They'll be good. They're 10-3 right now with losses to Syracuse (85-73), a pretty good Richmond team (56-55) and an upset loss to South Alabama (67-66). But Billy Donovan always has a hard playing team and they have pretty good talent. Kenny Boynton leads the team in scoring at 14.2 per game. Power forward Alex Tyus is averaging 12 points and seven boards. Boynton and Erving Walker (10.5 pts and 4.5 assists) give UF the best guard combination in the SEC as far as quickness and athletic ability. Florida, Kentucky, Vandy and probably Tn will be in the hunt for the East. Tn with Ky being the favorite. Tn. has a lot of work to do particularly if they lose Tyler Smith for the year after his arrest and Cameron Tatum and Brian Williams, both also arrested. Pearl usually gets it done though.
The West is pretty much wide open, but I'd give State and Ole Miss the edge right now. Ms. State has the most talent. Jarvis Varnado has become a pretty prolific offensive player. He's averaging 14 points per game. He always hits the boards averaging 11 per game and he has 71 blocks already. The 6'9", 230 pound Varnado is a force and can jump out of the building.
Ravern Johnson, a guard, is averaging 15 points per game, shooting almost 50 percent from trifecta land (45-of-91). Barry Stewart is another shooter; he's been a gunner for a while at State. He's averaging 11 points and is 27-of-74 from three point range (36%). He's streaky. When he's on, he's pretty tough to stop. Dee Bost, the talented soph point guard, is averaging 10.5 and has 76 assists.
Ole Miss will definitely be in the hunt. They;ve been in the top 25 and have a lot of good players. They'll be a team to be reckoned with. There is a chance for Alabama and Auburn could make a statement. They both should be pretty good at home, but the road is where they'll have to earn it. That's tough for everybody.
LSU and Arkansas are struggling right now, but you never know. They could get hot.
Should be a great season as conference play begins next Saturday.