Still way too early to make a prediction for me. I just love the effort on the court though. Positive things to come for sure.We have a new coach and it will take a while for him to put his mark on the program. That being said...where do we rank in the SEC at the end of the year?
I’m not expecting it to be our 3rd year, Avery didn’t leave him with a pile of junk. You can obviously tell he’s coaching them up better. Seems like our conference isn’t as strong as last couple years so I think we can do something this year if we stay healthy with no depth. No way we finish with only 12 winsAccording to the ESPN predictor, BAMA only has a better than 50% chance to win 4 of our conference games. I will say we win 3 of those and win 2 we should not to finish 5-13, good for next to last in the SEC. With a loss in round 1 of the SEC tourney, year one of Nate Oats’ tenure ends with a 12-20 mark overall.
I like Nate and think he is the right coach, but I hate to say, it is going to take Oats a couple of years to get us competitive and to the dance. Avery left a mess and it will not be fixed overnight. I expect 7-9 conference wins in year two and to be in the discussion for a NCAA bid. Year 3 I expect being in the top half of the league and a NCAA bid.