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 season has come down to it's final four, and to the shock of many, the SEC has two teams left standing. This tournament did not go the way most picked, but Kentucky may just be the shock of the tournament. Florida was the number one overall seed and most prognosticators had picked them to get the the round of four. Kentucky was given an eight seed and had to beat undefeated Wichita State and Louisville, before defeating Big Ten Power and number 2 seed Michigan to get to the semi-final round.
At this time in the season we see two teams firmly in the NCAA tournament. Kentucky figures to be in anywhere from a 3-6 seed. We then see Florida qualifying as a 1 seed. After that it's up in the air for the rest of the SEC. You've got to figure that Georgia, Ole Miss, Missouri, and Tennessee are the teams that are battling right now. Just below them we have LSU and Arkansas.
The SEC is beginning to shake out. We can now see clear lines being drawn. The two teams at the top will stay that way and make the NCAA tournament and probably make deep runs. Florida just seems to be way ahead of the curve in this league. Kentucky can beat any team in the NCAA on any given night. They are young, do make mistakes, but have potential to be a Championship contender.
The Missouri Tigers have a 2 game winning streak and now have the second best over-all record in the SEC and are fourth according to overall standings with a 4-3 SEC record and 16-4 over all record. This is a team that we all thought would be tournament bound in non-conference play, but a sub par performance early on in SEC play did not look like it would end soon.
The SEC men's basketball standings have three clear cut tournament teams and then everybody else. With Florida still being undefeated in SEC play, Kentucky getting a big win over the weekend, and Ole Miss emerging as the third team that seems to be a step ahead of most of the rest of the SEC, we see these teams being clear cut NCAA teams. Florida and Kentucky should both be high seeds and Ole Miss is winning at a stored pace, we see them getting a possible 4-6 seed in the tournament.
First of all there are the two obvious teams. Florida will be in the tournament and will probably be a three or four seed. You might be looking at a higher seed if the conference was tougher. With no big wins in conference, unless they defeat Kentucky, they will be no higher than a 2, but 3 is more likely. If Kentucky were to defeat Florida along with the rest of their conference schedule, they be able to pull off a 3 seed, but I'm thinking more of a 4 or a 5 seed. Who's left, you may ask?
Florida, not Kentucky, is looking like they are the class of SEC basketball this year. They come into tonight's game against Alabama being ranked #6 in the country with a 15-2 overall record and an 4-0 SEC conference record. Their only two losses were against top 25 teams in UCONN and Wisconsin.
Apr 02, 2013
The 2012-13 SEC basketball season has come to an end. For the most part it was a disappointing year on the hardwood for the SEC. The conference as a whole did not perform as well as it has the past few years.
Mar 19, 2013
It's been a couple of days since the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee released the 2013 Tournament bracket. People around the nation are pouring over their brackets during work trying to figure out who will win it all this year.
Well, the regular season is behind us. But, let's see what our early 2011 SEC Basketball Preview said and compare to where we ended up.
Dennis just wrote this fantastic All-Time SEC Basketball Team article. It's great to read about those great players from yesteryear that we've nearly forgotten about.
Here's a look at SEC Basketball back in December. And, we are already gearing up for 2013 March Madness.
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