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    Hoops Roundup: Rankings, Bracketology (Feb. 15)

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    Last Week
    Thursday, Feb. 10: Vanderbilt 81, Alabama 77
    Saturday, Feb. 12: Vanderbilt 81, Kentucky 77

    This Week
    Wednesday, Feb. 16: Vanderbilt at Georgia, 6 p.m. CT, TV: ESPNU
    Saturday, Feb. 19: Vanderbilt at Auburn, 3 p.m. CT, TV: SEC Network


    With two big conference wins last week, Vanderbilt jumped to its highest ranking of the year in both major polls.

    The Commodores (18-6, 6-4 SEC) are 18th in the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

    Kentucky (No. 22) and Florida (No. 14/15) also appear in the rankings.

    BRACKETOLOGY UPDATE's Joe Lunardi moved Vanderbilt up one spot to a No. 5 seed.'s Andy Glockner also placed VU as a No. 5 seed.

    And's Jerry Palm gave the 'Dores a No. 5 seed as well.

    NEWS ON THE COMMODORES ESPNU All-Access on the Commodores
    ESPNU airings: Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. CT; Friday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. CT; Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. CT; and Saturday, March 5, at 5 p.m. CT. VU travels to Georgia Wednesday CBS video preview of VU-UGA matchup 104.5 Interview with Kevin Stallings Jenkins nabs 2nd SEC Player of Week Replay of Kevin Stallings' Call-in Show

    Chris Dortch, Blue Ribbon: Fast Break on John Jenkins Monday teleconference with Kevin Stallings

    Andy Glockner, Jenkins on All-Underappreciated Team

    More teams that impressed us: Vanderbilt
    "The Commodores don't like to do anything easy. In a span of three days, Vandy clipped Alabama and Kentucky at home, both coming down to the final possessions. Alabama coach Anthony Grant and Kentucky coach John Calipari looked exasperated at one point -- and that's what Memorial Magic will do to coaches." Andy Katz's Observations from the week Eamonn Brennan's Observations from the week NCAA Bubble Watch
    Teams that should be in: Vanderbilt [18-6 (6-4), RPI: 15, SOS: 11]
    "After Thursday night's thrilling home win over Alabama, the Commodores' at-large chances were already looking strong. After Saturday's win over Kentucky, those chances are such that it would take a massive February collapse for Kevin Stallings' team to miss the tournament. The one thing Vanderbilt really needed was a marquee win, and as far as the RPI is concerned, it's hard to do much better than beating Kentucky. Provided the Dores don't pile up too many egregious slip-ups the rest of the way -- Saturday's game at Auburn could be particularly dangerous and damaging -- they'll have no problem getting to the Big Dance." Seth Davis' Hoops Thoughts Andy Glockner's Bubble Watch
    Should be in: Vanderbilt [18-6, 6-4; RPI: 17, SOS: 13]
    "The 'Dores got a hard-earned home sweep of Alabama and Kentucky by identical 81-77 scores to slip into second place in the East. If they can hold onto that spot, they'll get a first-round bye in the SEC tournament, which would be a nice bonus. It won't be easy, though. Four of the last six are away from Memorial Gym and the two home games are Tennessee and Florida."
    GW: North Carolina (N), Saint Mary's, Kentucky
    BL: Arkansas Gary Parrish's Weekend Look Back Jeff Goodman's Weekly Recap Power Rankings

    Florida 9-2
    Vanderbilt 6-4
    Georgia 6-4
    Tennessee 5-5
    Kentucky 5-5
    South Carolina 4-6
    Alabama 8-2
    Mississippi State 5-5
    Arkansas 5-6
    Ole Miss 4-6
    LSU 2-8
    Auburn 2-8

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