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SEC Hoops Roundup 1/23/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Georgia 97 – South Carolina 76. 

1. Georgia off to its best start in SEC play since 2003.  Bulldogs,  now 4-1 in the conference,  get a career-high 22 points from Nemanja Djurisic.

2. South Carolina drops to 0-5 in the SEC - worst conference start since the 1998-1999 season.

Tennessee 81 – Arkansas 74. Video Highlights

3. Tennessee rallies from eight-point second-half deficit.  Jordan McRae scores 24 of his 34 points in second half.  Five-point possession helps the Vols win the game.

4. Arkansas falls to 1-4 in the SEC.  Razorbacks just 2-21 in true road games under Mike Anderson.

Mississippi State 82 – Auburn 74

5. Mississippi State wins despite just 10 points from its two leading scorers – Craig Sword and Gavin Ware. Bulldogs now 3-2 in the SEC.

6. Yet another close but frustrating loss for Auburn.  Tigers have now lost 15 straight in SEC play.

Ole Miss 63 – Vanderbilt 52. 

7. Ole Miss blows 13-point second-half lead but bounces back to finish strong.  Back-to-back three pointers from Marshall Henderson help turn the tide for the Rebels.

8. Vanderbilt connects on just 3-of-20 three-point attempts, all by Rod Odom.  Coach Kevin Stallings: “I think this game was dictated by their offensive rebounding and our turnovers.”

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SEC Headlines 1/20/2014

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1. Alabama freshman cornerback Tony Brown was arrested. He enrolled in school earlier this month.

2. Want to watch Nick Saban do the electric slide? Click here.

3. Phil Savage on WR DeAndrew White returning to Alabama: “I thought that was a real wise decision.”

4. Auburn’s defense could help the Tigers win a championship in the next few years.

5. No Georgia players declared early for the draft for the first time since 2008.

6. Steve Spurrier said Dylan Thompson will “without question” be South Carolina’s quarterback next season.

7. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has a winning mentality, just like the Commodores’ former coach.

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8. LSU “really needed” its win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. Forward Jordan Mickey: “We did a good job staying together, trusting each other.”

9. It will be a big week for Mississippi State, which will host Auburn before traveling to Ole Miss.

10. The Rebels will play at Vanderbilt before coming back home for Mississippi State.

11. Mark Wiedmer examines Tennessee, which seems to keep coming up just short.

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12. Florida and Kentucky remain the only two SEC teams  in the CBS Sports top 25 (and one).

13. Wichita State could be headed toward earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

14. Texas quarterback David Ash has been cleared for spring practice.

15. Clemson coach Dabo Swinner’s new contract: eight years at $3.15 million per year.

16. Former Alabama quarterback Luke Del Rio is transferring to Oregon State.

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SEC Hoops Roundup 1/19/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Kentucky 74 – Tennessee 66. Video Highlights

1. Kentucky gets 26 points from Andrew Harrison, team makes 23-of-24 free throws.

2. Tennessee starts strong, fades late. Lose the game despite a 39-24 rebounding margin.

Georgia 66 – Arkansas 61 (OT)

3. Bulldogs outrebound Razorbacks by a 56-34 margin.  Georgia now 3-1 in conference play after going 6-6 in nonconference games.

4. Third straight overtime game for Arkansas.  Razorbacks outscored at free-throw line 28-12.

Mississippi State 81 – Texas A&M 72 (OT)

5. Bulldogs get 22 points and 10 rebounds from Gavin Ware. Craig Sword led MSU with 23 points.

6. Aggies lose their first conference game of the year.  Texas A&M’s Jamal Jones led the Aggies with 24 points; ejected from the game with 1:07 remaining in overtime.

Missouri 68 – Alabama 47. Video Highlights

7. Missouri pulls away in second half.  Most lopsided win for the Tigers since the season opener.

8. Crimson Tide drops seventh straight road game. Alabama shoots just 29% from the floor – season low.

Florida 68 – Auburn 61. Video Highlights

9. Gators last undefeated team in conference play.  Florida holds Auburn scoreless for the last 1:59 of the game.

10. Another close loss for Auburn. Tigers now 0-4 in SEC action and have lost 14 straight in conference play.

Ole Miss 75 – South Carolina 74

11. Rebels get a career-high 22 points from Anthony Perez. Ole Miss rallies from double-digit deficit.

12. South Carolina gets a game-high 24 points from freshman guard Sindarius Thornwell but drop to 0-4 in conference play.

LSU 81 – Vanderbilt 58

13. LSU gets 22 points and 12 rebounds from Johnny O’Bryant. Tigers bounce back from overtime loss to even conference record at 2-2.

14. After a 10-0 run by LSU in the middle of the first half, Vanderbilt never really threatened.  Commodores led by 20 points by Rod Odom.

