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So, just how bad is the SEC?  Well, I think the best way to illustrate that is to show how poorly the SEC has played against poor teams this season.  Take a look at several results from this season:

Nov. 14: Arkansas 91, SE Louisiana 87
Nov. 14: VMI 111, Kentucky 104
Nov. 16: Mercer 72, Alabama 69
Nov. 17: Loyola (IL) 74, Georgia 53
Nov. 18: Georgia 61, Eastern Michigan 60
Nov. 19: Mercer 78, Auburn 74
Nov. 20: Arkansas 68, UC Davis 59
Nov. 21: Georgia 55, Presbyterian 47
Nov. 22: Missouri St. 62, Arkansas 57
Nov. 23: Mississippi 82, Marshall 78
Nov. 24: Georgia 54, Santa Clara 48
Nov. 24: Vandy 65, MTSU 57
Nov. 26: Arkansas 79, South Alabama 77
Nov. 28: LSU 64, Centenary 58
Nov. 28: Charleston 82, South Carolina 80
Nov. 29: Northern Iowa 105, Auburn 93
Nov. 29: Mississippi 78, Morgan St. 70
Dec. 2: Alabama 64, Alabama A&M 56
Dec. 2: Western Kentucky 67, Georgia 63
Dec. 3: Illinois-Chicago 74, Vandy 55
Dec. 6: Mississippi St. 76, Alabama St. 67
Dec. 17: Alabama 75, Tennessee St. 66
Dec. 17: Arkansas 89, Austin Peay 80
Dec. 20: Georgia 74, Wofford 73
Dec. 20: Tennessee 79, Belmont 77
Dec. 22: Auburn 77, Alabama St. 72
Dec. 22: Florida 88, Georgia Southern 81
Dec. 22: Texas A&M CC 80, Georgia 79
Dec. 22: LSU 62, McNeese St. 59
Dec. 22: Mississippi St. 74, Nicholls St. 68
Dec. 27: Kentucky 76, Florida Atlantic 69
Dec. 28: Alabama 66, Yale 63

Now, if you jumped down after NOT reading all those scores, know that is 32 games this season against non-BCS schools where the SEC team won by less than 10 or lost outright.  In fact, it’s 10 losses against inferior competition.  And what’s worse is that ALL 12 SEC teams are in the mix.  Now, I know what you might say, “every conference has games like this.  This doesn’t prove anything.”  Well, lucky for us both, I found the stats that gave wins by less than 10 points or losses for the BCS conferences. 

ACC: 15
Big East: 22
Big Ten: 15
Big 12: 18
Pac-10: 23

And look, the point of all this is not to continue bashing the SEC.  I don’t think I have to prove the SEC is weak this year.  My point is to emphasize just how good of an opportunity UK has the win the league, Tennessee included or not.  I would be disapointed if the Cats don’t at least match last years total of 12 conference wins.  Alright, let’s do some links:

1. Turns out the UK-East Carolina has a little contentious past to it.  Looks like UK bought out a return trip to ECU in 1998, angering the Pirates because they were opening a new stadium, and wanted the Tim Couch-led offense to be there for an exciting game.  According to John Clay, the ECU administration went to the media critical of the Cats.  Of course, UK went to the Outback Bowl that year, so it turned out OK. 

2. If Michael Porter deserved the criticism he got earlier this season, then he deserves just as much praise for his play over the past couple weeks.  Louisville will be the ultimate test, because up to this point Porter’s good play has come against weak competition.  BUT, I feel like he is more comfortable out there running the point, as this article points out.  And if Porter does have a good game Saturday, I see no reason the Cats won’t have a good shot to beat the Cards….again.

3. Highly rated Vee Sanford and his Lex Cath teammates took down Vinny Zollo and Clark County last night in the finals of the Republic Bank Tournament.  Sanford had 31 points, and all I get from this article is Vollo had 7 points in the first half and must not have been one of his teams top 3 scorers at the end.  Oh, and for all you eastern Kentucky crazies, Elliott County is ranked 1st in the newly released Litratings.

4. NBA Recap:
Rondo again very good in Celtics game

Article written by Bryan the Intern