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Inside the Locker Room SEC Basketball Rankings — Week of February 8

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Editor’s note: Wimp and Barry Sanderson will be using their decades of college basketball coaching experience to provide their own SEC rankings each week along with some insight. This is the third installment.


Last week saw a lot of shakeup in the SEC standings after Texas A&M lost two consecutive games. Teams are bunched up from top to bottom and these last few weeks will be crucial for seeding in the SEC Tournament.

Here’s a look at how Inside the Locker Room ranks the conference teams:

Barry’s rankings

  1.  LSU
  2.  Kentucky
  3.  South Carolina
  4.  Texas A&M
  5.  Florida
  6.  Georgia
  7.  Ole Miss
  8.  Vanderbilt
  9.  Alabama
  10.  Arkansas
  11.  Tennessee
  12.  Mississippi State
  13.  Auburn
  14.  Missouri

Wimp’s rankings

  1.  LSU
  2.  Kentucky
  3.  South Carolina
  4.  Texas A&M
  5.  Georgia
  6.  Florida
  7.  Vandy
  8.  Ole Miss
  9.  Arkansas
  10. Alabama
  11.  Tennessee
  12.  Auburn
  13.  Mississippi State
  14.  Missouri

LSU has quietly stayed consistent and leads the conference with a 8-2 record. They have a huge week and can separate themselves with 2 wins this week at South Carolina and a home game vs Texas A&M. South Carolina coming of a win at A&M finds themselves in unfamiliar territory with a chance to lead the league standings with 2 huge home games vs LSU and Kentucky.

Kentucky rebounded from the loss to Tennessee by blowing out the Florida Gators. John Calapari doesn’t get near the credit he deserves for getting his team back on track after a tough loss. I wouldn’t be surprised when it’s all said and done that they end up winning regular season title once again.

Alabama has a tough stretch but could get themselves in the NCAA tournament talk if with wins versus Texas A&M and road games at Florida and LSU.  Add these 3 wins to non conference wins vs Wichita State, Notre Dame and Clemson and their resume will quickly get the committee’s attention. Georgia badly needs a big win and they will get their chance with a road game at Kentucky this Tuesday.

Vanderbilt has continued to be the biggest disappointment and their chances are quickly running out to make the field of 68. The bottom of the league seems to be set with injuries and suspensions to both Auburn and Missouri.

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