SEC Tournament 2013: Biggest Strength of Every Contender for NCAA Tournament

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 5, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 27:  Archie Goodwin #10 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball  during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Rupp Arena on February 27, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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March Madness 2013 is just around the corner for every college basketball team, and for some in particular, the NCAA tournament will be a huge success.

The SEC, in particular, has several top teams looking for a strong showing in the tournament, and they have several big strengths that will work in their favor once they're there.

What are those big strengths for the top SEC teams in 2013?

Read on and find out.


Florida Gators: Consistency

Florida is clearly the best team in the SEC this year and the Gators will head into the NCAA Tournament full of confidence that they can once again get the job done.

All season long, the Gators have been the team to catch, and it's this consistency that has led them particularly well this year and kept them undefeated at home. They rank top 10 in the country for field-goal percentage (0.488), and other than an 11-point loss on the road to Arkansas, they haven't lost by more than six all year.

If Florida is to continue to asserting its SEC dominance in the conference tournament, the key for the Gators isn't to try to do anything drastically different to what they've done all year. Move the ball up the court quickly, take good shots when they're open and watch the points flow in as a result.

Sometimes simple is key, and Florida must utilize that attitude in March.


Missouri Tigers: Inside Presence

Especially when up against teams that aren't the strongest inside the paint, Missouri has a real advantage heading into 2013 March Madness. The Tigers are ranked second in the country in rebounds per game, and with Laurence Bowers continuing to dominate at both ends of the court, they'll likely have good success later this month. 

Providing they don't stray away from that strength, that is. 

Missouri has good guards who are excellent passers, and they must look to work the ball inside when given the opportunity, rather than look for more difficult shots outside. Especially when behind, the Tigers must continue to play to their strengths by working the ball into their big men as often as possible and working the boards. 


Kentucky Wildcats: Dynamic Backcourt

Since the injury to Nerlens Noel, Kentucky has struggled a little, but the Wildcats have definitely started to pick up the pace recently thanks to their strong backcourt.

Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays in particular have been real game-changers for the Wildcats, and they could have a profound impact come March Madness. 

Both have been leaders on and off the court this season and have given their teammates the belief that even without their star Noel, they can still be a legitimate title threat.

If they can keep the momentum going and the points rolling, expect both Harrow and Mays to be huge players for the Wildcats this March.


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