SEC Basketball Update (2/19/24)

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·   SEC Player of the Week – Tennessee forward Jonas Aidoo, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound junior from Durham, N.C., averaged 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in wins at Arkansas and over Vanderbilt. He shot 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the floor on the week. Aidoo paced all players in points (23) and rebounds (12) in a 29-point road victory at Arkansas, notching the third-most points and third-most rebounds of his career. Aidoo shot 11-of-14 (78.6 percent) from the field to set a new career high in makes and post the best field-goal percentage (min. 5 FGM) by a Volunteer this season. He played just 20 minutes in a 35-point win over Vanderbilt, but still finished with 11 points and a game-best eight rebounds.

·   SEC Freshman of the Week – Mississippi State guard Josh Hubbard, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound freshman from Madison, Miss., had 19 points, three rebounds and three assists in a win over Arkansas. He scored 14 of his points after halftime, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the game’s final minute as State won its third straight game.

·   Six SEC teams are ranked in the February 19 Associated Press poll: 5th Tennessee, 13th Alabama, 14th Auburn, 17th Kentucky, 20th South Carolina, 24th Florida.

·   On February 19, Florida became the 10th different SEC team to be ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 this season.

·   The SEC’s three Top 10 NET teams are tied for the most in the nation, four Top 25 are tied for second-most, and seven Top 50 teams are second-most in the nation (as of Feb. 19).

·   Five SEC teams (1. Alabama, 7. Kentucky, 9. Florida, 15. Tennessee, 22. Auburn) rank in the Top 25 of KenPom’s offensive efficiency rankings.

·   Three SEC teams (4. Auburn, 5. Tennessee, 13. Mississippi State) rank in the Top 15 of KenPom’s defensive efficiency rankings.

·   Three SEC teams rank in the Top 5 nationally in attendance: 1. Kentucky (297,706/19,847 avg), 2. Arkansas (286,305/19,087 avg), 4. Tennessee (247,542/19.042 avg).

·   Three SEC teams were among the NCAA Selection Committee’s Top 16 teams that were announced on February 17: Tennessee (6th/2 seed), Alabama (9th/3 seed) and Auburn (13th/4 seed).

·   Eight former SEC players were named to the 2024 NBA All-Star roster: Bam Adebayo (MIA/UK), Devin Booker (PHX/UK), Anthony Davis (LAL/UK) Anthony Edwards (MIN/UG), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC/UK), Tyrese Maxey (PHI/UK), Julius Randle (NYK/UK), and Karl-Athony Towns (MIN/UK).

·   Three SEC players have been named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 List: Johni Broome (AU), Dalton Knecht (UT), Antonio Reeves (UK).

·   UK’s John Calipari became the fourth coach to win 400 games at an SEC school on Jan. 17. He joined Adolph Rupp (876), Billy Donovan (467), and Dale Brown (448) in the 400-win club.

·   The January 22 AP poll marked the third straight season that the SEC has had three teams in the Top 10 of the Associated Press Poll at the same time.

·   The SEC won the final three games of the first ACC/SEC Challenge to take a 7-7 tie with the ACC. The ACC/SEC Challenge marks the third interconference challenge the SEC has been a part of. The SEC also had events against the Big East (2007-08 to 2012-13) and Big 12 (2013-14 to 2022-23).

·   Three SEC teams won holiday tournament titles this season: Auburn (Legends Classic), Mississippi State (Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off), South Carolina (Arizona Tip-Off).

·   60 SEC players have been selected in the last six NBA Drafts. That leads all conferences: 50 ACC, 41 Big Ten, 37 Pac-12, 29 Big 12 and 19 Big East.

·   ESPN’s College Gameday visited Neville Arena on Saturday, Feb. 17, for Auburn’s game against Kentucky. It was the second time this season that ESPN’s traveling show has visited an SEC campus, having been at Arkansas on Jan. 17 for the Razorback’s game against UK.

·   Former Missouri forward Kobe Brown has been honored as a recipient of the NCAA Today’s Top 10 award and was honored at the NCAA Convention in January. The award recognizes former student-athletes for their exceptional athletic and academic achievements, as well as their contributions to their campuses and communities. The SEC led the nation with four honorees, also including Callie Dickinson of Georgia swimming & diving, Ashley Rogers of Tennessee softball and Trinity Thomas of Florida gymnastics.

