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SEC Hoops Roundup 11/9/2013

gfx-hoops-round-upTen SEC teams opened their season on Friday night.  Nine of them won.

1. Florida 77 – Northern Florida 69.  Gators hang on for Billy Donovan’s 18th straight season-opening win.  Scottie Wilbekin, Dorian-Finney Smith and Damontre Harris will remain suspended for Wisconsin game.

2. Oklahoma 82 – Alabama 73. Crimson Tide lose despite early 26-10 lead. Junior-college transfer Algie Key scores 20.

3. Kentucky 89- UNC Asheville 57. 23 points and 15 rebounds for Kentucky freshman Julius Randle.

4. Georgia 72 – Wofford 52. Bulldogs outrebound Wofford 49-24.

5. Missouri 89 – Southeastern Louisiana 53. Tigers get 58 points from top four perimeter threats as Tim Fuller debuts as interim coach filling for the suspended Frank Haith.

6. Arkansas 99 – SIU-Edwardsville 65. Razorbacks have five players in double figures led by sophomore guard Anthlon Bell’s career-high 18 points.Michael Qualls’ monster dunk.

7. Mississippi State 71 – Prairie View A&M 56. Gavin Ware’s 15 points and 15 rebounds lead the Bulldogs to victory.

8. Auburn 76 – Nicholls State 54. KT Harrell scores 21 points and Chris Denson adds 20 as Tony Barbee’s Tigers snap a 10-game losing streak.

9. Texas A&M 82 – Buffalo 58. Aggies had a narrow second-half 53-52 before pulling away. Junior forward Kourtney Roberson scores 15 points and grabs 11 rebounds.

10. Ole Miss 69 – Troy 54. No Marshall Henderson?  No problem.  Rebels get a career-high 28 points from Jarvis Summers.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 4/17/2013

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1. The spring signing period is underway.  The nation’s No. 1 prospect has yet to make a decision.  Huntington Prep’s Andrew Wiggins is said to be choosing from four schools - Florida State, Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky.  Both of Wiggins’ parents attended Florida State. Here’s how Wiggins would fit in next year’s lineup at each of the four schools.

2. Kentucky is expecting  three signed letter of intents within the next week.  Even without Wiggins, that means Kentucky will have eight signees in its 2013 class.

3. Rutgers loss is Auburns’ gain.  JUCO forward Chris Griffin was set to sign with Rutgers but when the Mike Rice scandal hit, he decommitted and signed a letter of intent with Auburn today.  He’s one of three players the Tigers are expected to sign in the spring signing period.

4. Kenny Paul Geno, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound small forward from Booneville, Miss., sent his letter of intent to Georgia today. He’s planning on holding a news conference Thursday morning.  ”By the time that he leaves, they’re gonna be very proud that they gave him an opportunity to play at Georgia,” Bonneville head coach Michael Smith said. “He’s gonna play and contribute. He’s gonna play (next year).”

5. Murfreesboro, Tennessee native Darius Thompson signed with Tennessee today, becoming coach Cuonzo Martin’s fourth member of the class of 2013. “At 6-4, he’s got good size for a point guard. He’s a proven scorer who can shoot it with range, and I’m confident that he’s going to be able to help us in a number of areas.”

6. Alabama coach Anthony Grant has two experienced guards coming in next year.  Tulane transfer Ricky Tarrant and JUCO guard Algie Key signed with the Crimson Tide today.  Tarrant will have to sit out a year. He was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year for Tulane two seasons ago.

7. Tuesday night, Brian Bridgewater of Scotlandville High School (LA) said “it’s not LSU.”  Wednesday, the forward committed to the Tigers. He chose LSU over Wichita State and TCU.

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8. Jacksonville, Florida prospect Tyreke Johnson  is projected as a cornerback/wide receiver.  He’s also just 13 years old and is reportedly on the verge of getting some big-time college offers.  Here’s how his coach described him. ”He’s built and put together like a Greek God as a seventh grader.” Johnson’s brother De’Andre is a Florida State 2015 commitment.

9. Alabama picked up its fourth commitment of the 2014 class with the news that linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton picked the Crimson Tide.  The four-star linebacker chose Alabama over Auburn and Tennessee. He’s planning to graduate in December and enroll at Alabama in January.

10. Auburn’s first defensive commitment in the class of 2014 is linebacker Deshaun Davis. He chose Auburn over 10 other schools, including LSU, Florida State and Tennessee.

11. Thaddeus Snodgrass is the highest ranked wide receiver recruit ever to commit to Kentucky. The Ohio receiver says he’s working on bringing additional recruits to the Wildcats.  ”There will be a couple more commitments in a couple of days or maybe a week.”

12. Four-star running back Mike Horton from Ohio is on Kentucky’s radar.  He’s expected to make his college choice this weekend.

13. Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas will have recruiting responsibilities in the Dallas, Texas area. ”I’ll also have Arlington, Mansfield, Irving and I’ll work my way out to east Texas to Tyler and Longview,”

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