Kentucky and Tennessee enter the 2009-10 NCAA basketball season as the front-runners in the SEC closely followed by Mississippi State. A lot of sites have State above the Vols in the pre-season rankings, however, with all of State’s recruits not having been cleared by the NCAA to play next season, I’m keeping them just behind the Vols for now.

Kentucky has made the biggest jump from last season with their much publicized nr1 2009 NCAA basketball recruiting class to go with future NBA lottery pick, Patrick Patterson. When the Wildcats and Bulldogs meet-up, fans will be able to see two of the strongest frontcourts in the nation with Kentucky’s Patterson/Orton/Cousins/Stevenson and State’s Vernado/Riek/Sidney/Osby.

2009 SEC Basketball Rankings

 

#1 2009 SEC Basketball Team – Kentucky

Coach John Calipari has done more for the Kentucky Basketball program in 4 months than most coaches do in a year! There have been a few growing pains with Coach Cal’s previous job in Memphis, however, the Wildcats are on track to compete for the SEC and NCAA titles in the 2009-10 basketball season and are ranked in the top 10 in most pre-season polls.

 

#2 2009 SEC Basketball Team – Tennessee

 

Coach Pearl brings back a lot of talent and experience for the 2009-10 NCAA basketball season. They are very capable of becoming a Top 10 team by the end of the season if Coach Pearl can get the team to work together like they were at the end of last season. The Vols will give Kentucky a run for the first place spot in the East, and should make the NCAA tournament again next season. Don’t look for Tennessee to have 13 losses again this season.

 

#3 2009 SEC Basketball Team – Mississippi St

 

State has one of their strongest basketball teams in years returning this season. If all of the talented recruiting class is eligible to play next season (Renardo Sidney primarily), then the Bulldogs will remain the favorites in the SEC West and will make the NCAA tournament.

 

#4 2009 SEC Basketball Team – Vandy

Vandy Coach Kevin Stallings returns experienced players and is bringing in shooting talent that will complement the starters nicely. Vandy is not in most pre-season basketball rankings, however it won’t take much to see the Commodores in the Top 25.

#5 2009 SEC Basketball Team – South Carolina

Downey and the rest of the South Carolina backcourt is one of the best in the SEC. The Gamecocks primary problem is being consistent enough to get their win total into the mid-25’s this season to make the NCAA tournament. With the SEC being assessed at a much higher level than last season, South Carolina may have better luck making the NCAA tournament this season.

#6 2009 SEC Basketball Team – LSU

LSU has one of the best coaches in the conference in coach Trent Johnson. The primary talent coming back for the Tigers is SF Tasmin Mitchell. The Tigers may just turn out being one of the dark horse teams in the SEC to watch in what is supposed to be a rebuilding year for the squad.

#7 2009 SEC Basketball Team – Florida

 

Gator fans are looking forward to Coach Donovan getting back to the NCAA tournament after missing it the past two years. Start PG Nick Calathes has left school for the Greek Pro league, but many believe that will help the incoming freshmen perform quicker in Coach Donovan’s system. We’ll just have to wait and see how the young Gators respond to Donovan when the season begins.

 

#8 2009 SEC Basketball Team – Ole Miss

Chris Warren is one of the best PG’s in the SEC when he’s healthy. Unfortunately, Ole Miss does not have a lot of talent in the front court and they will have to rely a lot on their guards in the 2009-10 season.

 

#9 2009 SEC Basketball Team – Arkansas

Coach John Pelphrey has had a lot of craziness in the off-season, but he does have some talent with Forston, Clarke, and Washington. If he can flesh out the starting 5, the Hogs could rise to the middle of the conference this season.

 

#10 2009 SEC Basketball Team – Alabama

Alabama has a number of upper classmen on the squad for the 2009-10 season. They’ll be joined by recruits Mitchell, Davis, and Hines who will be expected to contribute right away. They may be ranked a bit low, so don’t be surprised if the Tide rises up during the course of SEC play.

 

#11 2009 SEC Basketball Team – Auburn

The Auburn Tigers were able to scratch there way to a 9-7 record last season and wrapped up SEC play as one of the hottest teams in the conference. They lost some crucial players through from that team and will do good to stay above Georgia this season.

 

#12 2009 SEC Basketball Team – Georgia

Georgia is entering another rebuilding year. Coach Mark Fox will get them there, but it will take a few seasons to do so. Howared Thompkins is the bright spot for the Bulldogs this season, but overall will likely be a very rough one for Georgia basketball fans.

2009-10 SEC East Predictions

 

#1 – Kentucky

#2 – Tennessee

#3 – Vandy

#4 – South Carolina

#5 – Florida

#6 – Georgia

2009-10 SEC West Predictions

#1 – Mississippi State

#2 – LSU

#3 – Ole Miss

#4 – Arkansas

#5 – Alabama

#6 – Auburn

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  1. [...]  Time for the October 2009 edition of the 2009 preseason college basketball rankings. I’ve expanded the rankings to be a “Top 30″ this month plus 1 so Texas A&M Fans wouldn’t feel left out. The biggest change from the September edition besides adding six teams is I dropped Mississippi State significantly until we know for sure if Sydney is going to play this season or not. Anyway, preseason practice is just around the corner and we’re almost to the kick-off month of the 2009-10 NCAA basketball season. The following is how I hold the top-30 NCAA basketball teams heading into October. [...]

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