An SEC team-by-team freeze frame

Let's look at how the SEC is shaping up:

Florida (8-0): The Gators have won 10 straight games, all by double figures. Ole Miss did score 64 points on Billy Donovan's defensive-minded team Saturday, a small triumph. That's the most a team has scored on Florida since the Gators lost 67-61 to Kansas State in Kansas City on December 22. Florida hasn't lost since. It hasn't come close to losing since.

Kentucky (6-2): The Cats have won five of their last six and four of their five SEC road games. They just finished a stretch of four road games in two weeks. John Calipari's club won three of the four, with the lone loss coming at Alabama. And after blocking a record 12 shots at Ole Miss, Nerlens Noel grabbed 14 rebounds at Texas A&M. He's into collectables.

Alabama (6-2): The Crimson Tide has won six of its last seven since losing to Missouri in its SEC opener. The one loss during that stretch came by just one point at Tennessee. Then again, Bama's last four wins have been by a total of 12 points. No wonder Antony Grant never looks happy. With all those close games, he must be chewing ant-acids like candy.

Ole Miss (6-2): It was a tough week for Andy Kennedy, losing at home to Kentucky, at Florida and his best frontcourt reserve in Aaron Jones (ACL). After a poor shooting performance against Kentucky, Marshall Henderson did knock down shots in the O'Dome even if the Rebels couldn't knock off the Gators. Henderson scored 25 in a losing cause.

Missouri (5-3): The Tigers got Lawrence Bowers back for their 14-point win over Auburn on Saturday. That game was at Columbia, where Frank Haith's team is 5-0 in league play. Missouri is 0-3 on the SEC road. Missouri has won three of its last four games, however.

Georgia (4-4): What's gotten into Mark Fox's team? The Bulldogs have won three straight and four of their last five, with two of those being road games. Georgia won at Texas A&M 59-52 and at South Carolina 67-56. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has scored 77 points and grabbed 33 rebounds over his last four games.

Arkansas (4-4): The Razorbacks are 0-4 on the scary road and 4-0 at the friendly confines of Bud Walton Arena. Mike Anderson's club has won its last two home games by a combined 39 points. That's the silver lining for Tuesday when unbeaten Florida makes a trip to Fayetteville.

LSU (3-5): The Tigers have won three of their last four, those three wins are by a combined eight points. Johnny O'Bryant III is a beast on the boards. He has double-digit rebounds in each of his last five games.

Texas A&M (3-5): The Aggies have lost five of six since shocking Kentucky at Rupp on January 12. And Billy Kennedy's team has lost three straight at home, even though it did rally to force overtime with Kentucky on Saturday.

Tennessee (3-5): You can't blame Jarnell Stokes for UT's troubles. The sophomore has grabbed 39 rebounds in his last three games. But Cuonzo Martin's team can't win away from Knoxville. The Vols are 0-4 on the road, 3-1 at home in league play.

Auburn (2-6): The Tigers have lost six straight after winning their first two conference games. Frankie Sullivan has scored 20-or-more points just once in eight league games. That was when Sullivan scored 26 in Auburn's double-overtime loss at Arkansas.

Mississippi State (2-6): Like Auburn, State started 2-0. Like Auburn, State has lost six straight since. The last two have been heartbreakers. The Bulldogs blew a 31-17 second-half lead and lost to Texas A&M on Wednesday. They lost another lead late on Saturday and fell to LSU 69-68.

South Carolina (2-6): Frank Martin's first Carolina team has not exactly protected its home court. The Gamecocks are 1-3 in the Colonial Life Arena after Saturday's loss to visiting Georgia. Michael Carrera has been a bright spot, scoring 29 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in his last two games.

Vanderbilt (2-6): The Commodores have lost three straight and scoring points has been a problem The Commodores have failed to score 60 points in four of their last five games. You can bet that when Kevin Stallings' head hits the pillow at night, he's dreaming of finding another John Jenkins.

 

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