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SEC Hoops Roundup 2/12/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 67 – Tennessee 58. Video Highlights

1. Scottie Wilbekin drains a key late three-point shot for Florida.  Finishes with  21 points, six assists and four steals as Gators move to 11-0 in the SEC.

2. Coach Billy Donovan calls Patric Young’s late save “the play of the year.”

3. The Vols commit 15 turnovers - including eight by forward by Jeronne Maymon.  Coach Cuonzo Martin: “Against a good team you can’t make those type of mistakes in taking care of the basketball…”

Alabama 67 – Ole Miss 64.

4. Alabama snaps a four-game losing streak as Trevor Releford scores 26 points and hits last-second three-point shot to break the tie.  “We needed this one. We needed it bad.”

5.Marshall Henderson scores 14 points for Ole Miss as the Rebels drop to 7-4 in conference play.

6. Trevor Releford’s game-winning shot.

Wednesday Night SEC Hoops Schedule

Kentucky at Auburn

Vanderbilt at South Carolina

Georgia at Mississippi State

LSU at Texas A&M

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SEC Hoops Roundup 1/8/2014

gfx-hoops-round-upTennessee 68 – LSU 50. Video Highlights.

1. Vols open SEC play with their fourth straight win.  10-4 Tennessee gets 19 points from Jordan McRae and 15 points/15 rebounds from Jarnell Stokes.

2. Worst loss in conference opener for LSU in five years.  Tigers now 9-4.

Alabama 68 – Vanderbilt 63.

3. Alabama gets back to .500 on the year (7-7) with win.  Trevor Releford scores 16 points, one of four Crimson Tide players to hit double-digits.

4. Vanderbilt’s leading scorer, Eric McClellan, did not travel with team. Sophomore point guard’s status for the remainder of the season is unclear. Without McClellan, Vandy down to seven scholarship players.

Wednesday’s Schedule

South Carolina at Florida

Georgia at Missouri

Mississippi State at Kentucky

Arkansas at Texas A&M

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SEC Headlines 4/10/2013

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1. Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend was not happy with his unit’s performance in Saturday’s spring game. Returning starters  John Theus and Kenarious Gates worked on the second team in Tuesday’s practice. 

2. Mark Richt at public appearance: “I look like a bum, I apologize.”

3. SEC All-Freshman safety Rohan Gaines has noticed a change with the new Arkansas staff - they want him closer to the line of scrimmage with an emphasis on stopping the running game.

4. He pursued a career in professional baseball.  Now 28-year old Jai Miller is trying to earn a job in Nick Saban’s secondary.

5. Alabama receiver DeAndrew White is six months into his recovery from knee surgery. Expects to participate in full contact drills by the time fall camp starts.

6. What’s the future at wide receiver for Florida’s Loucheiz Purifoy? “It’s clear the coaches are determined to get Purifoy involved on offense.”

7. Vanderbilt defensive back Steven Clarke is competing for a starting spot at two different positions.

8. Auburn’s Chad Slade has started everywhere along the offensive line except for center. Looks like he has a permanent position at right guard. But several positions are up for grabs as the Tigers start the second half of spring practice.

9. There may be only one open spot on the Volunteers offensive line but there’s plenty of competition and cross-training going on at Tennessee.

10. John Adams on the Vols: “Although UT’s offensive line should be one of the best in the SEC, the running game is questionable at best. So is the defense.”

11. With other running backs injured, Mississippi State’s Derrick Milton is getting reps with the first-team offense.

12. Based on their spring play, these players could be on the verge of making noise in the SEC this fall.

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13. Just one SEC team in the final USA Today Coaches’ Poll – Florida comes in at No. 9. Third straight top-1o finish for the Gators.

14. Alabama center Moussa Gueye plans to transfer. Alabama guard Trevor Releford recognized as the team’s most valuable player.

15. Kevin Scarbinsky: “The commonwealth of Kentucky is not the basketball equivalent of the state of Alabama in football. Not quite, not yet and probably not ever.”  But is it too early to talk about a possible Kentucky-Louisville title game showdown in 2014?

