Player of the Week
John Petty Jr. (Alabama) — The 6-foot-5, 184-pound senior guard posted an average of 15 points and six rebounds in matchups against Mississippi and Tennessee. He recorded a 61.1% shooting performance, nailing 11-of-18 shots from the field, including 63.6% (7-of-11) from 3-point land. Petty (pictured) pumped in a game-high 17 points on just six shots from the field going 4-of-4 from 3-point land against the Volunteers.
Colin Castleton (Florida) — The towering 6-foot-11, 231-pound junior averaged 22 points and 5.5 rebounds in back-to-back victories at Vanderbilt and against LSU. Castleton shot 78.3% from field goal range on the week, adding a stellar 84.6% spectacle on the road at Vandy.
Dontaie Allen (Kentucky) —, The 6-foot-6, 198-pound freshman guard controlled the Wildcats scoring pace marking 23 points and five rebounds in a win at Mississippi State. In his 32 minutes of floor time, he connected on 8-of-13 shots and drilled 7-of-11 threes. Prior to this matchup, Allen had only tallied a total of 20 career minutes on the floor.
Auburn — The Tigers were incredibly hot going into their matchup against Arkansas… Against them, they managed a 12-11 lead for 19 seconds early in the game and the score margin fluctuated to as much as a 10-point deficit in favor of the Razorbacks. With 7:30 to go, the Tigers tied the game at 74-all, but a momentum shifting dunk sparked a 10-0 run for Arkansas that they never looked back on. Auburn then dropped another critical conference matchup against Texas A&M where they lost by two points in an absolute battle.
Vanderbilt — After dropping back-to-back conference games, the Commodores have fallen to 4-4 overall. In their last matchup against Kentucky, they put up 10 more shots, but only connected on four of them, they also committed nine turnovers to the Wildcats mere two turnovers. Although it came down to a last second block turning into a score at the other end, Vandy was just barely out-witted and out-played in this one.
Top 5 Free-throw Shooters (by %):
Cameron Thomas (LSU) — Thomas is 1-of-2 SEC players with a FT percentage 90 and above (90.4%). On 52 attempts, he’s connected on 47 of them only missing a few shots from the stripe. He is also averaging 24.6 PPG this season as well.
Tyree Appleby (Florida) — Shooting 90% from the line, Appleby has made 18 of his 20 attempts. He has not gotten to the line as often as he’s wanted, but when he does, he finds lots of success.
Dru Smith (Missouri) —Averaging 11.3 PPG, Smith has landed 23 of his 26 attempts from the charity stripe. This placed his shooting percentage at 88.5% thus far.
Devontae Shuler (Ole Miss) —Shuler has made 21 of his 25 attempts, marking an 84% shooting performance from the free-throw line this season. He’s also averaging 14.6 PPG.
Mark Smith (Missouri) — Another Missouri Tiger named Smith has landed 28 of his 34 attempts this season, shooting 82.4% from the free-throw line. He is averaging 11.9 PPG as well.