It’s that time of year – SEC baseball opens on Friday night, while the SEC basketball season is starting to wind down. We have five regular season conference games left before the SEC tournament. How do the teams stack up?
1) Auburn 3) Missouri 5) Florida
2) Tennessee 4) Alabama 6) Texas A&M
Auburn has the SEC’s best conference record – 11-2. They finally have grown their lead to two games, which will all but wrap up the SEC regular season crown battle, barring an absolute collapse. Tennessee is a good team filled with good players, but not great. By playing as a team, Tennessee has elevated to the top tier of the SEC. Missouri’s Cuonzo Martin would be a good candidate for coach of the year. They won five conference games in the past two years combined, but sit in third place in the conference at this point. Missouri could have caved after losing Michael Porter Jr., but they have shockingly improved. Alabama has Collin Sexton, but they’re inconsistent. As for Florida, they have been inconsistent, but they have shown the ability to be really good. Texas A&M fought tooth and nail to get one game back of a double-bye slot, but then they lost, falling back to two games back. Still, they have salvaged a season that once looked destined to need a scapegoat.
Fighting to Avoid Opening Night of the Sec Tournament
7) MSU 9) Kentucky 11) Georgia 13) South Carolina
8) Arkansas 10) LSU 12) Vanderbilt 14) Ole Miss
Oh, what could have been for Mississippi State. Two close losses in a row that will be blamed on referees. However, they lost those games, which knocked them from a top-four slot in the conference to seventh. Arkansas is a scary team, on offense that is. The Hogs don’t seem to enjoy playing the defense, however. Kentucky looks like a machine destined to implode for the season at any minute; they have lost four consecutive games. Now, we get to two teams that I can barely pick apart – LSU and Georgia. Both teams are led by a really good player and have good wins. However, LSU swept Texas A&M, which will earn them the nod. VANDERBILT FINALLY GETS OUT OF LAST PLACE. They won a game, while Ole Miss and South Carolina continue to find new ways to define losing. Also, Ole Miss is last because what exactly do they have to play for? Their coach is stepping down at the season’s end.