Quick Previews: The SEC

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that 🙂

I don’t know what to tell you, to be honest. You already know what’s gonna happen here. Kentucky is going to win the SEC. There’s going to be no Texas A&M like last year that shocks us by winning a share of the league. It’s Kentucky, a 500 foot drop off a cliff, and the rest of the league. That puts into perspective a) How good the Wildcats are and b) How shaky the rest of the league is. After Kentucky, the next two best teams are Florida and Texas A&M. The Gators, behind second year head coach Mike White, bring back four starters from last year’s team that made the NIT Quarterfinals. Losing Dorian Finney-Smith hurts, but Florida should be better than last year and make the Big Dance. Texas A&M, who had the miraculous comeback against UNI to make the Sweet 16 last March, lost some key players in Danuel House, Jalen Jones and Alex Caruso. The Aggies do, however, bring in the #18 recruiting class in the country, which, paired with their returning players, should get them back to the NCAA Tournament. After that, there are a few teams that will likely be on the bubble come March. Georgia has one of the best duos in the league in Yante Maten and JJ Frazier. Arkansas also has two big time retuners in Dusty Hannah’s and Moses Kingsley that should catapult them from .500 to the NCAA/NIT category. Vanderbilt , South Carolina, and Ole Miss, though all unlikely to be seeing their names called on Selection Sunday, are three teams to watch as well.

SEC Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. Kentucky: 27-9 (13-5)

2. Texas A&M: 28-9 (13-5)

3. Florida: 21-15 (9-9)

4. Georgia: 20-14 (10-8)

5. Arkansas: 16-16 (9-9)

6. Vanderbilt: 19-14 (11-7)

7. Ole Miss: 20-12 (10-8)

8. South Carolina: 25-9 (11-7)

9. Alabama: 18-15 (8-10)

10. Mississippi State: 14-17 (7-11)

11. Auburn: 11-20 (5-13)

12. Tennessee: 15-19 (6-12)

13. LSU: 19-14 (11-7)

14. Missouri: 10-21 (3-15)

First Team All-SEC

(Stats from 2015-2016 season unless noted)

De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky (Ranked #6 in 2016 class by 247Sports) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas (15.9 PPG, 9.3 RPG)

Malik Monk, Kentucky (Ranked #11 in 2016 class by 247Sports)

J.J. Frazier, Georgia (16.9 PPG, 4.4 APG)

Tyler Davis, Texas A&M (11.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG)

NCAA Tournament Bids: Kentucky, Texas A&M, Florida


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