With college basketball, looking at win-loss records doesn’t tell you very much like it does sometimes for football, and taking in a conference top-to-bottom isn’t easy unless you have the March perspective.
Let’s take a look at where every SEC team is currently sitting in ESPN’s NCAA Tournament Bracketology and who’s trending up and who’s trending down one month into the 2023-2024 season.
SEC Bracketology December 12th
The Good: Ole Miss’ hot start
Chris Beard is having quite the first-year start with Ole Miss, as the Rebels, who were not thought of by anyone in the preseason as an NCAA Tournament team, are the last undefeated team in the Southeastern Conference. Their road win at UCF has gotten them up to a 9-seed, and if they can reach SEC play 13-0, they’ll have some cushion as they hunt for prized Quad 1 wins.
The Good: South Carolina’s avoiding blots on their resume
The Gamecocks are usually one of the worst basketball teams in the league, but right now, they are sitting 8-1 right behind Ole Miss in terms of wins and losses, and for defeats, they have only a road loss at a ranked Clemson Tigers team. Two of those wins, Grand Canyon and Virginia Tech, might have some shelf life in the coming weeks.
The Bad: Arkansas’ losses are stacking up
The Hogs entered the season ranked but have now slipped out of the bracket entirely with losses to UNC Greensboro, Memphis, North Carolina, and Oklahoma in just their first 10 games. The Greensboro loss at home especially hurts, but on the bright side, they still can tout a home win over Duke.
Fortunately, they won’t play any more ranked opponents for a while, so 6-4 could turn to 10-4 and right the ship. Unfortunately any more losses in the coming weeks could really put them in trouble.
The Bad: Kentucky’s seed took a hit after UNC Wilmington
The Miami home win was huge for helping UK’s young resume to stand out, but the UNC Wilmington home loss spilled a whole bunch of red ink all over it. At least it was only a Quad 3 defeat and not Quad 4. Big opportunity to go up a seed if they beat North Carolina this Saturday.