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Five SEC Players Selected In The NBA Draft With Nerlens Noel’s Drop Costing Him Millions

NBA DraftKentucky, Florida, Georgia and Missouri were all represented in Thursday’s night draft with Kentucky the only SEC team with two players selected.

Former UK players Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin were both taken in the first round and both were promptly traded.. Noel, projected by many as the first overall pick, was selected sixth overall by New Orleans.  But he won’t be playing for the Pelicans with former Kentucky player Anthony Davis,  Minutes later, he was reportedly traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Goodwin was taken by Oklahoma City with the next-to-last pick of the first round and then he was traded to Phoenix.

As the sixth overall pick, Noel is guaranteed just over $5.4 million his first two years in the league.   UNLV forward Anthony Bennett, selected first overall, is guaranteed almost $9.1 million over the same time period. John Calipari has now had 11 one-and-done players at Kentucky.  All have been drafted in the first round.

Former Georgia Bulldog Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the other SEC player selected in the first round.  The Detroit Pistons took Caldwell-Pope with the eighth overall pick.  He becomes the highest Bulldog selection since Dominique Wilkins went third overall back in 1982.

Two SEC players were taken in the second round.  Florida’s Erik Murphy went to the Chicago Bulls with the 49th overall pick.  He will join former Gator Joakim Noah in Chicago.  Murphy becomes the 17th player drafted under Florida coach Billy Donovan. Alex Oriakhi, who spent one year at Missouri after starting his career at Connecticut, was taken by the Phoenix Suns with the 57th overall selection. His former teammate, guard Phil Pressey who left school early to enter the draft, was not taken.  He is reportedly signing a free-agent contract with the Boston Celtics. Pressey was one of several undrafted early entries. B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell of Arkansas were among those not selected.

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Shocker! Media Picks UK To Win The SEC In Hoops

In John Calipari’s first year in Lexington, Kentucky won the SEC and reached the Elite Eight.  In his second, his Cats finished third in the SEC (gasp!) and then reached the Final Four.  Last year, his team again won the SEC and then went to win the national championship.

At that rate, UK will win the SEC and the NBA title this season.

So it’s no wonder the media today tabbed Kentucky as the preseason basketball favorite in the SEC.  The voting was done “by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.”

Here are the results of the poll:


  School   Total Points   1st Place Votes
  Kentucky   328   17
  Florida   310   5
  Missouri   286   1
  Tennessee   269   1
  Arkansas   226   0
  Alabama   222   0
  Ole Miss   186   0
  Georgia   149   0
  Texas A&M   122   0
  Vanderbilt   120   0
  LSU   116   0
  Auburn   95   0
  S. Carolina   54   0
  Miss. State   37   0


The panel also selected the league’s preseason All-SEC teams:


First Team All-SEC

BJ Young, G, Arkansas

Kenny Boynton, G, Florida

Nerlens Noel, F, Kentucky

Phil Pressey, G. Missouri

Jarnell Stokes, F, Tennessee


Second Team All-SEC

Marshawn Powell, F, Arkansas

Patric Young, C, Florida

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G, Georgia

Alex Poythress, F, Kentucky

Michael Dixon, G, Missouri

Jeronne Maymon, F, Tennessee


The media also selected Missouri’s Pressey as the league’s preseason Player of the Year.

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SEC Headlines – 8/10/12

Looks like it’s gonna be a headlines-only kind of day.  My apologies.


1.  Alabama freshman receiver Chris Black will miss 3-4 months after shoulder surgery.

2. The passing skills of Tide quarterback AJ McCarron are underrated.

3.  The competition is heating up for Auburn’s safeties.

4.  Arkansas “unafraid” defense took a step forward yesterday.

5.  Hog hoopster Marshawn Powell has been cleared to return from injury during UA’s tour of Italy.

6.  It’s lonely at the top, but LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis likes it that way.

7.  That’s not a bowling ball, it’s MSU running back Josh Robinson.

8. Bulldog quarterback Tyler Russell could break a lot of the Bulldogs’ passing records.

9.  Ole Miss’ freshmen are taking baby steps.

10.  Christine Michael leads a talented stable of running backs at Texas A&M.

11.  Florida’s got quite a battle raging at cornerback.

12.  Redshirt freshman receiver Ja’Juan Story — a once highy-sought after recruit — will transfer from UF.

13.  Georgia freshman kicker and freshman punter have big shoes to fill.

14.  Joker Phillips is in a bind when it comes to true freshman Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles.

15.’s Jeff Goodman says that John Calipari once tried to get him fired.

16.  South Carolina’s got playing time available at wide receiver, behind Ace Sanders.

17.  Linebacker depth is a concern for Tennessee.

18.  While their new football complex is being finished in Knoxville, the Vol team heads off campus for a week of NFL-style camp.

