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CT’s 2009 SEC Predictions + Bubble Watch

SEC: NCAA Tournament Predictions and Breakdown

Even though this conference is the weakest in recent memory they could change many people’s minds with a couple large upsets come the NCAA Tournament.  Currently there is only one team that is a lock for the NCAA Tournament.SEC will get 4 teams in the big dance but there are 4 teams on the bubble fighting for three bids. Craig will predict which Bubble Teams get in and what they will do once they get there.


LSU: Winner of the SEC this year and even though the conference was down this year they only lost one game all year which included some tough road games. The conference tournament is pretty important for this team as NCAA seeding will be very important to them. Tigers are led by Thorton and Mitchell that both can score in bunches and average over 15 points apiece. Most likely will be a #4 seed if they can win out. One and out this year they will be beat in the second round and expose a team that has not beat a great team all year.

Tennessee: Big win this past weekend at Florida put this team in the big dance. Some still think they are on the bubble if they would lose in 1st Round of SEC tournament but Craig still thinks they are in. The best strength of schedule and a top 25 RPI puts them solidly in the tournament. Tyler Smith and Wayne Chism lead this team and have a ton of big game experience. This team will only have 19 or 20 wins but will end up with a #8 seed. This team is trying to game from bubble team to sweet 16 team but Craig predicts they win one and lose a close one to the #1 seed in their bracket.

Florida: Bubble team for sure but Craig is one of the few that is predicting them to win a couple in a row and make the big dance. Would be hard to keep this team out with a total of 23 wins at end of year. Calathes is a huge difference maker and he can carry a team from the point guard position. Craig has Florid as a #10 seed and has them playing one of the middle teams from the ACC or Big East. No way this team upsets anyone this year; Billy D. goes two season with zero wins in the big dance.

Kentucky: Must have a big couple wins in the SEC tournament will come down to South Carolina or UK to make the big dance. UK’s tough games out of conference are the difference and gets them in barely. Meeks and Patterson are a dangerous combination that might be able to pull a huge upset come March Madness. A #11 seed for a UK team that must be a misprint but it is not. Actually think UK can beat a six seed and heck if they get hot why not they could make a sweet 16 appearance. UK is last SEC school in but is only team from the SEC that makes the sweet 16.

South Carolina is left on the wrong side of the bubble and does not make it in this year. SEC weak strength overall has cost more selections this year but with the young talent from this league the future is bright. Even though this conference might not put many in the NCAA Tournament the last two weeks and SEC Tournament will be huge in deciding which SEC Bubble teams get in or are sent packing to the NIT.


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  1. Out of the three teams that make it to the dance, LSU has the only realistic chance to make some noice. I see early exits for Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee as they have not shown enough consistency this season to instill any confidence picking them beyond the first round. South Carolina find themselves on the outside looking in.