Top to bottom, one through 14, the lSEC may be the deepest it ever has been in men’s basketball. Eight teams selected to the NCAA Tournament prove that. There are no “gimme” wins in the SEC in basketball this season; the same hasn’t been said of football for a few seasons now.
The obvious hope is that the new football coaches in the league will make their respective teams better. An offshoot of that is to make the league as a whole better. Another offshoot? Narrow the gap between how good the league’s basketball coaches are when compared to their football brethren. No SEC fan can deny that the league’s basketball coaches have been better than the league’s football coaches the past few years.
And as you watch the NCAA Tournament, take some time to project some of the guys you see on the court onto the gridiron. Trust us: There will be some downtime during one of those interminable official reviews of a clock issue, and there will be a handful of players who should pique your football-playing interest.
Florida G KeVaughn Allen, at WR
The particulars: 6 feet 2, 193 pounds
The skinny: Allen was a preseason first-team All-SEC selection, but has suffered through an inconsistent season (sort of like his team). But when he is “on,” he can be a deadly outside shooter with the ability to finish at the rim. He has excellent first-step quickness and also can overpower smaller defenders. His leaping ability is impressive, as well, and it’s not hard imagining him being an effective receiver on back-shoulder throws, especially.
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