SEC Basketball: A Terrible Night

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IINovember 16, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes defends against Erving Walker #11 of the Florida Gators during their game at Value City Arena on November 15, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Florida 81-74. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Nov. 15, 2011, could go down as a terrible day for the SEC. 

The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Kansas Jayhawks by 10 points, proving that the Wildcats will be a top team for the rest of the year. 

The SEC managed another win last night.  Vanderbilt defeated Bucknell by 12 points, but looked terrible doing it.  After losing their last game and struggling in this one, many questions are floating around.

In a game they weren't supposed to win, Florida showed their weakness in their loss to Ohio State.

Florida is a great three-point shooting team, but they need to work on their inside game to be a threat for the title come April.

Now, in two games that the SEC will be surely ashamed of, LSU lost to Coast Carolina by eight and South Carolina lost to Elon by five.  It's amazing that two SEC schools would actually travel to these teams' courts to play, but the losses they were served in these games is unacceptable.

The SEC is trying to build on their basketball resume from the last few years, but with losses like these, and Vanderbilt's loss to Cleveland State, many questions remain. 

We know Kentucky is great, but Alabama, Florida and Vanderbilt should also be in the Tourney come March. 

The question is who will be with them?

Ole Miss, Tennessee and Mississippi State are not that far from the rest of the league, and with a few key wins, any one of these teams can make the Tourney.