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SEC Hoops Power Poll: Conference Week 3

January 22nd, 2010

The timing on the TeamSpeedKills.com weekly Blogosphere Power Poll is awkward for Hoops.  A Thursday midnight cutoff is a full half week after the Top 25 polls close and is just a weird time to submit.  Nevertheless, Phil from Save the Shield and I got our picks for Conference Week 3 of Southeastern Conference Hoops in on time.

The only real, substantive change is that South Carolina got jumped by Ole Miss and Florida, and that Ole Miss jumped Florida.  There’s a pretty big drop between MSU and Ole Miss and between South Carolina and the bottom of the league.  The real question mark is how much better the Fighting Freshmen in Kentackalacky are than the rest of the league.  That question (and whether the Vols’ lack of depth will catch up to them) are the real unanswered questions.  It looks like it will be a three team (UK, UT and Vanderbilt) battle in the East and a state of Mississippi battle for the West (with MSU winning at Oxford already).

Anyway, Phil’s and my picks are after the jump.

Conference Week 3 Power Poll:

There is an argument to be made that it is Bledsoe, and not necessarily Wall or Cousins, that makes UK the #1 team in the land.

  1. Kentucky – With Bledsoe now joining Patterson, Cousins and Wall in the ranks of the possible lottery picks, does that mean not winning it all becomes an epic exploiting talent fail?
  2. Tennessee – For those who continually say that Pearl deserves Coach of the Year, let us not forget that one is a coach both on and off the court. Having to exert discipline is the byproduct of failure to guide good behavior.
  3. Vanderbilt – For a team as balanced and multi-faceted as Vanderbilt, it is strikingly susceptible to a collapse due to a three-man backcourt with no depth beyond that.
  4. Mississippi State – Jarvis Varnardo’s triple-dub threat may not impress you, but it should. He may not be the most valuable player in the SEC, but he certainly has MSU in good position to win the West.
  5. Ole Miss – Blowing the win at Thompson-Boling hurts, but they have three winnable games (Arkansas, Auburn and LSU) to get ready for when the Wildcats come to town.
  6. Florida – Billy D has a balanced, but entirely underwhelming squad. Right now he wishes he had a guy like Nick Calathes to get UF back to where they can compete with upper tier teams.
  7. South Carolina – Cock fans may complain about injuries, but Devan Downey plays like a one man show regardless of who is on his team. He may be entertaining to watch on a play-by-play basis, but he’s not gonna win anything on his own.
  8. Georgia – The far-and-away leader in moral victories this season. I can’t recall if moral victories were on Jim Harrick Jr’s pop quiz or not.
  9. Alabama – They won’t be out-athleted by any team this year… of course they’re yet to really out play any team, either.
  10. Arkansas – Razorback fans are most happy that Cortney Fortson’s parole from suspension requires that he regularly check in at the scorer’s table.
  11. Auburn – By beating winning at Baton Rouge, Auburn assured themselves of avoiding the cellar; however, opponents have to wonder if their hanging with more talented teams means they’re going to sneak up on a big boy.
  12. LSU – Bring back Misty Champagne. How was this team successful last year? Really.
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