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SEC Hoops Roundup: Arkansas, LSU & Texas A&M All Bounced From Postseason Play

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1. Razorbacks end their season at 22-12 after missing 14 straight during a stretch that lasted more than eight minutes.

SMU 80 – LSU 67

2. Tigers end their season at 20-14.  Has junior forward Johnny O’Bryant played his last game for LSU?

Illinois State 62 – Texas A&M 55

3. Aggies finish at 18-16 - won one road game all season.

With last night’s losses, only three SEC teams left in postseason play and all are in the NCAA Tournament – Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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SEC Headlines 3/24/2014

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1. For the first time since 2010, there’s a competition for the starting quarterback at Georgia.

2. Even though the number of competitors has dropped from five  to three - a quarterback race is on at LSU as well.

3. One week into spring practice, Florida’s offense remains a work in progress.

4. Former Alabama offensive guard Chad Lindsey could be headed to Michigan where he would be reunited with offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

5. Of the 40 best players in the SEC during the BCS era, was Tim Tebow No. 1?

6. Is Auburn’s Nick Marshall talented enough to play quarterback in the NFL? Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee:  ”Oh, I think without question.”

7. Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson on his freshman season: “It’s a big spring for me because last year, I was a little bit disappointed with my performance and I can’t wait to get better.”

8. Should coaches bonuses be tied to academic performance?  Education Secretary Arne Duncan makes the case.

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9. Georgia freshman basketball player J.J. Frazier was arrested late Sunday night on a charge of driving without a license

10. Florida will meet UCLA Thursday night . Fourth time since 2006 these two teams have met in March.

11. “With his 3-0 run this March, (Tennessee coach Cuonzo) Martin has equaled Jerry Green’s victory total in four NCAA appearances. Only Bruce Pearl (eight) and Don DeVoe (five) have more.”

12. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Who knew that Bruce Pearl and Cuonzo Martin both would be big winners this month?”

13. LSU plays SMU tonight in the NIT.  ”Simply put, there might not be two more talented teams remaining in the NIT field.”

14. Arkansas gets a rematch with Cal tonight in the NIT.  The Golden Bears beat the Razorbacks in the Maui Invitational in November.

15. Texas A&M at Illinois State tonight in the CBI.  Aggies just 1-8 in road games this season (but that one win was over a Sweet 16 Tennessee team).

SEC Media

16. Sweet 16 rundown – TV, tip times, and announcers.

17. Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy will join the SEC Network as an analyst.

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Vandy Hoops Aide Muller Hired By Illinois State

Dan Muller is leaving Kevin Stallings’ staff at Vanderbilt to become the new head coach at Illinois State, his alma mater.  The 36-year-old was mentioned briefly in connection with the Mississippi State vacancy before Rick Ray was hired.

Muller played for Stallings at Illinois State from 1995 through 1998 when the Redbirds won two MVC titles and reached back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in ’97 and ’98.  Stallings coached one more year in Normal, Illinois before taking the Vandy gig.  Muller joined him in Nashville and his been on Stallings’ bench for 12 seasons since.

ISU hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since Muller was playing and Stallings was coaching.  The young coach will have his work cut out for him.  So will Stallings.

Vanderbilt will need to replace Muller — a strong recruiter — as well as key players John Jenkins, Jeffery Taylor, Festus Ezeli, Lance Goulbourne, Steve Tchiengang, and Brad Tinsley next season.  At this point, 2012-13 figures to be a total rebuild for the Commodores.

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