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SEC Hoops Roundup 11/28/2013

gfx-hoops-round-up1. Mississippi State 58 – Jackson State 56. Sophomore Craig Sword scores all 12 of his points in the second half as Bulldogs escape with win.  Jackson State three-point shot as time expired.

2. Kentucky 81 – Eastern Michigan 63. In a game marked by fouls and turnovers, Kentucky’s Julius Randle records his seventh straight double-double - 14 points and 10 rebounds.  Video Highlights

3. Gonzaga 91 – Arkansas 81. Four Razorbacks hit double figures but Arkansas drops to 4-2 as Gonzaga shoots 55 percent from the floor.

4. Duke 74 – Alabama 64. Nick Jacobs matches a career-high with 18 points but Jabari Parker and Duke are too much for the Crimson Tide as Alabama drops to 3-2. Video Highlights


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Wow Morning Headlines 9/1/2012

Saturday Finals: Georgia 45 – Buffalo 23
Florida 27 – Bowling Green 14
Missouri 62- Southeastern Louisiana 10
Mississippi State 56 – Jackson State 9
Clemson 26 – Auburn 19
Arkansas 49 – Jacksonville State 24
Ole Miss 49 – Central Arkansas 27
LSU 41 – North Texas 14
Alabama 41- Michigan 14
Tennessee wins in Georgia Dome for the first time since 1998
Friday Final: Tennessee 35 – North Carolina State 21
Thursday Final: South Carolina 17 – Vanderbilt 13
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SEC Saturday Football – FCS Edition

Call this the “no line” rundown. Fans will be watching these games – Vegas won’t.

Southeastern Louisiana at Missouri

1. After surgery and rehab on his shoulder, Mizzou quarterback James Franklin is anxious to get into the swing of things: “Once I get that first hit, it will put some of that doubt, some of those worries to the side.”

2. Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel: ”They better be focused on Southeastern Louisiana. There’s not a damned thing they can do about it the week after…”

Central Arkansas at Ole Miss

3. Hugh Freeze makes his debut as the 37th football coach in Ole Miss history. ”I learned about the passion of the Ole Miss people when I came to the Grove as a child…”

4. What does Freeze expect of his Rebels team this year? “Your guess is probably as good as mine. I really don’t know. 

Jackson State at Mississippi State

5. Dan Mullen on his opponent:  ”I know they have an experienced team. They expect to win a championship this year.”

6. Mullen on different looks you might see from this year’s Bulldogs: “You might see more five wide receivers this year.”

Jacksonville State at Arkansas

7. The Razorbacks face a former Arkansas coach – Jack Crowe – and a former Georgia Bulldog running back – Washaun Ealy.

8. This will be John L. Smith’s first game as a head coach since 2006.  ”I”m fired up.”


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Wow Evening Headlines 8/31/2012

Final: Tennessee 35 – North Carolina State 21
Georgia WR/CB Malcolm Mitchell will miss the opener against Buffalo because of a sprained ankle
Saturday SEC afternoon games: Buffalo at Georgia (Noon ET), Bowling Green at Florida (3:30 ET)
Saturday SEC evening games: Southeastern Louisiana at Missouri (7:00 ET), Central Arkansas at Ole Miss (7:00 ET), Jackson State at Mississippi State (7:00 ET), Auburn vs. Clemson (7:00 ET), Jacksonville State at Arkansas (7:00 ET), North Texas at LSU (7:00 ET), Alabama vs. Michigan (8:00 ET)
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SEC Game Previews – 8/31/12

Here’s your rundown of the Week One SEC games scheduled for tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.  Everything from kickoff times, to odds, to our keys for each game are listed.

Good luck to your favorite school:



Tennessee vs NC State at Atlanta

7:30pm ET on ESPNU

Opening Line:  UT -7

Current Line:  UT -3

Storylines:  Derek Dooley enters Year Three of his tenure squarely on the hot seat.  His team quit on him in its 2011 finale.  If the Volunteers can’t win in Atlanta tonight, will his team be ready to pack it in before the season really gets rolling?

