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SEC Basketball Power Rankings: Postseason Edition

The regular season is over and teams will now get ready for the SEC Tournament.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The regular season is over, and the bracket is set for the SEC Tournament that will get started on Wednesday night in Nashville. It is officially time for post season basketball.

#1 Kentucky Wildcats (25-6,15-3)

Last week: #1

Record last week: 1-1

Kentucky already had the SEC clinched going into the final week, but that didn’t prevent it from being a wild week for the BBN.

On Tuesday, Kentucky looked like one of the best teams in the country for 23 minutes and held a 17-point lead over Tennessee. Unfortunately, it all fell apart, and they ended up losing it 81-73.

The last game of the season had everything working against the Cats, and they found themselves trailing by 18 on the road against Florida. However, they kept fighting and found a way to come all the way back and get the 71-70 win.

Now, the Cats will look to win the SEC Tournament and potentially earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. A setback in Nashville could drop them to a 3 or even 4 seed.

#2 Auburn Tigers (25-6,12-6)

Last week: #2

Record last week: 1-1

Auburn is back healthy but that didn’t prevent the early week struggles.

Their week started with a rare home loss when they fell 78-75 to Texas A&M. They were able to bounce back on Saturday when they made the trip to Tennessee and dominated the Vols 85-63.

The Tigers came away with the 2 seed in the SEC due to the tiebreaker they hold over LSU.

#3 LSU Tigers (21-10,12-6)

Last week: #3

Record last week: 1-1

LSU has been struggling as of late and that was the case again this week in their road trip. But they were able to find a groove on senior day.

In their trip to Arkansas, the Tigers could slow down the Razorbacks’ offense as they lost their final road game 99-90 in an offensive shootout.

They were able to bounce back on Saturday when they were at home to face Georgia and absolutely ran then off the floor, getting the 94-64 win.

#4 Mississippi State Bulldogs (20-11,11-7)

Last week: #5

Record last week: 1-1

Mississippi State was able to get a big win this week that locked up a top 4 seed in the SEC and secured a double BYE.

Their week didn’t start on a high note though, as they went to South Carolina and left with an 83-71 loss to the Gamecocks.

On Saturday, they needed to win after Florida lost in order to get the in the top 4, and the Bulldogs did just that with a convincing 69-44 win over Ole Miss.

Now, Mississippi State probably needs to win the SEC Tournament to make the Big Dance, but a run to the title game could be enough to get them on the right side of the bubble.

#5 Florida Gators (19-12,11-7)

Last week: #4

Record last week: 1-1

It was either going to be the 2 seed in the SEC Tournament if the Gators went 2-0, or the 5 seed if they lost just one game, and they couldn’t close out a game at home to get the weekly sweep.

They did start the week with a win on the road over Georgia when they took down the Bulldogs 68-54 to set up a big rematch with Kentucky.

In that game with the Wildcats, Florida was doing everything they needed and built an 18-point lead with 12 minutes to play. However, Kentucky started climbing back, and the Gators couldn’t slow them down as they lost it 71-70.

Florida is probably going to make the Big Dance, but a loss in Thursday’s action against either Ole Miss or Georgie will have them sweating it out on Selection Sunday

#6 South Carolina Gamecocks (18-13,10-8)

Last week: #6

Record last week: 1-1

The Gamecocks had a confusing end to their week, but they were still able to grab the 6 seed in the SEC.

Their week started with an 83-71 win over Mississippi State in a game that they needed to get at home.

However, they went on the road to Vanderbilt and couldn’t get a win over the last-place team in the SEC, as they fell 83-74.

Like Mississippi State, South Carolina almost certainly needs to win the SEC Tournament to make the Big Dance. Anything less will have the Gamecocks playing in the NIT.

#7 Texas A&M Aggies (16-14,10-8)

Last week: #9

Record last week: 2-0

Buzz Williams continues to impress in his first season coaching the Aggies, and he has finished the season with a much better finish than many experts predicted.

Their week started in a tough road environment against Auburn, but they went in and were able to come away with a shocking 78-75 win over the Tigers.

They then backed it up at home against Arkansas when they came away with the 77-69 win over the Razorbacks.

Once again, this season was a tremendous coaching job by Buzz Williams. They’ll now look to make a miraculous run through the conference tournament to earn a bid in the NCAA Tournament. While unlikely, these Aggies have shown they can go toe-to-toe with just about anyone in the SEC, which should have at least four teams in the Big Dance.

#8 Tennessee Volunteers (17-14,9-9)

Last week: #8

Record last week: 1-1

Tennessee had a roller-coaster week to say the least, as they got a big road win but fell at home.

Their week started on the road against Kentucky, and they found themselves trailing by 17 in the second half. However, they kept fighting and was able to comeback and get the 81-73 win.

But in their home matchup with Auburn, the Vols never had a chance, as they were dominated 85-63 to end their regular season in a loss.

Tennessee certainly had the firepower to make the Big Dance with wins over Kentucky and Florida, but too many bad losses will keep them out of the NCAA Tournament outside of a near-miraculous run through the league tourney.

#9 Alabama Crimson Tide (16-15,8-10)

Last week: #7

Record last week: 0-2

Alabama had two favorable matchups this week to try and end the season on a high note, but they couldn’t get the job done in either game.

The week started at home against struggling Vanderbilt, but they ended up taking an 87-79 loss to the Commodores.

Then they had to go on the road to Missouri, who plays well at home and it showed again as Alabama lost 69-50.

#10 Arkansas Razorbacks (19-12,7-11)

Last week: #10

Record last week: 1-1

Arkansas had a backwards week when you look at their matchups, as they won a game you would think they would lose and vise versa.

They were able to get a big home win over LSU to start the week when they defeated the Tigers 99-90 in an offensive shootout.

However, the Razorbacks then had to go on the road to Texas A&M and couldn’t come away with a big road win as they lost 77-69.

Arkansas could make the NCAA Tournament with 3-4 wins in the SEC Tournament, but they probably need to win the whole thing, which would be very hard considering it would involve five wins in five days.

#11 Missouri Tigers (15-16,7-11)

Last week: #11

Record last week: 1-1

The Tigers have been a problem for teams at home this season, and that was the case again this week.

Their week started on the road where they have struggled this season, and they came away with a 75-67 loss to Ole Miss.

However, they bounced back at home to close out the regular season when they got a 69-50 win over Alabama.

#12 Ole Miss Rebels (15-16,6-12)

Last week: #13

Record last week: 1-1

The Rebels tough season continued this week as they split their two matchups.

They started the week at home against Missouri and were able to get a big 75-67 win over the Tigers.

However, their week didn’t end on a high note, as they were dominated by Mississippi State on the road in a 69-44 loss.

#13 Georgia Bulldogs (15-16,5-13)

Last week: #12

Record last week: 0-2

Georgia had one of the best players in the country this season, but that still didn’t help the Bulldogs have a good season as they ended next to last in the SEC.

Their week started at home against Florida, and while they kept the game close into the second half, the Bulldogs ultimately came undone en route to a 68-54 loss.

Then on Saturday, their regular season ended on the road against LSU, as they were ran off the floor in a 94-64 defeat.

#14 Vanderbilt Commodores (11-20,3-15)

Last week: #14

Record last week: 2-0

Yes, you read that correctly. Vanderbilt went 2-0 in one week in the SEC.

The first of those two wins came on the road against Alabama when they beat the Tide 87-79. They backed it up with a big home win over South Carolina 83-74 to end the season on a very high note. With the majority of the roster set to return next season, head coach Jerry Stackhouse has this program trending in the right direction.