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SEC Basketball Seinfeld Index: November 30


One month from now, Kentucky starts conference play.

With four teams in the Top 25 and a few others lurking in the wings, SEC Basketball is legit this year, and, for once, Kentucky is not the best team in the conference. In my mind, at least two other SEC teams are better than the Cats right now, meaning Kentucky will be challenged early and often starting December 31.

Here’s a glimpse at what the rest of the SEC’s been up to this season, as told by Seinfeld GIFs because why not?

 

They’re real and they’re spectacular

 #6 Florida (5-1)

Best win: #17 Gonzaga (111-105); Loss: #1 Duke (87-84)

The Gators took #1 Duke down to the wire in the PK80 on Sunday. Behind Chris Chiozza, Jalen Hudson, grad transfer Egor Koulechov, and KeVaughn Allen, the Gators are a scoring machine, hitting 32 three-pointers over their first two games alone. Thankfully, Kentucky’s first game vs. the Gators comes in Rupp, or I’d already have that chalked up as a loss. (Even then…)

 #9 Texas A&M (6-0)

Best win: at #10 USC (75-59)

When potential top 10 draft pick Robert Williams announced he was returning to school, we knew the Aggies would be good this season, but so far, they have exceeded expectations, beating then #11 West Virginia and #10 USC with ease. They also have wins over Oklahoma State and Penn State. Florida will steal the spotlight because of Duke and the numbers they put up, but the Aggies might be the most dangerous squad in the league. They come to Lexington on January 9 in what should be one heck of a game.

 #7 Kentucky (6-1)

Best win: Vermont (73-69); Loss: #4 Kansas (65-61)

Kentucky is improving, but will they pull it together enough to withstand the major challenges that await them in the SEC? Probably not, but this group is getting better by the moment and will benefit from a tough SEC slate come March. I can’t wait to see how they do vs. Florida and Texas A&M, and thank goodness both of those road games come later in the schedule.


Spongeworthy

 #24 Alabama (6-1)

Best win: vs. BYU (71-59); Loss: #14 Minnesota (89-84)

Bama’s best performance came in their only loss. With only three players, Alabama outscored #14 Minnesota in the final ten minutes, and even though they lost, that’s one heck of an accomplishment. Collin Sexton had 40 points in that game and may be the best player in the SEC now that Michael Porter Jr. is out with injury. Thankfully, Kentucky’s only game vs. Alabama this season will be at Rupp on February 7.

Tennessee (5-1)

Best win: #18 Purdue (78-75); Loss: #5 Villanova (85-76)

The Vols are legit this year, beating #18 Purdue in overtime and leading #5 Villanova by double digits before losing in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis. They also beat an NC State team that upset then-#2 Arizona. Sophomore forward Grant Williams is really good, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Vols get the best of the Cats yet again on January 6 in Knoxville.

Arkansas (5-1)

Best win: Oklahoma (92-83); Loss: #9 UNC (87-68)

The Razorbacks held their own in the PK80, routing UConn to finish third after a loss to #9 UNC (during which Daryl Macon went down with an ankle injury). Arkansas is a veteran squad, led by senior guard Jaylen Barford, and I still think Kentucky’s trip to Fayetteville on February 20 has the makings of a classic trap game. We’ll know more about the Razorbacks after they play #12 Minnesota next weekend.


Yada Yada Yada

Missouri (5-2)

Best win: St. John’s (90-82); Losses: at Utah (77-59), #23 West Virginia (83-79)

Mizzou is without Michael Porter Jr., potentially for the season, but they haven’t flatlined in his absence. The Tigers got a quality win over St. John’s and were up on #23 West Virginia by 16 in the second half before losing by four. They clearly aren’t the same squad that they would be with Porter Jr., but they can still cause some teams fits.

South Carolina (5-1)

Best win(s): Western Michigan (78-60, 79-66); Loss: Illinois State (69-65)

It feels odd to have a team that went to the Final Four so low, but life after Sindarius Thornwell and PJ Dozier has been an adjustment for the Gamecocks, who lost to Illinois State in the opening game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Big man Chris Silva is by far the best player on the team, which is still struggling to find consistent scoring.

Auburn (5-1)

Best win: at Dayton (73-60); Loss: Temple (88-74)

Despite not having Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley (suspended indefinitely over eligibility concerns), the Tigers have looked decent this season, beating a good Dayton team. Bryce Brown and Mustapha Heron lead the way, averaging 17 points each, but Auburn’s success this season will really be dependent on whether or not Purifoy and Wiley play.

Georgia (5-1)

Best win: #21 Saint Mary’s (83-81); Loss: San Diego State (75-68)

Georgia’s overtime win over #21 Saint Mary’s is almost enough to make you forget they lost to San Diego State and only beat Texas A&M Corpus Christi by three. Right now, the Bulldogs just look like Yante Maten and a bunch of dudes.


Eh…

Ole Miss (4-2)

Best win: None; Losses: Utah (83-74), South Dakota State (99-97)

I couldn’t even list a best win for Ole Miss because they haven’t beaten anyone of merit. Their wins so far: Louisiana Lafayette, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia State, and Rice. The loss to Utah is forgivable, but they lost to South Dakota State (an NCAA Tournament team last year) by two earlier this week. South Dakota State’s a decent team, but if Ole Miss can’t beat them at home, they don’t impress me much.

Vanderbilt (3-4)

Best win: None; Losses: Belmont (69-60), #10 USC (93-89), Virginia (68-42), #20 Seton Hall (72-59)

Vanderbilt was touted as one of the league’s best teams coming into the season, but they’ve fallen hard vs. a tough schedule. I still think the Commodores are a dangerous bunch — especially at home — but the fact that they haven’t done anything with the number of opportunities they’ve been given is telling so far.

