SEC Sweep- NCAA Men’s Basketball

Written by: Bobby Engelhard

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Another great week of games as this league has shown to be extremely deep.  If you don’t bring your A-game in this league you can lose any night, home or away.

League Standings

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

Last week the SEC had 3 teams inside the top 25 with Auburn #22, Kentucky #21, and Tennessee #24.  Florida was close to cracking the top 25 again but with their loss this week to Ole Miss they did not make the cut but did receive one vote.  Auburn who continues to win at 16-1 on the season moved up 5 spots to #17 overall.  Kentucky held on to win against Vanderbilt and they moved up 3 spots to #18 overall.  Tennessee also moved up 2 spots to #22 overall after a solid week capped by beating Texas A&M Saturday.

My list of NBA Prospects remain the same after this week with no one really jumping on or off the list for me.  The list so far 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, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG Kentucky, Egor Koulechov SG Florida, Jordan Barnett F Missouri, and Jontay Porter F/C Missouri, D.J Hogg Texas A&M.  A few guys that I am not ready to put on this list yet and I need to see more from is Jared Harper PG Auburn, Bryce Brown SG Auburn, and Keith Stone PF Florida.  Each of these guys have problems with their games but are defiantly worth keeping an eye on.  Keith Stone is a bit of a tweener at 6’8 but his ability to knock down 3’s, rebound and block some shots is exactly what the NBA wants from their big guys now a days. He has really come on in league play with averages of 14 ppg 6.6 rebs 1.8 3’s and 1 Blk.  I need to see more of this from him as the season goes on to get him on the list.  Jared Harper is running the show at point for 16-1 Auburn so he has popped up on my radar along with his back court mate Bryce Brown.  Harper is lighting quick and does a great job pushing the pace for Auburn which is a NBA quality.  Harper to get on to my list must shoot the ball better.  At 5’10 he is also undersized so his only chance is to become a reliable outside shooter to go with his blazing speed.  Speaking of reliable outside shooting Bryce Brown is a deadly 3 point shooter so he deserves to get a look here.  Brown is averaging 16 PPG with 3.2 threes per game.  He is only 6’3 and does not do much besides shoot the rock but with the emphasis on the 3 point line in the NBA he is worth watching.

Kentucky started this week playing a great back and forth game with Texas A&M at home and was able to hang on to win 74-73.  Kentucky also played a pretty close game with Vanderbilt Saturday but was able to pull away in that one as well.  I feel this is good for the young Kentucky team as they gel to be able to close games that are hard-fought.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is playing at a lottery pick level  already and Diallo and Knox are no slouches either.  This team is winning while learning and come tournament time I would not want to see them.  On the other hand Texas A&M is running dangerously close to having a complete disaster of a season.  Losing to LSU and Kentucky by 1 point each and then getting beat by Tennessee by 13 has this team at 0-5 in conference play.  The talent is there but the execution is not and it would be a shame if this team could not figure it out and actually miss the tournament which as every loss mounts seems like more and more of a possibility. Missouri could have had a huge week but will settle on beating Georgia and blowing a late lead to Arkansas.  Missouri is a team that has tournament written all over it.  Florida started the week with a good win over then 13-3 Miss St but faltered Saturday against Ole Miss in a loss.  Florida is a solid not spectacular team and will be vulnerable to losses in league play due to their low margin of error because of the lack of explosive talent.  I believe they would have been ranked this week if not for the Ole Miss loss so look for them to came out strong this week.  Alabama is coming on strong with 2 wins this week over a good South Carolina and LSU team.  Alabama is a real sleeper team come tournament time if they put the resume together because of the outstanding play of PG Collin Sexton.  He is a player that can put a team on his back come tournament time similar to what Kemba Walker did for UCCON years ago.  Speaking of LSU this is a dangerous team led by Tremont Waters another great Point guard and have quietly put together a strong season so far.  Auburn is the story though in the SEC and maybe College basketball.  Bruce Pearl has led his team to a 16-1 record and 4-0 in league play.  They handled Ole Miss which was actually a pretty close game throughout but Auburn’s talent was too much for Ole Miss.  They also handled Miss ST as Bryce Brown got hot from 3 and finished the game with 23 points with 5 triples.

Games to Watch

1/16/18

Georgia @ LSU 7 pm

Kentucky @ South Carolina 9 pm

1/17/18

Auburn @ Alabama 7 pm

Arkansas @ Florida 7 pm

Tennessee @ Missouri 9 pm

1/20/18

Missouri @ Texas A&M 4 pm

Georgia @ Auburn 6 pm

Florida @ Kentucky 8:15 pm

Miss St @ Alabama 8:30 pm

League Leaders

PPG

  1. Yante Maten 19.6
  2. Collin Sexton 19.3
  3. Jaylen Barford 18.4

Rebounds

  1. Yante Maten 8.9
  2. Tyler Davis 8.1
  3. Chris Silva 7.9

Assists

  1. Tremont Waters 6.1
  2. Chris Chiozza 5.8
  3. Jared Harper 5.4

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