With the season being less than a fortnight from tipping off, here are 5 bold predictions to look forward to in SEC Basketball during the 2020-21 season.
SEC Basketball led all Division I conferences in total non-conference victories last season. Their 125 victories and 55 losses enabled them to finish as the conference with the fourth-highest RPI. The conference was highlighted by Kentucky Basketball who went 10-3 and Auburn Basketball who went 13-0 against non-conference opponents.
Those two programs were also the representatives for the SEC in the final AP Top 25 Poll. This season the SEC will have a different look when it comes to national attention.
The 2020-21 AP Preseason Top 25 rankings feature a pair of SEC teams in No.10 Kentucky and No.12 Tennessee, with the Coach’s Poll including Alabama. As the preseason poll is designed to predict the future to some extent, the freshmen entering the SEC brighten up the present as well. According to 24/7sports, six freshmen that are ranked as 5-star players will be in the SEC as well as five of the top10 recruiting classes.
Similar to the bold predictions of the Big East, Big Ten, and ACC, these takes are at the mercy of the season coming to a natural conclusion that only March can bring. Feel free to comment if some of these are too obvious, too ‘out there’, or if the article neglected to address something altogether.