Sunday, March 1, 2009

SEC Basketball Rankings For March 1st

The LSU Tigers clinched the SEC regular season title with their win in Rupp Arena on Saturday. Also, LSU broke an 11 game losing streak to Kentucky on the road. The loss was the second of the week for the Wildcats who were blown out by South Carolina on Wednesday. But the Gamecocks couldn't keep up the momentum losing at Vanderbilt this past weekend.

The teams that helped themselves the most this week both have a distinct flair of orange in their school colors. Both Tennessee and Auburn were 2-0 this week with big road victories to boot.

Team of the Week: LSU Tigers

NCAA Tournament Teams (In): LSU, South Carolina

NCAA Bubble Teams: Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Auburn

1. LSU
This team is for real in the SEC. I am interested to see what they can do in the NCAA Tournament because they have dominated the conference but struggled in the non-conference.

2. South Carolina
Gamecocks could not keep the ball rolling after their big win over UK. A home date with Tennessee will give the winner the SEC East lead.

3. Tennessee
Bruce Pearl had his club ready to play in Gainesville as he continues his domination of Billy Donovan.

4. Auburn
Jeff Lebo's club has snuck up on most everyone this year and sits at 8-6 in the SEC. If this team gets to 10 conference wins then they are in the NCAA Tournament.

5. Florida
Looks like it is going to be another nail bitter on Selection Sunday. If the Gators are left out it would be two years in a row after winning back to back national titles in '06 and '07.

6. Kentucky
The Wildcats have serious work to do if they are to make it to March Madness with two losses this week. The game at Gainesville this weekend may be for an tourney berth.

7. Mississippi State
The Bulldogs looked like they were set to make a move on second place in the West but two losses this week knock them out of serious NCAA contention.

8. Vanderbilt
That odd configuration at Memorial Gym proves deadly once again with a big win over South Carolina.

9. Alabama
Is it Spring Practice Yet? Saban is getting restless just watching the "voluntary workouts".

10. Ole Miss
Is it Spring Practice Yet? The Right Reverend can take us to the promise land this year.

11. Arkansas
The Razorbacks won the battle of the bottom by pounding Georgia on Sunday.

12. Georgia
Hey, you got your second SEC win of the season by a team that went out and defeated South Carolina!

Top Games this week:
Florida at Miss State Wed
Georgia at Kentucky Wed
Tennessee at South Carolina Thu
Kentucky at Florida Sat

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