Hogville

RB Sports Discussion => SEC Sports => Topic started by: GoHogs1091 on March 06, 2017, 02:01:23 pm

Title: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: GoHogs1091 on March 06, 2017, 02:01:23 pm
The final season for SEC teams to have a substantial chance to win against Mississippi State.

Next season, Howland is going to have the following size.

Schnider Herard   6'10"  4 Star
Aric Holman   6'10"  4 Star
Abdul Ado   6'11"  4 Star   Ineligible this season.  Probably the best shot blocker they have had since Jarvis Varnado.
Garrison Brooks   6'10"  4 Star
E.J. Datcher   6'9"  240 lbs.
KeyShawn Feazell   6'9"
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 08, 2017, 02:58:50 pm
For the youngest team in the country, the SEC Tournament can serve as a final opportunity to prove State has improved over the course of the season in key areas while building toward next season, which will come with heightened expectations (http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/college/mississippi-state/2017/03/07/how-much-has-msu-basketball-improved-season/98847954)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/839277314168893440/_AWOXNC5?format=jpg&name=600x314)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 08, 2017, 03:03:23 pm
The '16-17 Auburn squad has three freshmen and a redshirt freshman in the starting lineup

It is reportedly the youngest starting lineup in our nation (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2017/03/08/bruce-pearl-not-worried-nit-implications-sec-tournament/98903468)

(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/3cb4ead4df0bb833a667d9a5eaa653a6617be0cf/c=0-270-5184-3186&r=x329&c=580x326/local/-/media/Montgomery/2015/03/12/B9316553610Z.1_20150312212517_000_GAVA73885.1-0.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2017, 11:55:39 am
Marq Burnett: Six of Alabama’s top seven scorers in '16-17 are underclassmen. (https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/alabama-basketball-missouri-time-tv-channel-watch-online)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/838305481814917121/9A-Ygk4E?format=jpg&name=800x419)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2017, 07:25:41 am
 Brad Shepard‏ @Brad_Shepard

For all those Barnes haters, Cuonzo and Tyndall left a hot pile of garbage. Just FYI.

 Patrick Brown‏ @patrickbrownTFP 14h14 hours ago

Patrick Brown Retweeted Brad Shepard

Next year's team will be entirely players he's recruited/developed, maybe let's see what he does with it.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 11, 2017, 07:06:03 am
https://twitter.com/SpiritBen/status/840441253011562496

Quote
Kennedy and Co. will turn towards an ever-important 12th season for the Ole Miss head coach. He returns an experienced roster led by emerging all-league-caliber players Breein Tyree and Terence Davis. Saiz will be replaced by 7-foot Drake transfer Dominik Olejniczak, who will provide the rim protection and quickness in defensive rotations Ole Miss has sorely lacked in the low block.

Ole Miss has one scholarship open for the spring, though the Rebels are expected to add at least two players, and possibly up to four, after the dust settles. Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey is expected to transfer, and the future is cloudy for rising senior Marcanvis Hymon, who could also be a transfer candidate.


Ole Miss is looking to add offense at the four. Hymon and Justas Furmanavicius combined to average only 10.0 points per game this season. Ideally, the Rebels would land a player whose offense isn’t reliant on put-back opportunities at the rim, but rather can step out and make shots outside of 10 feet. Jones Community College forward Bruce Stevens is an option, and Ole Miss has kicked the tires on former Memphis and Virginia forward Austin Nichols, though the SEC’s new rules regarding previous disciplinary issues for transfers makes it all but impossible for the Rebels to add him.

Ole Miss could add a guard, too, and the Rebels will make it a priority to get more athletic on the wing. Former Texas guard Tevin Mack is a name being floated, among a host of others.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 11, 2017, 06:34:29 pm
https://twitter.com/KevinScarbinsky/status/840702176741728257

Quote
Kentucky had De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk.

Alabama didn't have Collin Sexton and John Petty.

To a man, Alabama has no reason to hang its head after losing to a legit Final Four contender and falling to 19-14 overall. Avery Johnson's second team has squeezed almost every drop out of its talent, winning 12 games against SEC opponents between the regular season and the conference tournament. Of their nine conference losses, five came by five points or less.

Now the Tide has every reason to look forward to the NIT and beyond. More experience for the likes of Key and Dazon Ingram is a positive, and considerable help is on the way.

Sexton, the explosive 6-2 point guard out of Georgia, is the No. 7 national recruit in the 247Sports rankings for 2017. Petty, the versatile 6-5 shooting guard from Huntsville, is No. 30. Both can play at a high level, both can score in bunches and both can get you points in a variety of ways when you need them most.

A year ago, Kentucky dismissed Alabama from this tournament by 26 points. This elimination game was anything but easy for the regular-season champs.

