This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
It was an exciting race to the finish line for three SEC schools for the conference title last season, with LSU ultimately capturing the crown. But neither LSU, Tennessee, nor Kentucky represented the SEC in the Final Four last season. Auburn, headlined by a strong backcourt and talented frontcourt, had the final laugh of every SEC school.
The 2019-20 season figures to be just as exciting. The conference is brimming with veteran players, such as incoming transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr., along with many intriguing freshman including Anthony Edwards and Scottie Lewis.
Looking at the talent on the rosters, there appears to be two teams that jump out the most: Kentucky and Florida. Kentucky will look to recapture the conference title with what may be Coach John Calipari's best incoming freshman class ever, headlined by Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney. Paired with one of the finest point-guards in the country, Ashton Hagans, Kentucky looks more dangerous then ever before.
Coach Mike White and Florida, on the other hand, looks just as good. Florida landed arguably the top graduate transfer in Blackshear Jr., who will likely make an instant impact and compete for the SEC Player of the Year, along with a top-10 freshman class, topped by versatile small-forward, Scottie Lewis. Elsewhere in the league, it appears as though LSU, Auburn (again), Alabama and Tennessee all have the capability of what Auburn did last year – a Final Four run despite not finishing close for the conference