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Updated SEC standings as the schedule ramps up again for Kentucky

The next stretch of games will go a long way in determining if Kentucky can win the league title.

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

On Saturday, the No. 7 ranked Kentucky Wildcats (18-3) secured their seventh straight SEC win and their eighth straight win overall when they came back from a double-digit deficit to knock off Florida.

It also kept Kentucky within a game of first place in the SEC standings. The Cats are now 7-1 in conference play, with their only loss coming in their SEC road opener against Alabama.

Kentucky is knotted with LSU, who is also 7-1 in conference, and both teams trail first-place Tennessee, who remained undefeated after taking down Texas A&M on the road Saturday evening.

The Cats handed Florida their fourth loss in conference play. The Gators are now 4-4 in the SEC this season. Mike White’s squad is not alone at .500 in the conference, as five other teams are sitting at 4-4 as well, including No. 21 Mississippi State.

Vanderbilt remains winless on the season in conference play. The Commodores are now 0-8 after losing to Missouri on the road in Columbia. The Wildcats crushed Vandy earlier this week, winning 87-52.

With 10 games left for each team in the SEC, let’s take a look at the full conference standings.

  1. Tennessee Volunteers 8-0
  2. Kentucky Wildcats 7-1
  3. LSU Tigers 7-1
  4. South Carolina Gamecocks 6-2
  5. Florida Gators 4-4
  6. Alabama Crimson Tide 4-4
  7. Ole Miss Rebels 4-4
  8. Mississippi State Bulldogs 4-4
  9. Auburn Tigers 4-4
  10. Arkansas Razorbacks 4-4
  11. Missouri Tigers 1-7
  12. Georgia Bulldogs 1-7
  13. Texas A&M Aggies 1-7
  14. Vanderbilt Commodores 0-8

The Cats continue SEC play on Tuesday when they play South Carolina at Rupp Arena. Kentucky then goes on the road to play a ranked Mississippi State team on Saturday, before back-to-back contests against the SEC’s best. The Wildcats play both LSU and Tennessee next week.

The Bulldogs are part of another big SEC matchup this week when they host LSU on Wednesday. LSU then travels to Auburn on Saturday, so the standings could have a major shakeup by the time Kentucky’s clash with Tennessee ends.

Depending on how Kentucky does during that three-game stretch vs. ranked foes, they could be leading the SEC standings or trail Tennessee by multiple games by the end of next week.