Imagine what might happen next year should they meet on this stage again.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2017, 11:18:27 am
It was a season filled with moral victories, though Barnes made it clear that he expects more next season, in his third year as Tennessee’s head coach. (https://www.seccountry.com/tennessee/tennessee-basketball-vols-rick-barnes-ncaa-tournament)

Quote
“I know one thing, this time next year we want to be in a position where we’re a postseason team,” Barnes said. “I’m proud of the young guys, and I think they learned a lot, but we want more.”

Tennessee’s stretch run was undone by injuries and illnesses.

The Vols started four different lineups in their final four games of the season.

“This time of year you want to have a rhythm, and you want to know what you have got,” Barnes said. “This will be a learning experience for them, and the biggest thing they have to understand is how quickly it can end.”

Postseason tournament invites go out tonight, but Tennessee’s season likely is over.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2017, 07:57:50 am
https://twitter.com/AP_Top25/status/841445540902633473

Quote
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl feels his program "is in really, really good shape" following a season marked both by progress and disappointing defeats.

For the first time in his tenure, the Tigers' coach will get most of his scoring and rebounding production back, including talented freshmen Mustapha Heron, Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy. It still didn't take the sting out of failing to make the NCAA Tournament or NIT, losing six of the last eight games or suffering some painful second-half collapses.

Pearl scoffs at any notion that his fourth season will be "critical" to his job security with a program that hasn't had a winning record since the 2008-09 season under Jeff Lebo. His own expectations will be high, though.

"We are in the upper division of any power 5 conference as far as the status of our program, where we are right now," Pearl said. "That's how coaches should be judged. Do I want to go to the tournament next year? Absolutely. Should there be an expectation that we go to the tournament? Absolutely.

"Our program is in great position. Our program is in really, really good shape."

The Tigers, who finished 18-14 and 7-11 in Southeastern Conference games, were the only team in the country to have its four leading scorers all be freshmen. That includes the program's first two five-star signees, Heron and Wiley. Wiley played in 23 games after enrolling at midseason and turned 18 during the season.

Heron led the Tigers in scoring and rebounding. Fellow freshmen Purifoy and Jared Harper also started while Anfernee McLemore played a key role off the bench. A pair of four-star signees, forward Chuma Okeke and point guard Davion Mitchell, are scheduled to join the team next season.

Pearl said the 6-foot-11, 255-pound Wiley is "just scratching the surface" of his abilities and could be one of the top offensive centers in the country next season. Wiley averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds and was second to McLemore on the team with 31 blocked shots despite his late start.

Still, Pearl knows that fans would be justified in thinking Auburn should have won a few more games. That certainly would include the first-round, overtime loss to 14th-seeded Missouri in the SEC Tournament after blowing a late lead. Auburn also squandered a 23-point second-half lead in a loss to Mississippi in another example, but did sweep rival Alabama.

Pearl, who has led teams to 17 NCAA Tournaments, wouldn't talk much about postseason hopes before this season. He's already talking up his next team.

"Next year our expectations should be to be in the NCAA Tournament," Pearl said.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2017, 08:00:58 am
https://twitter.com/AP_Top25/status/841623455015526400

Quote
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes doesn't want his players to get accustomed to ending their season this early.

The Volunteers finished 16-16 and won't be playing in the NCAA Tournament or the NIT for a third straight season. They haven't ended a year with a winning record since their 2014 Sweet 16 appearance.

This also marks the first time in over two decades that Barnes has spent back-to-back seasons without reaching the NCAA Tournament. Barnes' teams at Clemson and Texas had earned 19 NCAA Tournament bids in the 20 seasons before he took over Tennessee's program in 2015 .

"We're trying to teach our guys how hard it is to get into this," Barnes said Monday. "I want them to know it's something they're going to have to earn."

That's why Barnes already was trying to teach his underclassmen about the upcoming season shortly after the 2016-17 campaign ended.

"I want them to feel the sting of what it's like when you don't meet your goals," Barnes said. "I know one thing, it took me a couple of days before I even wanted to watch TV and watch another basketball game. I want them to feel that. I want them to understand there's no givens in what we do. It's why it's called competition. We've got to go out and embrace the competition.

"I've been doing this a long time, and the best people I've been around, they don't let losing just slip off their back 30-40 minutes after a game. It stays with them a little bit."

Tennessee actually outperformed preseason forecasts, as the Vols got the No. 9 seed in the SEC tournament after being picked to finish 13th in the league. More will be expected of Tennessee next season.

The Vols must replace leading scorer Robert Hubbs III, but senior reserve forward Lew Evans was the only other upperclassman on this year's roster by the end of the season. Tennessee regularly started three freshmen, including leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Grant Williams. An international exhibition tour this summer should help this young team get a jump start on the 2017-18 season.

Tennessee needs to find stability at the point guard position next season. Jordan Bone, Lamonte Turner and Shembari Phillips all took turns handling the point this year with varying degrees of success.

