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February 12th, 2017
With all the chaos that has occurred in conference play so far this year, there has been one constant: a 3-way race for the SEC crown. There are three weeks left in conference play to determine who will be regular season champions of the conference. Three teams are tied for the top of the SEC with Florida blowing out Kentucky, Kentucky beating South Carolina, and South Carolina beating Florida. But, these teams do not go the rest of the season without facing off again.
It was a crazy week in the Big 12, and only two teams came out unscathed: the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the TCU Horned Frogs. Everyone else in the conference took at least one loss, including the big three at the top, Baylor, Kansas and West Virginia. Not only did Baylor lose but they were one of two teams to not win a game this week, with Oklahoma being the other. With Kansas dropping their second conference game of the year, the Bears had a chance to jump the Jayhawks in the loss column.
If there is a rivalry that everyone in the SEC looks forward to each year, it is Kentucky-Florida. These two are the only real consistent threats each year to battle for an SEC championship trophy. Granted, Florida did have a down year last year in Mike White’s first go-around, but he has gotten Florida basketball back on track with their No. 24 ranking. Since John Calipari left Memphis to walk the sidelines of Rupp Arena, Florida and Kentucky have combined to make nine combined SEC tournament appearances. Since 1994, the SEC has won six national championship trophies.
This was supposed to be a week for the Big 12 to show that they are one of the best conferences in the nation, facing the weaker SEC in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Unfortunately, the conference only won half of their games in the challenge, taking five with the SEC taking the other five. The top of the conference took care of business as Baylor, Kansas, and West Virginia all took care of their SEC foes.
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