SEC Basketball: Preseason power rankings for 2020-21 season

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MARCH 12: A worker takes a cooler off of the court after the announcement of the cancellation of the SEC Basketball Tournament (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The 2020-21 season is almost here, which means that it’s time to take a closer look at the SEC Basketball programs. Who should be considered the favorites?

With the 2020-21 season quickly approaching, I think that this would be the perfect time for me to reveal my preseason SEC Basketball power rankings. Now I will be honest, it was a lot tougher for me to rank each team to the best of my ability than I originally anticipated.

Many programs made big-time off-season moves, while others saw their rosters deteriorate significantly. And just like every college basketball season, you never know which programs will exceed or fail to meet the expectations set forth for them.

On top of that, there are always teams that will struggle towards the beginning of the season (which often causes people to believe that they will have lopsided records), and get hot down the stretch of conference play, which gives them an advantage going into the conference tournament.

The 2019-20 season was interesting to say the least, because of all of the unexpected events that occurred throughout. Of course, there will always be that one person who claimed they knew exactly how the season was going to unfold, but do you wholeheartedly believe that they were able to accurately predict what happened to Arkansas? or Ole Miss? (who made it to the NCAA Tournament in 2018-19) Well, if you are unsure how to respond to those questions, I am more than happy to lend a helping hand.

I think that it would have been extremely difficult to predict that Isaiah Joe would go down with a knee injury and miss five games (which had a lot to do with Arkansas’ 4-4 to 4-9 SEC Record transformation). Likewise, maybe not everyone believed that Ole Miss would finish in the top 7 again, but I am not convinced that many people saw them dropping to 12th this season. (After having two key players return)

The point is, you shouldn’t be stunned if the 2020-21 season has a lot of surprises in store for everyone as well. That’s why it is important to keep an open mind and prepare yourself for any craziness that may transpire at any given time. With that being said, I think you will be better off right now, if you sit back, relax, and enjoy what I have to say in this article. Not only will I be ranking each SEC team 14-1, but I will also be discussing what pieces each team will have to work with this season.

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