2013 - 2014 SEC BASKETBALL


Congrats to the Kentucky Wildcats on their 8th NCAA Tournament Basketball Championship. The 2012 title was unique for all the rivals UK took down along the way. Read more at Kentucky's 2012 title run.

Here's our review of the 2011-2012 SEC basketball season and a look ahead to 2013.

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SEC Falls to Uconn Twice in Tournament, but Proves the Conference Stronger than Thought

Posted By Kory Kinslow in SEC Basketball
Apr 08, 2014
SEC Falls to Uconn Twice in Tournament

The Uconn Huskies won the NCAA Championship of Men's Basketball tonight by defeating the Kentucky Wildcats by a narrow margin. Uconn came out of the gates strong and while Kentucky made run after run, the Huskies proved to be more experienced and mentally tougher. The game really came down to the inability of Kentucky to make free-throws. It could have simply been nerves. Randle did not play his best game, but I felt that Young showed that he too, will be a major factor in the NBA in the future and I'm sure in the draft this summer.

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Final Four Preview

Posted By Kory Kinslow in SEC Basketball Blog
Apr 03, 2014
Final Four Preview

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.

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SEC Looks Good in the NCAA Tournament (Proves Committee Wrong)

Posted by Kory Kinslow in SEC Basketball
Mar 31, 2014
SEC Looks Good in the NCAA Tournament

The first night of the Sweet 16 saw the SEC team that actually got respect, with Florida playing 4 seed UCLA. UCLA kept it close for a while, but Florida ended up dominating the second half with a 79-68 win for the Gators. The SEC Player of the Year and SEC Tournament MVP Scotty Wilbekin took over in the second half after a sub-par first half. He showed the toughness that has propelled this Florida team all year round and won them the overall number 1 seed in this tournament.

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SEC Has Best Record in March Madness

Posted by Kory Kinslow in SEC Basketball
Mar 25, 2014
SEC Has Best Record in March Madness

SEC (men's) basketball seems to get no respect. Well, that may be about to come to an end. Which conference do you think has the best record in the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament? ACC? Big East? Big Ten? No, no and no. It's the SEC with a perfect 6-0 record through the first two rounds. In fact, really the SEC is 7-0 as Tennessee had to win a "play-in" game to get into the field of 64.

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What in the World will Happen with the SEC After the Weekday Games?

Posted by Kory Kinslow in SEC Basketball
Feb 10, 2014
What in the World will Happen with the SEC After the Weekday Games?

At this point in the season ESPN has Tennessee, Missouri, LSU, Kentucky and Florida making into the SEC tournament. It leaves out Arkansas with a 44 BPI and Ole Miss with a 61 BPI. This week could make or break many of these teams. Florida travels to Tennessee. Tennessee cannot afford a home loss, but it's Florida and the hardest test they will face at home.

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Who Has Chances for the NCAA Tournament Out of the SEC Men's Field

Posted By Kory Kinslow in SEC Basketball Blog
Jan 23, 2014
Who Has Chances for the NCAA Tournament Out of the SEC Men's Field

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?

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Aug 14, 2013

2013 - 2014 SEC Basketball Preview


Posted By Lamar Hull in SEC Basketball
2013 - 2014 SEC Basketball Preview

A lot has been made of the incoming 2014 class of freshmen into men's college basketball and rightfully so. The incoming talent is truly outstanding and is bound to host a collection of future stars in the NBA. From Andrew Wiggins to Julius Randle to Jabari Parker, the possibility for a true college superstar is extremely high. No one has benefited more from this new talent influx than the SEC. Read More

Apr 02, 2013

2012-13 SEC Basketball Wrap-up


Posted By Dennis Berry in SEC Basketball
2012-13 SEC Basketball Wrap-up

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. Read More

Mar 19, 2013

Can a SEC Team Make a Run in the NCAA?


Posted By Dennis Berry in SEC Basketball
Can a SEC Team Make a Run in the NCAA?

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. Read More

Mar 19, 2013

SEC in 2013 NIT


Posted By Dennis Berry in SEC Basketball Blog
SEC in 2013 NIT

After the NCAA brackets were released, the National Innovational Tournament brackets were announced a few hours later. This year there will be three SEC teams looking to make it to New York. The Kentucky Wildcats, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Tennessee Volunteers all will compete to try and make it to Madison Square Garden. Read More

While the SEC is known primarily as a football conference (they have won the last six national championships), the conference is also a perennial basketball power. Kentucky is back on top. Florida is just a few years removed from back-to-back national titles, and John Calipari has returned Kentucky to prominence once again. Arkansas also looks to be on its way back, which can only help the SEC on a national front.

The strength of the basketball programs in the SEC once again lie in the East, with Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Vanderbilt all looking primed to compete for the SEC Championship this season. The East should be a hard fought division, and I highly doubt any team from the East will be able to get through the division with only one or two losses.

Florida looks to be the class of the SEC this season; there is hope in Gainesville that the Gators will return to the Final Four after three years away. They return all five of their starters, and they have a tremendous freshman class that looks to make a large splash early on.

The SEC West looks to be wide open this season, with Mississippi State being the only team that is really set, and even the Bulldogs have questions that need to be addresses before the season really gets underway. Ole Miss may challenge for the crown, but they have more question marks than Mississippi State does at this point. Arkansas still looks to be a year away from seriously contending for the SEC crown, and Alabama is looking to finish in about the middle of the pack once again.

There is not that much separation between the top conferences this coming season, with nearly every conference having a team that has Final Four talent and dreams. Here is how our rankings of the conferences stack up for the beginning of this season:

  1. ACC - The ACC looks to be the top conference going into the season. They have the defending champion Duke Blue Devils leading their conference and North Carolina looks to be running on all cylinders once again. When one adds in dark horse teams such as North Carolina State, it should be obvious that the ACC is the class of college basketball right now. [Update: Obviously with only Duke in the Top 25, ACC B-ball is NOT #1 at the moment. Still, they have won 5 of the last 10 NCAA Championships and more NCAA Tournament games in the past 20 years than any other conference. So, we'll leave them be for now.]
  2. Big Ten - The Big Ten comes in second on our list, with Michigan State leading the way for the conference. This conference looks to have much more parody than the ACC, with Ohio State, Minnesota, Purdue, and Wisconsin all looking poised to make their move to the top of the conference. A conference this deep deserves to be ranked number two.
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  1. Big East - It may come as a shock to some that the Big East is only number three, but they just do not have the depth of talent that the ACC or Big Ten have this season. Pittsburgh and Syracuse are the best this league offers this season, but the middle of the league is just as good as some of the upper echelons of the weaker leagues.
  2. SEC - The SEC is looking to make its move this season, and return to the top of the basketball tier. With teams like Florida and Kentucky loading up for this season, it should be a very competitive run to the SEC and NCAA Championships.
  3. Big 12 - The Big 12 is in the same boat as the SEC. They have a few great teams, but not many good teams past them. Texas is a perennial underachiever, and I would not recommend getting too excited about them. Kansas State and Missouri are both great teams that should compete for the Big 12 title as well Final Four appearances.
  4. Pac-10 - The Pac-10 looks to be at the bottom of the basketball tier this season. UCLA is in an odd slump, and Arizona and California are both down as well. The Pac-10 may have to live with only having one or two teams in the NCAA Tournament this season.

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New this season -- all SEC basketball teams ranked together, 1-12; not separated by East/West Divisions. The idea is to fix the unbalanced division situation we had last year when Miss. State went 9-7 in the SEC and still got a first round bye (and #2 seeding) in the SEC B-ball tournament ahead of teams in the East with a better record.

1. Florida Gators - Made it to the "Great 8" in the NCAA Tourny. For this year, they have lost last year's SEC Player of the Year -- Chandler Parsons; but remain loaded, especially at guard (Erving Walker). Look for another trip to the NCAA Tournament and if they can develop some of their big, inside players -- they could make a run.

2. Kentucky Wildcats - The cream of the crop. Not just in the SEC, but nationally. UK is loaded as has become usual in the Calipari era. Terrence Jones should be player of the year in the SEC and Anthony Davis -- freshman of the year. All in all, 4 players will be first or second team All-SEC. Look for the Cats to win the SEC handily and challenge for the national title.

3. Vanderbilt Commodores - This may be the year for the Dores. All 5 starters from last year are back. John Jenkins should be 1st team all - SEC and Jeffery Taylor -- second team all-SEC. Vanderbilt is always disciplined and well coached. If they can toughen up their defense, especially in March and April -- look out!

4. Missouri Tigers - 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.

5. Alabama Crimson Tide - We're picking Alabama to come in 5th in the SEC. Last season the Crimson Tide showed improvement; this year we expect to see them in March Madness. JaMychal Green will be an All-SEC player and lead the way.

6. Mississippi State Bulldogs - MSU was a big disappointment last year. But, the talent is still there and we think they put it together well enough to get an NCAA bid. Dee Bost should be a second team all-SEC player.

7. Arkansas Razorbacks - UA has a new coach in Mike Anderson. Look for them to be decent; middle of the pack; probably get an NIT bid at the end of the season.

8. Georgia Bulldogs - Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, the two leading scorers from last year's team are gone. There are some talented new players but, it will be a rebuilding year.

9. Ole Miss Rebels - The Rebs lost two of their top scorers from last year's team but picked up Jalen Kendrick. Ole Miss will be competitive but not so much at the top of the league.

10. LSU Tigers - LSU will be better this year. Of course last year they were the worst team in the SEC. This year, they maybe move up to #9 or so.

11. Tennessee Volunteers - Crazy year last year. In December the Vols looked like one of the best teams in the country. By the end of the year their coach was fired and they had lost to Michigan by 30 points in the first round of the NCAA tourney. New coach Cuonzo Martin will have to rebuild. Sort of sounds like the Vols' football program....

12. Auburn Tigers - Suffered through a tough year in Tony Barbee's first season as coach last season. Unfortunately, we expect another rough year. But, things should improve when Noel Johnson becomes eligible in December.

13. South Carolina Gamecocks - Things have been bad in Columbia for a while and will get even worse this year. Look for Darren Horn to send out his resume soon.

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