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SEC Hoops Roundup: Arkansas, Missouri Get NIT Wins

gfx-hoops-round-up2Arkansas 91 – Indiana State 71. Video Highlights

Game-high 28 points from Anthlon Bell.  Five other Razorbacks score double figures.

Arkansas advances to second round of NIT – will face the winner of Wednesday’s Utah Valley State-California game.

Missouri 85 – Davidson 77. 

Shorthanded Tigers get second half rally.  Jabari Brown plays entire 40 minutes – scores 30 points.

“A sparse but engaged crowd of perhaps 2,500.” Tigers will play winner of Southern Miss-Toledo game.

Wednesday SEC Hoops Schedule

NCAA Tournament

Iowa vs Tennessee


Vermont at Georgia

LSU at San Francisco


Wyoming at Texas A&M

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SEC Hoops Roundup: A Florida-Kentucky Final

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 56 – Tennessee 49. Video Highlights

1. Tied at 45, Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon slapped with technical foul, his fifth foul of the game. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin: “Unfortunately for us, some costly technical fouls probably shifted the game.”

2. Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes:  ”They have a great team. So there were some calls I didn’t like, but that’s part of it.”

3. Down by 10 points late in the first half, Florida rallies for its 25th straight win.

4. Jeff Schultz: “Here’s your first NCAA bracket tip: Assume nothing with Florida.”

Kentucky 70 – Georgia 58. Video Highlights

5. Relaxed and revitalized Kentucky outrebounds Georgia 36-21 and shoots 51 percent from the floor.

6. Georgia forward Brandon Morris:  ”We just didn’t play well enough to beat a high-level team like Kentucky.”

7. Kentucky coach John Calipari: “I’m not looking forward to playing Florida again.”

8. Bulldogs expected to go to the NIT.

Today’s Schedule

SEC Conference Championship Game – Kentucky vs Florida – 3:15 ET on ESPN. (Florida favored by 6)

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SEC Hoops Roundup: Conference Tourney Final Four

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 72 – Missouri 49. Video Highlights

1. Tied at 29 at halftime, Florida pulls away with 12-o second-half run.  Gators have now won 24 straight games.

2. Missouri scores only 20 points in the second half.  22-11 Tigers likely bound for NIT.

Tennessee 59 – South Carolina 44. Video Highlights

3. Tennessee gets 22 points and 15 rebounds from Jarnell Stokes – his 19th double-double of the season.

4. Vols get Florida today in a semi-final game.  Coach Cuonzo Martin: “We came to win the tournament.”

5. South Carolina coach Frank Martin on Tennessee: ”I told our assistants last night I think they’re playing better than anyone in our league right now.”

Kentucky 85 – LSU 67. Video Highlights

6. 17 points and 16 rebounds for Julius Randle. James Young led all scorers with 21 points.

7. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant: “They just were the tougher team tonight when it really counted.”

Georgia 75 – Ole Miss 73. Video Highlights

8. Charles Mann led the Bulldogs with 16 points in a game that featured 20 lead changes, 17 ties, 51 total fouls and 73 total free throws.

9. Last time Georgia played Kentucky, Bulldogs were beaten by 25 points in Rupp Arena.

10. Marshall Henderson scores 19 points for Ole Miss , but was just 5 of 21 from the field.  No NIT for the Rebels?

SEC Conference Tournament Saturday Schedule

Tennessee vs Florida

Georgia vs Kentucky

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SEC Hoops Roundup 3/14/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Missouri 91 – Texas A&M 83 (2 OT).Video Highlights

1. Missouri survives and advances in double overtime.  Tigers outrebound the Aggies 48-28 and make 40 of 53 free throws.

2. Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy: “They shot 53 free throws. You’ve got to be kidding me. That’s too many free throws.”

South Carolina 71 – Arkansas 69. Video Highlights

3. South Carolina wins for the second straight day, getting 17 points from Sindarius Thornwell as the Gamecocks pull off the upset.

4. Did Arkansas blow its chance to make the NCAA Tournament?  Razorback senior Coty Clarke: I’m hoping for the NCAAs. But right now, I don’t know.”

LSU 68 – Alabama 56. Video Highlights

5. LSU freshmen trio of Jarell Martin, Jordan Mickey and Tim Quarterman combined for 31 points. 

6. Alabama ends it season at 13-19 – most losses for the Crimson Tide since the 1968-1969 season.

7. What’s the future hold for Alabama coach Anthony Grant?

Ole Miss 78 – Mississippi State 66. Video Highlights

8, Ole Miss rallies from 13-point second-half deficit.  Jarvis Summers and Marshall Henderson each score 21 points to lead the Rebels.

