LSU basketball gets the respect it deserves in power rankings from national publication

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LSU basketball is the best team in the SEC right now.

That’s just a fact.

The Tigers are currently on a tear. LSU is 11-0 and looking to move to 12-0 on Wednesday night when they take on Lipscomb in Baton Rouge.

Despite their 11-0 record, the Tigers are only ranked No. 17 in the latest AP Top 25 poll. There are seven teams with two losses ahead of LSU in the rankings.

Talk about no respect.

There’s one national publication, however, that’s giving the Tigers the respect they deserve.

LSU basketball tops the latest power rankings from 247Sports

247Sports revealed their latest SEC basketball power rankings this week and they gave LSU the proper respect.

The Tigers are No. 1 in 247Sports’ power rankings. They were No. 2 a week ago.

Alabama, who is ahead of LSU in the AP Top 25, fell to No. 4 after being No. 1 last week.

Here’s what 247Sports had to say about the Tigers:

"Three-straight weeks, three different teams ranked No. 1. The clear message: No team has established itself as the SEC’s clear favorite entering conference play. LSU has not scored a true signature win yet, but it is hard to pick apart what the Tigers have done.LSU has run up massive margins on multiple quality opponents and has played just two close games. Tari Eason has been a revelation as a sophomore, taking a lot of the scoring pressure off of Darius Days. Imagine what the Tigers might have looked like if Illinois transfer Adam Miller had not torn his ACL prior to the start of the season."

247Sports writer Robbie Weinstein is correct — the Tigers don’t have a true signature win yet. Their best win of the year, so far, was against an unranked Wake Forest team that is currently 11-1 (the Demon Deacons should probably be ranked, to be fair).

But that doesn’t change that LSU has reeled off 11 straight wins — an impressive feat in college basketball in 2021.

The Tigers will have their work cut out moving forward. LSU starts conference play on December 29 on the road against No. 12 Auburn. Then they host No. 20 Kentucky and No. 19 Tennessee.

It’s going to be tough to stay perfect through that stretch. In fact, if the Tigers go 2-1 in those three games, I could see them jumping into the top five of the AP poll (where they should probably be now, considering their record).

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At least 247Sports is giving the Tigers the respect they should be getting.