SEC Basketball may seem like it’s having an off-year compared to the past few seasons. However, the depth in the middle is still strong, with anywhere between 5-7 teams projected to get into the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
It’s true that the Kentucky Wildcats are having an all-time dreadful campaign, but other programs are managing to step up. But don’t forget, head coach John Calipari still has five-star talent on the roster and is fully capable of making a run in the upcoming conference tournament.
But where is Kentucky in the current hierarchy in the SEC? Here’s a look at where all 14 programs stack up with a few weeks to go in league play.
14. Vanderbilt Commodores (6-10, 2-8)
After losing eight of the past nine games, Vandy got an impressive 72-51 road victory over Mississippi State. Maxwell Evans led all scorers with 20 points, while Scotty Pippen Jr. had 18 points and nine assists. Despite the team’s struggles, Pippen has played at an all-conference level, averaging a team-leading 20.3 ppg and 5.4 apg.
The hope is that the win over the Bulldogs can propel the Commodores out of last place in the SEC standings. Problem is, there’s a brutal schedule remaining for them, including Alabama, Kentucky, LSU, and Tennessee left in the regular season.
13. Texas A&M Aggies (8-7, 2-6)
The Aggies have been on pause for the past couple of weeks due to covid-related issues. It likely canceled a few winnable games, leaving them currently tied with Vanderbilt with the fewest SEC victories. The team, which had returned several key seniors, has regressed overall, with only sophomore forward Emanuel Miller (14.8 ppg and 7.7 rpg) averaging double figures on the season.
Texas A&M will be back on the court, this week, taking on Alabama on Arkansas at home. Head coach Buzz Williams will be looking to avoid a last-place finish in the conference and blunt any momentum the program had coming into this season.