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David Climer of the Tennessean writes that SEC basketball is stuck in a slump. “In three weeks, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee will remind us just how bad things have gotten. On the high holy day of hoops, Selection Sunday, no more than four and perhaps as few as two SEC teams will make it into the 68-team bracket. That will make it five times in the past six years the SEC hasn’t sent at least five representatives to the NCAAs. Contrast that with the period from 1997-2008, when the SEC averaged 5.7 NCAA bids per season. And that was with a 12-member conference.
Tennesse’s Lady Vols get revenge instead of an SEC title, handing conference champ South Carolina just its second loss in conference play. The SEC Tournament starts this week in Duluth, Georgia, outside Atlanta.
The Tennessee men can’t let history repeat itself in the final week of the regular season. The Vols are fresh off a total thumping of poor Vanderbilt 76-38 on Saturday.
Ole Miss women’s basketball team snapped a nine-game losing streak with an overtime win over Auburn. Former UK assistant Matt Insell’s team is 11-19 overall and 2-14 in the SEC. It’s Insell’s first year in Oxford.
Texas A&M women beat Florida in Gainesville.
Big weekend for South Carolina with basketball win over Kentucky and a baseball sweep of arch-rival Clemson.
It is an unsatisfied Arkansas that has won five straight basketball games. The Razorbacks followed the win at Kentucky on Thursday with an impressive victory over Georgia on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
LSU basketball’s road woes have a simple solution, says Matthew Harris of The Advocate. The Tigers need to finish games.
Meanwhile, the slumping LSU women’s basketball team has lost six straight games. Alabama beat the Lady Tigers 78-60 on Sunday.
Mississippi State baseball is off to a fast start as the Bulldogs swept Eastern Illinois over thee weekend.
Lane Kiffin’s former players believe the former Tennessee and Southern Cal coach will be a success as the new offensive coordinator at Alabama.
Tennessee football is starting the process of replacing its entire offensive line.
Gus Malzahn and Bobby Bowden agree on the proposed slow-down rule for college football. You can guess which way they lean.
SEC men’s basketball games this week
- Tuesday – Florida at South Carolina 7:00 PM ESPNU
- Tuesday- Alabama at Kentucky 9:00 PM ESPN
- Wednesday – Mississippi St. at Georgia 7:00 PM CSS
- Wednesday – Texas A&M at Missouri 8:00 PM
- Wednesday – Ole Miss at Arkansas 8:00 PM
- Wednesday – Tennessee at Auburn 8:00 PM SEC TV
- Thursday – LSU at Vanderbilt 7:00 PM ESPN2
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- UK basketball recruiting news and links at Next Cats
- John Clay: Cats’ offense needs a quick fix