Championship Week Preview- SEC

SEC TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

Locks

  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Vanderbilt

Bubble

  • Florida- They should be in, but don’t lose to Auburn in the 1st round.
  • Ole Miss- Beat Tennessee in the quarterfinals
  • Mississippi St- Get to the Championship Game, but beating Florida in the quarterfinals may be enough.

3 Players to Watch

  1. Devan Downey (South Carolina)- He has single-handidly carried the Gamecocks all season long.  His performance against Kentucky earlier in the season was extraordinary.
  2. Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky)- He’s been overshadowed by the other phenominal freshman in John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.  Kentucky is dangerous, but when Bledsoe gets it going, the Wildcats may be unbeatable.
  3. Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State)- The best shotblocker in the country, an unreal (4.7 bpg).  He has great timing.

(Devan Downey)

Sleeper

  • Mississippi State- The last couple of seasons, the SEC Tournament has produced some unimaginable winners.  For example, Georgia in 2008 and Mississippi St. last season.  Varnado is a defensive precense inside.  The Bulldogs love shooting the three, if they get hot from beyond the arc, they can win some games.

Projected Championship Game- 1. Kentucky (29-2) (14-2) vs 2. Vanderbilt (23-7) 

John Calipari has always been a great recruiter.  This season wasn’t any different when he was able to recruit John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe.  3 of those guys have been starters in Cousins, Wall and Bledsoe. 

(John Calipari)

Wall is the best transition player in the country.  He is lightening fast, has great vision and knows how to finish at the rim.  Cousins is a bruiser and is extremely strong in the paint.  The experienced leader may be Patrick Patterson. 

(John Wall)

Vanderbilt has been one of the more underrated teams in the SEC.  Last season for the first time in three years, the Commodores failed to earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament.  They’ll get a bid this season.

The Commodores have a nice inside outside game.  G Jermaine Beal is a 1st Team All SEC, while F Jeffrey Taylor and C A.J. Ogilvy made the 2nd Team All SEC.

Prediction- Kentucky, John Calipari said the SEC crown means nothing, but the SEC crown would be a step towards their goal of a National Championship.

Projected NCAA Tournament Seeds

  • Kentucky (1)
  • Tennessee (3)
  • Vanderbilt (4)
  • Florida (11)

STANDINGS- http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/conferences/standings?confId=23

TOURNAMENT BRACKET- http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/bracket/_/id/18/2010-southeastern-conf-tournament

 

 

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