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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: SEC Title Runs Through LSU

I understand that this fanbase, and most any college basketball fans, are pinpointing the upcoming two clashes between Kentucky and Tennessee as the games that will decide the SEC title this year.  And while those two games may or may not determine a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament, after Tuesday’s result at Rupp and the remaining schedules for the Top 3 teams, I think a strong argument can be made that LSU should be considered the favorite in the league.  First, look at the remaining 7 games for each team:

TENNESSEE (Currently 11-0)
Home (3): Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Miss State
Away (4): Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn

LSU (Currently 10-1)
Home (4): Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Away (3): Georgia, Alabama, Florida

KENTUCKY (Currently 9-2)
Home (4): Tennessee, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida
Away (3): Missouri, Tennessee, Ole Miss

LSU has the following things going for it:

  1. 4 home games remaining where Tennessee only has 3.
  2. LSU and Tennessee meet in Baton Rouge for their only meeting.
  3. LSU and Kentucky don’t play again so they will hold the tiebreaker over us.
  4. UT and Kentucky play TWICE, and most likely that will be a split, meaning another loss for each of us.
  5. LSU plays the teams currently in 10th, 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th in the league standings.  Plus Alabama (not exactly a world beater).
  6. UK plays just 2 games against the bottom 5 teams in the league.  Tennessee plays just 1 team in the Bottom 5.

Do I think LSU is the best team in the SEC?  I really don’t.  And if Tennessee can win the game in Baton Rouge then it throws most of this into chaos.  But the Tigers have proven it on the court, they proved it on Tuesday (with the help of a bad call), and they did it in the hardest part of their schedule.  Tennessee might be the best team in the league and country.  Kentucky might have the most “potential”.  But who will be the champ at the end of the regular season?  I think all signs are pointing to LSU.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

16 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: SEC Title Runs Through LSU

  1. SoCalCat
    10:38 am February 14, 2019 Permalink

    I think the LSU game showed that they are missing the athleticism to create open shots against athletic teams. I think Saturday’s game will show whether this was a fluke or a season limiting trend.

  2. VirginiaCat
    10:48 am February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Saying that Kentucky may have the highest potential in the country sounds good, but it takes time for potential to bear fruit. In college basketball, it takes longer than a single season, unless you have elite talent. That’s not us, our talent is good but not elite. At the end of the year most of our potential will remain unrealized. Close, but no cigar. There is an aviation adage that comes to mind: There is nothing more useless that runway behind your or altitude above you. We need to allow our potential sufficient time to fully develop rather that being an NBA turnstile.

    • DelrayCat
      10:53 am February 14, 2019 Permalink

      And how do you suppose we do that? Recruit lower quality Talent?

    • catsarerunnin
      11:33 am February 14, 2019 Permalink

      Yes if this team had any real potential they would be much better than 20-4….

  3. VirginiaCat
    11:41 am February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Didn’t suggest recruiting lesser talent. If we can no longer recruit the best of the best, we need to keep players long enough that they actually reach their potential. Imagine what this team and past teams would be like had they stayed an extra year or two. Recruits fresh out of high school are not going to reach their full potential in a single five month season.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:44 am February 14, 2019 Permalink

      And how do you suggest we keep them longer if they want to leave?

    • catsarerunnin
      11:59 am February 14, 2019 Permalink

      So you believe if you can “only” get the 2nd best players overall it would be better to recruit lower rated players in hopes they will stay longer? Villanova has won the last 2 out of 3 championships on that principle but Jay Wright was on the hot seat prior to that because of the lack of success he was having. And that was at Villanova. Imagine what it would have been like here???

  4. VirginiaCat
    12:04 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Stop selling Kentucky as the nation’s fastest conduit to the NBA. Tell non-elite recruits to plan on staying at least two years so that their skills and bodies can fully develop and make them more marketable to the NBA. The reality is that most 5-star recruits will not have an immediate impact. A 3/4 star recruit with 2-3 years experience is usually more valuable than an incoming 5 star. The exceptions are the Zions and ADs, but we aren’t getting those guys anymore.

    • catsarerunnin
      12:11 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      You mention two players. Zion and AD. We got one of those.

    • CoachCat
      2:58 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      Sorry. Zion is a beast he’s no Anthony Davis

    • 4everUKblue
      2:37 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      VA cat see catsarerunnin’s reply above where your response should be. I think he just shot your plan full of holes.

  5. KYjellyRoll
    12:29 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Well I think we’re fine lol. If a kid can go make millions? By George he should go on!

  6. VirginiaCat
    1:02 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Yes, we did get AD. Also got Wall and a few other “best of the best.” But that was a long time ago, right? At least seven years and counting. Duke got three out of the top 5 last year. OAD doesn’t work without elite players and they have not been coming our way for several years.

    • 4everUKblue
      2:35 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      Here’s a suggestion. Learn to respond to the appropriate post instead of starting a new post.

  7. KYjellyRoll
    2:59 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Well one things for sure, duke will not get 3 out of 5 this year…uk played good until the second half with about 17 minutes to go. Idk what happened to them they just seemed to go stagnant on offense. Hopefully they learned from it. I do not see LSU winning the SEC. they played out of their minds against UK in the second half…anxious to see how we regroup against TN

    • rockatao
      5:14 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t feel like LSU played out of their minds. I think it was more like UK going somewhat crazy in those last 8-10 minutes. It was particularly disappointing in that only one guy (PJ) seemed to have any idea how to get a score. Everybody else out there just disappeared, even while PJ was on the bench in foul trouble.