The Best SEC Basketball Teams

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Vote up the SEC schools with the historically best basketball team.

Who is the best basketball team in the SEC? The Kentucky Wildcats have long stood apart among the best SEC basketball teams. They are the only team in the southeastern conference with more than two NCAA Tournament championships, while the Florida Gators in second place have 2 .

The 2021 March Madness tournament saw six SEC basketball teams, with Arknasas going the furthest into the Elite Eight andpossibly bumping them up the list of best programs in college basketball right now. Meanwhile, among all SEC basketball programs, the LSU Tigers might have the most 2nd most impressive roster of alumni (behind Kentucky), counting some of the best NBA players of all time as past players, including Shaquille O'Neal, Pete Maravich, Bob Pettit, and Ben Simmons.

Time will tell which SEC basketball program is best, but there's a long way to go for any SEC basketball team to catch Kentucky's eight national titles. 


  • Kentucky Wildcats
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    All-time record: 2329-729-1
    Conference titles: 49
    National championships: 8
    Final Four appearances: 17

    Notable players: Anthony Davis, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Rajon Rondo, De'Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Eric Bledsoe, Willie Cauley-Stein, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyler Herro, Tyrese Maxey, Kevin Knox, Jamal Murray, Nerlens Noel, Malik Monk, Immanuel Quickley, Julius Randle, Nazr Mohammed, Tayshaun Prince, Rex Chapman, Jamal Mashburn, Jamaal Magloire, Antoine Walker, Derek Anderson, Keith Bogans, Sam Bowie, Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson, Chris Mills, Tony Delk, Jodie Meeks, Walter McCarty, Cliff Hagan, Dan Issel, Pat Riley, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Ron Mercer

    • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • Arkansas Razorbacks
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    All-time record: 1733-974
    Conference titles: 2
    National championships: 1
    Final Four appearances: 6

    Notable players: Sidney Moncrief, Corliss Williamson, Todd Day, Joe Johnson, Patrick Beverley, Moses Moody, Daniel Gafford, Bobby Portis, Ronnie Brewer, Scott Hastings, Joe Kleine, Andrew Lang, Oliver Miller, Jannero Pargo, Darrell Walker, Alvin Robertson

    • Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Florida Gators
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    All-time record: 1466-1137
    Conference titles: 7
    National championships: 2
    Final Four appearances: 5

    Notable players: Al Horford, Jason Williams, Bradley Beal, Joakim Noah, David Lee, Udonis Haslem, Matt Bonner, Corey Brewer, Dorian Finney-Smith, Andrew DeClercq, Vernon Maxwell, Mike Miller, Chandler Parsons, Mareese Speights, Dwayne Schintzius

    • Location: Gainesville, Florida
  • Tennessee Volunteers
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    All-time record: 1691-1074-2
    Conference titles: 11
    National championships: None
    Final Four appearances: None

    Notable players: Bernard King, Allan Houston, Dale Ellis, Admiral Schofield, Tobias Harris, Josh Richardson, Jaden Springer, Grant Williams, Tom Boerwinkle, Ernie Grunfeld, Scotty Hopson, Jarnell Stokes, C.J. Watson

    • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • LSU Tigers
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    All-time record: 1602–1205
    Conference titles: 11
    National championships: None
    Final Four appearances: 4

    Notable players: Pete Maravich, Shaquille O'Neal, Bob Pettit, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Ben Simmons, Glen Davis, Brandon Bass, Tyrus Thomas, Naz Reid, Anthony Randolph, Cam Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Garrett Temple, Stromile Swift, Stanley Roberts, Ronald Dupree

    • Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Missouri Tigers
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    All-time record: 1671-1192
    Conference titles: None
    National championships: None 
    Final Four appearances: None

    Notable players: DeMarre Carroll, Anthony Peeler, Derrick Chievous, Michael Porter, Jr., Jordan Clarkson, Keyon Dooling, Larry Drew, Troy Hudson, Linas Kleiza, Jon Sundvold, Steve Stipanovich

    • Location: Columbia, Missouri