1. Texas A&M (7-1)
Robert Williams needs to get going. The talented forward has scored just four points each of the past four games.
2. Kentucky (7-1)
Kevin Knox has scored 20 and 25 points the past two games to help Kentucky get rolling.
3. Florida (5-3)
Losing to Duke and Florida State was one thing. Dropping another home game to Loyola-Chicago? That’s concerning.
4. Tennessee (6-1)
The Volunteers have won three straight since a sloppy second half cost them against Villanova at Battle 4 Atlantis.
5. Alabama (7-2)
The Crimson Tide look pretty good when they’re not finishing a game with three players on the court.
6. Auburn (7-1)
The last time the Tigers started a season 7-1 was 2011.
7. Arkansas (6-2)
Jaylen Barford (46.2), Daryl Macon (43.9) and C.J. Jones (40.5) are all shooting above 40 percent from 3-point range.
8. Mississippi State (7-0)
The first real test of the season comes Tuesday at Cincinnati.
9. Georgia (7-1)
Yante Maten (18.5 ppg, 9.4 rpg) is one of the country’s truly underrated talents. Can you even pronounce his name?
10. Missouri (7-1)
The Tigers will finish near the bottom of the SEC if they don’t improve on their 15.3 turnovers per game.
11. South Carolina (7-2)
Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said he did a “pathetic” job last week. He’ll have his team ready for SEC play, though.
12. Ole Miss (4-3)
Consecutive overtime losses to South Dakota State and Virginia Tech spoiled a 4-1 start.
13. LSU (4-2)
An 11-day break going into this Sunday offered the Tigers a chance to clean up some defensive issues.
14. Vanderbilt (3-6)
A loss Sunday against Arizona State would give Vanderbilt a second three-game losing streak already.
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