SEC Men’s Basketball Power Rankings: Week 14

LSU slides into the No. 2 spot after upsetting Kentucky, but where does the rest of the league stand?

Week 13 was a great week for college basketball fans, with some fantastic games both inside and outside the Southeastern Conference.

The majority of the teams of the league remained close to their Week 13 spots, with a few exceptions. LSU shocked Kentucky in Lexington in Tuesday, but with the Wildcats' highly-anticipated showdown with Tennessee it will be interesting to see how things unfold.

Here's how the league stacks up going into Week 14:

1] Tennessee (23-1, 11-0 SEC): Despite several injuries, the Volunteers have continued to win. They have one of the toughest schedules remaining, beginning with a trip to Kentucky on Saturday. They will then host Vanderbilt, play at LSU, at Ole Miss, host a rematch with Kentucky, play Mississippi State and visit Auburn. If Tennessee is on its game the Vols should make quick work of most of these matchups. Last week: 1

2] LSU (20-4, 10-1): Beating the No. 5 Wildcats in Lexington was no easy feat. LSU proved that its for real this season, and has to be considered one of the favorites to win the SEC Tournament. Last week: 3

3] Kentucky (20-4, 9-2): After nearly allowing Mississippi State to come back, and falling to LSU at home, the Wildcats drops to the third spot in this week’s rankings. Kentucky fans need not fret, though. Aside from the two remaining matchups with the Volunteers, the Cats should easily get through the rest of the regular season. Last week: 2

4] South Carolina (12-12, 7-4): The Gamecocks continue to play better than their record would have you think. South Carolina has struggled against the top teams, but otherwise has dominated all other competition. Last week: 5

5] Auburn (16-8, 5-6): After losing to LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday, the Tigers should have been looking at an easy week, but then lost at home to Ole Miss on Wednesday night. Auburn heads to Vanderbilt on Saturday, when it will try and regroup. Last week: 4

6] Mississippi State (17-7, 5-6): It’s crunch time for Mississippi State, and the Bulldogs made a statement against the Crimson Tide on Tuesday. After losing at home to both LSU and Kentucky, Mississippi State dominated Alabama in Starkville with arguably its best game of the season. The Bulldogs need to keep the momentum going and get their league record above .500, Otherwise they could get overlooked come March. Last week: 6

7] Ole Miss (15-7, 5-4): Ole Miss scored wins over both Texas A&M and Georgia last week, and then got a huge victory at Auburn on Wednesday night. Nevertheless, the Rebels are in a similar boat as their in-state rival Mississippi State: keep winning and stay above .500 in SEC play, or face the potential danger of being overlooked in March. Last week: 7

8] Alabama (15-9, 6-5): Alabama's season has repetitive: Struggle to win after having a big lead, then get blasted. Alabama allowed Vanderbilt to cut an 18-point lead down to five with three minutes left, and then lost to Mississippi State in one of its most unimpressive efforts of the season. Alabama is a good program. It just needs to figure out what ails it. (Here's a hint: it starts with turnovers and ends with losing the rebound game.) Last week: 9

9] Arkansas (14-10, 5-6): Losing to rival Missouri was not what Arkansas had in mind when starting its final stretch of the season. Fortunately, the Razorbacks have plenty of time left, even if they are hanging on to their NCAA Tournament hopes by a thread. Arkansas hosts Mississippi State in the biggest game of the year so far for the Razorbacks. Last week: 8

10] Florida (13-11, 5-6): Florida had lost four of its last five games before winning at home against Vanderbilt on Wednesday night. Still, it's looking more like the Gators will be heading to the NIT in March. UF still has three ranked opponents on its schedule, including two games against LSU and one versus Kentucky. It might need to beat Alabama on Saturday and all three ranked teams to get back in the NCAA Tournament, but that' doesn't seem likely. Last week: 10

11] Missouri (12-11, 3-8): The Tigers were able to pick up a good win over rival Arkansas on Tuesday, and now move on to face Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday. Missouri has now lost three SEC games in which they led by double-digit points, which could have turned around its season. Instead, any surge at this point would likely be too little, too late. Last week: 11

12] Georgia (10-14, 1-10): Georgia has now lost five consecutive games, and nine straight against SEC opponents. Bulldogs fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for this weekend, when LSU visits. Last week: 12

13] Texas A&M (10-13, 3-8): The Aggies picked up a solid road victory over Georgia on Tuesday, 73-56. That being said, Georgia hasn't had the most successful season, so the Aggies shouldn’t gloat too much. Texas A&M has a difficult schedule remaining, facing South Carolina twice, Alabama, LSU, and Mississippi State. While they won’t make the NCAA Tournament, the Aggies still have a chance to end the season on a high note. Last week: 13

14] Vanderbilt (9-15, 0-11): Vanderbilt’s losing streak is up to 12, and next up is an Auburn team desperate for a win. the Commodores subsequently have to travel to rival Tennessee. It doesn’t look like their luck will change any time soon. Last week: 14

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