The Vols also must figure out how to avoid the late fades that have marked each of Barnes' first two seasons on the job. Tennessee lost seven of its final 10 games in 2015-16 and dropped six of its last eight games this season.

Tennessee started struggling this year shortly after it entered February as a legitimate contender for an NCAA bid. The Vols must respond better when the stakes get higher next season.

"I don't think we were tough enough because February is a tough month," Barnes said. "I think it's a grind. I think people who finish strong are mentally tough. ... To get where we want to go, I do think we've got to get mentally tougher. How do you do that? I think you raise the bar in everything that you do."
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2017, 11:29:08 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/841680685312151553

Quote
They clearly have a ways to go if they hope to break their 14-year NCAA Tournament drought.

"We're accountable, that's the biggest thing," Pearl said last week after losing in the opening round of the SEC Tournament for the second straight year. "Every one of us has to look inward. We didn't finish the season strong. I thought our team improved in a lot of ways, but the competition being what it is, teams got better."

Led by four freshmen in the starting lineup, the Tigers scored in bunches while simultaneously struggling on the other end of the court. Auburn ranked 31st nationally and second in the SEC behind Kentucky with 80.4 points per game. Comparatively, Auburn ranked 321st in scoring defense at 79.6 points per game allowed.

"Defense and rebounding was an issue for us all year long," he said. "We lost a lot of leads partly because we just weren't able to hold on on the defensive end."

Auburn failed to hold onto double-digit leads multiple times in the second half of the regular season, and it resulted in two losses to Georgia and two more to Ole Miss.

The issue came to a head at the SEC Tournament -- eleventh-seeded Auburn led No. 14 seed Missouri by 10 points with less than five minutes to play and was up by six with 19 seconds to go. Missouri managed to hit a pair of 3-pointers before the end of regulation and two more in overtime to send Auburn packing.

"We know the reasons why we did what we did and got what we got," Pearl said. "I've got a good, young team that I think has learned an awful lot of what it takes and where we came up short."

Pearl is now 44-54 in three seasons at Auburn after finishing 15-20, 11-20 and 18-14. He is optimistic about the 2017-18 campaign, in part because the meat and potatoes of his starting lineup will be returning --
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 15, 2017, 02:53:16 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/842082987244158977

Quote
Scarblog: Opportunity knocked loudly for the Alabama basketball team Tuesday night in Coleman Coliseum. The first round of the NIT gave the Crimson Tide a home game against solid-but-unspectacular Richmond a mere three days after pushing Kentucky for 40 minutes.

But as has been the case too often this season, Alabama missed its shot.

Richmond 71, Alabama 64 won't go down as the worst loss of a 19-15 season that veered from frustrating to encouraging, but it'll serve as a lingering reminder as the program turns the page toward a promising future. As much as this team scratched and clawed, Johnson's second edition simply wasn't good enough to overcome its limitations.

That explanation won't fly next season if Alabama doesn't reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. Two trips to the NIT in Johnson's first two years have been encouraging. At least, the invitations were. The performances, going one-and-done against Creighton last year and Richmond last night, not so much.

Quick. Name the last Alabama coach to win an NIT game. You get a gold star if you said John Brannen.

For two years, Johnson has earned pats on the back for getting the most out of a limited roster. He's filled the roster's obvious holes with this recruiting class, especially in terms of explosive perimeter scorers with high-profile signees Collin Sexton and John Petty. So the expectations for Johnson's third season already have gone to another level.

It'll be his job to lift the team to that level. Next season, Alabama should miss a lot fewer shots. That should keep the Tide from missing its best shot at the NCAA Tournament in years.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 18, 2017, 09:25:03 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/842883260820656128

Quote
Auburn, which has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2003, went 18-14 overall and 7-11 in SEC play this season and lost to last-place Missouri in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

"From Charles' lips to Gods Ears!" tweeted Auburn coach Bruce Pearl, who is working as a guest studio analyst for the Tournament. "That's what we came to Auburn to do! Blessed to have his confidence and support."
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 19, 2017, 09:38:04 am
https://twitter.com/AdamSparks/status/843089058180075521

Quote
Vanderbilt’s 2016-17 basketball season is over, and that means its roster moves forward.

The Commodores finished 19-16, including a late-season hot streak to advance to the NCAA tournament, despite carrying only nine active players. Here is what’s next:

Jeff Roberson: The most well-rounded player returning next season will only see his role expand. Roberson is perhaps the team’s best perimeter defender, but he will continue to play near the paint, where his toughness is an asset. Next season, Roberson is certain to step into the senior leadership shoes of Kornet and Cressler.

Fisher-Davis: The team’s leading scorer faces a critical offseason. Fisher-Davis will enter his senior year as one of the SEC’s most dangerous offensive weapons, but he finished this season coming off the bench because of past disciplinary reasons. If Fisher-Davis can avoid off-the-court issues, he will be an All-SEC guard. If not, he could get lost in the lineup as Drew reshapes the team...

