If you think the SEC is in the bag for Florida, think again. Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Missouri have all had their troubles this season but they are still very much alive to win the SEC in the regular season and in the tournament. There’s also some dark horse teams and talented players to look out for. Here’s 5 predictions for the SEC for the rest of the season.
1) Kentucky will grow up
The Wildcats have 5 players who are in double digit scoring and have shown streaks of being a very good team. John Calipari is a very good coach and has the talent on his roster to be a serious threat in the SEC. Expect the Wildcats to play well down the stretch and make a run in the SEC tournament.
2) Missouri will continue to beat itself
Missouri has a boatload of talent but can’t seem to find an identity on offense or buckle down on defense. Phil Pressey is not a SG and needs to be a distributor instead of continuing to shoot despite a .298 3P% and .366 FG%. The Tigers have potential and guys like Laurence Bowers and Jabari Brown could lead a run in the SEC and NCAA tournaments but Missouri hasn’t and might never capitalize on that potential.
3) Marshall Henderson and Ole Miss are the real deal
Marshall Henderson is lighting it up in his first season at Ole Miss and has averaged almost 20 points a game. Murphy Holloway is averaging a double double and contributions from Srs. Reginald Buckner and Nick Williams have helped the Rebels jump out to a 6-1 start in the SEC. They face a huge task today and will try to take down a red hot Florida team in a Top 25 SEC showdown.
4) 4 SEC teams will make the NCAA Tournament
Unless Alabama, Tennessee, or Texas A&M turns it around and makes a run in the SEC there will be no more than 4 SEC teams playing in the Big Dance. Ole Miss and Missouri (if they get in) will have trouble making it to the Sweet 16 but both Florida and Kentucky are legitimate title contenders. Florida has looked like the best team in the country lately and Kentucky has the talent to make a run.
5) Florida will win the SEC
Florida hasn’t been challenged in SEC play yet, winning by at least 17 in all 7 games but Ole Miss poses their largest test yet. The way Florida is going on offense and defense will be tough to stop however, and Florida has established itself as the best team in the SEC. The Gators will come away with both the regular season and tournament championships and make a run into March…and maybe April.