SEC Hoops Power Poll: Conference Week 6
After a one week hiatus, Phil from Save the Shield and I have put together our picks for Conference Week 6 of Southeastern Conference Hoop.
There’s really not a whole lot new this week. The pecking order at the top of the SEC has been set with Kentackalackey on top, Vandy in second and Tennessee in third. State, Florida and Ole Miss are somewhat fungible in the second tier, while Arkansas and South Carolina are the last two SEC squads with even a fraction of a shot at an at large bid.
Anyway, Phil’s and my picks are after the jump.
Conference Week 6 Power Poll:
- Kentucky - They have more talent in their starting five than any team in the nation, and they proved on Sunday that they can win even when their biggest gun is a non-factor.
- Vanderbilt - There are serious concerns with the injury bug as Walker and Jenkins both missed Saturday and are questionable for the trip to Ole Miss.
- Tennessee - Notwithstanding their being a bad matchup with Vanderbilt, they are clearly the league’s third best team… even with Stephen Pearl and Skylar McBee in heavy rotation.
- Mississippi State - Either MSU or Ole Miss has to step it up for the West to get an at large bid for the tournamen.
- Florida – The home loss to a good, but not great, Xavier team is a blow to Florida’s bubble status, but they still have every chance to earn a bubble bid.
- Ole Miss – Hosting Vandy and Florida presents a key week in which Ole Miss can bolster their bonafides and improve their RPI. But, by the same measure, two home losses could leave Ole Miss on the outside looking in.
- Arkansas- Any week in which the players don’t tweet off-color jokes is a good week for Pelphrey. And they’re in the hunt for a western title.
- South Carolina- The fighting Devan Downeys dropped a key game against divisional rival Georgia, plunging them to the fifth spot in the East and functionally eliminating at large hopes.
- Georgia - The win over the gamecocks proves again that Stedman is probably every opponents worst nightmare right now. In fact, they’ve taken down all three Eastern opponents (UT, VU and SC) who’ve visited. Florida and Kentucky aren’t feeling comfy.
- Alabama - While the win over Arkansas stopped a four game slide, Bama has only two more home games on the schedule and little hope of cracking .500.
- Auburn - The Jeff Lebo watch is in full effect. Being through the worst of their schedule may provide an opportunity for him to save his job.
- Louisiana State - Notwithstanding Johnson’s valiant effort to zone Vanderbilt into submission, the Tigers are just downright awful and very shorthanded as the year comes to a close. Don’t expect a win
The Full Results are up at Garnet and Black.