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SEC Headlines 1/18/2014

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1. Mississippi State has reportedly given a contract extension to defensive coordinator Geoff Collins who was being courted by Florida State.

2. Ticket prices going up at Mississippi State.

3. Gus Malzahn wins the  Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award -his  sixth national coach of the year award.

4. With new Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt making $850,000 a year, expect offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s contract to be revisited.

5. University of Kentucky receiver DeMarco Robinson arrested early Friday -charged with disorderly conduct.

6. Alabama running back Alvin Kamara will reportedly transfer.

7. Is AJ McCarron’s public image taking a beating?

8. Will Josh Holsey be a cornerback or safety for Auburn this fall?

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9. Division I administrators support the idea of giving the power conferences autonomy on issues such as stipends for athletes.

10. A Mississippi house bill would pay football players for bowl games after they graduate.

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SEC Hoops Roundup 1/18/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Tennessee at Kentucky

1. Tennessee hasn’t won at Rupp Arena since 2006.  Vols guard Josh Richardson: ”It’s a tough place to play.”

2. But the last time these two teams played, Tennessee enjoyed its biggest margin of victory in the history of the series.  Alex Poythress: “We were kind of confused out there.”

Texas A&M at Mississippi State

3. Texas A&M’s is undefeated in conference play but the Aggies 69.1 points per game is last in the conference.

4. Mississippi State followed up a victory over Ole Miss with a 19-point loss to Alabama.  Coach Rick Ray: “We’ve got to find a way for our guys to learn how to deal with success.”

Arkansas at Georgia

5. Can the Razorbacks build on the momentum of the overtime victory against Kentucky?  Coach Mike Anderson: “I think this team’s hungry.”

6. Georgia looks to capitalize on the Razorbacks road woes – just 3-25 outside the state of Arkansas under Anderson.

Alabama at Missouri

7. Alabama hasn’t won a game away from this season - shooting percentage suffers on the road.

8. Tigers have to regroup quickly following road loss Thursday night.  Missouri shooting under 40 percent in its last three games.

Florida at Auburn

9. Florida is undefeated in SEC play and riding an eight-game winning streak.  Is this a trap game for the Gators?

10. Close but no cigar for Auburn.  Tigers have lost their three SEC games by a combined 16 points.

Ole Miss at South Carolina

11. After losing in Starkville last weekend, Rebels need to demonstrate they can win on the road.

12. Gamecocks are 10-1 against the Rebels in games played in Columbia.

Vanderbilt at LSU

13. Vanderbilt hits the road after its most impressive win of the season Thursday night.  Will the Commodores, with just seven scholarship players, have fresh legs in Baton Rouge?

14. LSU struggled against the Ole Miss zone defense this week – expects to see more of the same from Vanderbilt.

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SEC Headlines 1/16/2014

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1. Alabama defensive backs coach Greg Brown reportedly stepping down. Alabama makes hiring of new defensive line coach Bo Davis official.

2. New Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has a new three-year deal expected to be worth $850,000 annually. ”Where the Bulldogs’ defense could benefit most is in the secondary.”

3. New Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers has 34 years of college and NFL coaching experience.

4. New LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes coached the o-line at Auburn from 2009 to 2012.  Former LSU All-American lineman Kevin Mawae wanted the job.

5. Former Auburn and Tennessee assistant Trooper Taylor is now the cornerbacks coach at Arkansas State.

6. James Franklinthanks Vanderbilt fans with a newspaper ad.

*** Trustees make South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s pay raise official.  Coaching staff also gets raises and contract extensions through 2015. ***

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7. Vanderbilt investigation finds insufficient evidence against one of the former football players charged in the rape case.

8. Athlon makes some early predictions for 2014.  Are Alabama and Georgia the favorites this fall?

9. Texas A&M offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi is 6-feet-5 inches tall and 300 pounds and  reportedly ran a 4.7-second 40-yard dash.

10. Is Tennessee quarterback Riley Ferguson poised for a 2014 breakout season?

11. Boston College confirms that two former Florida players - quarterback Tyler Murphy and lineman Ian Silberman – are enrolled at the school.

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12. A record 95 early entries for the NFL draft.  Total includes 27 players from the SEC.

13. Could Texas A&M players be the first two picks of the 2014 draft?

14. Auburn tackle Greg Robinson expected to go early, according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper.

15. Mississippi State middle linebacker Benardrick McKinney says he’s coming back for another season. Redshirt sophomore had projected as mid-first round selection.

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16. Missouri at Vanderbilt.  Why free throws could be the difference in this one. Vandy’s free-throw percentage worst in the league.

17. Where were Arkansas security guards after the game against Kentucky Tuesday night?

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18. Sports apparel contracts are worth at $3 million or more annually to at least 14 universities. Biggest SEC deals belong to LSU and Alabama.

