Another page turns in the SEC Men’s basketball season…
We are heading into the third full week of SEC Men’s basketball and here is a quick synopsis of what we know:
The “Have Nots”
- Ole Miss is really bad and Andy Kennedy needs to be comparing notes with Houston Nutt regarding buyout suggestions.
- Darrin Horne has the same fate in front of him at South Carolina
- Auburn is not great, but they beat Ole Miss, better known as Ole Misery
- Tennessee is down, but the addition of the Jarnell Stokes should make the Vols a decent team
- Georgia has a long rebuilding process in front of them, but they have senior Gerald Robinson and freshman Kentavius Caldwell-Pope to build around
- Kentucky is loaded again, but most of the talent is green with the exception of Darius Miller, Doron Lamb and Terence Jones
- Florida is like a donut; strong around the outside, but weak in the middle. Boynton and Erving Walker give the Gators a strong perimeter presence
- Alabama is just the opposite of Florida; weak in perimeter shooting, but strong in the middle with Jamychal Green and Tony Mitchell
- Mississippi State is a strong, balanced club led by Dee Bost, Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sydney
- Vanderbilt has a starting lineup with 4 seniors and a junior; they have considerable experience, but questionable ability to “close out” close games
To be determined
- Arkansas is in a transition stage with new coach Mike Anderson and they feature freshman phenom BJ Young of St. Louis
- LSU has shown signs of promise, especially their win over Marquette, and they are led by junior, Iowa State transfer Justin Hamilton and sophomore Andre Stringer.
So there you have it, the Haves, the Have Nots, and the to be determined pieces of the SEC men’s basketball puzzle.
My prediction is that all of the Haves will make the NCAA tournament and that LSU and Arkansas will make the NIT.
I’ll be back in future editions to revisit this early prediction and to see if I have to eat any crow.
I doubt that will happen.