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SEC Basketball Power Rankings for Week 15

A new #1 emerges after a tough week for LSU.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

It was an exciting week in SEC play as we saw a long losing streak end, and several entertaining matchups created a new team on top of these rankings.

#1 Auburn Tigers (21-2,8-2)

Last week: #2

Record last week: 2-0

The Tigers had two very close calls this week, but they were able to come out on the winning side in both of those matchups.

They started the week with a narrow 79-76 victory at Arkansas, then had a Saturday matchup with LSU. It was an awesome game that ended on a buzzer beater by Auburn to get the 91-90 win.

Auburn didn’t make the week easy, but they were able to grind out two huge victories in the race for the SEC.

This week: vs Alabama, @ Missouri

#2 Kentucky Wildcats (18-5,8-2)

Last week: #3

Record last week: 2-0

The Wildcats had a very impressive week when you break down their opponents and the environments, they were in.

They started the week with an 80-72 win over Mississippi State in what was a dominating performance by Nick Richards against one of the best bigs in the SEC. They backed that up by ending a four-game losing streak in Knoxville when they beat Tennessee 77-64.

Kentucky is trending in the right direction and have put themselves in a great spot going forward in the battle for the SEC.

This week: @ Vanderbilt, vs Ole Miss

#3 LSU Tigers (17-6,8-2)

Last week: #1

Record last week: 0-2

The Tigers had a rough week, as they dropped both of their matchups including being on the wrong side of history.

Early in the week, the Tigers became the team that Vanderbilt ended their 26-game losing streak in SEC play against after falling 99-90 on the road.

The week ended in more heartbreak, as they were on the wrong end of a buzzer beater in Auburn when they lost 91-90 in what was the game of the week in the SEC.

LSU had a big hold on the conference after their 8-0 start to league play. But after two slip ups, the Tigers find themselves in a three-way tie at the top of the SEC.

This week: vs Missouri, @ Alabama

#4 Mississippi State Bulldogs (15-8,6-4)

Last week: #4

Record last week: 1-1

The Bulldogs were able to bounce back on Saturday despite a tough start to the week.

The week started with a road trip to Lexington that resulted in a tough 80-72 loss to Kentucky. They were able to bounce back against the improving Vanderbilt when they secured an 80-70 victory over the Commodores.

Mississippi State is sitting in 4th place in the standings and have found themselves in a great spot with the schedule opening up now for the Bulldogs if they can take care of business on this road trip filled week.

This week: @ Ole Miss, @ Arkansas

#5 South Carolina Gamecocks (14-9,6-4)

Last week: #6

Record last week: 1-1

South Carolina had a rather shocking loss early in the week but was able to take care of business during a Saturday matchup with a middle of the pack squad.

The week started with a surprising 84-70 loss to a struggling Ole Miss team on the road, but that is life in the SEC. They were able to bounce back when they returned home to face Texas A&M and came away with the 74-54 victory.

For Kentucky’s seeding hopes, they want to see South Carolina win every game going forward, but the Gamecocks have found themselves sitting in a good spot in the league.

This week: @ Georgia, vs Tennessee

#6 Florida Gators (14-9,6-4)

Last week: #5

Record last week: 1-1

The Gators didn’t have the best end to the week after getting dominated on the road against a much lesser opponent.

The week got off to a positive start with an 81-75 victory over Georgia. However, the week ended rough for the Gators when they were dominated at Ole Miss, falling 68-51 in a game that they were never really in.

Florida is trending in the wrong direction, losing 4 of their last 6 games and are falling out of the race for the SEC.

This week: @ Texas A&M, vs Vanderbilt

#7 Texas A&M Aggies (11-11, 5-5)

Last week: #9

Record last week: 1-1

The Aggies have been one of the more surprising teams in the SEC this season, as they were projected to be one of the worst teams in the conference. But here they sit at #7 in the power rankings.

Their week started with a 68-51 dominating win over Missouri at home, which is a game that the Aggies should win based on their season. The week didn’t end very well, however, as they went on the road to South Carolina and fell 74-54.

Texas A&M fans should be very pleased with the job Buzz Williams has done this seaso,n and they will still have opportunities to improve on their record.

This week: vs Florida, vs Georgia

#8 Tennessee Volunteers (13-10,5-5)

Last week: #10

Record last week: 1-1

The Vols didn’t have the greatest week, but they are benefitting from other teams around them having an even worse week.

The week got off to a positive start with a 69-68 victory at Alabama. However, the week ended with a four-game home winning streak over Kentucky being snapped in a 77-64 losing effort to the Cats.

Tennessee will have very winnable games coming up in the future in an effort to make a push for the NCAA Tournament.

This week: vs Arkansas, @ South Carolina

#9 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-10,5-5)

Last week: #8

Record last week: 1-1

The Crimson Tide had a great opportunity to go 2-0 on the week and make a jump in these rankings, but unfortunately, they couldn’t defend home court.

The week started with a close home loss to Tennessee 69-68 which was one of the more surprising results of the SEC this week. However, they went on the road to Georgia and was able to bounce back with a 105-102 victory.

Alabama will have a chance to make a huge statement this week, but it is going to be a very difficult task for the Tide.

This week: @ Auburn, vs LSU

#10 Arkansas Razorbacks (16-7,4-6)

Last week: #7

Record last week: 0-2

The injury bug has bitten the Razorbacks, which has made the road difficult for them and we are seeing that with their results this week.

The week started with a 79-76 home loss to Auburn which was a heartbreaking defeat for Razorback fans. However, they let Auburn beat them twice as they made the trip to struggling Missouri and lost 83-79 in OT.

This will be a big week for the Razorbacks to see if they can get back on the winning side of things or if they continue this downward fall.

This week: @ Tennessee, vs Mississippi State

#11 Ole Miss Rebels (12-11,3-7)

Last week: #13

Record last week: 2-0

Could the season be turning around for the surging Rebels?

Their week got off to a great start with a dominating 84-70 victory over South Carolina. They backed that up by dominating another opponent with a 68-51 victory over Florida.

Both of those matchups were at home however, so they still need to go on the road and prove they are turning the corner. They will have the opportunity this week.

This week: vs Mississippi State, @ Kentucky

#12 Missouri Tigers (11-12,3-7)

Last week: #12

Record last week: 1-1

The Tigers are still one of the bottom teams in the conference, but they were able to get a big win this week keeping them in the 12th position.

The week start with a loss however as they went to Texas A&M and were dominated 68-51. They were able to bounce back with an 83-79 OT victory over an Arkansas team that has been bitten by the injury bug.

This week: @ LSU, vs Auburn

#13 Georgia Bulldogs (12-11,2-8)

Last week: #11

Record last week: 0-2

The Bulldogs continue to be one of the more disappointing teams in the SEC, as they have one of the best players in the country on their roster. It just hasn’t resulted in many wins.

The week started with an 81-75 loss on the road against Florida. Then they followed that up with a high scoring 105-102 loss to Alabama at home.

It is hard to see the Bulldogs turning this season around at this point as they continue to struggle since league play started.

This week: vs South Carolina, @ Texas A&M

#14 Vanderbilt Commodores (9-14,1-9)

Last week: #14

Record last week: 1-1

Vanderbilt has officially ended their 26-game losing streak in SEC play when they put on a show earlier in the week.

That losing streak ending victory came against at the time 8-0 LSU at home when they were able to beat the Tigers 99-90. The celebration was short lived, however, as the week ended with an 80-70 loss on the road against Mississippi State.

Still, the Dores have made some nice progress over the last two weeks, and they’ll have two chances to pick up big wins this week.

This week: vs Kentucky, @ Florida