Friday, September 22, 2017

SEC: Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M and Mizzou Join Kentucky As 'Basketball' Schools This Year

SEC: Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M and Mizzou Join Kentucky As 'Basketball' Schools This Year

Traditionally, SEC fans of Kentucky and Vanderbilt were the only to look past football for the basketball season, but this year Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M and Missouri boast loaded SEC rosters and let's say their football games have not been dominating. Missouri landed Michael Porter, likely the No. 1 pick in the next NBA draft.

Value Add projects Kentucky as another national contender, but some doubt they can make the run with so little experience. While we do not quite believe Alabama and Auburn are Sweet 16 teams but they certainly have more talent on their rosters than either has had in the same year in memory.
Here is where Value Add ranks each SEC team for the season, and the Massey Rankings of football teams.Updates will be provided here.

Team - 2017 SeedHoopsFootball
Kentucky 2243
Florida 41014
Texas A&M1448
Arkansas 83461
Mississippi St.3518
Vanderbilt 94640
South Carolina 78056

Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.

Top 15 SEC PlayersValue AddSchoolHt
Michael Porter9.79Missouri`6-10
Robert Williams 448.77Texas A&M`6-09
Yante Maten 18.40Georgia`6-08
KeVaughn Allen 58.09Florida`6-02
Collin Sexton7.99Alabama`6-02
Kevin Knox7.63Kentucky`6-09
Tyler Davis 347.40Texas A&M`6-10
Jarred Vanderbilt7.33Kentucky`6-09
Nick Richards7.33Kentucky`6-11
Lamar Peters 17.22Mississippi St.`6-00
Riley LaChance 137.16Vanderbilt`6-02
Grant Williams 27.13Tennessee`6-05
Hamidou Diallo7.10Kentucky`0-00
Quinndary Weatherspoon 117.10Mississippi St.`6-04
PJ Washington7.00Kentucky

Ken Pomeroy ranked the SEC as the 5th of 32 Division 1 basketball conferences, which will all be previewed here with notes on which schools are now "basketball" or "football" schools based on which program is stronger this season. Football revenue is much higher, but programs are much more expensive between equipment and the requirement of matching enough women's scholarships in other sports. Therefore some programs forgo FBS football programs to focus on low cost basketball programs as their biggest revenue sport.

Sports IllustratedFox Sports and ESPN have lauded Value Add Basketball for estimating the number of points each college basketball players is worth to his team above a replacement player - similar to baseball WAR (Wins Above Replacement). Massey Ratings is used for the football rankings above.

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