Player of the Week
Mark Sears Guard, Alabama
Sears had a fantastic week, and has been on a roll for the past few weeks. Scoring double digits in five straight and nine of his last ten games. Sears averaged over 19 points per game this week. He stepped up in the Tide’s big win against Arkansas with 26 points on 7-16 shooting. He has been getting to the line and converting his free throws at a high rate, (10-10 vs Arkansas) which has helped him get going during this run. Spears has upped his scoring average consistently each year and is up to 15.6 ppg as a junior.
Alabama Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide are playing great basketball right now. After losing to Gonzaga, they have won five in a row by double digits. Three of these wins were by more than 20 points, so they are not just beating teams, but they are blowing them out. Against Kentucky, Alabama won 78-52. Led by Brandon Miller with 19 points. Mark Sears also scored 16 points. They played sensational team defense, holding the Wildcats to 21-73 (28%) shooting from the field. This game was followed up with another special performance. An 84-69 win on the road at Arkansas. This was another impressive defensive showing, holding the Razorbacks to 2-10 shooting from deep. The Tide are on an impressive streak, and a formidable match up for anyone in their path at this time.
The Volunteers are also on a five-game winning streak currently. Two of their last three victories have been by more than 30 points. They beat Mississippi State 87-53. If this victory wasn’t bad enough, they then beat the breaks off South Carolina 85-42. Their final game of the week was much closer, as they beat Vanderbilt 77-68.
Julius Marble Forward, Texas A&M
The junior from Dallas had a very efficient week. Shooting over 50% from the field in both games. This streak dates back to last week, as it has been four straight games for him. Marble has led the team in scoring twice during this streak, helping lead his team to victory.
LSU- The Tigers have lost three straight games, including both of their games this week by double digits. After getting off to a 12-1 start, they have tripped themselves up to start SEC play. Florida beat them by 11 points and Texas A&M beat them by 13. Their final game last week was a three-point loss to a struggling Kentucky team. Three straight losses to teams that have also found themselves near the bottom of the conference standings early.
DJ Jeffries – Forward, Mississippi State
Jefferies has really struggled shooting the ball recently. In two games this week, he shot 5-22 from the field. This includs shooting 3-11 from deep. He has shot under 40% from the field in seven straight games, and on the season is shooting 33%. It has really been a struggle at times scoring for the senior.
Top Five Shooters
1. Brandon Miller – Forward, Alabama – Miller is currently leading all qualifying shooters in three-point percentage at 44.5%. Miller takes about seven three-point attempts per game which is tied for fifth in the conference. Miller also leads the conference in made threes per game at 3.1. Miller has a season high seven made threes in one game, while hitting at least four seven times through 16 games.
2. Myles Stute – Forward, Vanderbilt – The junior forward has shot the lights out so far this season. He is averaging over 6 attempts per game from deep while only attempting about 8.5 total shots per game. He does almost all of his damage from outside, hitting 44 of his 55 made baskets from outside. Stute is a great spot up shooter who has a green light at all times.
3. D'Moi Hodge – Guard, Missouri – The senior guard has been a volume shooter this season. Averaging around 7.5 attempts from deep per game, he is converting just under 3. So far, he has hit 47 of his 117 shots from deep, which is 40%. For the volume he has shot, this is quite impressive.
4. Santiago Vescovi – Guard, Tennessee – Vescovi is the definition of a volume shooter. Throughout his college career, he has never seen a three he didn’t like. He has been around a 38% shooter from deep for his career. Last season he shot a career high 40% on 7.2 attempts per game. This year he finds himself around 35% on 7.8 attempts per game.
5. Chico Carter Jr.- Guard, South Carolina – While Chico currently isn’t qualified for the conference lead in three-point %, he is currently shooting 50% on over 4.5 attempts per game. He has been consistent for the Gamecocks, as a guy they can trust to let it fly. Look for his role to keep expanding as he has been incredible from deep.