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January 6th, 2017
Typically, the farther you progress through a season, the more you know about each team. Well, in the SEC I feel like I learn less and less each week. Just when you think a team is sinking or another is going to make a potential run to the big dance, they let you down. I started to like Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers and think they could be a potential cinderella story this year and sneak into the tourney, then they get blown out by a 6-loss Vanderbilt team. Not to say they still can’t do it, but you get the point.
We’ve finally reached conference play and the first slate of games did not disappoint. Each team (minus Texas) only played one game this week, and the results gave a little more insight on where the season could be heading for the Big 12. Texas continues to severely disappoint, while teams like Kansas State and TCU continue to prove that they can battle with the rest of the conference, and that their non-conference successes may not be a fluke. Oklahoma State and Jawun Evans proved that they can score with anyone, but their defense will be an issue.
SEC conference play started Thursday with a slate of five games, and we had some interesting outcomes. Nearing the end of non-conference play we started to get a feel of what the alignment of the SEC standings would be come tournament time. I know it was just one day of action, but the results of those games raised a few questions. Apparently homecourt advantage doesn’t matter. In every conference matchup, the road team left victorious. And that includes Tennessee going into College Station to beat the Aggies and Florida beating a 1-loss Arkansas team in Bud Walton Arena.
December 30th, 2016
Player of the Week
Marcus Keene, G, Junior, Central Michigan Chippewas
Jimmer Fredette. Buddy Hield. Carmelo Anthony. Steph Curry. All some of the best college basketball players of the last two decades in many categories. There was one thing that all of them could not accomplish: average 30 points per game by the end of the season.
Non-conference play wrapped up this past holiday weekend, and we’re heading into conference play with a bit of a clearer picture on where the chips could fall by the season’s end. The limited slate of games this past week allows us to give some recognition to players that have stood out in their recent performance, even without an enormous game.
It’s about time to separate the teams who are going to get a shot in March from the teams who are going to be sitting right outside the bubble, only to play in the NIT. The SEC is starting to round out and you can analyze all the stats you want, but the eye test is all that matters right now. And yes, it is still early on, but you can get a sense of who is going to be fighting for seeding in March Madness, and who is going to be sitting on the outside looking in. Non-conference play has given us great matchups such as Kentucky vs.