·   35 NCAA Tournament selections over the last four tournaments.

·   92 players from SEC schools were on 2023-24 NBA Opening Day rosters. Twelve of 14 SEC schools are represented and at least one SEC player is on 29 of the 30 NBA rosters.

·   The SEC led all conferences with 10 players selected in the 2023 NBA Draft. Six first round selections also led the nation.

·   13 SEC players on 2023-24 NBA Opening Day rosters have made an NBA All-Star Game.

·   The first two college players selected in the 2023 NBA Draft – Alabama’s Brandon Miller (2nd overall) and Arkansas’ Anthony Black (6th overall) – were from the SEC.

·   A record-tying 10 SEC teams received postseason bids in 2023. The SEC’s eight NCAA Tournament selections tied its previous best set in 2018. Additionally, two SEC teams competed in the National Invitation Tournament.

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

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

·   Four SEC coaches have been named national coach of the year: Rick Barnes, Chris Beard, John Calipari and Bruce Pearl.

·   The SEC ranked second nationally with 2,756,659 fans attending games during the 2022-23 season. An average of 11,344 fans attended games at SEC schools in 2023, an increase of 787 from 2022.

·   Three of the top four attendance leaders in 2022-23 were from the SEC. Kentucky led the nation with a total attendance of 357,721, Arkansas ranked third with 323,875) and Tennessee was fourth with 300,496 fans.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS (All Times Eastern):

Tuesday, February 13

at Vanderbilt 74, Texas A&M 73

at Florida 82, LSU 80

at # 22 Kentucky 75, Ole Miss 63

Wednesday, February 14

at #13 Auburn 101, #11 South Carolina 61

#8 Tennessee 92, at Arkansas 63

Saturday, February 17

at #15 Alabama 100, Texas A&M 75

Florida 88, at Georgia 82

at Mississippi St. 71, Arkansas 67

LSU 64, at #11 South Carolina 63

#22 Kentucky 70, at #13 Auburn 59

at #8 Tennessee 88, Vanderbilt 53

at Ole Miss 79, Missouri 76

Tuesday, February 20

Arkansas at Texas A&M                                                      ESPN       7:00p

#5 Tennessee at Missouri                                                   SEC Network                                                                               7:00p

Wednesday, February 21

#24 Florida at #13 Alabama                                               ESPN2       7:00p

Georgia at Vanderbilt                                                         SEC Network                                                                               8:30p

#17 Kentucky at LSU                                                           ESPN       9:00p

Ole Miss at Mississippi St.                                                  ESPN2       9:00p

Saturday, February 24

Missouri at Arkansas                                                           ESPN2       12:00p

Vanderbilt at #24 Florida                                                    SEC Network                                                                               1:00p

#20 South Carolina at Ole Miss                                         SECNetwork                                                                               3:30p

#13 Alabama at #17 Kentucky                                           CBS       4:00p

#14 Auburn at Georgia                                                       SEC Network                                                                               6:00p

Texas A&M at #5 Tennessee                                              ESPN       8:00p

Mississippi St. at LSU                                                          SEC Network                                                                               8:30p

Tuesday, February 27

Kentucky at Mississippi St.                                                 ESPN       7:00p

Georgia at LSU                                                                     SEC Network                                                                               7:00p

Vanderbilt at Arkansas                                                        SEC Network                                                                               9:00p

Wednesday, February 28

Missouri at Florida                                                              SEC Network                                                                               6:30p

Auburn at Tennessee                                                          ESPN2       7:00p

South Carolina at Texas A&M                                            SEC Network                                                                               8:30p

Alabama at Ole Miss                                                           ESPN2       9:00p

Saturday, March 2

Florida at South Carolina                                                    ESPN       12:00p

Arkansas at Kentucky                                                          CBS       1:30p

LSU at Vanderbilt                                                                SEC Network                                                                               3:30p

Mississippi St. at Auburn                                                    ESPN2/U       4:00p

Texas A&M at Georgia                                                        SEC Network                                                                               6:00p

Tennessee at Alabama                                                        ESPN       8:00p

Ole Miss at Missouri                                                           SEC Network                                                                               8:30p