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I was replying to a post on another thread when I got to wondering how many SEC teams will get an invite to the big dance. The SEC this year is in deep trouble as it pertains to how many teams get invites. I believe UK and Florida of course will go but Im just not sure if another team will be considered tournament material. Maybe Ole Miss but the way they have played recently I just dont know. How about Missouri, well they were ranked at the beginning of the season but they too have fallen on hard times. Im sorry to say that I think that UK and Fla may be the only 2 teams out of the 14 team conference that will go dancing this year. I hope Im wrong and please give me other team names and why you think they will be asked to play ball after the regular season. Thanks
I think4- Florida, UK, Ol Miss, Missouri with an outside chance for bama depending on how they finish.
At the beginning of the year I would have said all 5 that you listed would definately be easy ins but with Bama,Miss, and Missouri' past several games results those 3 IMO are maybes. I hope your right though 5 teams would be an acceptable # of entrants. Thanks for the reply and keep your fingers crossed.
I would say at the beginning I would have thought 5 would get in. But not the 5 you mentioned. I'm pretty sure not many predicted Ole Miss to be 18-5 at this point. I would have predicted UK, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, and Bama in the tournament to be honest. Arkansas has been blowing their chances, and Bama kind of the same. The SEC SHOULD get 4 or 5, but if Bama and Ole Miss start to struggle, it'll be 3.
I see this today the same as I did at the first of the year. Four teams (without a SEC Tournament upset, which I see Alabama as the only potential such winner given the likely brackets) Florida, UK, Mississippi, and Missouri.
I posted the first table with the original post, and the second table is the same information, updated through this past Saturday's games.
Im asking this question to see if anyone sees any bigtime schools on the bubble right now. Iwould consider UNC as 1 team on the bubble with
Of course no one will like my answer, but at present you have 2 for sure - Florida and Mizzu. UK is the third team if they do not falter. The fourth team will be if one of those 3 does not win the conference tournament.
Let's be honest - UK is 1-7 according to Sagarin against the top 50.
Teams with a better record against top 50 that will not make the tournament baring conference tournament -
Cal Poly SLO
Delaware is even
Florida Gulf Coast
Point is UK is beating bad teams right now, but other than close calls, has not shown they beat good teams.
A simple question: is your butt jealous of the amount crap coming from your mouth?
Ole Miss is terrible, but I think they will probably get in because they have such an easy schedule the rest of the way.
at Texas A&M
at South Carolina
at Mississippi St.
And I would not be a bit surprised to see them split these games and get left out.
I think Bama and Miss is already struggling but may still be able to pull themselves back up enough to make it. Im not so sure about Missouri either although they were ranked rarlier in the season. The range IMO right now is probably 2-5 teams. I know thats a fairly wide spread but with the SEC being so far down this year I just dont know how much importance they will for wins in this conference other than Fla and now UK since they are ranked 25th in the AP.
I would be surprised to see Ole Miss tank it to end the season thus missing the tourney. I'd say only 3 get in by the time March rolls around UK, UF, and Mizzou.
There's a slight difference though... UK has no bad losses. All of those teams do (especially a 3-21 Old Dominion team.) Let's be honest, UK had been struggling all year, and still took Duke and UL to the wire. I like UK's chances, and I do believe UK will at least split with Florida, and they'll have a good chance against Missouri. I just disagree. Lately, at least to me, they have shown they can compete with and defeat top teams. For this team, the sky is the limit.
Would you like to wager a few bucks that we don't get in? Either shut your trap or back your silly post, which is it? Plus who's team lost 3 in a row, even we didn't do that! lol
Now I believe UK has improved quite a bit but which teams have they beaten that would lead you to believe that they have shown the ability to compete with the top teams in america? Im just curious to know where you came up with that idea and maybe you can make a believer out of me. Im not criticizing your post just wanting to know what your opinion is based on. Thanks for replying
You don't think they can? The fact that just about every top team is struggling is evidence enough. Plus, UK is starting to take steps in the right direction, and they are getting better and better. But come on, KU lost to TCU whose RPI was 280+, I think UK could pull off an upset for sure, and they will.
four, olmiss uk mizz and fla
If you put it that way then I agree that UK is good enough now to upset any team in the country but as far as hanging in with the top 10 teams UK would have to improve some more and I think they will and IMO it might come down to how much Goodwin and Poythress progress as to how far this team goes. Noel is world class now and WCS will improve I have no doubt. Polson is as solid of a backup PG as there is and Mays and Wiltjer have arrived. Alex and Archie though worry me b/c I jst havent seen that much of a change in either one. Neither are bad players but I thought they would be so much more advanced by now.
They have hung in there with 2 top 10 teams, duke and loserville. They made it a game against both an both bring back teams with a ridiculous amount of experience. Keep in mind that both games especially the duke game were much earlier in the year. Kentucky is a young team. It takes most young teams time to mesh. We just have Ben spoiled and expect it to happen every year the same way. With Kentucky it's a new journey ever year and some teams come together quicker and some slower. The difference is we have talent which always makes us dangerous because when we finally come together we will be playing team ball like all the experienced teams but with more talent than 90percent of the rest. Just go back and recall the 2010 team. We will b fine. Come tourney time we will have a shot to win against whoever we play.
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