16. Mock draft has Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel going first overall but no Archie Goodwin in the first round.


17. Several (non-SEC) players announced Tuesday they’re leaving school early for the NBA.

18. Are Louisville and Michigan the model for how to re-energize college basketball? Rick Pitino’s getting a $425,000 bonus.

19. Recruit commits to Miami and says this about the NCAA investigation.  ”When you have a president like President [Donna] Shalala on your side, you can’t lose. And there’s no way Miami will lose this.”

20. Time to unionize college athletics?

21. Jay-Z’s stake in the Brooklyn Nets is worth less than a two-bedroom Brooklyn apartment.

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Boxscore Breakdown: Alabama 58 – Tennessee 48

2013_sec_men_s_basketball_tournament_logoUp by four points at halftime, Alabama pulled away in the second half to beat Tennessee 58-48. . The 10-point margin at the end of the contest was the largest of the game.

Alabama was led by Levi Randolph’s 15 points and 14 from Trevor Releford.

Tennessee’s Josh Richardson led all scorers with 16 points and Jarnell Stokes had the game’s only double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

- Alabama shot 41% from the floor (19-46) while Tennessee hit just 32% of their shots (18-56)

- How’s this for parity? Rebounds, fouls, steals, turnovers and three-pointers made were all even

Alabama advances to play Florida tomorrow afternoon.  Tennessee is left to sit and wait until Sunday night to see if it made the NCAA Tournament.

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Players Caldwell-Pope, Noel And Coach Billy Donovan Top SEC Award Winners

honorsGeorgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the SEC Player of the Year. The league announced its postseason award winners today with Caldwell-Pope becoming the first Georgia player to receive the award.   The sophomore was asked today if he’s headed to the NBA: “We’ve got the SEC tournament to worry about. I’ve just got that on my mind right now.” He did indicate he’ll make a decision on possible early entry after the season is over.

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel was voted the SEC Freshman of the Year, and along with Alabama’s Trevor Releford, one of only two players to be named First Team All-SEC and be named to the SEC all-defensive team.

Florida’s Billy Donovan was recognized as the SEC coach of the year, the second time he’s won the award. The conference-champion Gators placed four players on the first or second All-SEC squads, the most of any team in the conference.

Eight different schools are represented on the First Team All-SEC squad.

Florida’s Patric Young won the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year while Kentucky’s Kyle Wiltjer was voted the league’s Sixth Man of the Year, a move that didn’t sit well with everyone.

Here’s the complete list of postseason award winners. Twelve of the 14 teams were represented – only Auburn and Vanderbilt were completely shut out.

First Team All-SEC                                                                          
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 195, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Erik Murphy, Florida – F/C, 6-10, 238, Sr., South Kingstown, R.I.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia – G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9, 256, So., Cleveland, Miss.
Phil Pressey, Missouri – G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-5, 178, Jr., Midway, Ga.
Elston Turner, Texas A&M – G, 6-5, 209, Sr., Sacramento, Calif

Second Team All-SEC                                                                  
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas – F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
BJ Young, Arkansas – G, 6-3, 180, So, St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Mike Rosario, Florida – G, 6-3, 183, Sr., Jersey City, N.J.
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 175, Jr., Hurst, Texas
Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss – F, 6-7, 240, Sr., Irmo, S.C.
Laurence Bowers, Missouri – F, 6-8, 227, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.

SEC All-Freshman Team                                                            
Michael Frazier II, Florida – G, 6-4, 200, Fr., Tampa, Fla.
Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-4, 205, Fr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, Fr., Olathe, Kan.
Archie Goodwin, Kentucky – G, 6-4.5, 198, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Alex Poythress, Kentucky – F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Craig Sword, Mississippi State – G, 6-3, 189, Fr., Montgomery, Ala.
Gavin Ware, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 270, Fr., Starkville, Miss.
Michael Carrera, South Carolina – F, 6-5, 212, Fr., Anzoátegui, Venezuela

SEC All-Defensive Team                                                               
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 185, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Jr., Gainesville, Fla.
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Anthony Hickey, LSU – G, 5-11, 178, So., Hopkinsville, Ky.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-9, 235, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.

SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

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Bama Reinstates Two; Two Others Still Suspended For UF Game Tonight

Andrew Steele and Trevor Releford will “most likely” return from a one-game suspension tonight when Alabama hosts Florida.  But Tony Mitchell — who’s missed two games on suspension — and JaMychal Green — who’s been suspended for one already — will not be on the court for the Tide.  And that will leave Bama thin on its frontline.

“When you look at Andrew Steele – he’s been probably the finest student-athlete that I’ve coached – he made a mistake,” Grant said yesterday. “His body of work speaks for itself in terms of who he is as a person and what he’s been all about. I was a former student-athlete. You are faced with a lot of different things and you have to make decisions. Sometimes you make the wrong one. I don’t think that’s any indication of who he is as a person. Same thing with Trevor Releford. He’s a young man that’s in his sophomore year in college and made a bad choice. I think his teammates understand that. Certainly as a coach, I don’t condone it, but I’m not going to condemn him as a human being for making a bad decision. We will move on and get ready to play.”

Yesterday, we praised Grant for taking a difficult stand, one that might not be supported wholeheartedly by Tide fans eager to reach the NCAA Tournament.  Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News shares our take.  Today he writes that this move “may have been Grant’s finest hour.”

Florida coach Billy Donovan — Grant’s old boss — also supported his former aide’s decision to suspend four important members of his team mid-tourney push: “I really believe that in order to win big, you’ve got to be prepared to lose big.  I think Anthony’s attitude is, he’s not going to be the kind of guy that’s just going to plug holes in a leaking ship … because eventually that stuff at some point is going to rear its head and it’s going to bite you at some point.”

The Gators won’t be at full strength at Coleman Coliseum tonight, either.  They will be without key bench players Will Yeguette (concussion) and Mike Rosario (hip pointer).

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A Road Win! A Road Win! Tide Wins Away From Home, Gators Don’t

Yesterday we told you that in SEC hoops, teams have but a 24% chance of winning on the road.  Well after last night, that number has skyrocketed to a 25% chance.

SEC home teams are still 38-13 in league play, but one of last night’s two contests was indeed captured by the visitor.  In spite of the turmoil surrounding that squad.

Alabama 68, Auburn 50

One day after the indefinite suspension of Tony Mitchell, the Crimson Tide traveled into the home of its arch-rival and made off with an easier than expected win.  The Tigers had been 3-1 at home and Bama would be looking to replace Mitchell’s 13 point- and 7 rebound-average.

JaMychal Green and Trevor Releford combined for 34 points to fill the scoring void.  And UA managed to outrebound AU 30-26 on the night, even without Mitchell’s usual contribution.

The win boosts Bama to 16-7 overall and 5-4 in the SEC.  They’ve now rebounded from a four-game losing streak with a three-game win streak.  The NCAA Tournament is still in sight for Bama.  For Auburn?  The SEC cellar remains in view as the Tigers tumbled to 3-7 in league play, ahead of only Georgia and South Carolina.

Kentucky 79, Florida 58

The thinking went as follows: If anyone is going to knock off the Wildcats in Lexington, it will be the Gators.  But in reality, Billy Donovan’s team was just another speed bump en route to an SEC crown and a probable #1 seed in the NCAA tourney.

When we pointed out yesterday that UK’s average home win was by a score of 83-60, we didn’t anticipate last night’s score being so similar.

For the Cats, overconfidence might be the only concern moving forward.  Example: “We have this little swagger.  We just want to go out there and play hard and win.  We’re capable of winning a national championship if we keep playing how we’re playing.”  That’s from Anthony Davis after last night’s whipping of Florida.  Davis, of course, is a freshman who happens to have no idea of what it takes to win six games in a row in the NCAA Tournament.