Riley LaChance: After his career was revived as a point guard in Drew’s debut season, LaChance’s value has skyrocketed heading toward his senior season. LaChance could still play point guard. But it’s more likely he’ll move to his natural position of shooting guard as other point guard options arrive.

Joe Toye: The ceiling may be the highest for Toye, a guard who will enter his junior season as a possible rising star. He can defend in a physical style and drive and dunk over defenders. If Toye can improve his 3-point shooting, he could develop into an All-SEC selection.

Payton Willis...
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 21, 2017, 02:30:48 pm
https://twitter.com/CBSSportsCBB/status/844241351835303938
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 22, 2017, 02:55:32 pm
https://twitter.com/AntonioCMorales/status/844599281667522560

Quote
Sixth-seeded Georgia Tech ended the fifth-seeded Rebels' season in the NIT quarterfinals Tuesday night.

Now coach Andy Kennedy ventures into the offseason trying to figure out how he can get Ole Miss (22-14) back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015.

The biggest loss will obviously be in the front court with center Sebastian Saiz, who averaged 15.1 points and 11.4 rebounds, was a first-team All-SEC player and won the Howell Trophy.

The Rebels, who finished tied for fifth in the SEC after preseason projections had them at ninth, had a bunch of newcomers and a few young players, like Terence Davis and Breein Tyree, in key roles. The team never found a real flow until the end of the season.

Next season, Davis will be a junior, will have a year worth of meaningful playing time under his belt and will have another offseason to tighten his game. Tyree will be a sophomore that has have gone through the ups and downs of a season and will be further removed from the knee injury which limited his athleticism this year.

Deandre Burnett and Cullen Neal probably won't have quite the adjustment period they had this year.

"I think we saw the development of Terence Davis, we're all excited about the next step for him. Breein Tyree certainly shows flashes," Kennedy said. "We're obviously going to miss Sebas, Rasheed (Brooks) had his moments. ... The rest of the guys are intact, again, excited about what we're doing moving forward."

During his postgame press conference, Kennedy said he was excited about three players they've already signed — forward Jamarko Pickett, guard Devontae Shuler and combo guard Parker Stewart.

Kennedy also mentioned 7-foot Drake transfer Dominik Olejniczak, who he said will step into Saiz's spot at center. While that may be the case, it's hard to imagine Olejniczak reproducing Saiz's 23 double-doubles from this year.

During the off months, Kennedy will also spend time trying to find answers for a problem that plagued the team this season: home losses. Ole Miss lost six home games this season. Two of which came to Sweet 16 teams, Kentucky and Baylor, and another came to Middle Tennessee State, which won an NCAA Tournament game.

The three back-breaking home losses were to Georgia (19-15), Texas A&M (16-15) and Georgia Tech (20-15).

"I guarantee you, there's 24 teams playing in the NCAA and NIT as of tonight, and I guarantee you they all had one common denominator: they all protected home floor," Kennedy said. "That was our sixth loss at home. That's inexcusable. I'm going to really evaluate in the offseason ways to maybe eliminate some distractions. Something's going on, we just don't seem like we're as locked in.

"You can't have six home losses and expect to be successful."

The latest loss came in front of 9,091 fans, which was the second-largest crowd of the season behind Baylor.

"People who say Ole Miss doesn't care about basketball are crazy," Kennedy said.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 23, 2017, 08:16:23 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/844962167275356161

Quote
Juwan Parker, the third-leading scorer this past season for the Georgia men’s basketball team, had surgery to repair the Achilles in his right leg on Tuesday. It was the player’s second such injury in three years.

This surgery was on a different leg. Parker missed the entire 2015-16 season after recovering from Achilles surgery on his left leg. He returned to be injury-free almost to the end of this past season, before hurting his left Achilles late in the season.

Parker ended up missing the team’s final game of the year, the first-round loss in the NIT, after trying to play through the injury in the SEC tournament. The team said last week that Parker had a partial tear in the Achilles.

A team spokesman confirmed that Parker had a “procedure” on Tuesday. Parker posted a picture of himself on Instagram after the surgery, with the right leg wrapped.

A 6-foot-5 small forward, Parker started 31 games this year, averaging 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He was also second on the team with 57 assists.

Parker, who graduated prior to the season, has said several times that the plan was for him to return for his final season of eligibility.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 26, 2017, 08:03:45 pm
https://twitter.com/KyleTucker_SEC/status/846160007674695680

Quote
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Now Kentucky’s coaching staff and fans wait for the annual exodus of talent from Lexington.

After Sunday’s gut-wrenching, 75-73 loss to North Carolina in the Elite Eight, the Wildcats are definitely losing seniors Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder, while star freshmen Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo — projected to be the 5th, 6th and 30th NBA draft picks, respectively, by Draft Express —

Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe, despite few projections listing him as a draft pick at all, seems likely to join them. There could be other decisions looming, too. Sophomore 7-footer Isaac Humphries struggled to find playing time late in the season — until Sunday’s stunning 12-point, 5-rebound outburst that almost made him an unlikely hero — and recently expressed both frustration and a desire to explore his options after the season.

