The Wildcats will easily have the most talent in the conference and most likely in the nation entering the season, but we all saw last year with this team that talent is not everything. Leadership also has a lot to do with winning basketball games, which the Wildcats lacked.
Kyle Wiltjer, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein will all be back, which should help with that whole leadership thing, but Florida and Tennessee will also have teams that can compete in the conference.
The Gators will be losing plenty of talent, but they have made three straight Elite Eights and should enter the season with a top 10 ranking. The Volunteers will be getting back a lot as well, including leading scorer Jordan McRae, who could be the best player in the conference.
However, there are also more than just these three teams in the SEC. It is never easy to win on the road either, especially in conference play.
Sure, Kentucky will likely win the conference and earn a No. 1 seed, but don’t jump on that idea too quickly because we were told the same story last year. I will believe it when I actually see it this year. In the mean time, the Wildcats will not have an easy out-of-conference schedule and there is no given that they will win the SEC. However, people can get excited about this team all they want and buy into the hype. I probably eventually will as well because their recruiting class is absolutely loaded. However, until John Calipari’s new group actually wins something, they have not won anything.
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