, Mizzou dominates a terrible road team in Arkansas and plays like the sh*tty road team they are at TN. Granted TN has come on like gangbusters of late but still, Mizzou’s front court should dominate every team they face because they rotate two (2) studs in Bowers and Oriakhi to go with mercurial PG Pressey. Unfortunately for Mizzou, Pressey never met a shot he didn’t like and Oriakhi forgets how dominant he can be. This Week: SEC Tournament

4. Tennessee Volunteers (19-11, 11-7) Last Week: W 82-75 at Auburn, W 64-62 vs. Mizzou-  Cuonzo has this team rolling at the right time. He finally listened to me advice and has been running the offense through Jarnell Stokes. Trae Golden and Jordan McRae have been playing balls out on for the past couple weeks and that trio has been lethal. Expect them to make a run in the SEC and accept an NCAA Bid. This Week: SEC Tournament

5. Ole Miss Rebels (23-8, 12-6) Last Week: W 87-83 vs. Arkansas, W 81-67 at LSU-  Despite some rough losses, the Rebels managed to end the season on a bit of a win streak. Marshall Henderson carries them or kills them with his poor decision making and addition to shooting stupid shots. He scores in bunches so if Kennedy can ride the momentum he brings, they have a chance to scheme the front court into effectiveness. This Week: SEC Tournament

6. Alabama Crimson Tide (20-11, 12-6) Last Week: L 87-83 at Ole Miss, W 71-68 vs. Georgia-  Alabama had a chance to place themselves squarely on the NCAA Tourney bubble and laid an egg at Ole Miss. Were it not for Trevor Releford’s last second half court 3, they would have seen OT against Georgia and there’s no guessing how that would have ended. It appears that the SEC Title is going to be the only ticket Anthony Grant can cash in to get into the Big Dance. This Week: SEC Tournament

7. Arkansas Razorbacks (19-12, 10-8) Last Week: L 93-63 at Mizzou, W 73-62 vs. Texas A&M –  Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde were present again this week as the Razorbacks were demolished on the road against Mizzou yet pulled off the home win against A&M. Marshawn Powell is the key to their success because he is among their most consistent. BJ Young has to contribute or Arkansas won’t win a single SEC Tourney game. This Week: SEC Tournament

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