Five-star freshman Sacha Killeya-Jones did not log a single minute in Kentucky’s final 20 games and would not shock anyone if he decided to look elsewhere. Another 5-star freshman, Hamidou Diallo, enrolled early and was eligible to play the second half of this season but sat out instead to prepare himself for the 2017-18 campaign. But he is eligible to enter this year’s NBA draft if he chooses.

SEC Country caught up with each of those underclassmen except Killeya-Jones

Briscoe — “I’m not thinking about that. I don’t know, I’m not thinking about nothing. We just lost. I’m not thinking about that.”

Humphries — “I have nothing yet. Now that we’re kind of done I’m just going to assess every option that I have. I have nothing yet.”

Diallo — “I haven’t really spoken (to family or coaches) about next year, but as of right now, I’m 100 percent returning. This isn’t a great feeling, but these guys had a heckuva run. This has been a great experience for me, just learning from these guys. Just have to bring it into next year.”

The good news for Kentucky is that, in addition to having an elite building block like Diallo, coach John Calipari has once again landed the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, which includes six top-50 recruits, four McDonald’s All-Americans, and could still add one or two more top-10 prospects.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 27, 2017, 12:32:57 pm
SEC’s strong run in the NCAA tournament serves as some validation for Georgia’s season, but not an excuse

That seemed to be the message Mark Fox conveyed (https://www.dawgnation.com/mens-basketball/mark-fox-sec-success-updates-georgia-next-season)

Quote
Fox ruefully mentioned: “Kentucky came up a bucket short, and unfortunately we know that feeling.”

Georgia finished the season 19-14, the top-rated SEC team not to make the tournament, with an RPI rank of 52. It subsequently bowed out in the first round of the NIT to Belmont, in a game starters Yante Maten and Juwan Parker missed because of injuries.

“This group is close. We’ve got to get over the hump,” Fox said. “And we’ll spend the offseason working to do that.”

A few other team-related notes from Fox during his appearance:

    Maten, dealing with a sprained knee, won’t require surgery, but will not return to basketball activities until mid-April. Fox didn’t mention or indicate how that affects any decision the junior power forward has on exploring the NBA draft.
    Parker’s latest Achilles injury, which required surgery last week, isn’t as serious as the previous Achilles problem, which was in his other leg. “He should fully recover and be as good as new here in a couple months,” Fox said of Parker, who has one year of eligibility remaining.
    Incoming recruit Rayshaun Hammonds, rated a top 50 recruit, was described by Fox as “a very versatile small forward” who was big for his position. Said Fox: “He’s a big wing who I think can make plays off the dribble. He’s a very instinctive passer. He’s going to be somebody who offensively can make a very immediate impact on our team.”
    Nicolas Claxton, the team’s other fall signee, was described by Fox as “ultimately” a stretch-four, as in a power forward who can go outside and shoot 3s: “Nic’s got a very good shooting touch, and he’s very good with the ball … He almost has the skills of a small forward.”
    When it comes to replacing J.J. Frazier’s minutes at the point, Fox pointed at Turtle Jackson only having 26 turnovers and Tyree Crump only having four turnovers. (Fox didn’t mention that part of the reason for that is playing time, especially in Crump’s case.) Said Fox: “They’re both going to need to take a step forward. But I think they’re both probably excited about being able to gobble up some of those minutes.”
    Finally, Fox had a few updates on next season’s schedule. The SEC schedule isn’t in yet, so it’s only known that Georgia will have two games apiece against its three permanent rivals: South Carolina, Auburn and Florida. As for the non-conference, Georgia goes to Marquette and UMass, and has Georgia Tech at home. A scheduled return game by Oakland will probably be moved back a year at Oakland’s request, because of a scheduling conflict. The rest of the slate is being worked on, with Fox saying that after this season – when the Bulldogs were in the top 20 in schedule strength, but failed to get the needed wins for an NCAA bid – that he would be weighing “what’s strong versus what’s too strong.”
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 27, 2017, 12:37:05 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/846393429160538112

Quote
Scarblog: If South Carolina can do it, why not Alabama or Auburn?

The last time we asked that question about an SEC program making its Final Four debut, it was 1996. With senior guard and Alabama native Darryl Wilson as its leading scorer, Mississippi State made its one-and-only trip to college basketball's ultimate weekend that year.

South Carolina has become the seventh of 14 SEC schools to break that barrier.

Only three SEC programs have captured that big ring. Kentucky has eight titles, Florida owns two and Arkansas has one.

In terms of reaching the Final Four, there are now seven SEC schools who've yet to get there. So who's got next? Alabama or Auburn? Ole Miss or Missouri? Tennessee, Texas A&M or Vandy?

