This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
It was quite the interesting season for the SEC last year, as the normal blue bloods of the conference mostly underachieved while teams such as Alabama and Arkansas rose to the top. Although it was the Crimson Tide that captured the regular season and conference tournament championship, it was the Razorbacks that nearly made it to the Final Four, only to be beaten by eventual national champion Baylor in the Elite Eight.
Although many must-see freshman leaped to the NBA after one season, the conference rebuilds with arguably the best incoming freshman and transfer classes in college basketball, making this year prone to be one of the most exciting seasons in the conference in recent memory.
There are many teams capable of being crowned champion at the end of the year. With a strong recruiting class once again and the addition of experienced and talented transfers, Kentucky figures to be the favorite to win the title. However, not far behind are squads such as Alabama, Arkansas, LSU and Auburn. The Crimson Tide brings in five-star freshman J.D. Davison and returns Jaden Shackelford and Jahvon Quinerly. The Razorbacks are again capable of returning to the Elite Eight, as they add one of the best transfer classes in the nation. On the other hand, LSU will be an experienced team to go along with intriguing freshman Efton Reid. Auburn will likely contend for the most improved team in the conference, as coach Bruce Pearl recruited many brilliant transfers and