SEC Basketball Update (1/26/23)

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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. 

·   The 10th annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge will take place on January 28 with both conferences scheduled to host five games. The SEC won last year’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge by winning six of the 10 games. It was the second year in a row the SEC won the Challenge. The SEC has lost the Challenge just one time in the last six years.

·   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.

·   Two teams rank in the Top Five of the NCAA’s NET rankings (1st nationally), nine are in the Top 60 (2nd nationally), and 10 are in the Top 100 (t-2nd nationally).

·   Six SEC teams are rated among the top 15 defensive teams in the nation according to KenPom: Tennessee 1st, Alabama 5th, Mississippi State 11th, Florida 12th, Arkansas 13th, and Auburn 15th.

·   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 19.5 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 781 wins), Rick Barnes (6th with 771 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 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.

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 89, at Ole Miss 77

*at Arkansas 60, LSU 40

*Kentucky 69, at Vanderbilt 53

Wednesday, January 25

*at Florida 81, South Carolina 60

*at #4 Tennessee 70, Georgia 41

*Texas A&M 79, at #15 Auburn 63

*at #2 Alabama 66, Mississippi State 63

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       ESPN2                                                                 7:00 pm

*Vanderbilt at Alabama                                          SECN       8:30 pm

*Kentucky at Ole Miss                                             ESPN       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