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Boxscore Breakdown: LSU 68 – Georgia 63

2013_sec_men_s_basketball_tournament_logoLSU managed to survive a second-half Georgia rally to beat the Bulldogs 68-63 in the first game from Nashville today.  Tigers led by as many as 23 points in the first half.  Georgia cut the lead to three points and had a chance to tie but when a long three-point attempt from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope failed, LSU iced the game with two late free throws.

Pope led all scorers with 32 points and 13 rebounds.  Shavon Coleman led LSU with 24 points. Johnny O’Bryant added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

- Georgia shot 28% from the field – made just 16 of 56 shots from the floor. LSU shot 43% from the floor.
- One of the ways the Bulldogs stayed in the game – the free-throw line.  Georgia made 23-of-30  free throws (76%), LSU made just 13-of-28 free throws (46%).
- Georgia dominated the boards – outrebounding LSU 45-31.
- But LSU won the turnover battle.  Georgia committed 11 turnovers, LSU just five.

LSU advances to play Florida tomorrow.

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Arkansas Nips Georgia, Razorbacks On Three-Game SEC Winning Streak For The First Time In Three Years

basketballsArkansas 62 – Georgia 60.  Video Highlights

1. BJ Young layup in the closing seconds gives the Razorbacks the win.  For the first time since the 2009-2010 season, Arkansas has won three straight game in SEC play. Coach Mike Anderson: “We’re finding ways to win. That’s what good teams do.”

2. Anthlon Bell scores 17 points for Arkansas but why didn’t he play any in the final 11 minutes of the game?

3. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia with 15 points, all in the second half.  After a five-game winning streak, Georgia has lost three straight. 

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SEC Headlines 12/1/2012

SEC Basketball

1. Georgetown 37 – Tennessee 36.  Hoyas survive in one ugly game. Lowest point total for the Vols since 1997.

2. Syracuse 91 – Arkansas 82.  Razorbacks go 5-for-24 from 3-point range. More than 19,000 at Bud Walton Arena - largest attendance since 2009.

3. DePaul 80 – Auburn 76.  Despite a career-high 28 points from Frankie Sullivan, late possessions once again doom the Tigers. 

4. South Florida 64 – Georgia 53.  Bulldogs get 19 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in a losing effort. (That wraps up an 0-4 Friday night for SEC basketball).

5. In the wake of two rape allegations, Missouri guard Michael Dixon is transferring.  But plenty of questions remain. Social-media statements led to the outing.

6. Tigers open the post-Dixon era with Appalachian State.

7. Kentucky hosts Baylor today after losing Thursday night to Notre Dame by double-digits.  John Calipari: “The one thing they have to bring is a competitive spirit and a will to win.”

8. Vanderbilt hosts Villanova today. Commodores struggling to score – lost top-six scorers from last season and struggling to implement a revised offense.

9. Alabama basketball tips off at Cincinnati one-hour before the Crimson Tide and Georgia kick off.

10. Ole Miss hosts Rutgers this afternoon. Rebels are fourth nationally in field-goal percentage defense.

11. Mississippi State travels to Providence today in a battle of thin rosters.  MSU will have seven healthy scholarship players – Providence will have six.

12. First time on the road this year for Texas A&M – Aggies travel to Houston.

13. Florida center Patric Young didn’t start Thursday night against Marquette.  Responded with 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots off the bench.

14. Reasons to be optimistic about LSU basketball.

SEC/College Football

15. Mizzou defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is leaving early – declares for NFL draft. “This has been my dream ever since I was a little kid.”

16. Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has hired an agent.

17. What one sportswriter got wrong about the 2012 Texas A&M team.

18. Not only did Texas recruit Johnny Manziel as a defensive back, he had to call them.

19. An endorsement of the Aggies to come to Florida and play in the Capital One Bowl. Bowl officials have reportedly “laser beamed” in on A&M.

20. Vanderbilt sits and waits for a bowl decision – either the Music City or Gator Bowl. 

21. Looking like the Outback Bowl for South Carolina – regardless of SEC title outcome – probably against Northwestern.

22. SEC football on CBS had its lowest ratings since 2008.  One big reason – blowouts.

23. Pac-12 commissioner: Conference at “optimal size.”

***Extra – Breaking News***

24. Kansas City Chiefs player allegedly shoots girlfriend and then commits suicide. Linebacker Jovan Belcher reportedly involved.

