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  • #1 by jbcarol on 11 Jun 2017
  • TBD. Kentucky


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    Its been less than 365 days since Mingione, a former State assistant, was named Kentuckys coach. Wildcats began the season with little outside expectations, and ended it in front of a record crowd on a Super Regional stage at Jim Patterson...

    Wildcats had never played in a Super Regional before Mingiones arrival. And while the inaugural appearance ended in a dogpile of Cardinals, the 2017 Kentucky squad may be the building blocks of something bigger.

    I told our guys that its good to get here, but moving forward weve gotta win here, Mingione said. Thats the next step for our baseball program.

    Kentuckys run brought record crowds to Cliff Hagan (5,000+ in their last regional game).

    Kentucky Football 2016 Year in Review

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    Kentucky officially wrapped up its 2016 season with a 33-18 loss to Georgia Tech in the TaxSlayer.

    It was a season of "firsts" in many respects for the Wildcats in its fourth season under Mark Stoops.

    Kentucky finished 2016 with a 7-6 record, its first winning season since 2009.

    It was only the 17th time since 1934 the Wildcats won at least seven games.

    The Wildcats finished tied for second in the SEC East with a 4-4 mark, its best finish since divisional play began in 1992.

    UK finished the season with 30 rushing touchdowns, tying the school record set in 1949.

    Kentucky's win over Louisville Nov. 26 was its first over a ranked opponent on the road since a 22-17 win at No. 17 Louisville in 2002. No. 11 Louisville was the highest-ranked opponent Kentucky has defeated on the road since a win at No. 4 Penn State in 1977.

    The Wildcats' 35-21 win over Missouri Oct. 29 marked its first three-game SEC win streak since 1999.

    UK's thrilling 40-38 victory over Mississippi State Oct. 22 snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.

    Kentucky's 17-10 win against South Carolina Sept. 24 was its third straight over the Gamecocks, its longest win streak in the all-time series.

    Kentucky Basketball falls short of Final Four; fans threaten ref

    Wildcats were ranked number one in December after a 20-point win over Michigan State. Early season decisions against UCLA and North Carolina would be reversed in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky lost 73-70 to then #10 UofL in Louisville.  UK lost to KU in the SEC - Big 12 Classic.

    Wildcats won the SEC regular season (16-2) and the SEC Tournament. They were eliminated by eventual champ UNC in the regional final. The FBI has identified persons who threatened the head offical and media outlets that posted his personal contact info.

  • #2 by jbcarol on 16 Jun 2017
  • TBD. Georgia


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    ATHENS

    When its all said and done, Georgia will once again finish in the top 20 in the Learfield Directors Cup.

    Georgia is one of six teams to finish in the top 20 every year since the 1997-98 sports season, joining Florida, Stanford, North Carolina, UCLA, and Texas in this feat. As of the most recent rankings, Georgia checked in at No. 13, thanks to strong finishes from Georgias mens and womens tennis and track teams.

    When the final poll comes out, Georgia is expecting to rank around No. 15, athletics director Greg McGarity said

    While those final spring sports ended the season on a high note, much discussion has centered around the performances of Georgias top three revenue-earning sports football, mens basketball and baseball.

    The football team, in head coach Kirby Smarts first season went 8-5 with a Liberty Bowl win over TCU. The mens basketball team finished 19-15 and in the NIT for the second consecutive season. For the fourth time in as many years, head coach Scott Stricklins baseball team ended the season with a below-.500 record and outside of the NCAA Tournament.

    That led McGarity to recognize this fact at the UGA Athletic Associations annual spring board of directors meeting in May.

    I know our program is not reaching its full potential, McGarity said.

    Football
    Georgia won its first three games but didnt look so good against Nicholls and Missouri. Bulldogs then only won four of their next 10 before the Liberty Bowl victory. At the recent SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida, Smart called his first season disappointing.

    Men's basketball
    Georgia was a preseason top-4 team in the SEC but ended up on the wrong side of the bubble by NCAA Tournament time. Georgia was unable to land that signature win by going 0-8 against Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, and of course, Kansas.

    Baseball
    Stricklin has yet to record a winning season as Georgias head coach. The 2017 campaign ended 25-32 and outside of the NCAA Tournament.
  • #3 by jbcarol on 16 Jun 2017
  • TBD. Mississippi State

    Every major sport at Mississippi State is on the upswing

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    The football team appears to be on the way back up with a talented quarterback and the hiring of a competent defensive coordinator. The womens basketball team will enter the season as a national title contender and a top-5 team. Baseball, meanwhile, just finished a remarkable season that defied expectations and could be on the cusp of a defining era in the history of the program. Mens basketball, though lagging behind the other sports, continues to have a bright future under coach Ben Howland.

  • #4 by jbcarol on 23 Jun 2017
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  • No other SEC school finished in the Top 10 for '16-17
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  •  Robbie Andreu‏ @RobbieAndreu Jun 29

    In 2016-17,  the Gators had 13 teams finish in the top 10 nationally, 10 in the top five. Three teams won a national championship.
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    Florida was the best among SEC schools at No. 2 overall, and South Carolina followed at No. 6 to round out the conferences representation within the top 10.

    CBS Sports formula takes into account performance in football, mens basketball and womens basketball, plus two wild cards among each programs most successful spectator sports other than the three previously included.

    15. Bama
    17. UK
    21. LS
    27. AU
    31. Arkansas
    32. A&M
    39. Vols
    40. State
    54. UGa
    59. Mizzou
    61. Vandy
    95. Ole Miss
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