Bruce Pearl, Auburn, SEC power rankings

Auburn takes over the top spot of SEC Power Rankings.

January 18, 2022 Update – Now that the SEC has gone through two full weeks of conference play, it’s time to revisit the Power Rankings. In the first edition, posted on Christmas Eve, Alabama had the top spot followed by LSU and Auburn.

Let’s just say that there has been a changing of the guard, albeit there’s a team from the state of Alabama atop the rankings. This time, it’s clear cut as Auburn has earned the right to be the kingpins of the SEC so far.

The scratching and clawing Bruce Pearl squad has rolled off five wins to start conference play. They are 16-1 overall and might be the team playing the best across the country as of now. Their lone loss came in 3OT to UConn before Thanksgiving! The Tigers’ transfers have blended well together, Allan Flanigan is back, and Jabari Smith has entered the discussion as not only the best player in college basketball but also the number one pick in June’s NBA Draft.

Here are some big games to watch this week in the SEC…

January 18

Tennessee at Vanderbilt

January 19

Kentucky at Texas A&M
LSU at Alabama

January 22

Kentucky at Auburn
LSU at Tennessee
Texas A&M at Arkansas

Let’s get right to the updated rankings…

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1. Auburn

Record: 16-1 (5-0)
Best SEC win: 81-77 at Alabama
Worst SEC loss: None
Next big SEC game: Host Kentucky on Saturday, January 22
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – 1 East, ESPN Bracketology – 1 Midwest

2. Kentucky

Record: 14-3 (4-1)
Best SEC win: 107-79 vs Tennessee
Worst SEC loss: 65-60 @ LSU
Next Big SEC game: At Auburn Saturday, January 22
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – 3 South, ESPN Bracketology – 3 South

3. LSU

Record: 15-2 (3-2)
Best SEC Win: 65-60 vs Kentucky
Worst SEC loss: 65-58 vs Arkansas
Next big SEC game: January 19 at Alabama; January 22 at Tennessee
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – 4 West, ESPN Bracketology – 4 West

4. Texas A&M

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Record: 15-2 (4-0)
Best SEC win: 86-81 vs Arkansas
Worst SEC loss: None
Next big SEC game: January 18 vs Kentucky; January 22 at Arkansas
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – 10 Midwest, ESPN Bracketology – First team OUT

5. Tennessee

Record: 11-5 (2-3)
Best SEC win: Ole Miss 66-60
Worst SEC loss: None really as the three losses have come on the road at Kentucky, Alabama, and LSU
Next big SEC game: Big week with road trip to in-state rival Vanderbilt on January 18 and then host LSU on January 22
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – 6 Midwest, ESPN Bracketology – 5 South

6. Mississippi State

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Record: 12-4 (3-1)
Best SEC win: Alabama 78-76
Worst SEC loss: 92-86 at Missouri
Next big SEC game: January 19 at Florida
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – 12 East, ESPN Bracketology – 11 South

7. Alabama

Record: 11-6 (2-3)
Best SEC win: 73-68 Tennessee
Worst SEC loss: 92-86 at Missouri
Next big SEC game: January 19 vs LSU
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – 5 South, ESPN Bracketology – 6 West

8. Arkansas

Record: 12-5 (2-3)
Best SEC win: 65-58 at LSU
Worst SEC loss: Vanderbilt 75-74
Next big SEC game: January 22 vs Texas A&M
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – 11 West, ESPN Bracketology – Fourth Team Out

9. Vanderbilt

Record: 10-6 (2-2)
Best SEC win: 75-74 at Arkansas
Worst SEC loss: 72-70 vs South Carolina
Next big SEC game: January 18 vs Tennessee
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – N/A, ESPN Bracketology – N/A

10. Florida

Record: 10-6 (1-3)
Best SEC win: 71-63 at South Carolina
Worst SEC loss: None really as three losses have come to Alabama, Auburn, LSU
Next big SEC game: January 26 at Tennessee
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – N/A, ESPN Bracketology – 12 East

11. Ole Miss

Record: 9–7 (1-3)
Best SEC win: 82-72 Mississippi State
Worst SEC loss: 67-51 at Texas A&M
Next big SEC game: January 22 at Mississippi State
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – N/A, ESPN Bracketology – N/A

12. Missouri

Record: 7-9 (1-3)
Best SEC win: 92-86 Alabama
Worst SEC loss: 87-43 LSU
Next big SEC game: January 22 at Alabama
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – N/A, ESPN Bracketology – N/A

13. South Carolina

Record: 10-6 (1-3)
Best SEC win: 72-70 at Vanderbilt
Worst SEC loss: 71-63 vs Florida
Next big SEC game: January 18 at Arkansas
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – N/A, ESPN Bracketology – N/A

14. Georgia

Record: 5-12 (0-4)
Best SEC win: None
Worst SEC loss: 73-66 Vanderbilt
Next big SEC game: January 19 at Auburn
Latest seeding: Matty Brackets – N/A, ESPN Bracketology – N/A

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