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Inside the Locker Room’s SEC Basketball Rankings — Week of February 1

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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 second installment.

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The SEC had some teams play very well this weekend during the SEC vs Big 12 matchup, but the Big 12 got the upper hand with a 7-3 record.

Things could have been much different if the SEC could have come out on top in two big games that went down to the wire, but Kansas beat Kentucky in overtime and Oklahoma held on to defeat LSU by two points.

Now, we begin the month of February with teams fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Here’s how we see the conference on February 1.

Barry’s rankings

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

Wimp’s Rankings

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

A few additional thoughts:

  • Florida really helped their NCAA hopes with a win over #9 West Virginia and Texas A&M helped its NCAA seeding with a 10 point victory over #14 Iowa State 72-62.
  • Vanderbilt and LSU missed huge opportunities to get a quality win and for now they are on the outside looking in for a bid to the NCAA tournament.
  • Arkansas seem to be making the most improvement with wins over Texas A&M and Texas Tech this week.
  • Alabama will have a good chance to pick up 2 wins this week playing 2 bottom teams in Mississippi State and Missouri.

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