The SEC was nowhere near considered the best conference in America last season, but expect the conference to be much better in the 2013-14 college basketball season. Also, expect Trevor Releford to lead the Alabama Crimson Tide to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
It is too bad that the other Trevor (Lacey… not me) will not be playing for the Crimson Tide in the upcoming season, but Alabama will still have enough talent to compete and finish the season in the tip five of the SEC.
Other than Lacey, basically everyone will be back and a couple of talented freshmen will be joining the team as well.
However, it is Releford who led the team in scoring last season with 14.9 points per game. He is a very efficient shooter, making 47.6 percent from the field last season and a very impressive 40.7 percent from behind the arc. Anytime you have a shooter with those kinds of stats, the opposing team will/should be glued to that player. He also averaged 2.1 steals per game and is a great defender.
Releford has the talent to be one of the best guards in the SEC and that was arguably the case last season. However, Alabama did not make the tourney.
It still did finish with an overall record of 23-13 and finished in second place (tied with two other teams) in the SEC. That was still not good enough for the Crimson Tide to dance, but with Releford returning and the conference on the rise in the 2013-14 season, expect this team to be part of the field once the NCAA tournament teams and matchups are announced in March.