9. Mississippi State goes nearly 10 minutes in second half without a bucket. Bulldogs end the season losing 14 of last 15 games.

SEC Tournament Friday Schedule

Missouri vs  Florida

South Carolina vs Tennessee

LSU vs Kentucky

Ole Miss vs Georgia

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SEC Hoops Roundup: Auburn Fires Coach Tony Barbee

gfx-hoops-round-up2South Carolina 74 – Auburn 56. Video Highlights

1. Tony Barbee coaches his last game for the Tigers.  Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs: “I feel this is best for the program.”

2. Here are nine potential candidates to replace Barbee - including former Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury and former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl.

3. Kevin Scarbinsky: “Pearl seems like a sucker for a challenge like Auburn.”

4. South Carolina wins its first SEC Tournament game since 2008. Gamecocks make 11-of-15 three-point shots.

Mississippi State 82 – Vanderbilt 68.Video Highlights

5. Mississippi State snaps 13-game losing streak.  Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy: “It would be their Super Bowl in that they could … put us out of our misery.”

6. Vanderbilt finishes at 15-16, the program’s first back-to-back losing campaigns since 1984-1986.

Thursday SEC Tournament Schedule

Texas A&M vs Missouri

South Carolina vs Arkansas

Alabama vs LSU

Mississippi State vs Ole Miss

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SEC Hoops Roundup: Florida Hits 18-0; UGA Wraps Up 3-Seed

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 84 – Kentucky 65. Video Highlights

1. Florida is the first SEC team to go 18-0 in the regular season. Billy Donovan: “For me as the coach it’s the greatest regular season I’ve ever been a part of.”

2. Florida said goodbye to a strong senior class. It’s a group that played as close to its potential as possible, Donovan said.

3. Kentucky had a brief run on Saturday when it showed what people thought it would be this year.

4. Kentucky hopes to find its “mojo” when it goes to the SEC tournament in Atlanta.

Ole Miss 65 – Vanderbilt 62. Video Highlights

5. Marshall Henderson after the game: “I want to thank everyone for everything.”

6. Andy Kennedy earned his 170th win as the head coach at Ole Miss.

7. Vanderbilt blew another second-half lead in its loss to Ole Miss.

Auburn 69 – Texas A&M 64. Video Highlights

8. It was a rare road win for Auburn, which only had one other road victory in the SEC before Saturday.

9. Texas A&M guard Alex Caruso: “We’re not winning enough games right now.”

Tennessee 72 – Missouri 45. Video Highlights

10. Is Tennessee an NCAA tournament team? Cuonzo Martin: “Yes, but you’ve got to keep going.”

11. Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson after the game: “They blew us out. There’s not much you could say, really.”

12. “Frustration” was the mood Missouri coach Frank Haith used to describe his team.

South Carolina 74 – Mississippi State 62.

13. South Carolina’s Brenton Williams scored a game-high 27 points to help lead the Gamecocks on the road.

14. Mississippi State coach Rick Ray after the game: “We’re not very good. I mean, it’s just as simple as that.”

Alabama 83 – Arkansas 58.

15. Alabama dominated from the very beginning. “We played hard for 40 minutes,” guard Trevor Releford said.

16. The big win on Senior Day felt like the start of something special for Alabama, writes Kevin Scarbinsky.

17. “Scoring was the issue” for Arkansas, coach Mike Anderson said.

Georgia 69 – LSU 61.

18. Georgia finished the regular season with its most SEC wins since 1990.

19. LSU forward Jarell Martin credited the physical play of Georgia for the Bulldogs’ win.

20. LSU hopes it can turn things around when it goes to the SEC tournament.

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SEC Hoops Roundup 3/6/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Missouri 57 – Texas A&M 56. Video Highlights

1. Earnest Ross gets two steals and scores Missouri’s final seven points in the last 1:06 of the game.

2. Texas A&M is 16-2 at home.  Aggies now just 1-11 away from Reed Arena.

Arkansas 110 – Ole Miss 80. Video Highlights

3. Razorbacks connect on 17 three-point shots.  Arkansas has now won six straight games. 110 most ever for Arkansas at home in conference play.

4. The Arkansas bench outscores Ole Miss bench 71-26.

Tennessee 82 – Auburn 54. Video Highlights

5. First three-game conference winning streak of the season for Tennessee.  In back-to-back games, Vols beat Vandy and Auburn by a combined 66 points.

6. Did Tony Barbee coach his final home game at Auburn? “I’m proud of the guys, the way they’re fighting and looking forward to coaching against Texas A&M.”

Georgia 66 – Mississippi State 45.