Keys for Tennessee:  The Volunteers need an improved running game to help take the pressure off of quarterback Tyler Bray and D-Coordinator Sal Sunseri’s brand new 3-4 defense.  Facing a veteran NCSU secondary, Bray has to make good decisions in the passing game.

Pick:  NC State 28-27


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MSU A.D. Stricklin Defends Pastry-Filled Football Schedule

You know how you know you’ve got a week football schedule?  When your school’s athletic director has to constantly defend it.

Mississippi State’s Scott Stricklin has been clear about his desire to avoid a ninth SEC football game because it might hurt the Bulldogs’ chances of becoming bowl eligible.  This year, he’s used his non-conference openings to line up Jackson State, Troy, South Alabama and MTSU.  Several national media outlets have called out that lineup as being one of the biggest laughers in all of college football.

But Stricklin doesn’t sound like a man who wants to make Dan Mullen’s schedule much tougher moving forward:


“We have an incredibly tough conference schedule,” Stricklin said. “Our overall strength of schedule, if you look at the computer rankings, I think is usually pretty high…

We’ve had 16 straight sellouts and we have a waiting list for tickets, so whatever we’re doing right now seems to be working from a fan perspective.  And we’ve been to two straight bowl games, so it’s working from trying to produce a consistent winner perspective.”


Fair enough.  If State fans will pay good money to see the University of North Carolina at Winston-Marlboro come to town, why not keep playing teams of that ilk?

Oh.  That’s right.  The new strength of schedule factor which is to somehow be weighed by a selection panel when it comes to college football’s new playoff and its biggest bowl games.  We used MSU as an example when discussing that issue earlier this week.  Well here’s what Stricklin told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal about that situation:


“When the day comes when strength of schedule is used to determine – I guess it’s kind of used right now in the BCS formula – when we get to the point where that’s a concern for us, we’re going to make sure we take care of that piece of it.”


Until then, State fans will just have to continue to overpay for four big, delicious cupcakes every fall.

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SEC Basketball Catch-Up

At, we always find November to be a pretty interesting month around the league.  It’s the one month of the year when the two money sports are going to head-to-head with full slates of action.  In 11 SEC cities, the focus remains on football.  In Lexington, the attention switches to basketball.  Big time.

So knowing that basketball is still a back-burner sport for many of you out there, here’s a quick catch-up on what you might have missed around the league the past few days:

Georgia 2-0 (wins over Wofford 62-49 and Bowling Green 63-54)

Mississippi State 2-1 (wins over Eastern Kentucky 76-66 and South
Alabama 80-65, loss to Arkon 68-58)

Alabama 1-0 (win over North Florida 64-44)

Arkansas 1-0 (win over SC-Upstate 83-63)

Auburn 1-0 (win over McNeese State 84-62)
Florida 1-0 (win over Jackson State 99-59)

Kentucky 1-0 (win over Marist 108-58)

LSU 1-0 (win over Nicholls State 96-74)

Ole Miss 1-0 (win over La-Monroe 60-38)

South Carolina 1-0 (win over Western Carolina 75-50)

Tennessee 1-0 (win over UNC-Greensboro 93-63)

Vanderbilt 1-1 (win over Oregon 78-64, loss to Cleveland State 71-58)

The Commodores’ loss to the Vikings of Cleveland State dropped them a whopping 13 slots in the latest Coaches’ Poll:

Kentucky — #2 in AP Poll, #2 in Coaches’ Poll

Florida — #7 in AP Poll, #8 in Coaches’ Poll

Alabama — #16 in AP Poll, #15 in Coaches’ Poll

Vanderbilt — #18 in AP Poll, #20 in Coaches’ Poll

(In case you’re wondering, Texas A&M is ranked #18 and #19 in the polls while Missouri is ranked #24 and #25.)

Finally, three league teams are all in action tonight (all times Eastern):

Grambling at Ole Miss at 8:00pm

Kennesaw State at Auburn at 8:00pm

Oakland at Alabama at 8:00pm

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