La verdad no peca pero incomoda
- Feb 22, 2016
- Reaction Score
FWIW I do think Arkansas acquitted themselves well in the UConn game. Fell behind 17-2 (I think) to start the game and then basically played even the rest of the way. Perhaps no other SEC team had more question marks after losing Dungee, Slocum and Thomas, but Goforth and their freshmen played very well overall.1. South Carolina 2-0
W 66-57 @NC State; W 72-42 vs S. Dakota (N)
2. Georgia 1-0
W 97-45 Gardner Webb
3. Texas A&M
W 87-54 TAMU-CC; 92-32 Southern
4. Mississippi State 3-0
W 91-62 vs Bama St.; W 76-71 vs S. Dakota St.
W 86-63 vs Alcorn St.
The trio of Rickea Jackson, Anastasia Hayes, and Jerkaila Jordan have been potent scorers. Taylor appears to be as steady as ever and you just wonder if Carter would be a seamless fit back in the lineup.
5. Kentucky 2-1
W 81-53 vs Presbyterrean; W 98-56 N. Alabama
L 67-88 vs Indiana
I'm obligated to let Rhyne Howard break ties in rankings, but I'll tell you I do not believe in this team much. Indiana however is a Top 10 squad so holding here for now.
6. Tennessee 2-0
W 59-49 vs So Illinois; W 49-41 @ UCF
I understand that one game was without Jordan Horston and the other was without Rae Burrell but the offense is a bit of a crime. I honestly like Arkansas better because that team is fun to watch and Tennessee is largely the opposite, but no losses and post defense have them holding here.
7. Arkansas 2-1
W 85-33 Tarleton St; W 96-53 Arky Pine Bark;
L 80-95 @ UCONN
Haven't seen them, thanks SNY, but they seem to be doing Arky things, God Bless them. Goforth is having a major contribution, and as I thought after Team USA duties this summer Wolfenbarger may take a bit.
8 Missouri 2-0
W 76-70 vs Murray State; 73-49 vs Morgan State
All by its lonesome with a clean slate, second division, is Missouri. If you're an M-word State, watch out. I have long liked individual pieces on this roster but it remains to be seen if this program can do much without the pony.
9. LSU 1-1 (I guess?)
W 82-40 score Nicholls; L 74-88 Florida Gulf Coast
In fairness, FGCU is a really good program that returns everyone and I put them in my top 25. But this wasn't a close game that slipped away late. The Mulkey era began with a Pointer triple double, but this is a reminder that there is much work to be done. Good news: there are a lot of bad SEC teams.
10. Ole Miss 1-1
L 50-62 Belmont; W 94-44; Miss Valley St
This is probably the last interesting team as a shrug emoji works as well as a number ranking for the rest. Ole Miss has talent on its roster. Belmont isn't bad, but really? I remain unsold on this regime, but keep an eye on them anyway.
11. Alabama 1-1
W 109-32 vs Charleston So.; L 66-69 vs Tulane
Last season may be the peak for Bama. What to do with that info?
12. Florida 1-2
W 84-70 vs Georgia St; L 70-87 vs Towson;
L 52-85 vs NC State
13. Vandy 1-1
W 75-59 vs Gardner Webb;
L 40-56 vs Little Rock
Welcome back Vandy, it's been awhile and Auburn has moved into your room in the basement while you were away. You may have to fight them to get it back, but you've got the living room foldout for now. Shea Ralph got her first win (the SEC would like to especially thank Gardner Webb for its impeccable work this week) but not a lot to work with here.
14. Auburn 0-2
L 66-68 vs Ga Southern; L 44-57 vs Old Dominion
Weirdly I think they seem to have more depth and they might gain something by being less dependent on Dungee. I don't think they'll threaten South Carolina in the slightest, but they'll be in the mix of it with these other teams. (And for their sake hopefully they can fix that syndrome where they seemed to never play well on the road.)
I watched the Kentucky-Indiana replay last night, and I don't want to take anything away from Indiana, who played a tough, smart game at a high level of intensity but yet very controlled. Kentucky competed well in the first half, but foul trouble took a huge toll in the 2nd half, and I think they had only 8 players available. A lot of that was just a failure to play smart when you know you're in foul trouble and can't afford to pick up more fouls.
Side note: Kentucky freshman Jada Walker was extremely impressive, difficult to contain on the drive but can also pull up. Competes hard, very confident for a freshman. Scored 16 points on 7-13 FG. I'm calling all-SEC freshman team pick right there.
Second side note: I missed the memo that Gail Goestenkors (who last year was at Central Michigan) is now a Kentucky assistant. Gotta think that's a great hire. Kentucky in the past few years seems like they've played better in November than in March, and I suspect a lot of that is coaching. Kentucky has great pieces, but can the coaches help them grow as a cohesive team over the season?