SEC Sweep- NCAA Men’s Basketball

Written by: Bobby Engelhard

Weekly here at Wingspan sports will be reviewing the state of the SEC in Men’s Basketball. League play has just begun and the Men’s college basketball season is about to go into overdrive. Before we know it we will be ready for the conference tournaments and NCAA tournament and by covering a league all season we will have a leg up on helping everyone fill out their brackets.  Last year we picked 2 of the 4 final four teams and the championship game so this year we hope to improve on that. So let go over the state of affairs so far.

League Standings

  1. Florida    2-0
  2. Auburn   1-0
  3. Miss St     1-0
  4. Kentucky 1-0
  5. Ole Miss   1-0
  6. Arkansas  1-1
  7. Alabama   1-1
  8. Vanderbilt 1-1
  9. Missouri     0-0
  10. LSU              0-0
  11. Georgia       0-1
  12. South Carolina 0-1
  13. Texas A&M        0-2
  14. Tennessee          0-2

Going into this week the SEC had 4 teams inside the nation’s top 25 with Texas A&M 11th, Kentucky 17th, Arkansas 22nd, and Tennessee 23rd.  Overall right now this league has had a ton of success early on with only one team Vanderbilt under 500 at 6-8.  Every other team has a winning record overall with Auburn and Mississippi St leading the way at 13-1 each.  This is a conference that is fun to watch due to the offensive firepower some of these teams boast.  This conference has 6 teams averaging over 80 point per game and is led by Arkansas at 89.3 points per game which is good for 8th in the nation and Auburn at 87.3 point per game good for 14th in the nation.

The other fun thing about this league is for NBA fans this league post a ton of top flight NBA talent. Before his injury Michael Porter Jr out of Missouri was the consensus number one overall pick.  It would have been fun to see him compete in this league but he is out for the season with a back injury.  He is still considered a top 5 pick however. After Porter this league has 8 legit NBA prospects with the best being Collin Sexton PG Alabama, Kevin Knox SF/PF Kentucky, and Robert Williams PF/C Texas A&M.  Those players are all expected to go in the lottery in next years draft.  The next three players are Jarred Vanderbilt SF Kentucky, Hamidou Diallo SG Kentucky, and Austin Whiley C Auburn.  These players are all expect to go in the first round of next years draft.  Other players that will surely get drafted next year from the SEC are Jalen Hudson SG Florida and Yante Maten PF Georgia.  This league also has one of my NBA sleeper picks in DJ Hogg from Texas A&M.  I love this kids game as a 6-9 Junior who averaging 14.6 PPG 6.8 Rebs 2.6 Asst 1.2 Stls 1 Blk on 50% shooting from 3.  Currently he is not on draft boards but in todays NBA I expect to see him rise up by seasons end due to his versatility.

So far Florida has looked very strong with a big win over Texas A&M on the road in blowout fashion.  Coming into this week Texas A&M was ranked 11th in the nation and has a ton of talent with Hogg, Williams, and Davis.  To say the least Florida put themselves on the map with this type of win and are currently 3-1 vs AP top 25 teams and most likely will be ranked in the next polls.  Auburn who is off to a blazing start and has won 11 games in a row with the last game being a 94-84 win over 23rd ranked Tennessee on the road was also a statement game early in the season.  Miss St who is also off to a blazing starts had a nice SEC League debut beating a talented 22nd ranked Arkansas team at home.  Alabama looked great in a 79-75 win over Texas A&M at home and speaking off the Aggies after being ranked as high as 5th in the nation have opened league play 0-2.  The Aggies and Tennessee have both opened 0-2 after starting the season ranked so they will look to rebound.

Games to watch this week

1/3/18

Kentucky @ LSU  8:30pm

1/6/18

Alabama @ Georgia 12pm

Florida @ Missouri 1pm

LSU @ Texas A&M 2:15

Arkansas @ Auburn 6 pm

Kentucky @ Tennessee 9 pm

League Leaders Stats

Points

  1. Collin Sexton AL 20.4
  2. Yante Maten GA 19.9
  3. Jaylen Barford ARK 18.7

Rebounds

  1. Yante Maten GA 9.5
  2. Chris Silva SC 8.4
  3. Tyler Davis A&M 8.1

Assists

  1. Tremont Waters LSU 6.4
  2. Chris Chiozza FL 5.8
  3. Jared Harper
  4. AU 5.4

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