19.  Vanderbilt’s new video board is in place at Dudley Field.

20.  For the first time, Missouri has sold out its season-ticket allotment and Gary Pinkel has praise for those doing the buying.

21.  Help is on the way for the Tigers’ banged-up offensive line.

A final sidenote…

22.  Clemson AD Terry Don Phillips has announced he’s retiring.  (So I guess now that FSU/Clemson “done deal” to the Big XII thing can be announced.  We’re still waiting for a couple of Big XII fans to return and apologize — as they promised they would — for ripping us when we called those initial rumors nonsense.)

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SEC Headlines – 5/30/12

1.  Big 12 fans won’t like it, but The Onion — “America’s Finest News Source” — has decided to have a little fun with the new Big 12-SEC bowl game.

2.  Seven cities — Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis, New Orleans, Orlando, St. Louis and Tampa — have expressed interest in hosting the SEC basketball tournament in 2017.

3.  It’s behind a paywall, but reports that one Big 12 source told the site, “I don’t sense serious interest in expansion at this time.”  (Yes, but was that source anti-expansion man, Texas AD DeLoss Dodds and will that view change if a playoff comes to pass?)

4.  Now here’s one you don’t see everyday.  Alabama football graduate assistant Derrick Crudup was arrested on May 22n for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

5.  Aside from a football national title in 2010, Auburn has seen a stretch of troubles that trace back to decisions made in 2004.

6.  Arkansas hoopster Marshawn Powell continues his rehab process.

7.  This writer wonders if Les Miles and LSU have lost their nerve following last year’s 21-0 loss in the BCS Championship Game.

8.  Miles says he still wouldn’t change any of the play calls from the Tigers’ loss to Bama.

9.  Texas A&M football coach and SEC newcomer Kevin Sumlin plans to do more listening than talking this week.

10.  Billy Donovan feels there’s still more for him to accomplish at Florida.

11.  Will Muschamp says defensive end and linebacker Ronald Powell is ahead of schedule in his comeback from ACL surgery.

12.  The Anthony Davis — I’m sorry — the NBA draft lottery will be held tonight.

13.  What kind of impact will John Calipari’s plan to play more big games at neutral sites have on Lexington’s economy? 

14.  Wildcat football coach Joker Phillips ruffled some Cardinal feathers when he said yesterday that UK would have to consider dropping the Louisville game if the SEC ever went to a nine-game conference schedule.  (Funny, I haven’t heard Clemson, Georgia Tech or Florida State folks talk about dropping South Carolina, Georgia or Florida when the ACC going to a nine-game slate.)

15.  At least four Tennessee athletes reported thefts of electronic equipment from their dorm rooms prior to tight end Cameron Clear’s dismissal last week for allegedly pilfering a Vol baseball player’s laptop.  (Derek Dooley — the old attorney — didn’t bother to use the word allegedly when discussing Clear’s case yesterday.)

16.  Gary Pinkel says Missouri quarterback James Franklin is ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery this spring.

17.  Former Tiger basketball coach Mike Anderson was pleased to watch his old team’s success from Arkansas last year.

18.  Mizzou and A&M are learning about life in the Southeastern Conference.

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SEC Headlines – 2/22/12

1.  Auburn’s cold-shooting second half cost them at Florida last night.

2.  This writer says Alabama’s turmoil-tested team will reach the NCAA Tournament.

3.  Mike Anderson thinks fatigue might be an issue for his young Arkansas team.

4.  Injured and out for the season, Marshawn Powell can still be an example for the Hogs.

5.  Ralston Turner has helped lead LSU to the NCAA Tournament bubble.

6.  The Tigers will be going for their fourth win in a row when they host Georgia tonight.

7.  Facing Tennessee tonight, Ole Miss needs to finish the season red hot.

8.  Rebel freshman Aaron Jones says he’ll be ready if called upon tonight in Knoxville.

9.  From the team to the fans, MSU put up a valiant effort against #1 Kentucky last night.

10.  The loss of Rodney Hood in the first half really killed the Bulldogs’ upset chances.

11.  Versatile Florida forward Will Yeguete is indeed done for the season after breaking his foot against Auburn last night.

12.  Suspended Gator tight end AC Leonard has pled not guilty to domestic battery charges today.

13.  Georgia needs to find its shooting touch tonight in Baton Rouge…

14.  When old buddies Mark Fox and Trent Johnson face off for the third time (each has a win against the other).

15.  This writer says Rick Stansbury’s Dogs aren’t disciplined while UK’s Cats are.

16.  Credit Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and his defense for sparking last night’s comeback by the Big Blue.

