The college basketball season is two weeks away!
Get yourself prepared with a deeper look into which teams you’ll want to place your futures bets on to win conference titles.
Here’s a look at the top five programs ready to compete for the SEC title in the upcoming season.
Odds to Conference: +250
Record last season: (20-16 OVR, 9-9 CONF)
After a lackluster 2018 season, the Florida Gators enter with second-best odds to win the conference and rank #6 in the nation.
Florida holds a top-10 recruiting class with two five-star freshmen, led by the nation’s top-rated small forward Scottie Lewis as well as point guard Tre Mann.
Aside from an impressive recruiting class, the Gators made a huge addition with transfer forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. from Virginia Tech. The senior ranked second on the Hokies with 14.9 ppg and lead the team in rebounds with 7.5 rpg.
Florida also has a key returning player in sophomore forward Keyontae Johnson, who lead the team in rebounding with 6.4 rpg and added (8.1 ppg).
The Gators should be in strong consideration to win the conference and are serious contenders to win the national championship.
Odds to win: +550
Record last season: (30-10 OVR, 11-7 CONF)
The Auburn Tigers enter the upcoming season ranked 24th in the nation after making serious noise in the NCAA Tournament.
Auburn reached the Final Four but fell just one second short of a National Championship appearance losing to the Virginia Cavaliers 63-62.
The Tigers’ key returners are seniors Samir Doughty and Anfernee McLemore. Doughty is a two-way guard who averaged 7.3 ppg and 1.4 stlpg. McLemore ranked second on the team in rebounds (4.0 rpg) and averaged 6.7 ppg.
Auburn’s recruiting class won’t exactly turn heads, but still ranks within the top 25 of the nation with two four-star recruits.
Head coach Bruce Pearl is a player’s coach and it wouldn’t surprise me if he structured this team into a position to win the conference.
Odds to Conference: +1400
Record last season: (28-7 OVR, 16-2 CONF)
The #22 ranked LSU Tigers are the reigning SEC regular season champions yet enter the season with the fifth-best odds to repeat.
LSU returns an experienced backcourt in senior Skylar Mays and sophomore Javonte Smart. Mays ranked third on the team in scoring (13.4 ppg) and second in steals (1.9 stlpg), Smart ranked fourth in scoring (11.1 ppg) and second in assists (2.4 apg).
Also returning to the Tigers are sophomore forwards Emmitt Williams and Darius Days.
LSU will be lacking a strong freshman and have to lean on their experience to get the job done. The Tigers are a strong longshot play to win the conference for the second straight season.
Odds to Conference: +850
Record last season: (31-6 OVR, 15-3 CONF)
The Tennessee Volunteers finished right behind LSU for second place in the SEC standings last season and are in a similar situation as the Tigers in terms of how the roster is constructed.
Tennessee lost both of the team’s leading scorers to the NBA Draft in forwards Grant Williams (18.8 ppg) and Admiral Schofield (16.5 ppg). Yet, the team still returns a veteran presence in senior guards Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden.
Turner lead the team in steals (1.2 stlpg) and averaged the fourth-most points (11.0 ppg). Bowden was fifth on the team in scoring (10.6 ppg) and added 3.5 rpg.
The Volunteers have the fourth-best odds to win the conference and are a sleeper to win the SEC.
Odds to win: +125
Record last season: (30-7 OVR, 15-3 CONF)
The Kentucky Wildcats head into the upcoming season as the #2 ranked team in the nation and are the favorites to win the SEC.
Kentucky has been known for the one and done under head coach John Calipari, and this year will be no different.
The Wildcats are without any key returning players but bring in the nation’s second-ranked recruiting class, including two five-star recruits and three four-star recruits.
Headlining the freshman class are five-star forward Kahlil Whitney and guard Tyrese Maxey. They’re joined by four-star forwards Johnny Juzang and Keion Brooks.
Kentucky was able to gel as a young team last season and reach the Elite Eight. My expectation is coach Calipari will rally the team to yet another deep tournament run.