The Florida Gators led by head coach Billy Donovan have the most talented returners in the SEC with Patric Young and Kenny Boynton. These two players can carry a team to the national championship, let alone a conference championship. Kentucky will have a tough time guarding this team and this team is tired of being in Kentucky’s shadow the past few years and will bring that energy to each game.
The Missouri Tigers will start off weak without two of their strongest scorers, especially Michael Dixon, Jr., but the tigers won’t fall down easily. Phil Pressey is a preseason All-American and if the Tigers perform up to expectations, they could easily win the SEC. Missouri is the team closest to Kentucky talent-wise in the SEC, and could take both games against the Wildcats.
The Tennessee Volunteers are young and experienced; something the SEC has not seen in a while. Because most talent in the SEC leaves after one or two years, not many teams have the experience that Tennessee has and will continue to have seeing as only one starter is a senior. Tennessee could be a dark horse team, like Vanderbilt last year, and win the SEC tournament.
Kentucky is talented, but the Wildcats’ competition is fierce. Kentucky will not win the SEC because one-and-done Freshmen cannot stand against the teams at the top of the SEC and their experience.