Mississippi State manager Ben Howland sounded a informed note about SEC basketball after his Bulldogs edged Alabama 67-63 during home Tuesday night.
“This joining is going to do well, collectively, in a NCAA Tournament,” Howland said. “I have no doubts about that. Our joining is going to be unequivocally good. This thing is a gauntlet. There is zero else, tip to bottom, one by 14, like this in a country. It’s brutal. You improved move your best each day or we have no shot.”
Mississippi State (16-8, 6-5 in a SEC) played a soothing non-conference schedule, so it needs to build a Ratings Percentage Index in joining play. The Bulldogs are doing usually that. They move a four-game winning strain into Saturday’s diversion during Mizzou (16-8, 6-5).
Tennessee (18-5, 8-3) is a hottest group in a joining with 6 uninterrupted victories and 9 in their final 10 games, including dual over Kentucky (17-7, 6-5). The Vols have fortified their box for a good NCAA seed while a Wildcats have many work to do on that front.
Like Missouri, Texas AM (16-8, 5-6) is entrance on. After clobbering Arkansas and South Carolina during home, a Aggies scored a huge 81-80 feat during Auburn.
Like Missouri, a Aggies built a clever RPI with non-conference success. They rolled to a 10-1 start and got as high as No. 5 in a polls.
So, like Mizzou, AM has a possibility to convene into a contest symbol — notwithstanding progressing losing 7 of 9 games in SEC play while battling by injuries. Early success and a late pull could make their case.
Auburn’s miss of distance cost them opposite AM. The Aggies got to a potion for 11 descent rebounds and a 33-22 corner on a play overall. The Tigers also mislaid scorer Bryce Brown to a shoulder damage late in a initial half.
But Auburn (21-3, 9-2) stays a category of a conference.
Meanwhile, Florida (16-8, 7-4) final 3 of 4 games before doing LSU 73-64 during home. The Gators had non-stop SEC play by winning 6 of their initial 7 games and they still have time to recover traction.
Arkansas (18-8, 5-6) has stayed in a NCAA Tournament contention with many tighten calls this season, circumference Tennessee (95-93), Missouri (65-63), Ole Miss (97-93) and Oklahoma State (66-65) during home and Mississippi State (78-75) and Georgia (80-77) on a road. Whew!
Such is a excellent line between removing a agreement prolongation (which Razorbacks manager Mike Anderson got, by 2022) and sitting on a prohibited seat.
Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt have depressed by a wayside. It appears their usually trail to a NCAA Tournament involves winning a SEC Tournament during Scottrade Center.
Between now and afterwards design some-more mayhem. Nothing will come easy for any of these teams.
Here is what folks have been essay about SEC basketball:
Matt Norlander, CBSSports.com: “UK is still ranked 24th though is doubtful to reason that AP series by subsequent week since of this deflating loss. The Wildcats are 17-7 with a 6-5 SEC record. Inconsistency is this team’s consistency. The regular-season joining pretension is radically out of reach; Auburn has usually one detriment in a SEC and Tennessee, that swept UK for a initial time in 19 years, is dual games adult in a standings. With a contention climax now a things of imagination for Kentucky, a 2017-18 debate will symbol a fourth time in John Calipari‘s 9 seasons in Lexington that UK will destroy to finish atop a SEC. The difficulty isn’t usually with a (Tennessee) detriment or a SEC pretension being a siren dream — it’s with how Kentucky mislaid on Tuesday and what awaits on a schedule. Against Tennessee a Wildcats were worse than their standard iffy 3-point sharpened selves: They done usually 3 of their 14 attempts from over a arc. Kentucky managed usually 7 assists, 6 of that came from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who mostly looks like a usually UK actor who gives a damn. Even still, Gilgeous-Alexander’s turnover with 10 seconds to go means a diversion to Tennessee.”
Michael Beller, SI.com: “The Gators have been one of a many adult and down teams in a country. On a former side, they kick Gonzaga and Cincinnati in a non-conference apportionment of their report and possess SEC wins during Missouri and Kentucky. On a down side, they’ve mislaid during home to Loyola-Chicago, South Carolina and Alabama. The good still absolutely outweighs a bad, though that could flip with a few some-more losses. The Gators have valid that their best measures adult with some of a best teams in a country, though their misfortune seems to uncover adult usually as often. They have one of a many severe remaining schedules, with dual games opposite contest locks, dual some-more opposite expected tourney teams and 3 opposite burble teams.”
John Gasaway, ESPN.com: “When Tennessee hired Rick Barnes on Mar 31, 2015, it was not, to contend a least, large news. For one thing, there was a Final Four removing set to tip off in Indianapolis, one featuring Michigan State, undefeated Kentucky, Wisconsin and contingent champion Duke. For another thing, a Volunteers were, incredibly, on their fourth manager in a camber of 5 years. Barnes was brought in to reinstate Donnie Tyndall, who had been discharged after usually one deteriorate in Knoxville since of NCAA charges opposite him stemming from his prior stop during Southern Miss. Tyndall, of course, had been brought in to reinstate Cuonzo Martin, who took a pursuit during Cal after usually 3 full seasons with UT. And Martin had been a designated deputy for Bruce Pearl, who had been discharged by a Vols after he was charged with reprobate control by a NCAA. So no, there wasn’t many pushing when Tennessee hired a manager who himself had usually been discharged during Texas. But now, in his third deteriorate during a helm, Barnes is generating a right kind of news.”
Pat Forde, Yahoo! Sports: “Why is Bruce Pearl still here? His module is enthralled in a sovereign investigation, one that has influenced during slightest 7 college basketball programs nationwide, not to discuss dual hulk sneaker companies, several AAU teams and countless agents and financial advisers. Assistant manager Chuck Person, one of a good players in propagandize history, has been fired. He’s been charged by a feds with usurpation $90,000 in bribes over a 10-month duration in sell for steering Auburn players to an Atlanta clothier and a financial adviser. Person faces a hearing date in Feb 2019. One Auburn player, star center Austin Wiley, has been ruled incompetent for a deteriorate by a NCAA. A second player, Danjel Purifoy, also has not played this deteriorate though is still attempting to recover eligibility. Two staffers are on executive leave. Video coordinator Frankie Johnson and special partner Jordan VerHulst have been in dilapidation for scarcely 3 months now. And Pearl himself has declined to lay down for a grave talk with a law organisation Auburn hired to control a inner review of a basketball program. With 5 members of a module impacted by a sovereign review and/or NCAA rules, and with Pearl already carrying endured an NCAA show-cause chastisement for violations committed while a manager was during Tennessee, and with a manager now reluctant to totally play round with a school’s possess investigation, it’s a satisfactory question: Why is Bruce Pearl sitting here, in his office, wearing Auburn shorts and T-shirt and jacket?”
“We have a lot left to prove. One of a biggest things we talked about, Kentucky was 17-6 and people were doubt their group — and we’re 17-5 and people are observant that’s a best they’ve seen here in a while. Why is that OK? We wish more. We have to keep personification like men.”
Tennessee star Admiral Schofield, after a Vols finished their brush of Kentucky.