Conference Winner: Kentucky
I’m not going to get into great detail here. Big Freshman class. Some returning stars. Probably a bunch of illegal stuff. Calipari whines. Team goes deep in the tournament. Close game in final four but Calipari gets out coached. Season ends. Calipari claims he does it all to get kids to the NBA. Repeat illegal recruiting.
Hello Commodores, or should I say Anti-Wildcats? Where Kentucky has youth, Vanderbilt has experience. Where Kentucky lacks in game coaching, Vanderbilt has great strategist, Kevin Stallings. The gap in talent between the two squads is still pretty large but Kevin Stallings always has a trick up his sleeve. This race will be closer than it looks on paper
Ben Simmons. All you need to know about him is that LSU lost two studs to the NBA and I still think they make some noise in the tournament. Your top freshman, not only in the conference, but the county.
At-Large: Texas A&M
Billy Kennedy has enough between youth and experience to beat on the bad teams in this league (which there will be less of in the next couple years) and pull of an upset or two to stay in the at-large conversation. I’m thinking 10-11 range at this point.
The SEC is 1-2 years away from putting 7-8 teams in the tournament. They are going to be scary deep.