2012-13 SEC Power Rankings

The Kentucky Wildcats are national champions but not No. 1 in the rankings

Updated: July 26, 2012, 8:32 PM ET
By Doug Gottlieb | ESPN Insider
Frank HaithAP Photo/Charlie RiedelFrank Haith takes his Missouri Tigers east to a new conference this season.

As part of our summer preview series, ESPN Insider experts have been doing Power Rankings for the "big six" conferences and the best non-"big six" teams for the upcoming season.

The series concludes today with the SEC.

1. Missouri Tigers

The Tigers and their band of transfers will need to count on the tiny but veteran backcourt of Phil Pressey and Michael Dixon this season. Pressey should start the season as the best point guard in the SEC, so his return is huge for Mizzou.

Alex Oriakhi should be far better outside of the toxic environment of last season's Connecticut Huskies club, and he also provides championship experience. If Jabari Brown and Keion Bell have refined their games enough, and the rabid Missouri fan base shows up consistently, the Tigers will be close to unbeatable at home.