The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is generally known across the country as a football conference, but the SEC made some huge strides over the past couple of years by bringing in more high-profile coaches along with South Carolina’s magical run to the Final Four last season. Let’s see what the SEC can do for an encore.
1. Kentucky. The Wildcats has one of the youngest teams in college basketball this season with their entire rotation being freshmen and sophomores. However, another strong recruiting class should offset the lack of experience throughout the season.
2. Florida. The Gators have guards galore in Gainesville. Pardon the alliteration.
3. Texas A&M. The Aggies have proven that last season was an aberration as they have looked like one of the best teams in the country so far.
4. Arkansas. The Razorbacks boast a plethora of guards on their roster as well.
5. Alabama. Freshman guard Collin Sexton will electrify this conference. He proved himself after playing with so much heart in the most bizarre game of this season.
6. Georgia. The strength of this team is in the post with PF Yante Maten.
7. Tennessee. This Volunteer team plays with so much heart that they will be able to win the close games that they lost last season.
8. LSU. The Tigers will be able to surprise some teams this season.
9. Mississippi State. Some day, the potential must turn into production.
10. Missouri. The Tigers went from being looked at contending for the SEC regular-season title to almost fighting for last place due to the season-ending injury of Michael Porter, Jr. To tell you the truth, I almost cried with head coach Cuonzo Martin after Porter, Jr. left after the season-opener win against Iowa State.
11. Auburn. The FBI probe should affect their play this season.
12. Vanderbilt. I do not care what the team says about how that last-minute loss against Northwestern in the NCAA Tournament will not deter them from having a good season. That loss is a momentum-killer for this season.
13. South Carolina. The Gamecocks will go back to the bottom of the pecking order after being in the Final Four last season.
14. Ole Miss. Transfers have decimated this team.
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