The SEC will likely be dominated by the Kentucky Wildcats and Florida Gators in the 2013-14 college basketball season. Although there are still some teams that will compete, those two teams will enter the season with a lot of hype. However, how do the Georgia Bulldogs match up with the rest of the SEC?
Considering that Georgia will be losing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who averaged 18.5 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game, it could be a disappointing year for the Bulldogs. Caldwell-Pope basically scored a third of the teams points this past season, so the offense will be taking a huge hit.
Not to mention, Tennessee, Alabama and LSU could be NCAA tournament teams in the upcoming season. Who knows how Missouri will fare, but it will have some talent returning to the team. Marshall Henderson will be returning to the Ole Miss Rebels, so they very well could be a competitor in the upcoming season.
Georgia did finish with a 9-9 record in the SEC in the 2012-13 season, so it was not like it was horrible. Still, some players will definitely have to step up. There is some talent on this team, but without Caldwell-Pope, Georgia could be one of the worst teams in the conference.
This conference may not be as highly rated as the Big Ten or some of the other power conferences, but it is still one of the better ones in college hoops. Even the bottom teams in the conference have a chance to pull off upsets from time to time, and Georgia very well could be one of those teams if they are taken lightly and if they can find a new identity before conference play tips off.
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