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UM Suspends Kendrick For SEC Tourney

2011-12 has been the Year of the Disciplinarian when it comes to SEC hoops.  Anthony Grant, Tony Barbee and Cuonzo Martin have all benched key performers down the stretch… Grant and Martin while fighting for NCAA Tournament bids.

Andy Kennedy is fighting like Hell for a tourney bid, too.  He needs one.  But already this season he’s dismissed two players including leading scorer Dundrecous Nelson for being busted with marijuana.  Now Kennedy has handed out a suspension to freshman guard Jelan Kendrick.  Kendrick will not play in the SEC tourney, a tourney in which Ole Miss desperately needs to play well.

Kendrick was not with the Rebels during warm-ups before last Saturday’s win over Alabama.  Witnesses told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that he had walked out of the gym before returning to the UM bench midway through the first half. 

Kennedy said that move was a coach’s decision.  But he’s now added this suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.”  Interesting.

The former McDonald’s All-American in high school was also involved in an altercation with Reginald Buckner after a loss to Vanderbilt last month.  And reportedly, Kendrick was no model citizen at Memphis before transferring to Oxford and becoming eligible in December.

He is averaging 20 minutes and five points per game playing primarily as the backup to starting point guard Jarvis Summers.

Kudos to Kennedy for handing out this suspension on the eve of an important tournament.  But, then again, maybe Kennedy shouldn’t have welcomed a known troublemaker onto his team to begin with, eh?

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BJ Young Named SEC’s “Mr. Offense” By

At, we’re not big on awards.  Bias can play a role in who votes for whom.  Can an MVP be only a great team or can someone be MVP on a rotten squad?

For those reasons and more, we turn to statistics to help decide who’s the best at what they do.  And today, we look at the most productive offensive players in the SEC this season.

There were exactly 100 SEC basketball players who played at least 300 minutes this season.  We went through all of their stats — and we’ll do the same with defense tomorrow — to find which players were the most productive offensively.

Our formula?  We looked at the three big pluses a player could contribute to his team on offense: points scored, assists dished out, and offensive rebounds grabbed.  We took those stats and added them together.  Then we compared them to the number of minutes played by each SEC player in 2011-12.

Below are the SEC’s top 20 players in terms of offensive production by minute.  At the top of the list: Arkansas freshman BJ Young.  Mike Anderson couldn’t land him at Missouri, but he’s sure glad now that John Pelphrey coaxed him to Arkansas.

The St. Louis native averaged 15.3 points per game, 2.3 assists per game and 3.1 rebounds (total, not just offensive) per game or the Razorbacks in his first season.  Not a bad debut.  And compared to his minutes played, Young made an offensive contribution to his team .734 times per minute.  That was the best number in the SEC.  By far.

Here’s the full top 20 for offensive production:

Player Minutes Off. Rebounds Assists Points Total Positive Plays Per Minute
1. BJ Young (Ark) 782 29 70 475 574 .734
2.  J. Taylor (VU) 1005 71 57 531 659 .655
3.  J. Jenkins (VU) 1009 15 34 601 650 .644
4.  J. Green (Ala) 661 59 40 317 416 .629
5.  K. Boynton (UF) 983 19 77 521 617 .627
5.  D. Nelson (UM)* 301 6 20 163 189 .627
7.  G. Robinson (UGA) 910 21 108 428 557 .612
8.  D. Bost (MSU) 1109 17 164 490 671 .605
9.  J. Maymon (UT) 861 87 37 391 515 .598
10.  A. Moultrie (MSU) 985 105 32 451 588 .596
11.  A. Davis (UK) 969 92 26 446 564 .582
11.  T. Golden (UT) 987 18 141 416 575 .582
13.  J. Hamilton (LSU) 895 100 28 391 519 .579
14.  T. Jones (UK) 821 71 39 358 468 .570
15.  E. Walker (UF) 969 17 147 385 549 .566
16.  M. Rosario (UF) 387 9 28 181 218 .563
17.  S. Warren (LSU) 573 57 16 242 315 .549
18.  J. O’Bryant (LSU) 531 75 9 207 291 .548
18.  F. Ezeli (VU) 481 45 6 213 264 .548
20.  P. Young (UF) 815 81 37 325 443 .543

(* Dundrecous Nelson was dismissed from the Ole Miss team in early-January.)

The stats have been double- and triple-checked, but it’s certainly possible that a digit has been flipped or flopped during transcription.  Them’s a lotta numbers for me to type.  If you see a typo, just let me know.

As stated above, we’ll dig into the defensive numbers tomorrow.  But congrats to BJ Young and all the players in our Top 20.  No one made more positive things happen on the offensive end of the floor than those guys.

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SEC Headlines – 1/10/12 Part Two

Here are the headlines from the other half of the league, plus a smattering of BCS Championship Game coverage:

1.  Here’s a statistical look at new Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

2.  Looks like Mike Dyer is finally making his move to Arkansas State official… but Onterio McCalebb is leaning toward returning to the Plains.

3.  Knile Davis is expected to return to Arkansas for his senior season, too, according to a teammate’s tweet.

4.  The Hogs’ Top 5 finish is their first since way back in 1977.

5.  Rick Stansbury wants better defense from his MSU squad.

6.  Ole Miss redshirt freshman Jelan Kendrick is hoping for more minutes now that Dundrecous Nelson has been booted from the team.

7.  Alabama was dominant at the Superdome… and it’s earned them the Sports Illustrated cover.

8.  The loss was stunning for LSU.

9.  Nick Saban turned out to be a prophet.

10.  AJ McCarron stepped up on the game’s biggest stage.

11.  The Tide are still waiting for final word on linebacker CJ Moseley’s injury.

12.  UA kicker Jeremy Shelley’s leg provided the difference on the scoreboard.

13.  Story of the day: Les Miles stuck with Jordan Jefferson even as Rome burned… but at least he “considered” going to Jarrett Lee.

14.  The Tigers’ big play defense turned in no big plays.

15.  Don’t forget… LSU arrived a year ahead of schedule.

16.  Meanwhile, Bama will look to reload in the fall.

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UM’s Nelson Arrested After Win Over SMU

The end could be near for Ole Miss’ Andy Kennedy.  The fates seem to be aligned against him.

With his team showing promise midway through its non-conference slate, leading rebounder Murphy Holloway went down with a high ankle sprain.  A three-game losing streak followed.

That streak was snapped on Tuesday night with a 50-48 homecourt win over SMU.  But it’s now been learned that after the game, sophomore Rebel guard Dundrecous Nelson was arrested at his home and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.  Nelson is UM’s leading scorer at 11.6 points-per-game.

Kennedy said he learned of the arrest yesterday afternoon and he is currently doing his “due diligence” on the issue.

Minus his leading rebounder and scorer, it’s doubtful Kennedy can rally his team to the point of earning an NCAA Tournament bid.  Heading into the season, the feeling in Oxford was that only an invitation to the Big Dance would save his job.

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UM B’baller Nelson Looking “Great”

According to a source quoted by Parrish Alford of The Northeast Mississippi Journal, Ole Miss freshman guard Dundrecous Nelson (and freshman center Demarco Cox) will be “great.”

Is this really big enough news to warrant it’s own blurb?  Probably not.  It’s third-hand info and who knows what “great” really means.

But I include it here because Dundrecous Nelson now joins Rantavious Wooten and Barkevious Mingo on’s “All-Scrabble Team.”

Not making the cut: Philip Lutzenkirchen… mainly because I’m more likely to misspell that one.

But welcome to the SEC, Dundrecous.  You’re sure to win me some bucks the next time I’m playing “SEC Athletes” Scrabble for cash.

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