That’s the right SEC, right? Please don’t let this start a nerd fight.
Kentucky may only be three games into the SEC schedule this year, but it’s never too early to pontificate about how awesome we are for being number one. So let’s take a moment and look at the going ons around the league.
Here are the standings as of last night…
South Carolina (2-1)
Mississippi State (3-0)
Ole Miss (1-2)
As you can see, Kentucky is rightfully at the top once again. Go Cats. That’s not all we can take from the standings, however. It’s somewhat disappointing to note that Kentucky’s three wins came against teams with a total SEC record of 1 and 8, but you can only play the teams on your schedule. While Kentucky also didn’t put up the kind of games you might expect when beating both Auburn and Georgia, against Florida they looked much better and they have about a month before they tackle Skylar McBee and the giant killers.
Meanwhile, we can tell that our next big tests will come next week, with a road trip to South Carolina and a visit from the Fighting Nerds of Vanderbilt. Both teams will be coming off big road games (@UF and @UT respectively,) but likely won’t have a bigger game to get excited about all season. I expect both SC and Vandy to have another loss by the time they play Kentucky, but that may only be because they are looking ahead to the Wildcats. The SEC is once again the UK’s, but that also means that every team will be building their season around beating us. It’s lonely at the top.
Finally, a few interesting notes around the SEC…
– Six SEC teams are receiving mention in the Jan. 11 polls. Kentucky (2nd Associated Press/2nd ESPN/USA Today), Tennessee (9th/10th) and Ole Miss (21st/23rd) are each listed among the Top 25. Florida, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt are receiving votes.
– On Nov 21st, Varnado became the career leading SEC shot blocker. He currently ranks third in NCAA div-1 history with 480 blocks. It’s uncertain how many of those were actually fouls, but I would guess at least 400.
– As I mentioned before, the next SEC games that don’t include Kentucky that you might possibly care about, are this coming Saturday when the Gamecocks visit the Gators, and a week from Wednesday when Vanderbilt gets their lunch money stolen from Tennessee.