SEC Basketball Update (12/5/22)

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·   SEC Player of the Week –Arkansas guard Ricky Council IV, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound junior from Durham, N.C., averaged 22.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals in wins over Troy and San Jose State. He scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half against Troy as Arkansas erased a two-point halftime deficit. Council had 13 of the Razorbacks’ final 19 points. He only missed one shot attempt (5-of-6 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line) in a 17-point effort against San Jose State.

·   SEC Freshman of the Week – Alabama forward Noah Clowney, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound freshman from Roebuck, S.C., had 22 points, nine rebounds, and four assists in a win over South Dakota State. He established career marks for points (22) and three-pointers made (5).

·   Seven teams are receiving mention in the December 5 Associated Press Top 25 highlighted by Tennessee (7th), Alabama (8th), Arkansas (9th), Auburn (11th), Kentucky (16th), and Mississippi State (23rd). Missouri is among the teams receiving votes.

·   The last time the SEC had six teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 was Dec. 13, 2021, when Alabama was 6th, Auburn 13th, Tennessee 18th, LSU 19th, Kentucky 21st, and Arkansas 24th.

·   Three teams rank in the Top 10 of the NCAA’s NET rankings (t-1st nationally). Five are in the Top 25 (t-1st nationally). Seven are in the Top 50 (t-1st nationally).

·   Five SEC teams are rated among the top 10 defensive teams in the nation according to KenPom: Tennessee 1st, Kentucky 4th, Auburn 5th, Arkansas 7th, and Mississippi State 8th.

·   Four SEC coaches rank among the winningest active coaches in the nation: John Calipari (4th with 773 wins), Rick Barnes (6th with 761 wins), Bruce Pearl (15th with 623 wins) and Kermit Davis (29th with 473 wins).

·   Tennessee has won five straight games against Associated Press Top 10 opponents, including four in a row against AP Top 5 foes.

·   Alabama registered its fourth all-time win against a top-ranked team with a four-overtime win over No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 27.

·   The SEC, ACC and ESPN announced on Nov. 28 the formation of the SEC/ACC Challenge for men’s and women’s basketball, which will begin as part of the 2023-24 season.

·   Kentucky was the favorite to win the 2023 SEC championship in a preseason poll of media from around the league and nation. Arkansas was picked to finish second and is followed by Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama. UK’s Oscar Tshiebwe was selected by the media as the preseason player of the year.

·   The SEC has had 27 NCAA Tournament selections over the last three tournaments.

·   14 of 14 SEC teams have made at least one NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven tournaments.

·   The SEC has had at least one team advance to the Sweet 16 in 31 of the last 32 tournaments.

·   Nine different SEC teams have advanced to the Sweet 16 in the last five NCAA Tournaments. All 14 SEC members have advanced to the Sweet 16 since 1996.

·   The SEC has advanced at least one team to the Elite Eight in nine of the last 12 tournaments.

·   The SEC has advanced a team in the Final Four six of the last 11 tournaments.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS (All times Eastern):

Tuesday, November 29

at #19 Kentucky 60, Bellarmine 41

Missouri 88, at Wichita St. 84 (OT)

Wednesday, November 30

at Georgia 73, Hampton 54

at VCU 70, Vanderbilt 65

at #13 Tennessee 76, McNeese St. 40

at Florida 102, FAMU 62

at Texas A&M 83, SMU 64

at George Washington 79, South Carolina 55

Friday, December 2

at Georgia 68, Florida A&M 46

at #15 Auburn 93, Colgate 66

at LSU 63, UT-Arlington 59

Saturday, December 3

South Carolina 74, at Georgetown 71 (OT)

at Mississippi St. 82, Mississippi Valley. St. 52

at #11 Arkansas 99, San Jose St. 58

at Vanderbilt 65, Wofford 62

Boise St. 86, Texas A&M 71

at Memphis 68, Ole Miss 57

at #11 Alabama 78, South Dakota St. 65

Sunday, December 4

Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase (London, ENG)

       #19 Kentucky 73, Michigan 69

at Florida 89, Stetson 51

at Missouri 96, Southeast Missouri St. 89

at #13 Tennessee 94, Alcorn St. 40

Tuesday, December 6

UNC-Greensboro at #9 Arkansas                            SEC Network                                                                    7:00 pm

Georgia at Georgia Tech       ESPN2                                                                 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 7

Eastern Ky. at #7 Tennessee                                   SEC Network                                                                    7:00 pm

#5 UConn at Florida       ESPN2                                                                 9:00 pm

Pitt at Vanderbilt                                                     SEC Network                                                                    9:00 pm

Friday, December 9

Grambling St. at Vanderbilt                                    SEC Network                                                                    7:00 pm

Saturday, December 10

#9 Arkansas vs. Oklahoma (at Tulsa, OK)       ESPN2                                                                 1:00 pm

Yale at #16 Kentucky                                               SEC Network                                                                    1:00 pm

Holiday Hoopsgiving (Atlanta, GA)

       LSU vs. Wake Forest       ESPNU                                                                2:00 pm

#8 Alabama at #1 Houston                                      ABC       3:00 pm

Valparaiso at Ole Miss                                             SEC Network                                                                    3:00 pm

Holiday Hoopsgiving (Atlanta, GA)

       #11 Auburn vs. Memphis       ESPN2                                                                 5:00 pm

#6 Kansas at Missouri                                              ESPN       5:15 pm

Sunday, December 11

Hall of Fame Invitational (Brooklyn, NY)

       #7 Tennessee vs. #13 Maryland                      FS1       4:30 pm

Oregon St. at Texas A&M       ESPN2                                                                 6:00 pm

Mississippi St. at Minnesota                                   BTN       8:30 pm

Presbyterian at South Carolina