The SEC has not been the best conference in college basketball for awhile, but it did have the national champions in it last season in the Kentucky Wildcats. With the additions of the Missouri Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies, the SEC will be that much better in the 2012-13 college basketball season.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the top-five teams in SEC basketball this season.
5. Alabama Crimson Tide-The Crimson Tide had a rather disappointing season last year, with its top-2 players getting kicked off of the team in JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell. However, Green later was able to rejoin the team and Alabama still managed to make the NCAA tournament, just to lose in the first round by one point to the Creighton Blue Jays. This season, it will be up to Trevor Releford and Trevor Lacey to lead ‘Bama to victory.
4. Tennessee Volunteers-Tennessee ended its season on an 8-2 run last year. This included big wins over the Florida Gators and Vanderbilt Commodores. Now that this team has had a chance to figure things out, and four starters from last year’s team will be back, the Volunteers will have a serious shot at competing in the SEC.
3. Missouri Tigers-The Tigers are losing their top-3 scorers from last season, but Michael Dixon and Phil Pressey will return to the team. Not to mention, Connecticut Huskies transfer Alex Oriakhi will be a major addition to the Tigers. This Missouri team will still be very talented and experienced, which will play a huge role when Missouri takes on teams like Florida and Kentucky.
2. Florida Gators-In terms of depth and talent, the Gators are the best team in the SEC. Last year’s leading scorer on Florida will be back, which is, of course, Kenny Boynton. The big man Patric Young also decided to further his skills by returning to the team. Young will play a much bigger role this season than he has in previous years. Florida will also have Erik Murphy, who plays as a forward, but is lights out from behind the arc. To fill in for Bradley Beal and Erving Walker, the Gators will look to Mike Rosario, Scottie Wilbekin and Will Yeguete. However, Florida’s two highly-anticpated freshman Braxton Ogbueze and Michael Frazier could very well earn a lot of playing time.
1. Kentucky Wildcats-The Wildcats are the defending national champions and very much like last year’s team, will bring in some very talented freshman, which includes Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Nerlens Noel. Ryan Harrow and Kyle Wiltjer will most likely round out the starting five. Although very young, this group of young men will make up one of the best starting fives in the country, and will start the season off as the team to beat in the SEC.
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