In continuing our summer series of major college basketball conference projections for the 2014-15 season, this Friday we're diving into the SEC.
For the bulk of the past decade, the SEC has been Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and a bunch of cannon fodder. Alabama is the only other team in the SEC that has won at least 57 percent of its conference games in more than one of the past eight seasons—and the Crimson Tide didn't even make the NCAA tournament in either of those two 12-win seasons.
But for the first time in a long time, there's hope on the horizon.
Kentucky and Florida will still finish at the top, but the SEC could legitimately send seven teams to the NCAA tournament this year. Considering 2007-08 was the last time that even six SEC teams went dancing, that would be an incredible feat.
And oddly enough, neither Tennessee nor Vanderbilt is one of those seven candidates.
In ranking the teams from No. 1 through No. 14, we looked at outgoing players, incoming freshmen, D-I transfers, JUCO transfers, redshirts and projected starting fives. For better or worse, no stone was left unturned.
We look forward to your civilized disagreements about the order in which these teams will finish.
Other conferences previously covered in this summer series: