Sunday, February 9, 2020

SEC Standings

We've now played 10 SEC regular season games, and it is crowded at the top.  Here is each team's SEC record, along with its Ken Pomeroy ranking:

29.  Kentucky:  8-2
30.  Auburn:  8-2
34.  Louisiana St:  8-2

38.  Mississippi St:  6-4
47.  Florida:  6-4
86.  S. Carolina:  6-4

49.  Alabama:  5-5
68.  Tennessee:  5-5
168.  Texas A & M:  5-5

36.  Arkansas:  4-6

102.  Mississippi:  3-7
120.  Missouri:  3-7

94.  Georgia:  2-8

173.  Vanderbilt:  1-9

Vandy finally ended its 26-game SEC losing streak -- the longest in conference history -- with a 99-90 win over (of all teams) LSU, which had gone 24-2 in its last 26 games before traveling to Memorial Gymnasium.

Here are UK's last eight games (home games in caps).  There are some good ones on tap:

2/11:  at Vandy
2/18:  at Louisiana St.
2/22:  FLORIDA
2/25:  at Texas A & M
2/29:  AUBURN
3/7:  at Florida

UK's 13-point win over UT was their largest margin of victory since December 14, when the Cats beat Georgia Tech 67-53.  They have played a lot of close games this year, which is a big part of why Ken Pomeroy has ranked them so low.  At this point last year they were 9-1 in the SEC, and 20-3 overall, with a 20-point win at Georgia, a 21-point win over Mississippi St., a 35-point win at Vandy, and a 32-point win over South Carolina.

On the other hand, at this point in 2018 the Cats were 6-4 in the SEC, and 17-6 overall, and they were in the middle of a four-game losing streak.

LSU gets UK at home, but the Tigers still have to visit Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Arkansas.  None of those games should be easy.

Auburn has almost the exact same statistical profile as UK (compare their Ken Pom rankings) but an overall record of 21-2.  So far this season they have won four games (including three SEC games) in overtime.  And the game at UK is by far their toughest remaining road game -- the others are against Missouri, Georgia, and Tennessee.  So it should be quite a race down the stretch.

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