Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dunks the ball during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

SEC Basketball: Predictions for 2013-14 Season

The SEC basketball conference will have a different look in the 2013-14 season than it did last year. A total of three teams will enter the pre season top 25 polls. Many teams have either lost or gained support in recruiting for this year’s season. In terms of talent and competitiveness, lets take a look at the teams who might be able to make things difficult for the Kentucky Wildcats this season.

The team that should be a great challenge for Kentucky in the 2013-14 season is the Florida Gators. The high rolling veteran team, composed with a few transfers and high quality freshman, can be dangerous for the Kentucky Wildcats and their destined season this upcoming year. However, unexpected absences during the offseason could possibly make Tennessee and Alabama strong bubble teams. Returning players and key veterans for the Volunteer’s and Rolling Tide can make them hot from time to time. That might be a struggle or two for the road games that the Wildcats will have to play  this season.

An interesting LSU Tigers team could produce trouble for most other  teams in the SEC. The  Tigers have done a great job adding strong players such as Jarell Martin, Jordan Mickey, and Tim Quarterman  (all freshmen) over the offseason. Along with the returning team that LSU had last year, the Tigers could put pressure on many teams with their new look that they are revealing this year.

Ole Miss and Missouri received heavy losses from key returning players. I could see a battle for sixth place between the two teams. While having personal losses, Missouri and Ole Miss do not have  strong leadership  just as they had last year to take them both back to the NCAA tournament.

Outside those list of teams, I have Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and Texas A&M to battle it out from being listed 8-10 in the SEC rankings. Elston Turner was a huge loss for the Aggies, as he led their team last year in a streaky and productive performance. SEC teams such as Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn, and Mississippi State are in the bottom of the standings for SEC basketball this upcoming season.

The 2013-14 SEC basketball season should be a lot better than the season before. Teams are indeed better and more balanced, and some could possibly sneak away with a home victory against the Cats. The Kentucky Wildcats will have to be consistent and well prepared for the pressure that can be brought to them in SEC play. I think when it’s all said and done, the Kentucky Wildcats will live up to their pre season selection as being the top team in the conference and in the nation, but it will be a challenging journey.

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