SEC East preview capsules


Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 12:09 a.m.

UF basketball beat writer Kevin Brockway breaks down the SEC East Division in order of predicted finish.

EAST

1. Kentucky (12-2)

Starters Returning: 1

Key Additions: Terrence Jones f, Brandon Knight pg

Key Losses: John Wall pg, DeMarcus Cousins c, Patrick Patterson pf

Outlook: Even without big man Enes Kanter, Kentucky has the most talent in the league. Talent usually wins out.

2. Florida (11-3)

Starters Returning: 5

Key Additions: Patric Young f, Will Yeguete f, Scottie Wilbekin pg

Key Losses: Dan Werner f

Outlook: Gators have best frontcourt in the league, but season will hinge on shooting and decision-making of starting backcourt.

3. Vanderbilt (11-2)

Starters Returning: 3

Key Additions: Rod Odom f

Key Losses: A.J. Ogilvy c, Jermaine Beal g

Outlook: Commodores are always underestimated, but have an excellent 1-2 combo in forward Jeffery Taylor and guard John Jenkins. Taylor is the best defender in the league. Jenkins is the best shooter.

4. Tennessee (10-4)

Starters Returning: 2

Key Additions: Tobias Harris f

Key Losses: Wayne Chism c, Bobby Maze g, J.P. Prince f

Outlook: Hard team to figure out. Vols often play to the level of their competition. Suspension of Bruce Pearl for first eight SEC games will impact Vols because he's a great tactician and brings energy off the bench.

5. Georgia (11-2)

Starters Returning: 4

Key Additions: Gerald Robinson, g

Key Losses: Ricky McPhee g

Outlook: Tough to rank the 'Dogs fifth considering they return the league's best player (f Trey Thompkins) and best athlete (g Travis Leslie). More telling of the strength of the division than Georgia's ability.

6. South Carolina (9-4)

Starters Returning: 3

Key Additions: Bruce Ellington g

Key Losses: Devan Downey g, Brandis Raley-Ross g

Outlook: Darrin Horn is a good young coach who gets the most out of limited talent. Without Downey, it will be tough sledding in a difficult division.

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