SEC Sweep- NCAA Men’s Basketball

Written by: Bobby Engelhard

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Another week of league play has come and gone and a few teams made a statement and a few teams had some bad losses, Lets get right into it.

League Standings

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

Last week the SEC had 3 team ranked inside the nation’s top 25.  They were Auburn at #17, Kentucky at #18, and Tennessee at #22.  This week Auburn dropped to #19 overall while Kentucky, after 2 losses, dropped completely out of the top 25.  Tennessee held fort at #22 overall and Florida jumps into the top 25 at #20 overall which is much deserved.

I have seen enough of most of the NBA prospects in the SEC to rank them at this point in the season. This will be a feature every week as players move up and down on my SEC Prospect Big Board.  Guys who are injured or have not played will not be ranked until they play but will be listed.

  1. Collin Sexton PG Alabam
  2. Kevin Knox SF Kentucky
  3. Shai Gilgeous Alexander PG Kentucky
  4. Hamidou Diallo SG Kentucky
  5. Robert Williams PF/C Texas A&M
  6. Jarred Vanderbilt SF Kentucky
  7. Nic Richards C Kentucky
  8. Yante Maten F Georgia
  9. Jalen Hudson SG Florida
  10. Jordan Barnett SF Missouri
  11. Egor Koulechov SG Florida
  12. Jontay Porter PF Missouri
  13. D.J Hogg SF Texas A&M
  14. Bryce Brown SG Auburn

Just Missed

  1. Tremont Waters PG LSU
  2. Jared Harper PG Auburn
  3. Keith Stone PF Florida
  4. Chris Silva PF South Carolina

Inactive list

  1. Michael Porter Jr F Missouri
  2. Austin Whiley C Auburn

Kentucky had a very bad week and it started by blowing a big lead to South Carolina Tuesday.  Kentucky was looking great but once again let a team get back into the game and stay close, and it cost them this time.  Chris Silva for South Carolina put in work against an athletic front court of Kentucky, scoring 27 points to go with 8 rebounds.  Kentucky then went on to lose by 2 points to Florida on Saturday. Another close game for the Wildcats, and close games have been a problem for this squad. Kentucky, once again, has huge talent, but they need to do a better job of building leads and not taking their foot off the pedal in these games. The South Carolina game should have got ugly but Kentucky let up and it cost them.  The talent is there but the killer instinct has not shown up yet. When you are more talented, you cannot let teams stick around and gain confidence, so this is something they need to get better at.

Florida had a great bounce back week after a disappointing loss to Ole Miss last week.  They beat Arkansas by 15 and then went on to defeat Kentucky.  This Florida team, like I have mentioned, is not spectacular in any area but plays well together and has winning players. It is also a good sign that coming off a loss playing two talented opponents, they came out strong and got the job done.

Another team that has come out strong lately is Alabama. Without star guard Collin Sexton they defeated red-hot Auburn and Miss St. Do not look now but Alabama has won 4 straight games and is really putting together some quality resume wins.

Auburn stumbled against Alabama but rebounded nicely to defeat Georgia by 14 on Saturday.  This Auburn team is not a fluke and will be a high seed come tournament time.

Texas A&M has shown signs of life with 2 straight wins over Ole Miss and Missouri. This team desperately needed to get a few wins strung together and this could be what they needed to get back going. Texas A&M is loaded with talent so it is not going take much for them to start reeling off wins.

Missouri had a great win to start the week vs Tennessee and then got knocked off by Texas A&M Saturday.  Missouri is a very good team so no shame in Tennessee losing to them. The Texas A&M game was just a bad matchup for Missouri and they are still on pace to be a tournament team come March.

LSU, who was really building a nice resume, took a step back this week.  They lost to Georgia by 1 and then lost to Vanderbilt on Saturday. That makes 3 straight conference losses for LSU and they enter a brutal part of their schedule with Texas A&M, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida as the next 5 games. This stretch will determine LSU’s season and I do not think it looks good for them.

Games to Watch

1/23/18

Arkansas @ Georgia 6:30 Pm

Miss St @ Kentucky 9 pm

Texas A&M @ LSU 9 pm

1/24/18

South Carolina @ Florida 7PM

Auburn @ Missouri 9 pm

1/27/18

Saturday is the Big 12/SEC challenge. There are many great games and I would recommend tuning in to as many as possible. This will be a litmus test for the SEC as the Big 12 is a loaded conference as every team has a winning record. They are led by #5 Kansas, #7 West Virginia, # 12 Oklahoma, and #14 Texas Tech. We will definitely see where the SEC stands nationally after these games so it should be fun to watch.

League Leaders

Points

  1. Yante Maten 19.6
  2. Collin Sexton 19.3
  3. Jaylen Barford 19.2

Rebounds

  1. Yante Maten 9.1
  2. Tyler Davis 8.6
  3. Chris Silva 7.8

Assists

  1. Chris Chiozza 6.1
  2. Tremont Waters 5.9
  3. Jared Harper 5.2

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