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SEC Headlines 3/18/2012

1. Kentucky 87 – Iowa State 71.  Career-high 24 points for Marquis Teague as Wildcats advance to Sweet 16.

2. Mark Story: “Cats showed strength against Iowa State in every area supposed to be a weakness.”

3. Will Face Indiana – chance at revenge against a Christian.

4. Wisconsin 60 – Vanderbilt 57.  Commodores led 57-56 with over two minutes to play and didn’t score again.

5. Offensive fouls plague Commodores. John Jenkins: “It’s definitely not as painful as last year, but it does hurt.”

6. Florida vs. Norfolk State.  Florida is the smaller team against the Spartans, just like Missouri was, and that has coach Billy Donovan concerned. But size may be Norfolk State’s only advantage.

7. Norfolk State’s victory on Friday had Florida coaches scrambling for tape. They’re also concerned about Kenny Boynton’s shooting slump.

8. What’s the future for Ole Miss and Andy Kennedy?  Uncertain.

9. Alabama basketball and the question of Tony Mitchell’s future. ”Even at full strength, the Tide had trouble sustaining success.”

10. Tennessee is hoping that its most consistent player - Jeronne Maymon – returns to action on Monday night.

11. As the search for a new head coach at Mississippi State gets underway, plenty of questions about their roster for next year.

12. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw has spent the offseason studying game film of Drew Brees.

13. The quarterback race at Auburn?  It’s wide open.

14. Florida practiced for the first time in full pads on Saturday.

15. With spring practice getting underway at Georgia this week, here are five storylines to watch.

16. New Kentucky receivers coach Pat Washington says his crew starts with a clean slate.

17. Spring practice and spring games are becoming an increasing allure for recruits – just ask LSU.

18. Former Vol Eric Berry is still loyal to the Volunteers. Two other ex-Vols like what they see in Derek Dooley’s program.

Extras

19. The Big 12 was apparently ready to charge the SEC with illegally enticing Missouri to breach its contractual commitment to the Big 12 - but the lawsuit never came to pass. (Hat tip – Chuck Oliver.net

20. Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas on the conference’s new TV deal: “Let me remind you that college football is still a regional sport. Unless you have a big SEC game, it’s not going to rate that well.”

21. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive on re-negotiating the SEC TV contracts: “We feel adding Texas A&M and Missouri has strengthened us in lots of ways, but it certainly strengthened us in television.”

22. March Madness – the perfect time for players to go on strike?

24. Ten wide receivers to keep your eye on in college football this fall.

25. David Climer: “So which way will Manning turn — San Francisco, Denver or Tennessee?”

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