7. Georgia just a win away from wrappping up third place in the SEC.  But Bulldogs would lose tiebreaker to both Tennessee and Arkansas and fall to fifth place if they lose and those two win on Saturday.

8. Mississippi State will finish season with no true road game victories.  Bulldogs losing streak now at 12 games.

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SEC Hoops Roundup 3/5/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Florida 72 – South Carolina 46. Video Highlights

1. 37-point night for Michael Frazier II includes 11 3-pointers.  22nd straight win for the Gators – one game away from perfect regular season conference record.

2. South Carolina coach Frank Martin on Frazier’s performance:  ”We never put a hand in his face.  I thought we were late to him every single time.”

Kentucky 55 – Alabama 48. Video Highlights

3. Despite shooting less than 33% from the floor, Kentucky gets the win.  Julius Randle grabs 11 rebounds and scores 12 points - only UK player to reach double digits.

4. Alabama loses its 18th game of the year – most losses since the 1969-70 season. Zero road wins in conference play for the Crimson Tide.

Wednesday SEC Hoops Schedule

Mississippi State at Georgia

Texas A&M at Missouri

Ole Miss at Arkansas

Tennessee at Auburn

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SEC Hoops Roundup: Home Teams Go 7-0 Saturday

gfx-hoops-round-up2Tennessee 76 – Vanderbilt 38. Video Highlights

1. Tournament statement victory for Tennessee? Vols double up Vanderbilt  - largest margin of victory over their in-state rivals in the 185-game history between the two schools.

2. Memphis transfer Antonio Barton hits five three-pointers, scores 21 points.  Coach Cuonzo Martin: “It’s never too late to get better,”

3. Vanderbilt guard Dai-Jon Parker: “It’s embarrassing to the program and to our coaching staff.”

Missouri 85 – Mississippi State 66. Video Highlights

4. Mizzou gets 14 points and seven rebounds from center Keanau Post.  Tigers shoot a season-best 62.3 percent from the floor.

5. Mississippi State connects on season-high 10 three-pointers but its not enough as Bulldogs drop 11th straight.  Coach Rick Ray: “Missouri has the most lethal backcourt combination in this league.”

6. Craig Sword misses game for Mississippi State to attend grandmother’s funeral.

Alabama 73 – Auburn 57.

7. Levi Randolph scores 24 points and grabs nine rebounds to lead Alabama to the victory.

8. Statement game for coach Anthony Grant?

9. Is Auburn coach Tony Barbee worried about job security? ”No. I’m worried about coaching against Tennessee the next game.”

Florida 79 – LSU 61. Video Highlights

10. No. 1 Gators keep rolling - make a season-high 13 three-point shots.   Florida now 16-0 in the SEC and 27-2 overall.

11. LSU guard Anthony Hickey on the Gators: “They be locked in.”

Arkansas 87 – Georgia 75. Video Highlights

12. Forward Coty Clarke scored a career-high 23 points and Michael Qualls added 20 points. Razorbacks win for the seventh time in their last eight games.

13. Georgia hit 13 of their first 16 shots but can’t keep up the pace.  Kenny Gaines led the Bulldogs with 25 points.

Texas A&M 71 – Ole Miss 60. Video Highlights

14. Short-handed Aggies get the win at home.  Guard Fabyon Harris passed out in pre-game shootaround and had to be hospitalized. Guard  Shawn Smith was out for personal reasons.

15. Former Ole Miss Rebel Jamal Jones scores 21 points for Texas A&M. “This game means a lot to me.”

South Carolina 72 – Kentucky 67. Video Highlights

16. South Carolina gets 24 points from Brenton Williams as Gamecocks stun Kentucky.  Fans storm the court after the game.

17. Kentucky’s James Young, Aaron Harrison and Julius Randle make only nine of 35 shots. Coach John Calipari ejected from game.

18. John Clay:  ”In the end, the coach who preaches accountability was nowhere to be found.”

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SEC Hoops Roundup 2/28/2014

gfx-hoops-round-up2Arkansas 71 – Kentucky 67 (overtime). Video Highlights

1. Arkansas now a serious NCAA Tournament contender?  Razorbacks complete season sweep of Kentucky and have now won six of seven games.

2. “I think we might have found our frontrunner for the coveted third SEC bid.”

3. Kentucky led 60-56 with a minute to go in regulation.  Coach John Calipari: “We took two steps back tonight.”

4. Mark Story: “There’s no tangible sign at this point that John Calipari’s 2014 Cats have a magical march through March in them.”

Saturday SEC Hoops Schedule

Vanderbilt at Tennessee

Mississippi State at Missouri

Auburn at Alabama

Georgia at Arkansas

LSU at Florida

Kentucky at South Carolina

Ole Miss at Texas A&M

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