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SEC Struggles

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I think I see what Kevin Stallings is doing. He’s getting all the bad losses to mid-major programs out of the way in December so he doesn’t have them in March. For some reason I don’t think this is going to help Vandy make their way past the first week in the NCAA tournament, though. The overtime losses to Xavier and Louisville aren’t that bad, but the losses to Indiana State and Cleveland State at home are downright embarrassing for a team that started the season in the top ten.

Vanderbilt was picked by many to be the best team in the SEC. Their combination of talent and experience was supposed to make them a difficult match up for any opponent. However, Vandy has looked like an bad to very bad team this season. They averaged 56 points in the two mid-major losses and only 65 points in the two overtime losses. The talk has been that the absence of Festus Ezeli hurt the team early, but he’s back in action for the Commodores now and, while he had a good game against Davidson, only scored four points with four turnovers against Indiana State. The last chance for Vandy to prove themselves before SEC play will be against Marquette in a couple weeks. For the SEC’s sake, they better win that game. After the loss to the Sycamores, Vandy will drop out of the top 25.

Another SEC team dropping out of the top 25 will be Alabama after their loss to Kansas State. Bama started the season off strong climbing into the top 15, but after back to back losses to Georgetown and Dayton, the Tide dropped. Alabama is still a team that can make some noise in March, but Anthony Grant’s club faces the possibility of repeating last season’s disappointment of not making the NCAA tournament because of a lack of quality non-conference wins. The Tide is 1-3 in its last four and is averaging under 60 points per game in that stretch. Unlike Kevin Stallings, I like Grant and it’d be good to see him have some success. He’s got the personnel to win games, they’ll just have to prove it before the SEC slate gets underway.

The only teams left in the top 25 from the SEC are UK, Florida and Mississippi State. The Bulldogs went to Detroit and left with a win from Dick Vitale Court, but that win didn’t come easy. MSU has an opportunity against Baylor on December 28th to secure a big win for the conference. Stansbury’s team is one mind boggling loss to Akron away from being a top ten team.

It’s too early to lose any faith in Vanderbilt or Alabama, but early season struggles by two teams ranked highly in the preseason don’t look good for the conference as a whole. It’d be nice to see the SEC have some non-conference success in basketball. Maybe Missouri and Texas A&M will be able to help in coming years. Luckily, Kentucky will score a big win over a Big East team on December 31st to help make everybody look a little bit better.

Article written by Matthew Hays

30 Comments for SEC Struggles

  1. mocha
    2:32 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Vandy stinks.

  2. Eric K
    2:41 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    F–k vandy!! GO CATS!!!!

  3. Mr Schwump
    2:47 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    They’ll drool when they see UK’s 3pt D.

  4. Sheeeeeiiit
    2:55 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Im from Lexington but I live in Nashville. So I went to the Vandy game last night. First thier croud really sucks. Second Vandy was overrated and not because of the losses now. They were overrated to begin with. The biggest reasons for thier losses are Taylor and Jenkins. Taylor is terrible and Jenkins is inconsistent. Taylor should be a sharp shooting senior that Vandy seems to always have every year. But he isn’t. He makes awful decisions. They just weren’t focused. They played as if they should win because the other team is no good. They have no killer instinct, no chemistry and they just don’t really care. Best part for me is that when they lost I didn’t care. I was there to take in some live BBall and enjoy my day. If UK lost a game like that I would be pisses beyond belief. I knew when I got home I could watch UK win thier gimme game no problem. So i was fine. Damn It would suck to be a Vandy fan.

  5. lurking with intent to loom
    2:56 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Mr. Schwump, you are so positive. At least you got off your free throw kick. What team do you support? Obviously, not the Cats…

  6. Helvete
    2:59 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    I still believe that theCats will win on 31Dec but my confidence is beginning to slip. The tards aren’t the better team but theyre chances are getting better.

    A pen exploded in my vag.

