Former UNLV standout and CBS Sports college basketball analyst, Greg Anthony, thinks that the SEC could be the country’s best conference.
Anthony, who also contributes to NBA TV and Yahoo! Sports, says that the Big East conference might have the best conference depth, but that SEC could be the better conference in terms of top tier teams.
“The SEC is much improved from last season. Listen, we obviously all know about Kentucky, and (former VCU coach) Anthony Grant is doing a solid job at Alabama.
Mississippi State has also improved, and Billy Donovan has Florida guard-oriented, perimeter-oriented, and overall is a very solid basketball team. They also have a couple of other teams that can compete.”
As of right now the SEC has five teams ranked in the AP top 25 poll (Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State) and seven teams with one loss or less. Anthony didn’t specifically mention the 20th ranked Vanderbilt Commodores, who have lost two home games so far this season. Despite the two losses (Cleveland St. and No. 11 Xavier) the Commodores have the guards and post players to compete in the SEC and challenge for a conference title.
We will know a little bit more about the conference after some tough match-ups this week as No. 10 Florida takes on No. 4 Syracuse and Kentucky takes on No. 5 North Carolina. The Wildcats will definitely benefit from the improved conference talent, consistently playing some of the best talent in the country will help get them ready for the NCAA tournament.