SEC Basketball: Power Ranking Dark Horses in the Conference for 2012-13

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SEC Basketball: Power Ranking Dark Horses in the Conference for 2012-13
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Dark horse candidates are always fun to predict. We know Florida and Kentucky will finish near the top of the Southeastern Conference next season. Will any other team be able to end the three-year regular season reign of these two teams?

Texas A&M and Missouri will enter the conference next year. Missouri was one of the best teams in the country last season, finishing with a 30-5 record. With a new-look, 14-team SEC next year, it will be even more fun to watch the season play out.

Some teams, however, aren't quite ready to challenge the reign of Kentucky and Florida.

Vanderbilt will be rebuilding. You can bet on Frank Martin having South Carolina more competitive in the coming seasons. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a great piece to build around in Athens, but he needs a better supporting cast before the Bulldogs are contenders.

Here are five dark horse candidates in the SEC for 2012-13.

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