The 2015 NCAA Tournament kicks off in earnest on Thursday with solid representation from the Southeast Conference. Five SEC squads will hit the court in the Round of 64, starting with the No. 11 Ole Miss Rebels, who take on the No. 6 Xavier Musketeers as two-point underdogs in March Madness betting at the online sportsbooks. The Rebels surprised many on Tuesday night, earning a berth in the Round of 64 with a solid 94-90 win over the BYU Cougars, claiming the outright victory as three-point underdogs in college basketball betting at sportsbooks.
The SEC was a lot deeper than most thought they would be. With 8 teams playing in the post season, 5 in the NCAA tournament and 3 in the NIT, the teams truly showed that the SEC is back on the map as a power in college basketball. The NIT features Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, and Alabama. The NCAA tournament will feature Kentucky, Arkansas, LSU, Georgia, and Ole Miss. It was certainly a good season for the SEC.
The SEC looks to be a very good and very different conference for the 2015 football season. Alabama will once again look to be the power in the West, but it appears in state rivals Auburn, who had a great recruiting class, may be the top contenders to knock Alabama off of their number 1 spot. The SEC East was very confusing last year, with Missouri once again capturing the crown. Missouri lost a lot on defense this year and may take a bit of a dip, but I feel they will still easily get to a bowl game. Georgia and Tennessee figure two be the two top contenders to take the title in the East this year. Both of these teams had a lot left and also had a great recruiting season.
The SEC has proven to be more powerful than the analysts thought at the beginning of the season. It appears, by all accounts, that the SEC should produce 5-6 NCAA tournament teams. The SEC tournament should be very exciting. Teams will be trying to prove that they should be in the NCAA. I believe that we will see a couple of upsets, but there is one constant that has been proven throughout the season and that is that Kentucky is the best team in the country.
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As we stand just a few days away from conference play the SEC basketball landscape is pretty confusing and murky with one exception that we all know, which is Kentucky. Kentucky is obviously the best team in the conference as well as the country. I do not think they will lose a conference game. The toughest team they had to play this season before the tournament was Louisville and they have defeated them. After Kentucky everything is confusing. I think Florida will finish second as they are finally getting their whole team together.
The Bowl season got off to a good start for the SEC. South Carolina played and beat Miami (FL) in a very close game. South Carolina got the SEC East started with a good bowl year. Texas A&M then beat West Virginia in a shoot out. Texas A&M may end up improving by a lot next year with a year's worth of experience under their quarterbacks belt. Arkansas then man-handled Texas. Arkansas made a big leap this season and looks to contend in the SEC West next season.
We will start with the bowl games. South Carolina will play the University of Miami(FL) in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl. Miami is a pretty decent team, but I believe if you give Steve Spurrier this much time to prepare for one team, he will win it. I see USC by 10. Texas A&M plays West Virginia in the Autozone Liberty Bowl. A&M played like a top 25 team much of the season, but played down to other competition at times. Western Virginia is a decent team, but I think that A&M will win this one in a shoot out by 7.
The final week of regular season play was busy, exciting, and left us with several teams on the outside of the college football playoff, but a good chance at good bowl games. LSU had a tough time with Texas A&M, but did win. This left LSU at 8-4 and A&M at 7-5. Arkansas lost to Missouri. Arkansas will go to a bowl game with a 6-6 record and Missouri will play in the SEC Championship game. I don't think they will be in the playoff, even with a win over Alabama, but they will have a great bowl game this year.
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