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Ace in the Hole

The SEC Gauntlet has begun. With four teams ranked in the top-20 and solid coaching top to bottom there will be no off-night in this league. Unless your Tennessee because they dismantled Georgia. But Kentucky learned that immediately during their trip to Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide had a losing streak of 21 games to ranked opponents prior to Johnson’s arrival. Avery Johnson is now 12-10 against such opponents during his tenure as Alabama’s head coach. The SEC is trending up and should make for interesting league play. That is if Tennessee doesn’t run away with the title.

Cool Cat

For those of you jumping on the college hoops train with this break for bowl season, there’s a lot to talk about. SEC? Pretty good. Tennessee has been better than expected, and they were a top-five team heading into the preseason. Crazy to think a co-champion of the SEC returning all it’s players from a year ago made them…better. But seriously, Auburn is as good as advertised. Mississippi State is 11-1 and ranked in the AP poll. My pick to win the SEC, Kentucky? Eh.

SEC Conference Wrap Up

SEC Player of the Year

Grant Williams (Tennessee)

Grant WilliamsGrant WilliamsGrant Williams may be on the shorter side for a power forward at just 6’7, but he is a man-child. He averaged 15 points per game, up from 12 during his freshman season. And managed to average 6.3 boards per game.

A Jaunt Through the Park

Last week I discussed whether an elite team would emerge from the SEC, and how it seemed to be the Auburn Tigers. Most people jump on the bandwagon of the trending team, but with two losses and Bruce Pearl’s Tigers looking better and better, it seemed as if they were going to be the one. But, the SEC this year is just too good. Texas A&M is tied for eighth in the SEC and went into Auburn Arena, a place they haven’t lost all year, and knocked off the No. 8 team in the country.

Fort Knox

It may have been a while without analysis of SEC basketball, but I am back, and so is the SEC. Over the course of the past month or so we have learned that the SEC is made up of plenty of solid basketball teams.

Army of One

Let’s address the elephant in the room immediately: Alabama did indeed play with three players for the final 11 minutes of their game against Minnesota following their entire bench getting ejected, Dazon Ingram fouling out, and John Petty getting injured. The Crimson Tide indeed outscored the Golden Gophers from that point on and cut in to their lead to fall just short 89-84, after closing the lead to 3.

School of Hard Knox

College basketball is officially back. Opening weekend never gets people that excited because it consists of big schools paying a bunch of money to smaller schools to blow them out. Unless someone decided to take a risk like Billy Kennedy and the Aggies and open against a top-15 team. But, A&M came out better than most expected and embarrassed West Virginia as if they were a smaller school 88-65 in the Armed Forces Classic in Germany. After eight long months of no collegiate basketball, it finally hits you that it is back the morning of the Champions Classic.

The Fox Says: I'm Back!

Rinse, wash, repeat. Kentucky just won its 30th SEC tournament title and its 3rd consecutive as John Calipari joins Tubby Smith and Rick Pitino to tie them for their 5th overall title in their tenures at UK. But, the commonwealth of Kentucky doesn’t settle for SEC tournament titles. Hence, why they only hang banners for national championships. But, Kentucky is not the only SEC school who has a chance to claim a national title. Florida, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and South Carolina join Kentucky in the big dance.

In This Corner

We have endured 415 games involving SEC basketball, and with each team playing their final game this Saturday, the SEC regular season will come to a close. Throughout the college basketball season, and more importantly throughout conference play we experienced what you come to expect from a college basketball season. From some teams surprising people, to great individual performances, to most importantly: the upsets.

Parting the SEC

It has been an interesting week for Kentucky Wildcat fans. Last weekend they saw their former Cats dominate All-Star weekend as Jamal Murray won the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge, and Anthony Davis received MVP honors at the All-Star game in front of his home fans in New Orleans. Not only did Davis win MVP, break Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star scoring record, and earn a car in the process, he now gets to team up with Demarcus Cousins after Vlade Divac practically gave him up for free.

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