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SEC Headlines – 1/24/12 Part One

1.  Florida hoopster Patric Young says his ankle is improving.

2.  Gator defensive tackle Leon Orr gets deferred prosecution for week arrest.

3.  Georgia will pin its hopes to freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope when top-ranked Kentucky comes to town tonight.

4.  Details continue to emerge regarding the “family violence” arrest of Bulldog starting cornerback Sanders Commings.

5.  Kentucky’s John Calipari says coaching stars isn’t as easy as it looks.

6.  And he’s also not feeling good about the Cats’ #1 ranking.

7.  South Carolina is spending nearly $40 million on a new video board and a new tailgating area at Williams-Brice Stadium.

8.  Lorenzo Ward intends to coach the Gamecocks’ defense from the sideline in 2012.

9.  There shouldn’t be too much bad blood between ex-Purdue guys Cuonzo Martin and Kevin Stallings when Tennessee travels to Vanderbilt tonight.

10.  Martin says he’s worried about the Vols’ execution, not “Memorial Magic.”

11.  Vandy’s Stallings is focused on stopping new UT addition Jarnell Stokes inside.

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Report: Jones In The Clear For UGA

Now here’s a surprise…

Linebacker Jarvis Jones — recently tied to an AAU scandal from his high school days — has been cleared by the SEC and the NCAA to play for Georgia this fall.  At least that’s the take of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

If, as expected, a press release is sent out this afternoon delivering that news, then it’s great news for the Dawgs who have been suffering from attrition all offseason.

A police investigation had found that Jones’ AAU coach had likely provided him with plane tickets while he was still in high school and possibly had given him a computer and/or cash during his one year at Southern Cal.  Jones transferred back to Athens this past year.

The fact that Jones won’t have to sit for even a game should come as a pleasant surprise for Georgia fans.

No word yet on the status of UGA basketballer Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who was also tied to the AAU scandal.

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UGA Aims For Quick Answers On AAU Issue

Georgia officials plan to file a report with the SEC and NCAA by the end of the week in the hopes of bringing a quick resolution to an AAU scandal involving two current UGA athletes.

Benefits provided to football player Jarvis Jones and basketball player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope while they were members of a Columbus, Georgia AAU squad have brought their eligibility into question.

“I quit trying to guess how things will turn out,” Georgia AD Greg McGarity told The Athens Banner-Herald last night.  “The bottom line is, it is what it is and you report whatever you find out and try to uncover everything at one time.  If we can wrap this up by August 1st, that gives (the NCAA and the SEC) time to react.  That’s what you hope.”

Jones — who transferred back to Georgia from Southern Cal — is expected to compete for playing time at linebacker this fall.  Therefore, the sooner the better when it comes to getting a ruling on his eligibility.

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Fox Learned Of Parks & Rec Issue Sunday

As we told you earlier today, a police investigation into the Columbus, Georgia Parks and Recreation Department uncovered money that had been spent on two local AAU stars.  Jarvis Jones is now on Georgia’s football team.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is now on Georgia’s basketball team.  And both now are having their amateur status questioned.

Bulldog basketball coach Mark Fox told The Athens Banner-Herald that he just learned of the situation yesterday:

“Obviously, we’ll cooperate with the process.  Really can’t speculate on what penalty there would be if there is one.”

Fox won’t speculate, but we will. 

Best case scenario: The two players are forced to repay the money that went toward airline tickets and a cell phone bill.  Jones would have to cough up $828.40.  Caldwell-Pope would have to give back $280.90.

Worst case scenario: Both players have their amateur status stripped and are banned from playing at UGA.

Our expectation: As long as nothing else is uncovered — and don’t think the NCAA won’t focus in on Jones and Caldwell-Pope going forward — both players will likely be given a multi-game suspension and forced to repay the cash. 

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SEC Headlines – 6/2/11 Part Two

1.  Florida’s John Brantley will likely have a better TD/INT ratio this fall… but he’ll also take some sacks in Charlie Weis’ offense.

2.  Former Gator cornerback Janoris Jenkins pled no contest yesterday to the marijuana charge that led to his dismissal.  (He received a small fine.)

3.  Five-star UGA basketball signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is academically eligible.

4.  This writer says Steve Spurrier’s pay-the-players proposal is meaningless… but has merits.

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