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SEC Headlines – 12/23/11

1.  A Rob Chubb dunk with 3.9 seconds to play gave Auburn a 65-62 win over Hawaii last night in Honolulu.

2.  Nick Saban told reporters that he was scared of Santa Claus as a boy, but Tide D-lineman Damion Square thinks his coach got it backwards.  “I think Santa Claus was scared of him.”

3.  Through film study, Alabama and LSU know each other quite well.

4.  Rickey Scott awoke from his slump to lead Arkansas past Louisiana Tech 77-63.

5.  The SEC’s scheduling issues are wearing on Arkansas AD Jeff Long.

6.  With a road victory at North Texas last night, LSU has run its win streak to six games.

7.  The Tiger football team weathered off-field drama this year thanks to its “unity council.”

8.  Arnett Moultrie — a transfer from UTEP — registered his seventh double-double of the season as Mississippi State downed Northwestern State 82-67 last night.

9.  That’s 11 wins in a row for the 12-1 Bulldogs.

10.  Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway is dealing with a high ankle sprain, not a break.

11.  Hugh Freeze will be taking a page out of Ed Orgeron’s recruiting book in Oxford.  (Hopefully that doesn’t mean a 50% wash-out rate.)

12.  Florida routed Florida State 82-64 last night thanks to the Gators’ defense.

13.  It looks like six true sophomores will start for UF in the Gator Bowl.

14.  Former Georgia tailback Jasper Sanks can relate to Isaiah Crowell and he hopes he can bounce back from a rough season off the field.

15.  Mark Fox’s basketball team will be looking or its third win in a row when the Dawgs host Furman tonight.

16.  Freshman Kyle Wiltjer led a slow-to-wake Kentucky team to an 87-63 win over Loyola (MD) yesterday.

17.  This writer believes Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been UK’s pre-Christmas MVP.

18.  As South Carolina wraps up the pre-Christmas portion of bowl practice, the Cocks got word that safety DJ Swearinger will return for his senior season.

19.  Left tackle Kyle Nunn might be healthy enough to play in the Capital One Bowl… but if he does he won’t be eligible for a medical hardship waiver.

20.  Five-star forward Jarnell Stokes — who committed to Tennessee yesterday — could start playing for the Vols next month if cleared by the NCAA.

21.  Cuonzo Martin wants his current Volunteers to handle ETSU’s “funky” zone tonight.

22.  Meanwhile, a UCLA commit made national news yesterday when he said ex-UT coach Bruce Pearl sent a beautiful “groupie” to recruit him to Knoxville.

23.  A pair of Vandy football players will feel right at home at next week’s Liberty Bowl.

24.  Mike Slive talks expansion, scheduling and plus-one plans for football with Jon Solomon of The Birmingham News.

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