Our SEC Basketball Power Poll. Results at Garnet and Black Attack on Friday.
1. Kentucky: I don't see Kentucky losing a home game. Can they win all their road games? UK's wins against UGA and Florida were big, but both opponents made UK work for it, despite UK's advantages.
2. Tennessee: Scotty Hopson is the only UT player in the SEC's top-20 scorers. Yet these guys handled No. 1 Kansas, without four scholarship players. The rumors of the Vols demise were greatly exaggerated.
3. Mississippi State: Might be a reach here, but they defeated Ole Miss on the road, are 13-3 and have four guys averaging double figures. Senior Jarvis Varnado leads the league in rebounding (10.9rpg) and is averaging 13.9ppg.
4. Ole Miss: The loss to Miss State and near-death experience against UGA did not help. They go to Tennessee on Saturday and will need all of their league leading 83.4ppg.
6. Alabama: They are 10th in rebounding margin, but third in the SEC in assist/turnover ratio. Mikhail Torrance (16ppg) and JaMychal Green (15.1ppg) lead the Tide in scoring and both are shooting better than 50%.
7. South Carolina: The East dark horse has a chance to go to 3-0 in the SEC with a win against Vandy on Saturday. Guard Devan Downey leads the SEC with 20.1ppg.
9. Georgia: Played well in losses to UK and Ole Miss. Three of their next four are on the road and their one home game is against UT. The Dogs could be 0-6 in the league by February.
11. Auburn: Off this weekend, the Tigers get Tennessee next Thursday and UK two days later. Auburn is also 11th in the SEC in points allowed (71.9ppg).
12. Arkansas: The only team below .500 in the SEC (7-8) and the league's worst defense (73.1ppg).