The NCAA Mens Basketball season is halfway over and conference play is into its second week. The SEC is starting to shape up and look similar to the preseason rankings where we saw Kentucky at the top, Vanderbilt a distant second, and South Carolina at the bottom. Let’s get right into this week’s report and see if that changes in the next few days.
Recap: This past Thursday #20 Miss St. hosted Tennessee and held on 62-58 in the lone conference game. On Saturday there were six SEC games including Vanderbilt beating Georgia 77-66 in Nashville and Arkansas winning a home game against LSU. Auburn won their first conference game of the year with a thrilling double overtime victory against Ole Miss 69-68. Alabama blew its chance of cracking the top 25 with a 56-52 loss at #20 Miss St. #19 Florida won at South Carolina 79-65 and #2 Kentucky held off Tennessee 65-62 in Knoxville. On Tuesday #2 Kentucky crushed Arkansas 86-63 meanwhile LSU held off Auburn 65-58 in overtime. On Wednesday Georgia won a home overtime game against Tennessee 57-53 while Ole Miss upset #15 Miss St. 75-68.
Preview: Tonight Vanderbilt travels to Alabama as the Commodores hope to remain undefeated in conference play. On Saturday the league has 7 games featuring Alabama at #2 Kentucky, LSU at #14 Florida, Ole Miss at Georgia, #15 Miss St at Vanderbilt, and bottom-feeders South Carolina at Auburn. There are also two non-conference games with Arkansas hosting #19 Michigan and Tennessee hosting #11 Connecticut. We have five more showdowns on Tuesday and Wednesday combined with #2 Kentucky hosting Georgia, Tennessee playing at in-state rival Vanderbilt, LSU at #15 Miss St., Alabama at South Carolina, and Auburn at Arkansas.
Conference Leaders: John Jenkins, Vanderbilt, 19.8 points per game. Arnett Moultrie, Miss St, 11.0 rebounds per game. Trae Golden, Tennessee, 5.1 assists per game.
Current Standing: Kentucky 4-0, Vanderbilt 3-0, Florida 2-1, Alabama 2-1, Arkansas 2-2, Ole Miss 2-2, LSU 2-2, Miss St 2-2, Georgia 1-3, Auburn 1-3, Tennessee 1-3, & South Carolina 0-3.
Box Score of the Week: Anthony Davis 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 7 blocks vs. Arkansas in a 86-63 home win for #2 Kentucky. This guy continues to impress me and my favorite Wildcat fan: Brian Rushing (By the way, if any sports teams need a public address announcer, Brian is the best! All the way from junior high to the pros, he can call it all. Let me know and I can put you in touch with him).
Recruiting Rumor of the Week: Kentucky coaches have already contacted Warren T. about offering his son Tim a scholarship. Tim is sensational shooter and the leader of the Weddington Middle School basketball team as only a 7th grader. Officials at Kentucky could not be reached for comment.
My Thoughts: Kentucky is obviously head and shoulders above the rest of the teams in the conference. Their young team would dominate the NCAA for the next several years if they stick together. Freshman Anthony Davis leads the SEC in blocked shots, field goal percentage, and is second in rebounding. He set the school record for blocked shots in one season and they still have 12 games left to play! Meanwhile Vanderbilt is slowly returning to the team that was highly ranked preseason. Unfortunately for the ‘Dores I think it is going to be a little too late as Kentucky could potentially run the table in the SEC which still includes 2 games against Vandy. In the battle for who doesn’t want to be in the top 25, Miss St. and Alabama are tied. And for South Carolina, well the only thing I can ask is ‘Can Steve Spurrier do some recruiting for the basketball team as well?’ because these guys need help!
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