Who’s hot in SEC: Bama, Hogs, Vols and (oh yes) Florida

A look at where SEC basketball teams stand going into this week:

Florida (11-1): The Gators have a potentially tough game Tuesday night at Missouri. Last time on the road, the Gators lost 80-69 at Arkansas, their lone SEC setback. Billy Donovan’s club has won three straight since, by a combined 73 points.

Alabama (9-3): Roll Tide is on a roll. Bama has won three in a row and five of its last six to take sole possession of second place behind Florida. It is a perfect 6-0 at home in conference play and plays hapless Mississippi State at Tuscaloosa on Wednesday. Alabama has not allowed an opponent to reach 60 points since a 68-65 win over Tennessee back on January 12.

Kentucky (8-4): Frustrations are high and future looks bleak for a team that just lost by 30 points at Tennessee. The good news is that John Calipari’s club has three straight home games, starting with Vanderbilt on Wednesday. The bad news is that not even John Calipari can get a waiver so that Andrew Wiggins can commit and start playing immediately.

Ole Miss (8-4): Make fun of Marshall “Crazy Train” Henderson, but the Ole Miss party boy scored his team’s final 14 points in regulation and 25 overall in the Rebels’ overtime win over Georgia on Saturday. That stopped a two-game Mississippi slide. Andy Kennedy’s club travels to South Carolina on Wednesday where it should be sure and stick around for Frank Martin’s post-game press conference.

Arkansas (7-5): The Razorbacks are starting to gain momentum. Mike Anderson’s team has won four of its last five, including a 73-71 win over visiting Missouri on Saturday. Arkansas is 6-0 at home and 1-5 on the road, but did get a victory at Auburn 83-75 last week. The Hogs play Georgia at home on Thursday.

Missouri (7-5): You keep thinking Missouri should be better than its record, and it should. But the Tigers can’t win on the road, unless the opponent is hapless Mississippi State. Missouri lost at Arkansas 73-71 on Saturday, the fifth road loss in six games for Frank Haith’s squad. The good news is Missouri returns home on Tuesday. The bad news is Missouri returns home to play Florida on Tuesday.

Georgia (6-6): The Bulldogs gave one away at Ole Miss on Saturday, losing a late lead in regulation and falling 84-74 in overtime to the Rebels. It was the second straight loss for a Georgia team that had won five in a row. Now, Mark Fox’s club must go to Fayetteville on Thursday to play an Arkansas team that just doesn’t lose at home.

LSU (6-6): The Tigers have won five of their last six, including an 80-68 win over lowly Mississippi State on Saturday. Johnny O’Bryant III has 32 rebounds over his last three games. LSU is at Tennessee on Tuesday in what promises to be an interesting matchup. The Vols are 6-6, as well.

Tennessee (6-6): Beware of a letdown after the Vols’ stunning 88-58 smashing of Kentucky last Saturday. But then Cuonzo Martin’s team has won three straight and five of its last seven after a 1-4 league start. Jarnell Stokes missed his seventh straight double-double last Saturday by one point and one rebound.

Texas A&M (5-7): The Aggies have been up and down all year. They won their first two league games, then lost four straight. They won an overtime game, then lost an overtime game. They won one, lost one, won one, lost one, the latest 63-56 at Vanderbilt. After scoring 37 against Ole Miss, Elston Turner scored 14 in Nashville.

Vanderbilt (4-8): The Commodores have won two of three after beating Texas A&M on Saturday. Vandy has won back-to-back league games just once this year, winning 58-51 at South Carolina, then 73-61 at home against Auburn. Now, Kevin Stallings’ club comes to Lexington face a wounded Kentucky.

Auburn (3-9): Tony Barbee’s team did not gain much momentum from that 49-37 win over Alabama on February 6. The Tigers have lost three straight since and allowed 83 points each in back-to-back home losses to Arkansas and Florida. Auburn welcomes Texas A&M to Auburn Arena on Wednesday.

Mississippi State (2-10): There’s really not much to say about Mississippi State, which has lost 10 straight games, and just two of those by less than double-digits. Plus, Coach Rick Ray is not as entertaining as the coach of the SEC’s other 2-10 team.

South Carolina (2-10): The Gamecocks have lost six straight, but did get some grudging praise for effort out of Coach Frank “The Return of the Living Dead” Martin after the 68-58 loss at Alabama on Saturday. South Carolina returns home to play Ole Miss on Wednesday. Would be interesting to hear what Martin has to say about Marshall Henderson.

Related link: Spreadsheet of SEC game-by-game results and schedule

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