Anonymous coach reveals which SEC team is best suited for deep NCAA Tournament run

March is almost here, which means the college basketball season is inching toward an exciting conclusion in the NCAA Tournament.

By this point, everyone knows who they are and who their opponents are.

And courtesy of The Athletic’s Seth Davis, now we know the unfiltered thoughts of coaches from around the country. Davis interviewed coaches from around the country, granting anonymity while asking for brutally honest opinions about the competition.

His latest series covers the AAC, ACC, SEC and Pac-12, but he also has previous work that dishes on the other power conferences.

Most of the comments are negative by nature, but one coach had an outstanding review of Tennessee.

“They’re the team in our league that is best built for a deep run in the tournament, because they can really guard you, they’ve got size in the post, they have a defensive presence and their guards can make shots. If they get bogged down in a physical game, they can win that. If they lose they usually get out-rebounded. They go to Grant Williams in crunch times. Schofield is the X-factor. When he makes 3s and he’s scoring inside, they’re really tough to beat. You have to defend him one-on-one because he’s really good at passing out of double-teams. They don’t get a lot of scoring from their point guard when Bone is in there.”

That’s high praise anywhere, but especially in a story that’s filled with criticism and critiques.

The Vols have been playing well lately and are No. 2 in the SEC standings, trailing Auburn by one game with two remaining. They close out the season at Mississippi State and vs Georgia.

For more wide-ranging opinions from rival coaches on Kentucky, Auburn and the rest of the SEC, you can read the rest of Davis’ story here.

The post Anonymous coach reveals which SEC team is best suited for deep NCAA Tournament run appeared first on SEC Country.

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