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The top three have separated to make the SEC race very interesting

NCAA Basketball: Auburn at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The top three teams in the SEC have separated themselves from the rest of the pack, and it will be a battle for the top seed once the SEC Tournament rolls around.

#1 Kentucky Wildcats (23-4, 12-2)

The Cats are one of the hottest teams in the country right now and if it wasn’t for a missed offensive interference call, they would be on quite the winning streak after their dominating win over Auburn.

Like the AP poll committee, I am not going to hold that loss against them in the power rankings.

Next game: Vs Arkansas

#2 LSU Tigers (22-5, 12-2)

The Tigers are fresh off a huge win at home against Tennessee, putting them in the driver’s seat for the one seed in the SEC. They also did it without their star point guard Tremont Waters, who was out with an illness.

LSU slipped up when Florida traveled to LSU and beat the Tigers earlier in the week, but a win over UT keeps them in the second spot.

Next game: Vs Texas A&M

#3 Tennessee Volunteers (24-3, 12-2)

Tennessee looked to be the top dog in the conference when they shot up to number one in the country.

However, once they took over the top spot, they haven’t looked like the same team as they almost fell on the road at Vanderbilt and have had many close calls in conference play.

Then they ran into Kentucky who dominated them from the start and have now lost again, this time to LSU. Therefore, the Vols have fallen to third in the power rankings.

Next game: @ Ole Miss

#4 Florida Gators (16-11, 8-6)

The Gators gave Tennessee a battle early in the month of February. Since then, they haven’t lost as they are currently on a four-game winning streak.

Wednesday night, the Gators made the trip to LSU and beat the Tigers on their home floor. And they backed that up with a win over Missouri on Saturday.

Florida is starting to heat up and they are doing so at the perfect time, as it gets close to win-or-go-home time. With that being said, they still have another matchup with LSU and they have to make the trip to Rupp Arena.

Next game: @ Vanderbilt

#5 Ole Miss Rebels (19-8, 9-5)

The Rebels have been one of the more surprising teams this season as no one expected them to be having this much success.

They have won five of their last six and are right in striking distance of the four seed for the SEC Tournament. However, with matchups against Kentucky and Tennessee coming up, it will be interesting to see how they close out the season.

Next game: Vs Tennessee

#6 Mississippi State Bulldogs (20-7, 8-6)

The Bulldogs have had an up and down season to say the least as they have been firmly in the top-25 and have fallen back out of it.

Conference play has been average for MSU as they are right at .500, which is shocking considering they have one of the best scorers in the entire conference. With games against Auburn and Tennessee still on the schedule, they will have a chance to make a statement as the season comes to an end.

Next game: Vs Missouri

#7 Auburn Tigers (18-9, 7-7)

It was a very promising start for the Tigers as they found themselves ranked in the top-15 before Kentucky came to town and beat the Tigers. After that loss, it was like the life was drained out of the Tigers.

They have been up and down ever since that game, which seemed due to the absence of Austin Wiley. However, he has since returned but went down with an injury in the game on Saturday. Hopefully, he can get back out there so we can see what the Tigers can really do.

Next game: @ Georgia

#8 Alabama Crimson Tide (16-11, 7-7)

The Tide got off to a great start in the SEC after they knocked off Kentucky. However, recently they have been struggling as they had lost three straight before knocking off Vanderbilt.

With some very tough games left on the schedule for the Tide, they could either make a big statement to close out the year, or it could be a brutal final stretch.

Next game: @ South Carolina

#9 South Carolina Gamecocks (14-13, 9-5)

The Gamecocks don’t have the best overall record, but they have been very solid ever since conference play started.

Their losses have come at the hands of the top dogs in the conference, but with their win over Ole Miss they have put themselves in position for the four seed in the SEC.

Next game: Vs Alabama

#10 Texas A&M Aggies (12-14, 5-9)

The Aggies lost a lot of their talent from a year ago and it has shown throughout the year as they have struggled all season.

They knocked off Arkansas Saturday, which is why they have the 10th spot ahead of the Razorbacks.

Next game: @ LSU

#11 Arkansas Razorbacks (14-13, 5-9)

The Razorbacks have now lost five straight games and are towards the bottom in the SEC standings. Their last win came against Vanderbilt at the beginning of February.

Life won’t get any easier for the Hogs as they have to make a trip to Rupp Arena and face one of the hottest teams in the country.

Next game: @ Kentucky

#12 Missouri Tigers (12-14, 3-11)

The Tigers have been close in several games this season, but they have never been able to get over the hump in most of them and come away with the win.

They too have had some injury issues this season, but overall it has been a disappointing year to be a Tiger fan.

Next game: @ Mississippi State

#13 Georgia Bulldogs (10-17, 1-13)

With the exception of recruiting, the first season hasn’t been the best for new head coach Tom Crean as the Bulldogs have struggled all season.

Their one SEC win came against the team right below them in last place. The schedule is fairly tough the rest of the way for the struggling Bulldogs.

Next game: Vs Auburn

#14 Vanderbilt Commodores (9-18, 0-14)

This season has been a disaster for Vanderbilt after they lost their best player to a season-ending injury.

After the loss to Alabama, that made 15 straight losses for the Dores and they have complete control of last place in the SEC.

Next game: Vs Florida