SEC fans, Are you ready for chaos? For the unthinkable to happen? After the season we have had in the Southeastern Conference, this weekend will have a once-in-a-lifetime vibe to it as all fourteen programs go to battle with the common goal of bringing home an SEC Tournament Championship back to their respected hometown.
Folks around College Basketball that are on the outside looking in expect this week’s SEC Tournament to be the best one the Conference has ever seen in the history of the Tournament.
This year’s Tournament will see three teams ranked inside the top ten in the latest AP rankings and Arkansas who is ranked within the top fifteen teams in the country. Not to mention, there are four to five other programs that have the high potential to make a deep run this weekend in Tampa and earn their place in the NCAA Tournament.
All the action in Tampa will get underway on Wednesday evening, with Ole Miss going to battle with Missouri, Georgia, and Vanderbilt. Three out of the four of those programs have had disappointing seasons Wednesday night will be an opportunity to build for the future. Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, in particular, have a lot more at stake regarding the future of their programs, as both Head Coaches look to prove they belong with another season at the helm.
On Thursday, SEC fans will have the unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see four matchups between programs that are right on the edge of eternal greatness by achieving the unthinkable and earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Those four matchups will see the likeness of Flordia playing Texas A&M, LSU playing the winner of Ole Miss and Missouri, Mississippi State and South Carolina, and the Alabama Crimson Tide will play the winner between Vanderbilt and Georgia Bulldogs game from Wednesday night.
From there, the SEC Tournament will take shape to the Friday matchups where all top four teams in the Southeastern Conference will take to the floor to start their journey to prove once and for all who the top dog in the SEC truly is.
Out of those four teams of the likeness of Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn, and Kentucky, the Wildcats are the clear-cut favorites to cut down the nets on Sunday in Tampa. We have seen the spark of a healthy Kentucky team and what they have the potential to do in terms of possibly winning a National Championship during the first week of April. When Kentucky is healthy; and TyTy Washington plays to his potential, the Wildcats are arguably the best team in the country; it’s the same team that beat Tennessee by 28 points and Kansas by 18 on the road.
Sure, you can’t count out Auburn or Tennessee, but neither program has the roster of All-American talent that Kentucky has, and given Kentucky’s record at home and the obvious that the Big Blue Nation will make Tampa in their home for four days, that alone is enough to push Kentucky past that finish line for another SEC Tournament Championship.
Buckle up! This year’s SEC Tournament will be unlike anything we have ever seen with heartstopping Basketball action that will leave even the slightest of Basketball fans hungry and desperate for more.