LSU (4-2)

Best win: Michigan (77-75); Losses: #13 Notre Dame (92-53), Marquette (94-84)

The Tigers upset Michigan in the Maui Invitational then got blown out by #13 Notre Dame. Remember Tremont Waters? The onetime UK target and former Georgetown commit leads LSU in scoring with 18 points and 5.8 assists per game. He’s good.

 Mississippi State (5-0)

Best win: None; Losses: None

How can a team that’s undefeated be at the bottom of this list? The most impressive team the Bulldogs have played is Stephen F. Austin and they only won by five. Mississippi State’s schedule is the weakest in the SEC by far, ranking 347th in the country per ESPN. We’ll know more once they face Dayton and #11 Cincinnati in the coming weeks.

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17 responses to “SEC Basketball Seinfeld Index: November 30”

  1. BigBlueMeade

    My new favorite segment

  2. A_Blue_Wildcat

    Swap SC and LSU, SC is bad this year and won’t come close to making the tournament, LSU on the other hand has some real young talent and play hard. LSU could make the tournament and if that happens then Will Wade deserves coach of the year

  3. callitlikeiseeit

    Insane you have us as real and spectacular. Right now we have no idea what we have but we do know we have zero chance at a title. But we got June coming, which we will not even win as dUKe will have more 1st round picks.

    1. nickobeazo

      Well aren’t you just a pocket of sunshine? 😂

    2. RealCatsFan

      callit, I here that there is still plenty of room on the dook bandwagon. You should jump on (sounds like you are chasing after it already). You might be able to get a seat next to Dick Vitale – bet you could get a big sloppy kiss from him too. But make sure you don’t stare into the eyes of Count K – that’s how vampires steal your soul for eternity.

    3. RealCatsFan

      Oops, meant to say “hear”, not “here”. Don’t want to sound like one of the mouth breathers.

    4. callitlikeiseeit

      Bash if you want, is just a fact, zero chance at we we should be about which is titles.
      I hate dUKe but anyone with a brain has to respect what K has done. Just like the Patriots, the only constant there is qb, coach and owner, have to respect all they accomplished whether you like the team or not.

    5. theWilkman

      If you’re calling it like you see it, you might need glasses. You could also use some help in the written communication department.

    6. RealCatsFan

      callit, I respect your opinion. I agree that we need a few players to hang around for a few years to have a really good chance at a title. But it’s not unheard of for freshman dominated teams to make it to the final game. Fab Five at Michigan is an early example. Our 2014 team is another.

      K somehow seems to get a couple of players put their NBA aspirations on hold for the benefit of the program. Yes, that is great for the program, but I am willing to bet that Grayson Allen left $millions on the table by not jumping to the NBA after his freshman or at least soph season. Bolden has dropped off the map, NBA wise. Maybe it would be better for UK basketball if Cal was less about the players – who knows – it is what it is. And if you want to talk about facts, dook should have had at least one of their titles vacated due to violations. That is a FACT. I think a lot of the lustre comes off their program if the NCAA treats them like other schools such as Memphis.

    7. UK Big Board Update

      Call off the season, folks – according to callitlikeiseeit the 2018 NCAA tournament has been decided, on this day, December 1st, 2017.

  4. Jiminy Crickets

    While Im not sure the teams are better overall, all three “Spongeworthy” teams have a better resume, and have looked better than us. Our best win is a 4-point win at home against Vermont. While UT gave Villanova all they wanted on neutral site, after beating NC State and Purdue. Alabama almost beat Minnesota with 3 players for 10minutes of the second half. Arkansas has even looked better.

    1. RealCatsFan

      UK simply hasn’t had any opportunities yet for a convincing win over a power five school, aside from Kansas, and that was a close loss. If they played against KU like they did the other night, I think they get the win. This team has a long way to go, but I am starting to see signs of life. Like Cal said, they are young, so they are going to take steps backward during the season. Hopefully they will come together in time for the tourney, and will resemble the 2014 team more than the 2013 team. Those teams you mentioned have experienced players at key positions – they might be better now, but I think Kentucky has a lot more upside.

    2. callitlikeiseeit

      Real,,,trouble is every year we have more upside because we have so many new players. But you must have some experience to win a title, period. We seldom d, this year not even close and zero title chance. We are in same boat right now as ETSU, New Mexico, South Alabama etc. Making the tourney will be our success.

    3. Eazy

      You say we don’t have a shot at the title but we’ve been to 4 of the last 7 final fours and win a title just 5 years ago. Lol. We also have more wins in the tournament than any other program since Cal has been here. The ignorance of some of our fans is astonishing. We are way ahead of other historical programs like Kansas, Indiana, and UCLA in the last 8 years. And your boys at Duke follow the exact same formula as UK.

    4. RealCatsFan

      We will take our lumps this year, but I think some of these kids will hang around, and if they do and Cal gets some of the recruits he is after, we will be VERY solid in 2019.

    5. UK Big Board Update

      Umm… you don’t get many titles because the NCAA tourney is a single elimination format. One kid gets hot and you are out. All you can rightfully hope for is a shot each year, and I would say that UK has been in the mix more often than not since Cal got here.

      To focus on underclassmen as the problem is an oversimplification. How many teams with upperclassmen lose in the tourney early? Answer – all of them except one. However, we’ve been to the Final Four, with freshmen, in 50% of the time he’s been here.

      Just callin’ it like I see it… 😉

  5. RealCatsFan

    I am just hoping that the Soup N-a-z-i (trying to avoid the mod bot) doesn’t say “No Jared Vanderbilt for you!”