SEC Basketball Update (1/23/23)

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·   SEC Player of the Week – Kentucky forward Oscar Tshiebwe, a 6-foot-9, 260-pound senior from Lubumbashi, D.R. of the Congo, averaged 22 points and 20.5 rebounds in wins over Georgia and Texas A&M. He poured in a career-high 37 points and added 24 rebounds in a come-from-behind win against Georgia. He now has five of the seven games of 20 or more points and at least 18 rebounds by an SEC player in the last 10 seasons. He followed that up with a 17-rebound effort against Texas A&M. Tshiebwe converted 60 percent (15-of-25) of his field goals on the week.

·   SEC Freshman of the Week – Tennessee forward Julian Phillips, a 6-foot-8, 198-pound freshman from Blythewood, S.C., averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in wins at Mississippi State and at LSU. He compiled 10 points, four rebounds, and two steals during the Vols’ win at LSU. Phillips stepped up in the absence of two starters during Tennessee’s win at Mississippi State, recording his highest-scoring SEC game as a Vol and second-career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, coming on strong after halftime with 13 second-half points. 

·   Six teams are receiving mention in the January 23 Associated Press Top 25 highlighted by Alabama (2nd), Tennessee (4th), and Auburn (15th). Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky are among the teams receiving votes.

·   Two teams rank in the Top 10 of the NCAA’s NET rankings (2nd nationally), eight are in the Top 60 (3rd nationally), and 10 are in the Top 100 (t-2nd nationally).

·   Six SEC teams are rated among the top 25 defensive teams in the nation according to KenPom: Tennessee 1st, Alabama 5th, Auburn 10th, Mississippi State 11th, Florida 13th, and Arkansas 21st.

·   Five SEC players were named the USBWA’s Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List: Kobe Brown (MO), Ricky Council IV (AR), Brandon Miller (UA), Oscar Tshiebwe (UK), and KJ Williams (LS).

·   LSU’s KJ Williams became the 123rd player in NCAA history to score 2,000 points and have 1,000 rebounds on Jan. 21.

·   Alabama’s Brandon Miller leads all freshmen nationally with 19.8 points per game.

·   Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe had 37 points and 24 rebounds against Georgia on Jan. 17. It was the first 30/20 game by an SEC player since South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell had 44 points and 21 rebounds against Alabama on Feb. 7, 2017.

·   Four SEC coaches rank among the winningest active Division I coaches in the nation: John Calipari (4th with 780 wins), Rick Barnes (6th with 770 wins), Bruce Pearl (15th with 630 wins) and Kermit Davis (29th with 476 wins).

·   Alabama became the first team since the 1965-66 season to beat two teams ranked No. 1 (North Carolina on Nov. 27 and Houston on Dec. 10) before New Year’s Day.

·   Tennessee has won four straight games against Associated Press Top five opponents.

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

·   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 to the Final Four six of the last 11 tournaments.

·   50 SEC players have been selected in the last five NBA Drafts. That leads all conferences: 45 ACC, 33 Big Ten, 33 Pac-12, 25 Big 12 and 14 Big East.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS (All times Eastern):

Tuesday, January 17

*Ole Miss 70, at South Carolina 58

*#9 Tennessee 70, at Mississippi State 59

*#4 Alabama 78, at Vanderbilt 66

*at Kentucky 85, Georgia 71

Wednesday, January 18

*#16 Auburn 67, at LSU 49

*at Texas A&M 54, Florida 52

*at Missouri 79, #25 Arkansas 76

Saturday, January 21

at #25 Arkansas 69, *Ole Miss 57

*Vanderbilt 85, at Georgia 82

*at Kentucky 76, Texas A&M 67

*#16 Auburn 81, at South Carolina 66

*#9 Tennessee 77, at LSU 56

*#4 Alabama 85, at Missouri 64

*Florida 61, at Mississippi State 59

Tuesday, January 24

*Missouri at Ole Miss                                                     SECN                                 7:00 pm

*LSU at Arkansas                                                              ESPN2                               7:00 pm

*Kentucky at Vanderbilt                                                SECN                                 9:00 pm

Wednesday, January 25

*South Carolina at Florida                                             ESPN2                               7:00 pm

*Georgia at #4 Tennessee                                            SECN                                 7:00 pm

*Texas A&M at #15 Auburn                                         ESPN2                               9:00 pm

*Mississippi State at #2 Alabama                               SECN                                 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 28

SEC/Big 12 Challenge

        #15 Auburn at West Virginia                                ESPN                                 12:00 pm

        #2 Alabama at Oklahoma                                      ESPN                                 2:00 pm

        Texas Tech at LSU                                                    ESPNU                              2:00 pm

        #12 Iowa State at Missouri                                   ESPN2                               2:00 pm

        #11 TCU at Mississippi State                                ESPN2                               4:00 pm

        Arkansas at Baylor                                                   ESPN                                 4:00 pm

        #10 Texas at #4 Tennessee                                  ESPN                                 6:00 pm

        Florida at #5 Kansas State                                     ESPN2                               6:00 pm

        #9 Kansas at Kentucky                                           ESPN                                 8:00 pm

        Ole Miss at Oklahoma State                                 ESPN2                               8:00 pm

*South Carolina at Georgia                                          SECN                                 6:00 pm

*Vanderbilt at Texas A&M                                           SECN                                 8:30 pm

Tuesday, January 31

*Mississippi State at South Carolina                         SECN                                 6:30 pm

*Texas A&M at Arkansas                                              ESPN/2/U                        7:00 pm

*Vanderbilt at Alabama                                                 SECN                                 8:30 pm

*Kentucky at Ole Miss                                                    ESPN/2                             9:00 pm

Wednesday, February 1

*Tennessee at Florida                                                    ESPN2                               7:00 pm

*Georgia at Auburn                                                        SECN                                 7:00 pm

*LSU at Missouri                                                               SECN                                 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 4

*Ole Miss at Vanderbilt                                                 SECN                                 1:00 pm

*Auburn at Tennessee                                                  ESPN                                 2:00 pm

*Arkansas at South Carolina                                        SECN                                 3:30 pm

*Alabama at LSU                                                              ESPN/2/U                        4:00 pm

*Missouri at Mississippi State                                     SECN                                 6:00 pm

*Florida at Kentucky                                                       ESPN                                 8:30 pm

*Georgia at Texas A&M                                                 SECN                                 8:30 pm