Weekly SEC Basketball Report
A short week and lots of other events to capture our attention leads us to a brief version of the Weekly SEC Report.
RECAP: On Tuesday the home teams took care of business as Arkansas defeated Vanderbilt 82-74 and #1 Kentucky demolished Tennessee 69-44. I predicted this game was going to be a massacre and it was, the Volunteers had no business making the trip to Lexington. Chris Johnson may want to consider figuring out a way to help get Tennessee out of the SEC to avoid future meetings. On Wednesday the home team won again as Auburn beat Georgia 59-51. On behalf of all South Carolina fans I would like to thank Georgia for keeping our Gamecocks company in the bottom of the SEC basketball standings.
PREVIEW: Tonight the Gamecocks will travel to Florida and take on the #11 ranked Gators. Florida may win this game by a margin larger than South Carolina will score. On Saturday a full slate of games includes Georgia at Tennessee, Ole Miss at Alabama, and Arkansas at LSU (a game that most people would rather see on a football field). Also on Saturday #19 Miss. State welcomes Auburn while #11 Florida stays at home inviting Vanderbilt into Gainesville. Things do not get easier for the Gamecocks on Saturday. They go back to Columbia but have to host the #1 Kentucky Wildcats at 6pm on national television (I didn’t think public executions were allowed to be air on tv). Tuesday gives us Alabama at Auburn but all eyes will be on Rupp Arena as the #11 Florida Gators (who will most likely move into the top 10 by then) take on the #1 Kentucky Wildcats. On Wednesday LSU goes to Vanderbilt, Arkansas plays at Georgia, and South Carolina plays Tennessee in Knoxville (a game I think they will both lose).
CONFERENCE LEADERS: John Jenkins, Guard, Jr. Vanderbilt – 19.9 points per game. Arnett Moultrie, Forward, Jr. Miss. State – 11.3 rebounds per game. Erving Walker, Guard, Sr. Florida – 5.0 assists per game.
CURRENT STANDINGS: Kentucky 8-0, Florida 5-1, Vanderbilt 5-2, Ole Miss 4-3, Miss St. 4-3, Arkansas 4-3, Alabama 3-4, Auburn 3-5, Tennessee 2-5, LSU 2-5, South Carolina 1-5, & Georgia 1-6.
STREAKS: #1 Kentucky – 14 game winning streak, LSU & South Carolina – 3 game losing streaks.
BOX SCORE OF THE WEEK: Anthony Davis, Freshman, Kentucky – 18 points, 8 rebounds, & 7 blocks in 69-44 victory over Tennessee.
MY THOUGHTS: In a week where everyone is focused on the Super Bowl and National Signing Day for college football, there is not a lot of news to report in the world of college basketball. The SEC could possibly have 6 or 7 teams make the NCAA tournament but that number could change very soon if Ole Miss, Arkansas, Miss State, and Alabama continue to lose. For everyone who still doubts how good this Kentucky team is, if they played the Charlotte Bobcats in a 7 game series, the Wildcats might sweep them in 4.
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