SEC basketball opens conference play this week, and there have been plenty of surprises in the non-league portion of the schedule. Some teams have jumped out to unanticipated fast starts, while other would-be contenders have struggled mightily to meet expectations.
Foremost among the latter group, of course, are the unranked Kentucky Wildcats. John Calipari’s young team has shown gargantuan potential, but will it start turning those possibilities into reality in time to contend for the league title?
Read on for more on the talent-laden Wildcats and the rest of the teams in the new-look SEC, presented in order of their predicted finish in the standings. In addition, we’ll provide some projections for the winners of other races: the conference’s Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year awards, as well as the SEC Tournament champs.