  7. Skeps
    3:12 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Miss. St. is by far the 2nd best team in the SEC.

  8. Ncaa
    3:15 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    This just in a new ncaa rule mow stated UK will have to obsorb vandys loses as it is unfair UK has a better record and would create an unfair recruiting for the cats

    Subsection to this rule UK will now have to play with honey badgers in their pants

  9. Onions
    3:16 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    7) I don’t think so, Florida is just as good, probably better.

  10. FrigFullofBeer
    3:17 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Vandy loses to lower tier D1 schools at home, then UK will roll into town in a few months all those guys will have the game of their lives!! I really dislike Vandy…. Commadorks

  11. dcsports22
    3:21 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    okay seriously. I mean this with great sincerity. Vuck Fandy! Kevin “Homer Simpson” Stallings is a tool! Now back to our regularly scheduled BIG BLUE programming.

  12. SERDI
    3:21 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    SEC plays like world beaters against UK and then fizzle out in tournament. The lone exceptions being Gators’ back to backs. Other than that count on SEC doing nothing

  13. Wildcat Kyle
    3:23 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    #7 I think Florida is the second best team.

  14. Wildcat Kyle
    3:25 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    #11 Thats funny!! Homer Simpson ha ha ha ha

  15. Mr Schwump
    3:26 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    5, wrong. I’m a UK fan who doesn’t believe the bilge put out on cheerleader sites like this one.

  16. Wildcat Kyle
    3:28 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    #3 Mr Schwump is a troll. U are a miserable person. U must be a blast to be around

  17. Wildcat Kyle
    3:33 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Mr Schwump tell me one thing. Why do you come to this site then. I dont drink alcohol so i dont go to bars. I have no problem with people who do, I dont go to a bar a tell people that they r stupid for drinking.

  18. therealjohnnytest
    3:44 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Our ladies got the s*** cheated out them by the refs and ND. Man, some of the stuff whistled/not whistled was VERY obvious. Worst ref job ever, any sport.

  19. Gilchrist on D
    4:08 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Any news on if Jones finger is fractured or just dislocated?

  20. InternationalPhilosophy
    4:22 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    The Louisville game will be a war, especially with Jones injured.
    The Indiana game shouldn’t have been so difficult, even given the hostile environment…and the Cards are much tougher than the Hoosiers.
    But this is what you want, tough tests, not fish in a barrel.
    On another note, gotta love the way AD is learning to play the post, Wiltjer is finding his shot, Teague is maturing, Lamb remains deadly with the catch-and-shoot 3, and MKG continues to lead with effort and intensity.

  21. Terry
    4:32 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    You can’t take anything out of the game 31 It’s a heated rivarly game doesn’t say Uk is the best team in the coiuntry if we win. We can’t brag alot if we do win, considering how bad we continue to say looserville is.I don’t take take solace in bragging beating an opponnet that I say is beneath me. Just my take on it.

  22. Mike
    4:57 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    21. We showed the last 2 games that we are not the best team in the country.

  23. lurking with intent to loom
    5:21 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Schwump, that is wrong and you don’t fool anyone. If you were a UK fan, you would periodically say something positive about UK. You never have and you never will. If you call this a “cheerleader” site, there is no hope for you. None. Now, back to your comments about 3-point defense…

  24. Justin
    5:29 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    22 – why are we not the best? Because we lost a game? Best team doea not always win. Uk is the best team in the country and it is not close. Sure they will lose some games but come March UK is the team u dont want to play

  25. Bluemist
    5:40 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Anybody still think we will win the natl championship with this bunch? Jones, Teague: LOSERS…Kidd Kilchrisr, Davis: WINNERS.

  26. basketballinpicturesays
    6:41 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink


  27. Reality
    8:08 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Grant is totally overrated. Wonder why?

  28. Observing in Shame
    9:18 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone notice Tinsley is getting fouled like a bastard in that pic? Just saying.

  29. Larry Bird
    12:41 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    I just walked through the door! Watch out for the Trees come March!

  30. Harley Wells
    11:28 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    They are playing with a flat ball. No wonder they suck…