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Your SEC Tourney Schedule For The Day

In case you’ve forgotten to jot it down, here’s your schedule for today’s SEC Tournament action from New Orleans.  All games today and tomorrow will be broadcast on your local “SEC Network” affiliate.

Game One
1:00pm ET
8 LSU vs 9 Arkansas (winner plays 1 Kentucky tomorrow at 1:00pm)

– Both teams are playing for the SEC’s automatic bid or an NIT invitation.

Game Two
3:30pm ET
12 S. Carolina vs 5 Alabama (winner plays 4 Florida tomorrow at 3:30pm)

– Alabama should be in the NCAA tourney already, but winning could possibly help its seeding.

Game Three
7:30pm ET
7 Ole Miss vs 10 Auburn (winner plays 2 Tennessee tomorrow at 7:30pm)

– Ole Miss will be without suspended backup point guard Jelan Kendrick as it tries to improve its tourney resume.

Game Four
10:00pm ET
6 Miss. State vs 11 Georgia (winner plays 3 Vanderbilt tomorrow at 10:00pm)

– MSU’s RPI and strength of schedule wouldn’t be good enough in a normal year to get them into the tourney.  But the field outside the SEC is so down that most bracketologists already list State as an NCAA team.

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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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SEC Headlines – 1/31/12 Part Two

1.  This writer thinks an early signing period could’ve “reduced the drama” in Alabama’s recruitment of Landon Collins.

2.  Arkansas would like a big performance from Michael Sanchez tonight against Vandy.

3.  This writer says Mississippi State’s stars are playing too many minutes and it’s going to catch up with them… if it hasn’t already.

4.  Ole Miss freshman Jelan Kendrick is starting to find his comfort level.

5.  The NCAA continues to mull over changes to its enforcement plan.

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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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