The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is most known for its football, but this league plays a high level of basketball as well. There are 14 teams in the SEC, and the league typically gets almost half of the teams in the NCAA Tournament.

The SEC did not have any really great teams a season ago, but the league was set to get at least six teams in the NCAA Tournament. Entering 2020-21, there are a handful of excellent teams, and the SEC race should be fun to watch.

The bottom of the league is expected to struggle once again, but the SEC Conference always seems to produce at least a few monster upsets each season. This will be a conference race worth following as the season goes along.

Projected Order of Finish

  1. Kentucky Wildcats
  2. Tennessee Volunteers
  3. Florida Gators
  4. LSU Tigers
  5. Alabama Crimson Tide
  6. Auburn Tigers
  7. Arkansas Razorbacks
  8. South Carolina Gamecocks
  9. Missouri Tigers
  10. Ole Miss Rebels
  11. Texas A&M Aggies
  12. Georgia Bulldogs
  13. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  14. Vanderbilt Commodores

The Kentucky Wildcats are the reigning SEC regular-season champions, and it looks like it is their race to lose again this season. Kentucky once again brought in a top-five recruiting class and head coach John Calipari will have those youngsters playing well by the end of the season.

Rick Barnes has turned the Tennessee Volunteers into a premier college basketball program, and they should give Kentucky a run this season. Tennessee was not going to make the NCAA Tournament a season ago, but that won’t be the case this season.

The race for spots 3-8 should be interesting to follow this season as there is plenty of parity. Both LSU and Florida believe that they have what it takes to win the conference title.

NCAA Tournament Teams (6-8)

The SEC was predicted to get six teams in the NCAA Tournament last March, and it feels like the same should happen this season. There is a potential that up to eight teams from the league could get in, but that feels like a stretch. These five teams should be an absolute lock to make the tournament this season:

  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • LSU
  • Auburn
  • Florida

These four teams could all make a run at the NCAA Tournament this season, but they will have to play well.

  • Alabama
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • South Carolina

Final Four Contenders (2)

Realistically, Kentucky and Tennessee are the only two Final Four contenders in the SEC. Kentucky is a perennial threat, while Tennessee has a roster capable of getting it done this season.

The SEC doesn’t get a ton of respect, and that could hurt these two teams when it comes to seeding time. Regardless of their seed, the Wildcats and Volunteers have what it takes to cut down the nets.

SEC Player of the Year Award Race

The race to win SEC Player of the Year will be one to watch this season, but three players stand out before the season begins. There will be other players that factor into the race, but this is the list of top players entering the season.

Keyontae Johnson (Florida)

Johnson is arguably the best player in the SEC, and he is clearly the leader of the Florida team. Johnson will look to lead the Gators on a deep run throughout March.

BJ Boston (Kentucky)

Kentucky once again has the best recruiting class in the SEC, and BJ Boston is the best of the bunch. Boston will only be in Lexington for one season and he could win the Player of the Year award this season.

John Fulkerson (Tennessee)

Fulkerson averaged more than 20 points per game over the last four games, and he could be in for a monster season. If Tennessee wins the conference title, look for Fulkerson to win this award.