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.
Mar 19, 2013
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.
Mar 10, 2013
It's SEC Tournament time! Fans from all across the SEC will take over Nashville, TN to root on their team as they try to win the SEC Tournament and secure the NCAA automatic bid that comes with that victory. While no one knows for sure what will happen over the next five days, it should be an exciting time.
Jan 06, 2013
With the coming end of college football means that SEC fans will turn their focus towards their school's basketball team. SEC conference play begins this month and it will be time for SEC teams to try to improve their standing for post season play.
Dec 26, 2012
The 2012-13 SEC men’s college basketball slate is here. I’ve been lucky to visit all of the premiere venues in college hoops, including all the SEC venues. Who has the best game day atmosphere? Glad you asked.
Dec 02, 2012
And here it is – the continuation of last week’s SEC trivia! Again, if your favorite SEC school wasn’t represented last week, there’s a good chance it will be here. Vanderbilt forward Perry Wallace became the first black player in the SEC when he played his first varsity game for the Commodores on December 2, 1967. He scored 1,010 points and grabbed 894 rebounds in his three-year career and was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1970 Draft. He went on to become a lawyer and currently teaches at the Washington College of Law.
Nov 19, 2012
As the weather turns colder, it means that basketball is starting. This year could be an outstanding one for the SEC. The SEC could be looking at six or seven NCAA Teams – or more if you listen to John Calipari.
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:
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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. 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.
2. 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!
3. Alabama Crimson Tide - We're picking Alabama to come in 3rd 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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....
11. 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.
12. 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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