The Most Surprising Team in the SEC

By Taylor Sturm
Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Of the SEC teams with less than two losses to start the season, very few are surprising. The Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers were both expected to be two of the best teams in the country. The Ole Miss Rebels had a great end to the season last year and although not expected to do as well as they have, still were seen as one of the top teams in the SEC West. Texas A&M was expected to be good in its first year from the Big 12. However, one team that many, including myself, believed to be one of the worst teams in the SEC has only one loss: The LSU Tigers.

The LSU Tigers have a new coach and young players; you wouldn’t think so this far into the season. The Tigers are 6-1, with a major resume boosting nonconference win over Seton Hall wedged in the middle. LSU’s single loss on the season came against a Boise State team that outplayed them all over the floor throughout the majority of the game. LSU has not played many great teams, but still looks a tough team to beat in the SEC.

A major reason for the Tigers surprising start to the season is the outstanding play of Shavon Coleman. Johnny O’Bryant III was expected to play well to start the season, but Coleman is dominating all over the floor and is playing even better than Bryant. LSU is young and talented, with players getting better. Expect this team to become a major threat in the future.

LSU may be a surprise team in the SEC, but they may surprise the country even more. At this rate, LSU look NCAA tournament bound. With a few marquee wins in the SEC and a strong finish to the nonconference schedule, LSU could steal an NCAA berth.

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