SEC play is underway!
Going into Week 10, Tennessee is coming off of an absolute decimation of Georgia, the Crimson Tide was surging with a win over Kentucky, South Carolina pulled off the league's biggest upset so far and LSU is showing its true self as a strong contender.
1] Tennessee (13-1, 2-0): Tennessee is coming off of the utter dismantling of Georgia over the weekend, 96-50. The Volunteers' offense had five players score in double-digits, and Tennessee established itself as the team to beat in the SEC. After defeating a tough Missouri team, the Volunteers look almost unstoppable. Last week: 1
2] Mississippi State (12-2, 0-1): Despite a huge upset at the hands of South Carolina on Saturday, Mississippi State continues to be one of the strongest teams in the conference. That being said, the Bulldogs will need to keep up the pace if they want to remain ranked in the polls. Last week: 2
3] Auburn (11-2, 0-0): Auburn still has yet to start SEC play, but it will do so Wednesday at Ole Miss. Auburn has had a problem with slow starts this season, and the Tigers will have to avoid that in order to get a win against the Rebels. Last week: 3
4] LSU (11-3, 1-0): The Tigers established themselves as a legitimate contender in the conference with a win over Alabama on Tuesday. At one point, LSU led by as much as 19 points. With the big win, the Tigers will look to continue to improve upon an already impressive season thus far. Last week: 6
5] Alabama (10-4, 1-1): Alabama was red-hot. Yes, it lost its first SEC road game against LSU, but the Crimson Tide established a solid, all-around offense during its upset over Kentucky on Saturday. Freshman Kira Lewis Jr., junior Tevin Mack, and senior Donta Hall are leading Crimson Tide offense, but in order to keep the momentum Alabama needs to win some road games. One thing is for sure, though: nobody wants to play the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. Last week: 5
6] Kentucky (11-3, 1-1): The Wildcats are suffering a similar issue as Alabama: they are struggling on the road. That being said, it is definitely no time for panic. Kentucky won against Texas A&M in a solid offensive performance, and the Wildcats are still one of the best all-around teams in the league. Last week: 4
7] Arkansas (10-3, 1-0): While Arkansas struggled in its win over Texas A&M, it was still a road win for the Razorbacks. That's always a big plus, especially in such a tight conference. Last week: 8
8] Ole Miss (11-2, 1-0): A solid road win over Vanderbilt has catapulted the Rebels to eight in our rankings. Junior guard Breein Tyree scored 31 points in a stellar performance. Ole Miss will host Auburn on Wednesday, a game that will finally reveal the legitimacy of the Rebels this season. Last week: 11
9] Missouri (9-4, 0-1): Missouri was dominated in its own house by Tennessee on Tuesday night. The Tigers have their weaknesses, but are still a stout team. Missouri will need a road win against South Carolina on Saturday if the Tigers want to re-establish their momentum. Last week: 7
10] Florida (8-5, 0-1): Losing at home to a bad South Carolina team on Saturday was not how the Gators needed to start SEC play. With upcoming games against Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi State, things are not looking pretty for Florida. Last week: 9
11] Vanderbilt (9-4, 0-1): Vanderbilt continues to leave the conference wondering what could have been had Darius Garland not suffered a season-ending injury. The Commodores continue to perform well in spite of Garland's absence. Freshman forward Simi Shittu has picked up most of the slack, including his solid, 21-point performance against Ole Miss with with nine rebounds and three assists. Last week: 10
12] South Carolina (7-7, 2-0): South Carolina has jumped up from the bottom of the SEC cellar with a win on the road over Florida. Don’t be mistaken: the Gamecocks are still a below-average team, but a road win against the Gators is always impressive. Last week: 14
13] Georgia (8-5, 0-1): Poor Georgia. Tennessee left no survivors in their defeat. The Bulldogs will host Vanderbilt on Wednesday, looking to regain some of their lost momentum. Last week: 12
14] Texas A&M (6-7, 0-2): Texas A&M earned the last spot in this week’s rankings due to the Aggies' loss in College Station to Arkansas. A&M travels to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama on Saturday. While that is worrisome, it could be a shot in the arm for the struggling Aggies should they be able to pull out a win. Last week: 13
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