Eli Carter cleared to practice at Florida

Florida basketball got some good news Tuesday as guard Eli Carter was cleared to start practicing full-time, reports Chris Harry of Gatorzone.

A transfer from Rutgers, Carter played in seven games last season but was still bothered by the effects of a broken right leg he suffered while playing at Rutgers. Carter averaged 14.3 points over two seasons before transferring to Gainesville.

Carter should help a Gators backcourt that includes junior Michael Frazier and sophomore Kasey Hill.

Florida was ranked No. 7 in the USA Today coaches’ pre-season poll. Kentucky plays at the Gators on February 7, with Florida coming to Rupp Arena to finish the regular season on March 7.

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BBL: Kentucky trying to leave Baton Rouge behind


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Videos: SEC Women’s Basketball Media Days

Jerry Tipton is in Charlotte covering the SEC Basketball Media Days. The women got things started Tuesday and Jerry filed these videos.

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SEC: Jamal Adams gaining attention at LSU

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Dan Mullen: Kentucky game will be ‘very challenging’


Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen met with the media Monday to preview the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs’ game Saturday at Kentucky. Here’s the transcript:

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Kentucky football’s history versus No. 1 teams


With No. 1-ranked Mississippi State coming to Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night, here’s a look at Kentucky’s history against top-ranked teams.

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Big Blue Links: Here comes Mississippi State


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How Kentucky and Mississippi State rank in the SEC

Here’s a look at how each SEC team ranks in various statistical categories, with Kentucky and Mississippi State highlighted.

And yes, despite being No. 1 in the nation, Mississippi State is last in the SEC in total defense. The Bulldogs are 88th nationally in total defense.


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Video: Mark Stoops says “we were too cute”

At his press conference today, UK coach Mark Stoops was asked about the opening kickoff Saturday at LSU.

Kentucky tried a short kick that LSU’s Terrence Magree returned 58 yards. In hindsight, Stoops said that was something the Cats shouldn’t have tried.

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Running some SEC football numbers


Running some numbers on last Saturday’s football games in the SEC:

* Missouri’s 119 total yards fewest by an SEC team this year, replacing Vanderbilt’s 137 yards versus Kentucky.

* Missouri’s 20 yards passing was 40 yards less than Vanderbilt threw for in a 41-3 loss to Ole Miss back on September 6. That was the league’s previous passing low until Missouri on Saturday.

* Missouri averaged 1.11 yards per pass attempt.

* Florida’s six turnovers were not the most by an SEC team this year. Vanderbilt turned it over seven times in its opening-night loss to Temple.

* Florida has turned the football over 15 times in its last four games.

* Missouri had gone three straight games without creating a turnover until Florida’s six.

* Florida gained just 283 yards on Missouri, the third time in six games this year it has failed to gain 300 yards.

* The 283 total yards was a season-best for the Missouri defense, replacing the previous best of 338 at by South Carolina.

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* Alabama did not have a turnover or a penalty in its 59-0 win over visiting Texas A&M.

* Alabama is the first SEC team to not have a penalty enforced this season.

* Alabama held Texas A&M to just 31 rushing yards, the sixth time in seven games the Crimson Tide has held its opponent under 100 yards rushing.

* Texas A&M gained just 172 yards on Alabama, by far a season-low for the Aggies. A&M’s previous low was 455 yards against Ole Miss.

* Texas A&M’s defense gave up 602 total yards to the Tide, the third time an SEC defense has given up over 600 yards this season. Florida gave up 645 yards to Alabama. South Carolina gave up 680 yards to Texas A&M.

* Tennessee gained zero net yards rushing in 28 carries in the Vols’ loss to Ole Miss.

* The zero yards replaced the previous rushing low for an SEC team in 2014, which was also held by Tennessee. The Vols rushed for 29 yards on 29 carries against Florida. (Remember that in college football, sacks count as rushing yardage.)

* Ole Miss held Tennessee to 191 total yards, the third time in seven games the Rebels have held the opponent under 200 yards total offense.

* Georgia has rushed for at least 200 yards in all seven of its games this year. The Bulldogs have averaged at least five yards per rush in six of the seven games. Missouri was lone except. Mizzou held Georgia to 3.62 yards per rush, but still lost 34-0.

* Arkansas had rushed for at least 153 yards against its first five opponents, and rushed for 200-or-more against four of the five. The last two weeks, the Razorbacks have rushed for 89 against Alabama and 126 against Georgia.

* Kentucky did not turn the ball over at LSU and still lost. SEC teams that have not turned the ball over are 16-4 this season.

* LSU’s 303 yards rushing against UK was the 11th game this year in which an SEC team rushed for at least 300 yards. LSU has done it three times.

* LSU’s 303 rushing yards was the most in an SEC game this season and just the third time an SEC team has rushed for 300-plus yards in a conference game. Auburn rushed for 302 on Arkansas. Mississippi State rushed for 302 on LSU.

* LSU ran the football 51 times, the fifth time in seven games the Tigers have run the football at least 50 times. No other SEC team has done that more than twice. Georgia ran it 53 times against Tennessee and 58 times against Missouri. Kentucky ran it 52 times against Ohio and 50 times against Vanderbilt. Mississippi State ran it 57 times against UAB and 50 times against Texas A&M.

* Though South Carolina beat Furman by 31 points, the Gamecocks allowed 211 yards rushing and an average of 5.41 yards per rushing attempt.

* Over its last two games (UK and Furman), South Carolina has allowed 450 rushing yards on 75 carries, an average of exactly six yards per carry.

Photo of Missouri’s Marcus Murphy scoring a touchdown against Florida by John Reaux/AP


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