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SEC Headlines 1/15/2014

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1. One prediction on the impact of Georgia hiring defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt: ”Might as well go ahead, beat the rush and make Georgia your favorite to win the SEC East in 2014.”

2. Pruitt replaces Todd Grantham who left for Louisville.  ”As a straight trade, it’s roughly comparable to swapping George McClellan for Ulysses S. Grant.” Pruitt was Georgia’s first and only choice.

3. Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning reportedly headed to Texas to join Charlie Strong’s staff.

4. How does Strong’s contract compare to the one at Texas A&M for Kevin Sumlin?

5. Mike Bianchi on why Strong didn’t get  a particular SEC job: “He was told that he didn’t get the job because he was a black man who had a white wife…”

6. Stewart Mandel on Lane Kiffin to Alabama: “The massive disconnect between the public perception of Kiffin and the opinions of those that know him have long fascinated me.”

7. LSU reportedly offers its offensive line coach position to Virginia Tech offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. 

8. Aggies make it official – announce the hiring of Terry Joseph as defensive backs coach.

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9. Don’t expect the drug felony investigation involving Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to be resolved anytime soon.

10. Expect South Carolina’s linebackers to lead the defense in 2014.

11. Alabama freshman quarterback Luke Del Rio is leaving the Crimson Tide program. Son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.

12. Former Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy headed to Boston College.

13. Here are the nine early enrollees already on campus at Florida.

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14. Jadeveon Clowney to the Texans?  Houston owner is a South Carolina grad.

15. Early defections at LSU are up to six players - includes wide receiver Odell Beckham – but offensive tackle La’El Collins is staying for his senior season.

16. Total SEC underclassmen departing approaching 30 – deadline to declare is today.

17. Alabama receiver DeAndrew White says he’ll return for his senior season.

18. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron won’t play in the Senior Bowl – wants to focus on NFL draft.

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19. Are college sports telecasts essentially” informercials under the guise of entertainment”?

20. The Sports Illustrated series detailing allegations at Oklahoma State has cost the school more than $100,000.

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21. Auburn walk-on forward Alex Thompson is getting a scholarship.

Tonight’s schedule:

22. Auburn at Tennessee.  Can the Tigers get over the hump and break their 12-game SEC losing streak?

23. Mississippi State at Alabama.  Bulldogs haven’t won a conference road game in over a year.

24. South Carolina at Texas A&M. Two teams going in different directions;  South Carolina 0-2 to start SEC play – Texas A&M 2-0.

25. LSU at Ole Miss.  Rebels regret missing out on Johnny O’Bryant.  Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy: “We spent a lot of time and energy recruiting Johnny.”

26. Our earlier roundup of Tuesday night SEC hoops.

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27.  USA Today: The financial divide between the top five leagues in FBS and the other five leagues…is expected to grow dramatically with the SEC’s new TV money and the advent of the College Football Playoff, which begins next season.”

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SEC Headlines 1/13/2014

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1. Todd Grantham leaving for Louisville is “a good thing for Georgia if it hires the right replacement,” writes Seth Emerson.

2. Barrett Sallee believes Georgia will benefit from Grantham leaving. One SEC coach was “disappointed” to see Grantham leave the conference.

3. Which offensive players from Alabama might benefit from Lane Kiffin’s arrival? Here are five players to watch.

4. Former LSU center Ben Wilkerson has interviewed to become the offensive line coach at LSU.

5. Vanderbilt is preparing to move on from the James Franklin era.

6. Several SEC players will be on the Heisman Trophy watchlist when next seasons begins.

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7. Report: Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri has decided to leave for the NFL.

8. Sunseri would make it five players to leave early from Alabama this year. That’s the most since Nick Saban arrived.

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9. Freshman Jarell Martin was “real comfortable” coming off the bench Saturday. He scored 18 points against South Carolina.

10. Jarvis Summers has been the “most consistent” player for Ole Miss, which is coming off Saturday’s loss to Mississippi State.

11. I.J. Ready is becoming a leader for Mississippi State as the Bulldogs’ youth movement continues.

12. Kentucky coach John Calipari believes praise for forward Alex Poythress is deserved.

13. Kentucky looks like it’s on its way to meeting preseason expectations.

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14. Former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer is warning that a playoff could hurt college football’s regular season.

