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John Calipari finally won his first championship, and it came at Kentucky. The Wildcats once again will reload their roster after another infamous large departure of players to the NBA. However, Calipari has put together a solid squad for the 2012-13 season which should put them as the favorites in the SEC.
Nerlens Noel is practically Anthony Davis 2.0, but with more athleticism and a less polished offensive game. Still, we all saw what an Anthony Davis type player does. He can individually alter the opponent's offensive mindset with his presence.
The Wildcats also have two other impact recruits in Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress. They will be the replacements for Doron Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Expect a breakout season for Kyle Wiltjer. He received limited minutes last season, but can stretch the floor from the power forward position and has a filthy shot from behind the arc. Kentucky has once again reloaded their team to a completely different title contending roster.
The gap this upcoming season between Kentucky and Florida should be smaller, however. Last season's leading scorer, Kenny Boynton will be returning for his senior season and will be in the running for SEC Player of the Year.
Many expected Patric Young to put his name into the 2012 NBA Draft, but decided to play his junior season at Florida. Young has great potential, but will need to improve from last season to allow the Gators to move forward.
Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario are two promising players for the Gators and should be double-digit scorers this year. Mike Rosario was a scorer at Rutgers, but has not demonstrated it at Florida yet.
Tennessee should rebound after missing the tournament last season. Trae Golden, Jarnell Stokes, Jeronne Maymon and Jordan McRae will be key rotation players returning to Knoxville.
Tennessee is overlooked this year, but the SEC doesn't have depth for the 2012-13 season. Therefore, expect the leadership of a veteran Volunteer squad to have a productive season after their poor season in 2011-12.