Five of them - Alabama, Auburn, Missouri, Tennessee and Vandy - have been to the Elite Eight but failed to take the next step. Ole Miss and Texas A&M have never advanced past the Sweet 16.

But South Carolina's run should give each of them confidence that the Final Four is not an impossible dream. It starts with hiring the right coach, as Carolina did with Frank Martin...

Tennessee's Rick Barnes has been to the Final Four with Texas. Auburn's Bruce Pearl took Tennessee to the Elite Eight. Texas A&M's Billy Kennedy led the Aggies to the Sweet 16 a year ago. New Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin led Tennessee to the Sweet 16 just three years ago.

Mississippi's Andy Kennedy has won NCAA Tournament games. Vanderbilt's Bryce Drew has led three different teams, two at Valpo and his first Vandy team this season, to the tournament.

Alabama's Avery Johnson is the only coach at one of the seven SEC programs without a Final Four trip who's never led a team to the NCAA Tournament, but he's been a college coach for just two years. He knows what postseason success looks like, having led the Dallas Mavericks to the 2006 NBA Finals.

With coaches in place who know how to recruit and win, the ingredients appear to be there for another SEC program to follow South Carolina's lead and break through to the Final Four for the first time in the coming years.

A bold prediction: It won't be another 21 years until one of them gets it done. Who's got next? It's impossible to predict, but my money's on the home teams. Crimson Tide or Tigers or, better yet, both.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 28, 2017, 05:47:23 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/846826912983007232

Quote
One year ago, Texas A&M was the toast of college basketball. Down 12 points with less than 45 seconds left to play against Northern Iowa, the Aggies completed one of the biggest comebacks in NCAA Tournament history.

Texas A&M lost four senior starters, so a rebuilding season was expected. However, it hit harder than expected. After winning the SEC title in 2016 and being picked third in the preseason SEC poll, the Aggies finished tied for ninth in the conference with a paltry 16-15 overall record. Despite having top talent on the roster, Texas A&M missed every postseason tournament.

However, Texas A&M basketball got a significant gift last week. Power forward Robert Williams announced his intention to return for his sophomore season.

Williams was a surprising freshman standout, ranked just the No. 62 player in his class coming out of high school. With a 6-9 frame, 7-6 wingspan and elite athleticism, NBA teams took notice. Before he announced he was returning, DraftExpress rated him a top-10 prospect.

In college basketball, having an athletic, long front court player is a huge advantage. Pairing Williams with All-SEC center Tyler Davis with another year of experience is a front court that almost no SEC team can counter.

But while Williams’ return immediately helps the roster, it instantly raises the expectations on coach Billy Kennedy and the program.

With Williams’ return, the Aggies have the talent to be competitive in the SEC. If they can’t be, the conference will move on without them.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 29, 2017, 06:20:41 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/847186232631283712

Quote
First, the losses: On his final call-in radio show of the season, coach John Calipari said Monday that in addition to three seniors — Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder — he figures four others are likely to leave early for the NBA draft. He didn’t name them, but it is reasonable to assume freshmen De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo, all projected first-round picks, are gone. Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe is likely the fourth, despite draft stock that is shaky at best.

That would mean Kentucky is losing its top seven scorers, who accounted for 2,882 of the team’s 3,225 points (or 89.4 percent) last season. So the cupboard will be bare, right?

Barring transfers — and that is still a possibility — the Wildcats could have three former 5-star recruits returning next season: forwards Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones and guard Hamidou Diallo. Plus 7-footer Isaac Humphries, whose 12 points and 5 rebounds against North Carolina on Sunday represented...

If there is a transfer among that group, Humphries is the best bet. Tai Wynyard, a forward from New Zealand who averaged just 3.6 minutes per game as a redshirt freshman, would be another candidate to seek more playing time elsewhere.

Diallo also provides a bit of uncertainty. He was a top-10 recruit in the Class of 2017 who enrolled in January and sat out despite being eligible to play the second half of this season for UK. His stated goal was to hone his skills by practicing with this year’s team and be ready to lead the 2017-18 squad.

However, he is eligible to enter this summer’s NBA draft...

Including Diallo, who was No. 9, Kentucky landed six top-35 prospects for 2017, per the 247Sports composite rankings. The others are No. 13 P.J. Washington (6-8 PF), No. 14 Nick Richards (6-11 C), No. 20 Jarred Vanderbilt (6-8 SF), No. 24 Quade Green (6-1 PG) and No. 35 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6-5 PG/SG).

Washington is one of the nation’s best rebounders, Richards a classic center who dominates defensively and on the glass, Vanderbilt a versatile forward who can play on the wing, Green arguably the top pure point guard in the country and Gilgeous-Alexander a valuable utility guard who can help both on and off the ball.

