The NCAA SEC tournament takes place from March 10th-13th, in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
This is a deep conference that's wide open with no decisive favorite. There should be some highly contested NCAA basketball matchups in the next few days. Let's look at the teams to focus on.

Kenny BoyntonFlorida Gators (24-6, 13-3)

Florida is ranked number 12 in the country and is filled with senior leadership. Three of the top five scorers on the team are seniors that have had solid careers in Gatorland. Florida is led in scoring by 5 foot 8 guard Erving Walker who averages 14.5 points, 3.4 assists, and 3 rebounds per game. Guard Kenny Boynton has been the most consistent player as of late and has hit some crucial shots. Boynton averages 13.7 points per game and has scored in double figures in each of his last 9 games. Florida has a solid consistent player in the middle. Senior center Vernon Macklin will be a tough player for opposing teams to contend with. Macklin averages 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game on 57,6% shooting from the field. Senior forward Chandler Parsons leads the team in rebounding at 7.8 and along with his 11.4 points per game, makes Florida a team with a lot of depth

Key Wins: Georgia, Vanderbilt (twice), Kentucky

The Gators are stacked and have played well against teams in the conference. Look for them to go far into the tournament.

Kentucky Wildcats (22-8, 10-6)

The Wildcats are ranked 16th in the land. They have a very strong team offensively. Kentucky is ranked 25th in points (76.8) and 26th in rebounding (38.3) in the country. Guard Brandon Knight leads the offensive attack in scoring at 17.7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 40,6% from 3 point range. Power forward Terrence Jones is a physical force at 17.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Guard Darius Miller has played well above his average in his last 6 games, averaging 16.5 points per game. Look for Miller to have a good tournament. Miller also averages 46% from 3 point territory.

Key Wins: Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida,

Kentucky has beaten Florida in their last meeting and their offensive power could possibly be a deciding factor in this tournament

Alabama Crimson Tide (20-10, 12-4)

While Alabama hasn't cracked the top 25, they've managed to have the second best record in the conference at 12-4. Alabama's team is based around defense. They rank 7th in the nation, giving up just 58.8 points per game and allowing a mere 37.9% field goal shooting which is good for number 5 in the country. The SEC has a lot of offensive minded teams and Alabama can possibly be a major underdog that goes far into the tournament 

Alabama's leading scorer Jamychal Green is the model of consistency. Green averages 16 points a game and also leads the team in rebounding at 7.5 rebounds per game. Green has scored in double figures in every game this season that he's played except for one. Along with their lockdown defense the Tide can count on Green and his offense and hard work on the boards. Forward Tony Mitchell is second on the team in scoring (15.5) and second in rebounding (7.2). This is a solid one-two punch for the Crimson Tide to rely on, game in game out.

Key Wins: Kentucky

Alabama's conference record might be slightly overrated as most of the wins came against the lesser teams. However, Alabama has a stifling defense and that can't be overlooked. I could see them advancing a couple rounds at best but not capable of winning the tournament unless there are upsets and then they might possibly get lucky.


Vanderbilt CommodoresVanderbilt Commodores (21-9, 9-7)

The Commodores are ranked 24th in the country and are also one of the top offensive teams averaging 76.7 points, which is good for the 27th highest average in the nation. Vanderbilt is coming off of losses to Kentucky and Florida in their last 2 games which is difficult to overlook regarding momentum. However, they beat Kentucky earlier in the season. Vanderbilt is led by sophomore guard John Jenkins, who averages 19.4 points per game and 40.8% from 3 point range. Jenkins is fairly automatic from the free throw line at 88.7%, which could be important in a tight game, being the go to guy. Center Festus Ezeli is a physical force at 6 foot 11, 255 pounds and has played well, especially recently. In his last 3 games, Ezeli is averaging 18 points and 7 rebounds per game. He's scored in double figures in 10 out of his last 11 games and shoots 57% from the field on the season. In an important position such as center, Vanderbilt is strong in that area. They're also strong from the outside, averaging 38.4% from 3 point range, which is good for 28th in the country.

Key Wins: Kentucky, North Carolina

With legitimate threats at the key positions and a couple of huge victories over top level teams, Vanderbilt has a chance to win if possibly Kentucky or Florida is knocked out earlier than expected.


Possible Considerations

Georgia (20-10, 9-7) left the season on a negative, losing to Alabama. However, the bracket is setup in Georgia's favor. Georgia would have to beat Auburn and Alabama which would set them up for a possible semifinal matchup against Kentucky. Georgia has beaten Kentucky this season. They're certainly not expected to win but the bracket is setup perfectly for them and they're playing in their home state.

Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi are all on the bubble. Tennessee has the worst record of the three but Arkansas and Mississippi have losing conference records. In the first round, Tennessee and Arkansas face eachother and the winner will most likely face Florida. Mississippi faces South Carolina in the first round. The winner will most likely face Kentucky. The prospects for all 3 of these teams doesn't seem too positive

There is the list of my contenders. I think that this comes down to the two top ranked teams in the conference. Kentucky is definitely capable of beating Florida but I like Florida's depth and senior leadership.

SEC Conference Tournament Pick - Florida