17.  South Carolina will try to keep Jeffery Taylor and John Jenkins in check tonight when they travel to Vanderbilt.

18.  Darrin Horn wants plenty of “individual accountability” from his Gamecocks.

19.  Tennessee’s players know they can’t get caught worrying about RPI, strength of schedule and tourney bids.

20.  After losing to shorthanded Alabama on Saturday, Cuonzo Martin isn’t changing the Vols’ lineup for Mississippi’s visit tonight.

21.  While Carolina will look to slow Taylor and Jenkins, Vandy’s Kevin Stallings wants those two to start ball-hogging down the stretch.

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Home Teams (Cats, Hogs) Win Again

Following last night’s wins by Kentucky and Arkansas in their home arenas, SEC home teams are now 30-11 on the young season.  That’s a 73% winning percentage and four of those road wins have come from Kentucky.

Lesson: If you’re not Kentucky, your odds of winning on the road are awfully long.

Kentucky 69, Tennessee 44

What do you get when a team with few scoring options ventures into the “we never lose here” arena of a team with sensational defenders?  A beatdown.  Kentucky let it be known with an early scuffle that they would not be out-toughed by the Vols in Rupp last night.  They also happened to knock down their first 11 shots of the game en route to the 25-point win.

Anthony Davis had a ridiculous seven blocked shots bringing his NCAA-best total to 108 or the season.

Arkansas 82, Vanderbilt 74

Mike Anderson needs to figure out a way to play all of the Razorbacks’ games at home.  The Hogs remained perfect at home with an upset Vanderbilt, a team that came in having won 11 of 12 games.  Vandy played well and actually held a three-point second half lead before Arkansas got red hot.

The Hogs hit six out of seven three-pointers in a single stretch as they turned a 40-37 deficit into a 59-46 lead.  You have to wonder just how good Arkansas would have been this year had Marshawn Powell not been sidelined before the season with an injury.

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Big Blow: Hogs Lose Leading Scorer Powell To Knee Injury

The up-and-down career of Marshawn Powell is down again thanks to a knee injury that will serve as big blow to Mike Anderson’s first Arkansas basketball team.

Powell — the Razorbacks’ leading scorer — is out for the season with torn ligaments in his knee.  The injury occurred during practice on Thursday.  The Hogs are left with just nine scholarship players on their roster, just four in the frontcourt.

“This is a big blow to Marshawn and our basketball team,” Anderson said in a press release.  “He has been working hard on and off the court this year and was in the best shape of his career.  This is definitely a setback, but I told him that sometimes you have to have setbacks in order to have a great comeback.  He is in good spirits and looking forward to helping this team in any way that he can.”

Powell had averaged 19.5 points and 6 rebounds in Arkansas’ first two games.  Without the preseason All-SEC forward, the Hogs lost in Little Rock to Houston, 87-78.

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SEC Headlines – 11/9/11 Part One

1.  Alabama will face another pair of rotating quarterbacks when they visit Mississippi State on Saturday.

2.  This writer says the chances for a Bama-LSU rematch are slim.

3.  Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley is refreshed and ready for a return to action.

4.  Defensive tackle Gabe Wright is stepping up just in time to face his former high school teammate, Isaiah Crowell of Georgia.

5.  Bobby Petrino wants his team to improve in short-yardage situations.

6.  Marshawn Powell poured in 26 in a Razorback basketball exhibition win last night.

7.  LSU’s quarterbacks are off limits to the media as Les Miles decides who to start on Saturday.  (Both will continue to play.)

8.  Eric Reid’s key interception against Alabama has thrust him into the national spotlight.

9.  Dan Mullen scoffed at Nick Saban’s comment that MSU’s two-quarterbacks system will be tough to prepare for.

10.  State’s offensive line will face a stiff challenge trying to open run lanes against Bama’s D-line.

11.  Ole Miss players and coaches are trying to get back to work with Louisiana Tech coming for a visit on Saturday (in what could be an audition for Tech coach Sonny Dykes.)

12.  The Rebel players are backing Houston Nutt.

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Hogs’ Powell Has Surgery On Foot

Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell underwent surgery on his injured left foot yesterday, but Razorback officials remain hopeful that he will be back to normal later this summer.

According to Robbie Neiswanger of, Powell’s surgery was tied to an injury he suffered this spring after new coach Mike Anderson’s arrival.  The injury is not expected to slow him in the fall.

The junior has had his share of injuries.  He was limited during preseason practices before his freshman year due to a broken hand.  As a sophomore he struggled to recover from a broken bone in his foot that he suffered while playing pickup basketball during the offseason.

His current injury is projected to sideline him for six to eight weeks.

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Hogs’ Powell Back In A Cast

Arkansas basketballer Marshawn Powell is once again wearing a cast on his left foot.  Last summer, Powell broke a bone in the foot while playing a game of pick-up basketball, but a UA spokesperson says the new injury is not a continuation of the ailment that haunted him throughout last season.

Whatever the reason, Powell is expected to wear the cast for six to eight weeks.

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