Then there’s this: Green, Washington, Vanderbilt and Richards are all McDonald’s All-Americans and they’re spending this week in Chicago trying to convince two other top-10 prospects, 6-11 center Mohamed Bamba and 6-8 small forward Kevin Knox, to join them...

— Bamba has a 7-foot-8 wingspan and 9-7 standing reach — and a potential game-changer. As of this moment, we at SEC Country believe he’ll be a Wildcat. And Calipari still might not stop there.

When the dust settles, here’s our educated guess at how the 2017-18 Kentucky basketball lineup shakes out.
Starting five

PG Quade Green (6-1), 5-star freshman

SG Hamidou Diallo (6-5), 5-star redshirt freshman

SF P.J. Washington (6-8), 5-star freshman

PF Mohamed Bamba (6-11), 5-star freshman

C Nick Richards (6-11), 5-star freshman

Next five

PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6-5), 4-star freshman

SG Mark Smith (6-5)/Jemarl Barker (6-2), 4-star freshman

SF Jarred Vanderbilt (6-8), 5-star freshman

PF Wenyen Gabriel (6-9), 5-star sophomore

C Sacha Killeya-Jones (6-10), 5-star sophomore
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2017, 01:28:46 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/847755106007130112

Quote
Collin Sexton is a total freak show.

That's what the college coach told me.

Actually, he paired another, earthier term with "show" to try to capture this one-man flying circus of a point guard headed for Alabama next season.

I didn't fully understand what the coach meant, but after seeing highlights of the McDonald's All-American Slam-Dunk Contest and the McDonald's All-American Game, I do now.

Sexton, all 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds of him, won the slam-dunk contest with the kind of vicious, ridiculous hops possessed by the last one-and-done talent to spend a single season in Tuscaloosa on his way to the NBA. But Childersburg's Gerald Wallace, also the Crimson Tide's last first-round draft choice in 2001, was 6-7.

In the all-star game itself, Sexton wowed the United Center crowd in Chicago with the kind of pinpoint passing Nick Saban would love to see from Jalen Hurts.

With the game barely a minute old, Sexton jumped in front of an outlet pass for a steal, but that was routine compared to what came next. In one motion, he whipped a backwards, one-hand, through-the-legs pass on the mark to a teammate for an easy dunk. Cole Mazza never delivered a flashier long snap.

https://twitter.com/CodyDanielSBN/status/847224503906193409
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 05, 2017, 02:31:11 pm
https://twitter.com/KyleTucker_SEC/status/849273438216826884
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 05, 2017, 02:33:03 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/849646569116889089

Quote
How quickly will 5-star talents Collin Sexton, 2-time Mr. Basketball John Petty and the rest of Alabama's star-studded signing class return Crimson Tide basketball to national prominence?

Plenty of people think it's a foregone conclusion that Alabama will be dancing again in March.

Alabama's incoming players are too talented not be dancing in March.

It was no big surprise Tuesday when John Petty was announced as the 2017 recipient of the Mr. Basketball award, presented by Alfa Insurance. He became the third player to win the award in back-to-back seasons, following John Carroll's Ron Steele and Butler's Trevor Lacey.

Steele emerged as an All-American point guard at Alabama before a knee injury wrecked a sure-fire NBA career, and the Crimson Tide hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game since his playing days in 2006.

Alabama's class also includes Sexton, 6-foot-9 Pelham forward Alex Reese, versatile 6-foot-7 Hale County guard Herb Jones and 6-foot-10 Mississippi big man Galin Smith. Oh, don't forget that 6-foot-11 Ohio State transfer Daniel Giddens will also be eligible.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 06, 2017, 05:35:52 am
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology/_/iteration/278

Next Four Out: A&M

Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 12, 2017, 01:37:48 pm
 Evan Daniels‏Verified account @EvanDaniels 4h4 hours ago

Kentucky's Isaac Humphries is turning pro, per release. No surprise, per my tweet last week. Likely headed to Europe or Australia.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2017, 08:13:29 am
 Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN

If Bam Adebayo signs with an agent, the lone returning Kentucky player who played a role last season will be Wenyen Gabriel.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2017, 12:07:23 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/854005123382751232

Quote
PJ Dozier is two feet out of the door now, signed with an agent and the door closed on returning to South Carolina basketball.

Gamecocks are losing arguably their three most important players from a team that made a run to the Final Four. Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice graduated and now Dozier is departing after his sophomore season.

Chris Silva is the only returning player who averaged more than 10 points per game, leaving the junior as a crucial player for the Gamecocks next year. But Silva was already going to be that, with or without Dozier on the roster. The same holds true for Maik Kotsar.

Dozier’s decision hits the backcourt hard, leaving the Gamecocks returning only Hassani Gravett from their top five players from a minute-per-game standpoint.

Much of the success the Gamecocks want to have next season now trickles down to the trio of Rakym Felder, transfer Kory Holden and incoming freshman David Beatty.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 20, 2017, 03:14:34 pm
A lot of roster turnover in Lexington:

https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/855130398212468736

Quote
Kentucky basketball is in the midst of its most massive exodus yet under coach John Calipari, and that’s saying something. But is it over now?

