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SEC Basketball Power Rankings for Week 18

Kentucky has clinched the SEC regular-season championship.

Auburn v Kentucky Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The SEC regular season champion has already been decided, but there is going to be an interesting race for the rest of the top 4 seeds for the SEC Tournament going into the last week of the season.

#1 Kentucky Wildcats (24-5,14-2)

Last week: #1

Record last week: 2-0

Kentucky has now clinched the SEC and will win its 49th regular season title in program history. LSU is 2nd all time with 11 regular season titles.

Kentucky started their week on the road against Texas A&M and saw Immanuel Quickley go for a career high 30 points in a 69-60 victory.

They followed that up with a 73-66 win over Auburn to win their 8th game in a row and avenge their loss to the Tigers earlier in February.

The Cats now have a home game and a tough road game to finish the regular season.

This week: vs Tennessee, @ Florida

#2 Auburn Tigers (24-5,11-5)

Last week: #2

Record last week: 1-1

Auburn had a chance to make the SEC race interesting going into the final week, but they couldn’t get the job done and will now fight for 2nd place.

They did start their week with a win as they were able to beat Ole Miss at home 67-58. On Saturday, they made the trip to Lexington but came up short in a 73-66 loss to Kentucky.

Auburn is now healthy again and will have 2 more games to get their chemistry back before the postseason.

This week: vs Texas A&M, @ Tennessee

#3 LSU Tigers (20-9,11-5)

Last week: #3

Record last week: 1-1

LSU has started to slip some as the season is coming to an end, but they still sit 3rd in the SEC standings and have the firepower to win the conference tournament.

They started the week at Florida and were dominated by the Gators in an 81-66 loss. They were able to bounce back on Saturday when they got a 64-50 win at home over Texas A&M.

The Tigers will be looking for a strong finish to the season to build momentum going into postseason play.

This week: @ Arkansas, vs Georgia

#4 Florida Gators (18-11,10-6)

Last week: #4

Record last week: 1-1

Florida had a golden opportunity to slid into the top 3 of these rankings after a big win over LSU but couldn’t finish the week strong.

That game against LSU was an 81-66 blowout win over the Tigers. However, in their road trip to Tennessee, the Gators came up short, losing it 63-58.

Florida will not have an easy week again to close out the season.

This week: @ Georgia, vs Kentucky

#5 Mississippi State Bulldogs (19-10,10-6)

Last week: #6

Record last week: 2-0

Mississippi State has found their footing after a stretch where they were struggling quite a bit. They were able to defend home court and get a big road win which isn’t easy in the SEC.

Their week started at home as they beat Alabama 80-73. They backed that up on the road against Missouri who has given teams fits all season, but they got the 67-63 win.

The Bulldogs are right in the middle of the race for the top 4 in the SEC and getting to wait until Friday to play their first game in the conference tournament.

This week: @ South Carolina, vs Ole Miss

#6 South Carolina Gamecocks (17-12,9-7)

Last week: #5

Record last week: 1-1

A ton of credit needs to be given to Frank Martin, as the Gamecocks continue to be a surprising team in the SEC.

Their week started with an overtime thriller against Georgia and they were able to squeak out a 94-90 win. As close of a win as that was, they had just as close a loss on the road against Alabama, as they fell 90-86.

The Gamecocks are still in a race for a top 4 seed in the SEC but will need to get two big wins this week.

This week: vs Mississippi State, @ Vanderbilt

#7 Alabama Crimson Tide (16-13,8-8)

Last week: #8

Record last week: 1-1

Alabama continues to be a dangerous team with the way they shoot the three, but it can also hurt when they aren’t making them.

In their 80-73 loss to Mississippi State to start the week, Alabama was 11/32 from deep, which makes it difficult to win when you shoot that many and don’t hit.

They were able to bounce back at home with a 90-86 win over South Carolina and will be looking to continue that momentum into the final week.

This week: vs Vanderbilt, @ Missouri

#8 Tennessee Volunteers (16-13,8-8)

Last week: #9

Record last week: 1-1

Tennessee has played a lot better this season than many expected after they lost their point guard for the season, but they still find themselves sitting 8th in the SEC.

They started the week with a blowout loss to Arkansas falling 86-69. In a big home matchup, they were able to bounce back against Florida, getting the 63-58 win.

Unfortunately for the Vols, their final week of the season includes two tough matchups against the top 2 teams in the league.

This week: @ Kentucky, vs Auburn

#9 Texas A&M Aggies (14-14,8-8)

Last week: #7

Record last week: 0-2

The Aggies have been the surprise story of the SEC this season, but they ran into two tough matchups this week resulting in two losses.

The week started with a home matchup against Kentucky and while they fought hard, they ended up falling 69-60.

Then the Aggies had to make a trip to LSU which isn’t an easy task and that was proven when they fell 64-50 to the Tigers.

The last week of the season doesn’t get easier for the Aggies.

This week: @ Auburn, vs Arkansas

#10 Arkansas Razorbacks (18-11,6-10)

Last week: #10

Record last week: 1-1

The Razorbacks are trying to get back in a grove after getting healthy again but still hit a bump in the road going 1-1 in a week that could’ve resulted in two wins.

Their week started with a big win over Tennessee, as they won it 86-69. However, in the more favorable matchup with Georgia, they couldn’t get the job done as they lost it 99-89.

Arkansas will have two more games before the postseason to try and get their consistency back that we saw at the beginning of the season.

This week: vs LSU, @ Texas A&M

#11 Missouri Tigers (14-15,6-10)

Last week: #11

Record last week: 1-1

Missouri continues to be that team that will give everyone a good game but can’t seem to finish off many games despite the close score.

Their week did start with a win over Vanderbilt on the road, as they won it 61-52. However, they returned home and gave Mississippi State a tough game, but in the end, fell short 67-63.

This week: @ Ole Miss, vs Alabama

#12 Georgia Bulldogs (15-14,5-11)

Last week: #13

Record last week: 1-1

Georgia continues to be one of the bottom teams in the SEC, but they are starting to play a lot better as the season winds down.

Their week started on the road against South Carolina and they were on the wrong end of an overtime thriller as they fell 94-90.

They did bounce back on Saturday when they defeated Arkansas 99-89 at home to hurt the Razorbacks’ NCAA Tournament hopes.

This week: vs Florida, @ LSU

#13 Ole Miss Rebels (14-15,5-11)

Last week: #12

Record last week: 1-1

Ole Miss had a run earlier in the season where they were blowing teams out at home, but their hot streak has slowed down since their road loss to Kentucky back on the 15th.

They had a tough matchup with Auburn that ended in a 67-58 loss, but they were able to bounce back against Vanderbilt and get a dominating 86-60 win.

This week: vs Missouri, @ Mississippi State

#14 Vanderbilt Commodores (9-20,1-15)

Last week: #14

Record last week: 0-2

Once again, Vanderbilt drops both of their games to remain dead last in the SEC.

Their week started with a close home loss to Missouri 61-52, and it ended with a blowout road loss to Ole Miss 86-60.

This week: @ Alabama, vs South Carolina