15. Florida State’s “Red Lightning” was shown rapping and racing Colin Cowherd on ESPN2.

16. The SEC has two teams in the CBS Sports top 25 (and one).

17. There will be no changes to Miami’s scholarship penalties, according to the NCAA.

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SEC Hoops Roundup 1/12/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 84 – Arkansas 82 (OT)

1. Scottie Wilbekin’s game-tying shot with two seconds remaining helped force overtime and lead Florida to a win.

2. Wilbekin and senior Patric Young both played well despite dealing with injuries.

3. Arkansas’ Coty Clarke: “We just have got to finish. We didn’t finish.”

LSU 71 – South Carolina 68

4. Freshman Jarell Martin played well for LSU, scoring 18 points in a new role coming off the bench.

5. LSU might have benefited from lineup changes, which included Martin moving to a reserve role.

6. South Carolina coach Frank Martin was disappointed the Gamecocks sent fans home without a win.

Missouri 70 – Auburn 68

7. Key free throws from former Auburn guard Earnest Ross helped Missouri hold on and win.

8. Auburn’s execution was “at its lowest” in the Tigers’ final few possessions, coach Tony Barbee said.

Kentucky 71 – Vanderbilt 62

9. Kentucky had to battle to get the win on the road.

10. One challenge for Kentucky: Cramps limited forward Julius Randle to 21 minutes.

11. Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings: “We played hard enough, but we didn’t play well enough.”

Georgia 66 – Alabama 58

12. Georgia has a 2-0 record in SEC play for the first time since 2002.

13. Alabama struggled offensively while guard Trevor Releford appeared to limp through the game.

Mississippi State 76 – Ole Miss 72

14. Crazy stat line from Mississippi State’s Craig Sword: He was 0-for-7 from the field but hit 15 free throws.

15. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said the Rebels might turn to their youth as the upperclassmen struggle to produce.

16. You will want to watch Mississippi State coach Rick Ray dance following the Bulldogs’ win.

Texas A&M 57 – Tennessee 56

17. Antwan Space’s 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds remaining ended up being a game-winner for Texas A&M.

18. It was a second-half collapse for Tennessee, which led by 14 points at halftime.

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SEC Headlines 1/11/2014

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1. Lane Kiffin is the new offensive coordinator at Alabama, where he can focus solely on coaching.

2. Alabama coach Nick Saban has “long been an admirer of Kiffin’s football acumen,” writes Chris Low.

3. Despite all the jokes and criticism, Kiffin at Alabama could actually work, writes George Schroeder.

4. James Franklin is expected to meet with Vanderbilt’s players Saturday morning. He will tell them he’s leaving for Penn State.

5. Here are some potential candidates to replace Franklin now that he’s gone.

6. Defensive end Justin DeLaine’s future at Auburn is in question. “We’re working through that,” coach Gus Malzahn said.

7. Auburn announced five mid-term enrollees, led by standout receiver D’haquille “Duke” Williams.

8. New Arkansas defensive line coach Rory Segrest: “I feel very confident in what I teach. I’m excited about being able to work with these guy.”

9. LSU running back Jeremy Hill is expected to return next season, which would be a big boost for the Tigers’ offense.

10. Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Sebastian LaRue has decided to transfer. The Los Angeles native redshirted in 2013.

11. Here are five offseason questions for South Carolina as the Gamecocks prepare to replace several key players.

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12. Alabama will make its first SEC road trip on Saturday when it plays at Georgia.

13. Georgia’s players were driven by the emotion they saw from coach Mark Fox following the win at Missouri.

14. Arkansas will need to bounce back from its loss to Texas A&M as the Razorbacks get set to host No. 10 Florida.

15. Florida will be without leading scorer Casey Prather, who’s recovering from a bruised knee.

16. LSU will try to bounce back from its loss to Tennessee when the Tigers play at South Carolina.

17. Mississippi State returns home to take on rival Ole Miss, which will be without guard Marshall Henderson.

18. A key for Ole Miss against Mississippi State: the Rebels will have to be a better rebounding team.

19. Texas A&M will be tested Saturday when it plays at Tennessee.

20. We might see a faster Kentucky team when the Wildcats play at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

21. Vanderbilt forward Rod Odom has changed his shot and the new form has paid off.

22. Commodores guard Eric McClellan has been dismissed from the team. He was suspended for the spring semester earlier this week.

23. South Carolina coach Frank Martin disagrees with SEC critics. “I don’t care what anybody says, our league is good,” he said.

24. Tennessee freshman guard Robert Hubbs III will have season-ending surgery on his injured left shoulder.

25. Missouri guard Earnest Ross is anxious to play Auburn, where he played two seasons before transferring to Missouri.

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26. Jeremy Fowler looks at the top 10 coaching hires in college football this offseason.

27. Sports Illustrated has its way-too-early top 25 for the 2014 season.

28. Standout Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is leaving for the NFL. He scored FSU’s game-winning touchdown against Auburn.

29. Ex-North Carolina hoops player P.J. Hairston will try to play in the NBDL this year.

30. Here’s a viewer’s guide for what’s going on in college basketball this weekend.

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