Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 2:42 p.m.
With the NCAA basketball season half complete, the Gators, while not ranked among the nation's top 25 teams, are still among the elite in the SEC.
In the Eastern Division, seventh-ranked Kentucky is at the head of the pack having a perfect conference record of 6-0 and an overall record of 14-2. The Wildcat's only two losses came at the hands of third-ranked North Carolina back on Dec. 4 and to sixth-ranked Kansas on Jan. 9. The Wildcats will meet the Florida Gators on Feb. 8.
The Gators are second in the East with a conference record of 3-1 and an overall record of 12-4. In the SEC, the Gators only loss came at the hands of Tennessee on Jan. 19. The Gators have also been handed losses by Miami, Louisville and Florida State. UF will meet South Carolina in Gainesville on Saturday.
At 10-9, the Tennessee Volunteers hold third place in the East. The Vols were handed losses by North Carolina, Texas, UT-Chattanooga, New Mexico, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Louisville and Kentucky. In the SEC, Tennessee has a 3-3 record. The Vols defeated the Gators 83-76 in an overtime match in Gainesville on Jan. 19.
South Carolina is 10-6 overall and is 2-3 in the SEC. Gamecock losses came at the hands of Clemson, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, LSU and Mississippi State. The Gamecocks will match up against the Gators in Gainesville on Jan. 29.
Vanderbilt is 11-7 overall and 2-3 in the SEC. Southern Illinois, Arizona State, Oregon, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Florida and Georgia have handed the Commodores losses. The Commodores will play the Gators again on Feb. 23.
Rounding up the East is Georgia. The Bulldogs are 7-9 overall and 1-5 in the SEC. They have lost to Western Kentucky, Nevada, Georgia Tech, Stetson, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Kentucky, and Florida. The Bulldogs managed to pull out a win against Vanderbilt after suffering from a five game losing streak.
Fourteenth-ranked Alabama is atop the Western Division with a 15-3 overall record and a 4-1 SEC record. The Crimson Tide has lost to Washington, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt. The upset loss to Vanderbilt 56-70 represents the only SEC loss for the Tide. The Tide is scheduled to square off against the Gators on Feb. 5.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are ranked 24th ranked in the nation and boast a 16-4 record. The Bulldogs are 4-2 in the SEC. They have lost to Syracuse, Arizona, Tennessee and Alabama. Mississippi State will square off against UF on Feb. 1 in Starkville.
Louisiana State University has a 9-6 overall record and is 2-2 in SEC play. The Tigers have suffered losses from West Virginia, Southern Miss, Houston, Utah, Alabama and Kentucky. The Tigers will match up against the Gators Feb. 19 in Baton Rouge.
The Arkansas Razorbacks are 14-5 overall and 2-4 in the SEC. The Razorbacks have been defeated by Illinois, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi State and LSU. Arkansas was on a four game losing streak before beating Auburn 95-59 on Jan. 22.
Ole Miss is 11-8 overall and 2-4 in the SEC. The Rebels have lost games to Air Force, Illinois State, Arkansas State, Florida State, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Georgia, Kentucky and Alabama. Ole Miss is scheduled meet Florida on Feb. 16 in Gainesville.
The Auburn Tigers are at the bottom of SEC West basketball with a 9-8 overall record and a 0-4 SEC record. The Tigers have lost to Virginia, Wofford, UNLV, Mississippi State, Toledo, Florida, Ole Miss and Arkansas. The Tigers lost to the Gators 78-84 in an overtime match on Jan. 12.
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