SEC Basketball: Kentucky Leading the Charge for Conference

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IIDecember 7, 2011

LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 3: Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari waves to fans following the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Rupp Arena on December 3, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 73-72. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Southeastern Conference has been trying to prove that they are one of the best leagues in the country. However, so far, it hasn't turn out so good.

Kentucky is clearly the best team in the country. Five other schools are showing they are very good but have losses that hamper the SEC's case. Mississippi State, Alabama, Florida, Vanderbilt and Arkansas have started the season with success, but losses to Ohio State, Syracuse, Akron, Georgetown, Marquette, Cleveland State, Xavier, Houston, Connecticut and Louisville do not help the conference at all.

The Ole Miss Rebels, Auburn Tigers and LSU Tigers have started the season a little better than predicted, but teams like South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee have struggled.

The Conference has lost 27 non-conference games so far this season. That is totally unacceptable for this conference to have any shot at getting six or seven teams into the Big Dance.

Here are your conference rankings heading into the second month of non-conference schedule.

1. Kentucky  8-0

2. Mississippi State  8-1

3. Alabama  7-1

4. Florida  5-2

5. Ole Miss  7-1

6. Arkansas  5-2

7. Vanderbilt  5-3

8. Auburn  4-1

9. LSU  5-3

10. Tennessee  3-4

11. Georgia  4-4

12. South Carolina  3-5

Over the next six days, the conference has a chance at improving their case. Florida will take on Arizona from the Pac-12, Georgia needs to win their matchup against Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt needs a win when they battle Davidson. Meanwhile, Alabama will play Dayton, with all of those games taking place on Thursday.

On Saturday, Arkansas will battle Oklahoma while Kentucky battles Indiana—both of which would be good wins for the conference.

Overall, the conference should be good to get five teams for sure, but six or seven would be a lot better.