The chaos of conference play has reached the Southeastern Conference, and teams have been bouncing all around the bracket: up, down, around, in, and out. The biggest head-turner of the week was Mississippi State’s upset over #5 Tennessee, which was their first top five win since December of 2002. That was so long ago, the 2003 Camry I drive wasn’t on the road yet! Kentucky has also had a nice start to conference play, getting out of Gainesville with a close W and taking care of business at home against Missouri. Well, enough talk: let’s take a look at where each SEC team is in Joe Lunardi’s ESPN bracket:
SEC Bracketology January 5th
The Good: Kentucky’s still winning
For some reason even though four of the only five teams ranked ahead of UK lost this week, the Cats are still on the 3-seed line. Whatever—as long as they keep winning they’ll keep rising: that 1-line is starting to seem reachable.
The Bad: Texas A&M fading
The Aggies were a 6-seed some weeks back, but have slipped all the way down to a 9 as their record is currently a paltry 9-6. That isn’t going to get the job done, and now they’ve got to survive Kentucky.
The Bad: Florida has disappeared entirely off the face of the bracket
Lunardi has said adios to Florida, who is coming off of back-to-back losses against Kentucky and Ole Miss to open SEC play and has gone from in the field to first four out to nowhere to be found. This Arkansas game is a must-win for them.
The Strange: Why is Tennessee ahead of Kentucky?
Four losses to UK’s two. Best wins are Ole Miss and Illinois, while the Cats have beaten Miami and North Carolina. Is the UNC Wilmington loss really that much of a difference-maker? I guess so, because there aren’t a whole lot of other explanations.
That’s it for this week! Till next time, go Cats!