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Around The SEC East – 3/5/09

Here are your one-liners from around the SEC’s East Division this morning… starting where the heat is now currently greatest:

UK:  Less than two months removed from a 68-45 win in Athens, Kentucky imploded defensively last night, losing at Rupp Arena to Georgia 90-85.

UK:  Billy Gillispie took full-blame for the loss to East cellar-dweller Georgia: “I’m having a really hard time finding five guys — or three or four guys — to play hard and smart and together all the time.”

(Sidenote — Sometimes it’s just not your night… Georgia hit 25 of 30 free throws despite ranking 308th in the nation in free throw accuracy.)

UK:  John Clay of The Lexington Herald-Leader accurately writes that Kentucky has gotten worse, not better, as the season has gone on… and there’s “no recovery in sight.”

UK:  With the barrage of heat that’s about to be thrown at Gillispie, we’ll soon know if he’s tough enough to handle being Kentucky’s head basketball coach.  A very good read.

UF:  Florida’s third straight loss (80-71 in Starkville last night) ended with point guard Nick Calathes pulled from the floor with nearly three minutes left.  “I just tried to put the best guys out there to give us a chance to win the game,” Billy Donovan said.

UF:  Calathes had said earlier in the week that the Gators would “definitely make the tournament,” but he had one of his worst games of the season and the Gators are now in the process of repeating last year’s collapse.

UF:  State hit 10 of 20 three-point shots while Florida connected on just seven of 25.

UGA:  Last night’s schocker in Lexington was Georgia’s third win in their last six games and it has interim coach Pete Herrmann looking forward to the SEC Tournament.  (Lightning couldn’t strike twice could it?)

UGA:  Terrance Woodbury’s 30 points and clutch baskets late stole the show from Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson.

UGA:  “I told our guys to play with purpose and maintain their poise,” said Herrmann.  “It was a great win.”

UGA:  In football news, Mark Richt explained that the co-defensive coordinator title given to John Jancek doesn’t change Willie Martinez’ role: “It’s not like two co-coordinators on an equal basis.  Willie is the tip of the spear, so to speak.”  (Those grumbles are from Georgia’s fanbase.)

UGA:  Chip Towers of the AJC believes Richt is once again showing that regardless of what fans might think, he feels confident in his defensive coaching staff.

UGA:  Richt agreed yesterday with his players’ recent assessments that he’s running a tighter ship this off-season: “I think every year we try to tighten the ship.”

UGA:  In an effort to fill the stands for ESPN’s broadcast of Georgia G-Day spring game, admission to the event will be free.

UT:  The state fire marshall will decide whether or not Lane Kiffin can open a spring practice session to Vol fans (as Neyland Stadium goes through another renovation project).

Vandy:  AJ Ogilvy destroyed LSU in Baton Rouge last night… rolling up 33 points and 10 rebounds to follow up his 28-point outing against South Carolina on Saturday.

Vandy:  Ogilvy made 12 of 17 shots from the floor as the Commodores handed he newly minted #12 team in the nation just its fifth loss of the season.

USC:  Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said yesterday that for various reasons many of his defensive veterans will be getting light work this spring.  (Spring practice kicks off today in Columbia… as long as the temperature doesn’t drop below 40, we suppose.)


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