There’s a reason John Calipari changed his talking point from “being physical” to “avoiding overconfidence” this week.  The latter seems to be the only thing that can slow down his Wildcats… especially in the regular season.

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3 Games, 3 Wins For SEC Hoopsters

The SEC went three-for-three on the hardwood last night and with Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss all collecting victories.  Here’s a quick wrap of the action:

Auburn 68, Kennesaw State 55

The Tigers opened 2-0 for the first time in five seasons with their home win.  Frankie Sullivan — back from last year’s knee injury — led the Tigers in scoring with 22 points. 

“It gives you a lot of confidence that you still got it,” he said.  “I was a little skeptical about my jump shot because I wasn’t hitting it over the first few games.  but I see that I still have it.”

Ole Miss 69, Grambling State 39

Sure they’re not playing UNC, Duke or Kansas, but the Rebels are playing some early season defense.  Andy Kennedy’s team gave up just 39 points last night after allowing Louisiana-Monroe just 38 in their season-opener.  Murphy Holloway — back from his one-year transfer to South Carolina — tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds for Ole Miss.

Alabama 74, Oakland 57

The 16th-ranked Crimson Tide were led by JaMychal Green and Trevor Releford in their win over an NCAA-capable foe that beat Tennessee in Knoxville last season.  Bama pulled away from the Golden Grizzlies in the second half.

“We played with great focus and great intensity, especially in the second half,” Anthony Grant said.  “Offensively we got in a better flow tonight.  The guys understood their jobs more, of what we’re trying to do from an offensive standpoint.”

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SEC Headlines – 2/10/11 Part Two

1.  West-leading Alabama will be looking for its first win at Vanderbilt in 21 years tonight.  (Good Lord… so I was in college the last time Bama won at Vandy?  That was a long time ago.)

2.  “This is a different team,” Anthony Grant said.  “We can’t worry about what’s happened in the past.”

2.  Tide point guard Trevor Releford is having a big impact as a freshman.

3.  Arkansas’ loss in Starkville last night was its 11th-straight defeat at The Hump and its third-straight loss on the season.

4.  Making matters worse, bad weather delayed the Hogs’ return to Fayetteville.

5.  LSU freshman Matt Derenbecker scored a season-high 19 points but it wasn’t enough to push the Tigers past Ole Miss last night.

6.  The NCAA still hasn’t said whether it will accept LSU’s self-imposed penalties in football.

7.  Andy Kennedy told his team to “relax and play” and that’s just what the Rebels did in recording a come-from-behind win against LSU.

8.  One of UM’s umpteen quarterbacks — Randall Mackey — will have knee surgery today to repair a torn meniscus.

9.  Houston Nutt is making a lot of roster moves.  (Better do it while he can ’cause oversigning might go away next year.)

10.  Mississippi State was banged-up and short-handed in its win over Arkansas last night.

11.  Rick Stansbury liked his team’s “togetherness.”  Well who doesn’t like togeherness?

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SEC Headlines – 2/7/11

1.  Alabama point guard Trevor Releford has been named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week.

2.  The MSU basketball team now needs to set its sites on second place in the West.

3.  ESPN’s Andy Katz wonders why Ravern Johnson was suspended for a tweet while Renardo Sidney was not suspended for his re-tweet.

4.  Ole Miss is playing better, but they still need to improve at home.

5.  The Rebels are better when Reginald Buckner gets more minutes.

6.  Some folks can’t/won’t let go of Colonel Reb.

7.  This writer believe coaching changes should be made before signing day, not after.

8.  Bob Davie and Lou Holtz have some words of advice for Urban Meyer.

9.  Florida’s Chandler Parsons was the SEC’s Player of the Week.

10.  Can Isaiah Crowell help make Georgia “Tailback U” again?

11.  Joker Phillips has added two former Kentucky players to his staff as student assistants.

12.  Bruce Pearl is ready to return from his 8-game suspension.

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