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Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: SEC

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we look at the SEC:

 

Kentucky has lost 93.3% of its scoring and 87.3% of its rebounding from a season ago. Will the Wildcats fall from SEC glory with those losses? No chance.

UK once again enters the year as the favorite to win the SEC, but there will be plenty of challengers nipping at their heels. Missouri, one of two newcomers to the conference this season, has the makings of a team capable of making a title run, while both Tennessee and Arkansas are much improved.

Florida once again presents a threat amongst the league’s elite, while the middle of the group is represented by a number of teams that are hoping to make a stab at a berth in the Big Dance.

The Wildcats’ dominance in the SEC has already begun and with a recruiting class that is already making headlines coming to Lexington next season, this may be the year that others try and pull them down off their perch.

Another exciting year in the SEC is on the horizon, but who will challenge those pesky Wildcats when all is said and done?

 

SEC Predictions:

1. Kentucky

2. Missouri

3. Florida

4. Tennessee

5. Alabama

6. Arkansas

7. Georgia

8. LSU

9. Ole Miss

10. Vanderbilt

11. Texas A&M

12. Auburn

13. South Carolina

14. Mississippi State

 

First Team All-SEC Predictions:

G Kenny Boynton, Sr., Florida

G Phil Pressey, Jr., Missouri

G B.J. Young, So., Arkansas

F Jarnell Stokes, So., Tennessee

F Nerlens Noel, Fr., Kentucky

 

SEC Player of the Year Prediction:

Phil Pressey, Jr., Missouri

 

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee

 

Newcomer of the Year Prediction:

Nerlens Noel, Fr., Kentucky

 

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2012- Kentucky won the National Championship

 

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse