14. South Carolina
The gap between South Carolina and the rest of the conference is pretty big, they’ll get a non-D1 game for a conference booster before SEC play starts.
13. Texas A&M
A&M has strung some wins together and could be building some confidence into SEC play, let’s see how their last non-conference game we-
Tom Crean doesn’t have a super talented team in Athlens, but they look like they can be a team to really frustrate some teams with NCAA Tournament aspirations this year.
11. Ole Miss
Cruised against Florida Gulf Coast and are a nice 10-2 heading into a game against Vandy.
Recovered nicely since Darius Garland’s injury, but is their ceiling high enough?
They haven’t been pretty recently but the Hogs head into SEC play at 9-3, right in line with most of the rest of the conference.
Didn’t have a big win over Stephen F Austin, they’ve been hot and cold throughout the non-conference slate.
Closed out the year with an emphatic win, and are coming together pretty nicely.
Struggled for stretches against UL-Monroe, their guard play should get them plenty of SEC wins though.
The blew the doors off Butler this weekend. They lost some tough games early, but look to be one of the SEC’s better teams.
4. Mississippi State
Put up 101 on BYU this weekend, there’s a pretty good team in Starkville this year.
Beat up on a bad North Florida team this weekend, and have looked good after a couple of tough games.
They didn’t start hot but this Kentucky team is figuring things out. They followed up that North Carolina win with another comfortable win over rivals Louisville. They’re going to be conference contenders as usual.
Had an easy win in their last non-conference game. They’re 11-1 heading into SEC play and have been the most consistent top team in the conference all year so far.