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Surprises in the SEC

Apart from the top two in the conference (Florida and Kentucky) the SEC has been a little wacky this season. A few teams picked to finish near the bottom have found themselves near the top, and a few teams predicted to challenge the perennial powers have had some underwhelming results. Score watching men’s basketball in the SEC can drive a fan crazy sometimes, as lately, the good teams are never as good as advertised, and the bad teams are….still just as bad when compared on a national spectrum.

Georgia and Texas A&M have put together impressive 3-1 marks in conference play to date, which is surprising considering most media pundits picked them dead last in the SEC this year. Coach Mark Fox and Billy Kennedy have to be facing a warm seat at their respective seats, and both feel the pressure to perform. Both UGA and TAMU have used tough defense and scrappy play to make up for their lack of talent, and have a “refuse to quit” attitude against teams that seem to have written them off before the game even starts.

Here are a few examples of some head-scratching results thus far:

Texas A&M defeating Arkansas 69-53
Georgia defeating Missouri 70-64
Texas A&M defeating Tennessee 57-56
Mississippi State defeating Ole Miss 76-72
Georgia defeating Alabama 66-58

While the Bulldogs and the Aggies have been surprises due to their success, the Missouri Tigers have surprised people with their lack thereof. The Tigers entered conference play ranked in the top 25, with just one loss to rival Illinois. Many tabbed Mizzou as a potential threat to the Wildcats and the Gators, but they opened SEC with a home loss to…Georgia. Following that up with two point win over Auburn and a loss on the road to Vanderbilt…color me confused.

What does all this mean? Well, we know the SEC isn’t the best in men’s basketball. All of these results really just hurt the conference in terms of producing NCAA Tournament teams, but gives the lower tier teams a chance to improve.


Article written by Wilder Treadway

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5 Comments for Surprises in the SEC

  1. Kevin C.
    7:30 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t know who this “Wilder Treadway” person is…sounds made up to me….but he must have just started following SEC BB this year. NONE of those results are “head scratchers”. It’s D1 NCAA basketball, in regular mid-season form ; anyone can beat anyone.

  2. SEC is a FOOTBALL conference ONLY!!!
    7:48 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    The SEC is still just a two team league… After UK and FL, the rest just SUCK! That is why Cal has to play a decent OOC schedule due to the mediocre competition yet he clamours on about “how tough the SEC is” yet it still only gets 3 teams in the Big Dance. It’s out of our control but it is what it is… UK is a BASKETBALL school and should be in the ACC! I know. I know, MONEY RULES and we take our HUGE paycheck to be everyone’s Prom Queen in football, but we are better suited for the ACC. It will never happen but it’s nice to dream… Let’s scream with joy over our BB DOMINANCE but scream with agony as bitches as we take it up the @$$ in Football… Carry on. . .

    • ACC Hummm
      11:34 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

      I don’t want anything to do with the ACC.
      Ask Maryland, FL State, BC and the other non North Carolina based schools how much it sucks to have all decisions for the league spoon fed to them by the N Carolina schools.

    • ACC Hummm
      11:36 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Oh! And I do not want to paly in the ACC in Greensboro 9 of every 10 year.

  3. 2mites
    7:59 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    I personally do not see anyone but Florida and UK getting an NCAA slot. The rest of the league just sucks. Who is gonna be #3, LSU, UT, or Mizzu. I just don’t see anyone of these beating out good independents. Sad sad year for SEC BB. UK needs to beat FLD 3 times to have any opportunity of improving their seed above a 4 or 5. That my friends is two regular season and one tournament game. NIT will full of SEC teams.