As the month of February comes to a close, teams like Alabama are looking to make one final push in the regular season before beginning conference tournament play.

To kick off the week on Inside the Locker Room, Wimp and Barry Sanderson brought in one of ESPN’s iconic college basketball analysts and personalities in Dick Vitale to discuss the landscape of college basketball heading into postseason play.

Entering the final week of college basketball’s regular season, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi and bracketologist Jerry Palm both have eight teams projected to participate in the NCAA Tournament.

Based on the depth of the league, Vitale gave his thoughts on the SEC as being one of the best conferences in college basketball in the 2017-2018 season.

“The SEC to me, right now, is the best conference in (college) basketball for this year. The SEC and the Big XII, you could have a toss-up with both of them. The SEC from top to bottom has been unbelievable this year. You can’t predict what’s going to happen.” Vitale said.

While Auburn is poised to win their first SEC regular season title since 1999, the veteran college basketball analyst touched on the Kentucky as a team from the SEC that could make a run in the NCAA Tournament.

“Kentucky has enough players, enough athletes, enough coaching, enough motivation that they can go on a run in the tournament and win four game. They can win four games and go to the Final Four. They also can get beat in the first round.” Vitale said.

In his conversation with Wimp and Barry Sanderson, Vitale shared his opinion on the recruiting scandal plaguing the sport as well as his trip to Lawrence, Kansas for Kansas vs. Texas.

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