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A Full Slate Of SEC Games Tomorrow, Here’s Why They Matter

gfx - by the numbersA quick look at this weekend’s SEC basketball action through the lens of the RPI…

 

Auburn (8-12, 2-5, RPI 221) at Missouri (15-5, 4-3, RPI 29), 1:30pm ET – A Missouri loss could seriously damage it’s RPI.  Just playing a team in the 200s will hurt Mizzou’s strength of schedule.

Georgia (9-11, 3-4, RPI 145) at South Carolina (12-8, 2-5, RPI 186), 1:30pm ET – Nothing to see here with regards to March Madness.  But will one of these teams score 50 on the other one?

Tennessee (11-8, 3-4, RPI 75) at Arkansas (12-8, 3-4, RPI 104), 4:00pm ET – The Razorbacks are in the deeper RPI hole, but both teams’ NCAA hopes are on life support.  The loser of this game will likely have its plug pulled.

Alabama (12-7, 5-2, RPI 60) at Vanderbilt (8-11, 2-5, RPI 139), 4:00pm ET – Barely on the NCAA Tourney bubble at the moment, Bama can’t afford to fall under the spell of “Memorial Magic” tomorrow.

LSU (11-8, 2-5, RPI 126) at Mississippi State (7-12, 2-5, RPI 231), 5:30pm ET – There are no NCAA hopes to discuss in this one.

Kentucky (14-6, 5-2, RPI 49) at Texas A&M (13-7, 3-4, RPI 77), 6:00pm ET– A win could provide UK some much needed momentum over the final month-and-a-half of the regular season.  A&M needs every win it can get to get back onto the NCAA bubble.

Ole Miss (17-3, 6-1, RPI 45) at Florida (17-2, 7-0, RPI 5), 7:00pm ET – An Ole Miss upset would provide a huge RPI boost.  The Gators’ hopes of a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament could take a hit with a loss.

 

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SEC Headlines – 1/11/13

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1.  Kentucky escaped Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym with a 60-58 win last night.

2.  After building a 47-31 second half lead the Wildcats missed 12 shots in a row as the Commodores went on an 18-0 run.

3.  Vandy’s comeback proved that there’s still some Memorial Magic left.

4.  Freshman Fred Thomas is making a name for himself in Starkville.

5.  Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin has registered 16 assists in his last two games.

6.  Tennessee’s Jordan McRae is getting hot, but the Vols are ice cold.

SEC West Football

7.  Auburn assistant Charlie Harbison on sharing secondary duties with newly hired Melvin Smith: “Melvin and I are like brothers, so if anyone thinks what we do is opposite, it’s not.”

8.  Nick Saban has the perfect job… for Nick Saban.

9.  A pair of ex-Razorback quarterbacks have reportedly interviewed for the position of tight ends coach at Arkansas.

10.  All-SEC offensive lineman Gabe Jackson will return to Mississippi State for his senior year.

11.  As expected, Texas A&M offensive lineman Jake Matthews will return for his senior season.

12.  Could the Aggies grab a BCS championship of their own next season?

SEC East Football

13.  Quarterback Jeff Driskel will be back, but Florida will still have to answer a lot of off-season questions.

14.  A Notre Dame linebacker commitment has flip-flopped and enrolled at Florida.

15.  Georgia’s Mark Richt wants to reload on defense and improve on offense.

16.  Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart on Commonwealth Stadium renovation plans: “That sends a clear message that they’re serious about their commitment to college football.”

17.  Sources say Missouri is set to hire veteran SEC receivers coach Pat Washington.

18.  New Tennessee receivers coach Zach Azzani on the Vol WR corps: “It’s pretty depleted.”

Extras

19.  Rob Chudzinski?  I thought Saban was supposed to be coaching the Cleveland Browns next year.

20.  Apparently AJ McCarron’s beauty queen girlfriend is going to pose for a photoshoot with Sports Illustrated.  (Bet that sexist Brent Musberger is making her do it!)

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Roy’s Boys remember

Many of the young men that made Memorial Magic returned to campus one more time Saturday, filling Benton Chapel to celebrate the life of their beloved coach, Roy Skinner. They are Roy’s Boys and might have been the tallest collection of gray-haired and balding men this side of an NBA reunion.
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