SEC Sweep- NCAA Men’s Basketball

SEC Sweep- NCAA Men’s Basketball

Written by: Bobby Engelhard

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Another week in the books for the SEC and some very good games this past week.  Lets go over where things are and where things could be heading in the SEC.

League Standings

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

Going into last week the SEC had 4 teams inside the nation’s top 25 with Texas A&M 11th, Kentucky 17th, Arkansas 22nd, and Tennessee 23rd.  After this week of action the top 25 has been shaken up overall and the SEC teams have moved around a bit.  Texas A&M who was ranked as high as fifth this season has dropped completely out of the Top 25 after dropping to 0-3 in conference play.  Arkansas who was ranked 22nd has also been knocked out of the top 25.  Kentucky dropped from 17th to 21st this week and Tennessee dropped 1 spot to #24 overall.  1 team that is  happy this Monday morning is Auburn who has cracked the top 25 at #22 overall this week after starting the season 14-1 and 2-0 in league play. Florida did not crack the top 25  but are on the rise after receiving  85 votes which means they are 1 more solid week away from being a top 25 team once again.  Other teams who received some votes from the SEC this week is Texas A&M with 62, Georgia with 1, and Arkansas with 1.

Last week we introduced  for the NBA fans the top NBA prospects in this league.  That list included Micheal Porter Jr. Missouri, Collin Sexton PG Alabama, Kevin Knox SF/PF Kentucky, and Robert Williams PF/C Texas A&M. Jarred Vanderbilt SF Kentucky, Hamidou Diallo SG Kentucky, Austin Whiley C Auburn. Jalen Hudson SG Florida and Yante Maten Georgia.  Another player that can be added to that top group of prospects is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG Kentucky.  Last week I mentioned DJ Hogg as a guy to watch on draft boards and this week I would like to add another 3 players as players who are not on big boards yet but should be.  Those players are Egor Koulechov SG Florida, Jordan Barnett F Missouri, and Jontay Porter F/C Missouri.  Florida is off to a hot start in SEC and a big reason is Egor Koulechov strong play.  He is a 6’5 shooting guard with a strong body and does not wow you in any area but has a very high basketball IQ and can really shoot it.  I think he would fit in nicely on a NBA bench.  Jordan Barnett really impressed me vs Florida Saturday scoring 28 points and grabbing 9 rebounds.  He has a NBA ready body and has a good shooting stroke.  Watching him out there he reminded me of a poor mans Paul George. Guys with Barnett’s skill set are increasing popular in the NBA now a days with 3 point shooting and smaller lineups.  So at 6’7 and a strong body he could defiantly carve out a nice role for himself at the next level.  The third guy is Micheal Porter Jr’s brother Jontay Porter.  Jontay Porter is very intriguing to me because for a very large man he already has shown a good ability to pass and play on the perimeter.  He is a guy who can have the offense run through him and as the season goes along I could see him getting into the first round if he proves he can knock down the outside shot with consistency.  He is large at 6’11 240 and a big frame but is definalty a guy who can turn some of that baby fat into muscle and really be a force down in the post.  We will continue to watch and add guys or take off guys as the season unfolds.

Speaking of the Florida and Missouri guys that was a tremendous game Saturday between the 2 teams where Florida came back to win on the road with a last second steal and lay up at the buzzer.  Missouri really has some promise with Porter and Barnett and its a shame Micheal Porter Jr can not play because this team would be extremely dangerous.  As is they look like a tournament team to me. Florida off to a 3-0 start in the SEC and really had to grind out this win vs a tough Missouri team on the road.  This Florida team is not loaded with top flight talent but has good size and toughness up front and guards who are winning players in Hudson, Chiozza, and Koulechov.  Texas A&M lost again and this time in buzzer beater fashion as Tremont Waters hit a wild three at the end of regulation to give LSU the one point win on the road.  The only thing that I will say for Texas A&M is Robert Williams did not play but they better figure things out quickly or they could find themselves at the outside looking in come tournament time.  Yante Maten Led Georgia with 26 points and 11 rebounds to defeat Alabama easily.  Alabama has all the talent in the world but has not come close to putting it all together yet.  Auburn continued their blazing start with a 11 point win over previously ranked Arkansas to get themselves ranked this week inside the top 25.  The other big story line was Tennessee getting their first win in conference play vs Kentucky.  This game I simply think is the case of one team needing a win much more than the other team.  Tennessee outworked Kentucky in this one and Kentucky’s physical talent could not overcome that on the road.

Games to watch this week

1/9/18
Texas A&M @ Kentucky   7:00pm

South Carolina @ Alabama 7:00pm

Ole Miss @ Auburn 9:00pm

1/10/18

Miss st @ Florida 7:00pm

Georgia @ Missouri 9:00 pm

LSU @ Arkansas 9:00 pm

1/13/18

Auburn @ Miss St 3:30 pm

Texas A&M @ Tennessee 6:00 pm

Missouri @ Arkansas 6:00pm

League Leaders Stats

Points
Collin Sexton AL 20.6
Yante Maten GA 20.0
Jaylen Barford ARK 18.9

Rebounds
Yante Maten GA 9.4
Tyler Davis A&M 8.4
Chris Silva SC 8.1

Assists
Tremont Waters LSU 6.0
Chris Chiozza FL 5.8
Jared Harper AU 5.5

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