SEC Basketball Tier List: A&M Slowly Climbs, Surprise Team Right Behind

Where do the elite in the conference rank? Sorting every SEC basketball team into different tiers.
Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl talks with forward Johni Broome (4) as Auburn Tigers takes on
Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl talks with forward Johni Broome (4) as Auburn Tigers takes on / Jake Crandall / USA TODAY NETWORK
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S Tier: The Top Dogs

4. Kentucky | NET Ranking: 18

The Wildcats have had a rough go of things in the last couple of games, losing on the road at Texas A&M and now South Carolina last night. Those both rank as Quad 1 losses at this point, but it has to be demoralizing for a Big Blue squad that knows they should have won both of those games. Still, though, this Kentucky offense is elite—enough to take them for a deep tourney run when the time comes.

3. Alabama | NET Ranking: 9

One of three SEC teams in the NET top 10, three of the Tide’s six losses are to top-4 squads. That’ll do fine for keeping you ranked in the top 10 in the NET, especially when you’re able to blow out solid teams like South Carolina.

2. Auburn | NET Ranking: 7

Bruce Pearl’s Tigers may no longer have Jabari Smith Jr., but they’ve recovered after a slightly down year to garner an intimidating stature in the sport yet again. Johni Broome, Dylan Cardwell, and others are members of a dizzyingly deep squad that is starting to play their best ball. The only knock is that they’re 0-2 in Quad 1, including a loss to App State—but they have a chance to remedy that tonight as they travel to Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl of basketball.

1. Tennessee | NET Ranking: 4

The Vols are the top team in the league at the moment per the NET, and it’s well-deserved. Though they have 4 losses, they are all in Quad 1 games; even so, they are 3-4 in those contests overall, and have no losses in Quads 2, 3, or 4. They get South Carolina at home next week, and will face Kentucky a week from Saturday for their biggest conference test yet.