The updated SEC basketball standings heading into Saturday’s final regular-season games. The conference tournament starts Wednesday in Atlanta. Kentucky has already clinched the No. 2 seed and will play Friday night.
Related link: SEC basketball game-by-game results and leaders in Excel
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Remember the post on Wednesday about Frank Martin being caught on camera cursing out one of his South Carolina players during Tuesday night’s loss to Florida?
The basketball coach of the Gamecocks has been suspended for Saturday’s game with Mississippi State, the school announced this afternoon.
“The one-game suspension is a result of inappropriate verbal communication as it relates to the well-being of our student-athletes,” South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner said in a statement.
It’s the first suspension of the volatile Martin’s career.
College basketball games on television today and tonight:
- 2:30 – Mississippi State vs. Florida (Sports South)
- 6:00 – LSU vs. Alabama women (Sports South)
- 7:00 – Memphis at Cincinnati (ESPN)
- 7:00 – Villanova at Xavier (Fox Sports 1)
- 7:00 – LSU at Vanderbilt (ESPN2)
- 7:00 – Charlotte at Marshall (CBS Sports)
- 7:00 – Penn State at Northwestern (ESPNU)
- 8:00 – George Mason at LaSalle (NBC Sports)
- 8:30 – Ole Miss vs. Auburn women (Sports South)
- 9:00 – Butler at DePaul (Fox Sports 1)
- 9:00 – UCLA at Washington (ESPN2)
- 9:00 – VCU at Richmond (CBS Sports)
- 9:00 – Hawaii at UC-Santa Barbara (ESPNU)
- 9:00 – Iowa at Michigan State (ESPN)
- 11:00 – USC at Washington State (ESPNU)
Sometimes, you wonder if John Calipari believes if he says something enough times, then by sheer force of will he can make it true.
This was Calipari on Tuesday night after his team’s 55-48 win over Alabama:
Look, this is a young team. They got a little rattled. An overtime loss, go to South Carolina, had what happened there. They’re a little rattled, but they’re fine. They’re fine. They’re having a ball.
Reading Fran Frascilla and Jay Bilas in Jerry Tipton’s story about the current state of the Cats, it is clear the two ESPN analysts do not believe that Kentucky’s players are having a ball.
This from Fraschilla:
“I just think they look like a team not having any fun,” Fraschilla said.
This from Bilas:
“I think John spoiled us,” Bilas said. “I don’t think this is an unusual thing to see Kentucky struggle with freshmen trying to blend together.”
You want to be playing your best basketball at the season. Luckily for the much-maligned SEC, two conference members are clearly playing their best basketball at the end of this season.
Arkansas is one. The Razorbacks smashed Ole Miss 110-80 last night in Fayetteville for their sixth straight win and eighth victory in their past nine games. Arkansas had not won six consecutive conference games since 1997-98.
“Freight train, buzz saw, whatever space you’ve got to fill,” said Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy of the Razorbacks.
Anthlon Bell came off the bench to score a career-high 23 points. Arkansas made 17 three-point shots and Bell accounted for 10 of those. The Razorbacks also made 19 of 20 free throws for 95 percent. It is understating the case to say Mike Anderson’s club is playing with supreme confidence.
The CBS Sports Network isn’t available on the rolodex of cable channels at the homestead. That’s a disappointment. I would like to have seen Louisville’s 84-71 win at SMU last night.
Judging from the box score and reports, the Cards did what the Cards do when the Cards are at their best. They forced the host Mustangs into 23 turnovers. They made 13 three-point shots.
Playing with a stomach virus, Russ Smith nailed all six of his second-half three-point attempts. The senior guard scored 22 points in the second stanza, 26 for the game. He missed just two of his 10 second-half field goal attempts.
Meanwhile, SMU’s Nic Moore faced double trouble. The point guard was playing with an injured ankle, then encountered early foul trouble. Without its best ball handler, the Mustangs apparently melted when Louisville turned up the heat.
College basketball games on television tonight, including the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament in Duluth, Georgia.
- 6:00 – Mississippi State vs. Missouri women (FSN)
- 7:00 – Nebraska at Indiana (Big 10)
- 7:00 – Louisville at SMU (CBS Sports)
- 7:00 – Rutgers at Connecticut (ESPNU)
- 7:00 – Mississippi State vs. Georgia (CSS)
- 7:00 – Duke at Wake Forest (ESPN2)
- 8:00 – Tennessee at Auburn (SEC)
- 8:30 – Ole Miss at Arkansas women (FSN)
- 9:00 – West Virginia at Oklahoma (ESPNU)
- 9:00 – Dayton at Saint Louis (CBS Sports)
- 9:00 – Colorado at Stanford (ESPN2)
- 9:00 – Purdue at Wisconsin (Big 10)
- 11:00 – Arizona at Oregon State (Fox Sports 1)
- 11:00 – Utah at California (ESPNU)
- 11:00 – San Diego State at UNLV (CBS Sports)
When it welcomes to Kentucky to the O’Dome on Saturday, Florida will be aiming to be the first SEC basketball team to go 18-0 in the regular season.
Kentucky has finished three SEC regular seasons at 16-0. The Cats accomplished that feat under Rick Pitino in 1996, under Tubby Smith in 2003 and John Calipari in 2012.
In fact, of the 20 teams that have gone through SEC basketball play undefeated — not counting the World War II season of 1943-44 when only six league schools played basketball that year — 14 belonged to Kentucky.
The last SEC team to go undefeated that was not Kentucky was Alabama in 1956. That team was coached by John Dee, who later went on to be the head coach at Notre Dame.
Under Billy Donovan, the best Florida has ever done in the SEC were 13-3 regular seasons in 2006-07 and 2010-11. That 2007 team won the school’s second consecutive national title. Donovan’s 2006 national champion team went 10-6 in the SEC.
Photo of Billy Donovan by AP
Related link: SEC men’s basketball standings