Kentucky and Tennessee Sit Atop SEC Power Rankings

Eric AdamsContributor IJanuary 13, 2010

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 02:  John Calipari the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to DeMarcus Cousins #15 and Patrick Patterson #54 during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rupp Arena on January 2, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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I'll be posting SEC Basketball Power Rankings once a week from now on. I'll try to make it every Tuesday. Please don't yell if you disagree.

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1. Kentucky (17-0)

Kentucky improved to 17-0 tonight with an impressive win in Gainesville against the Florida Gators. The Wildcats closed the game on a 16-5 run after Billy Donovan's squad tied the score with only five minutes left to play. Kentucky will most likely win their next three with no problem. The next possible defeat on the radar is when they host Vanderbilt on Jan. 30.

2. Tennessee (12-2)

Vol fans won't get the chance to savor their victory over Kansas for very long thanks to Lane Kiffin. It's amazing how much news has came out of Knoxville lately. Anyway, the Kansas win was amazing and proves this team will be a hard out in postseason play.

3. Vanderbilt (12-3)

The Commodores flexed their muscle against Florida. The 'Dores are for real and were able to prove it in front of a national audience. The real test now will be how Vanderbilt can respond on the road. Vandy plays both Alabama and South Carolina this week away from home. Vanderbilt is better than both and needs to win two to keep up with Kentucky and Tennessee.

4. Mississippi State (13-3)

Mississippi State rebounded from a tough loss to Western Kentucky with a win over in-state rival Ole Miss. Dee Bost led the way with 25 points and six assists. Now, the Bulldogs have a real chance to win their next five games and establish themselves back in the top 25.

5. Alabama (11-4)

This may be a bit of a stretch, but I wanted to recognize their nice four-game winning streak. The Crimson Tide went down to the Bayou and knocked off LSU 66-49. Any road win in the SEC is a good one. They play host to Vanderbilt tomorrow night. That game will give us an indication of how good this team is.

6. Mississippi (12-3)

The loss to Mississippi State isn't the worse thing in the world. The Rebels' other two losses were to highly ranked Villanova and West Virginia. They have a great test this Saturday at Knoxville. Ole Miss should be a tournament team with a decent conference record.

7. Florida (11-5)

Billy Donovan's squad had two chances to prove their worth in the past week. Both times they were on the verge of breaking through. Vanderbilt and Kentucky were able to sustain late rallies to knock off the Gators. This seems like a pretty good team. They have two guards who will take shots from anywhere on the court. At this point, Florida would have to go on a nice win streak to make postseason play.

8. South Carolina (10-5)

Like I say every week, these last five teams aren't very good in general. They will move around a lot in the rankings on a week-to-week basis. That being said, I may have been a little too rough on the Gamecocks last week. They went on the road and beat Auburn by nine.

9. Georgia (8-6)

The loss to Kentucky was encouraging, but it was still a defeat.

10. Auburn (9-7)

A bad loss against South Carolina, and things get much tougher, really quickly. Up next is at Tennessee and then home against Kentucky.

11. LSU (9-6)

Not much to say here. Looks like a mediocre team to me. The Tigers need to win at South Carolina to have any chance of making noise in the SEC.

12. Arkansas (7-8)

Even though the Razorbacks may be playing better, their win-loss record will not reflect it any time soon. After three losses to great teams (Baylor, UAB, Texas), they have to play Mississippi State, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Mississippi. They could easily go 0-for-6 during that stretch.