Seven players from the 2016-17 Elite Eight team are gone: seniors Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder, plus underclassmen De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and Isaac Humphries, all of whom announced intentions to pursue professional careers and hire agents.

Freshman Bam Adebayo is likely leaving, too, but he is the Cats’ only 2017 NBA Draft entrant who left the door open for a return to school by not hiring an agent. We’ll start with Adebayo and cover the other former 5-star recruits still on Kentucky’s roster — Hamidou Diallo, Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones —

Bam Adebayo
Don’t get your hopes up for an encore from the 6-foot-10 forward who averaged a double-double over the final 13 games...

Hamidou Diallo
This is an interesting case. A top-10 recruit in the 2017 class, Diallo enrolled at Kentucky in January and was eligible to play but elected to sit out... he is eligible for this year’s NBA draft. If he declares by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 23, Diallo can participate in the NBA combine and work out for teams to get feedback before deciding whether to stay in college.

Wenyen Gabriel
6-foot-9 forward and former top-15 recruit nationally, Gabriel had an inconsistent freshman season. After starting 23 games early on, he started none of the Wildcats’ final 9. He scored 23 points against LSU, had 16 rebounds against Auburn, had 10 games with multiple blocked shots — but then averaged 6.5 minutes in 4 NCAA Tournament games.

Gabriel seemed to lose confidence late...

Killeya-Jones
No player was the subject of more transfer speculation than this 6-foot-10 former McDonald’s All-American. Killeya-Jones scored 40 points all season and didn’t play a minute after Jan. 21. He never left the bench for the Wildcats’ final 19 games...

The good news is that Jones will not count against the APR and the bad is he is expected to come back and take a roster spot.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 20, 2017, 07:12:39 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/855153708518313984
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 21, 2017, 12:06:44 pm
https://twitter.com/AntonioCMorales/status/855429455413735425

Quote
OXFORD - With the No. 16 recruiting class in the country, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings, Ole Miss had already put together a pretty solid offseason.

The addition of coveted Memphis grad transfer Markel Crawford on Wednesday made the offseason haul even better.

Crawford filled the Rebels' final scholarship opening. Despite that, a source said Ole Miss, which reached the NIT quarterfinals, will still pursue Pitt transfer guard Cameron Johnson, whom it has already visited.

But for now the roster is filled...

Breein Tyree went through the typical peaks and valleys of a true freshman season, but eventually asserted himself as the Rebels' point guard.

Deandre Burnett was Ole Miss' leading scorer at 16.5 points per game, and Terence Davis came on strong through the second half of the year and averaged 14.9 points...

Crawford will find a role for himself somewhere in that rotation. He can play all three guard spots, but more important to those within the Rebels' program is the fact he can guard all three guard spots.

Rebels signed four-star wing prospect Devontae Shuler (6-foot-3, 180 pounds). Cullen Neal, who averaged 9.4 points in his first season at Ole Miss, will be back.

Parker Stewart, a three-star guard, will also join the fold in a few months.

Rebels lost the most consistent piece of their team last season with the departure of senior center Sebastian Saiz, who averaged 15.1 points and 11.4 rebounds.

Saiz's spot will be filled by 7-footer Dominik Olejniczak. Marcanvis Hymon and Justas Furmanavicius rotated at the power forward spot, but neither grabbed control of the position.

Ole Miss signed first-team NJCAA All-American power forward Bruce Stevens last week. Stevens (6-foot-8, 257 pounds) averaged 16.2 points and 11.6 rebounds at Jones County Junior College as a sophomore. Stevens also shot 37.5 percent from 3...

Jamarko Pickett is listed as a small forward, but can play either forward spot and will likely end up at power forward...  Pickett is a four-star prospect, who was rated as the No. 73 player in the class of 2017 by 247.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2017, 03:00:11 pm
UK basketball two decisions away from ‘unbelievable front line’ (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article146172999.html)

Quote
Chad Ford, ESPN’s analyst of NBA drafts, can envision next season’s Kentucky team featuring a big man tandem of Bam Adebayo and Mohamed Bamba.

“That would be an unbelievable front line,” Ford said in a recent telephone conversation.

Of course, two big decisions must fall Kentucky’s way in order for the Wildcats to put a double “Bammy” on opponents.

Adebayo, who declared for this year’s NBA Draft but did not sign with an agent, must decide to return to Kentucky next season. Ford recommends just that.

And Bamba, one of this recruiting year’s top prospects, must sign with UK. Recruiting analysts increasingly believe that will happen.

Depending on which of this year’s mock drafts you follow, Adebayo would be taken in the latter half of the first round (Ford, NBADraft.net) or early in the second round (DraftExpress.com).

Adebayo’s strong finish to this past season halted a perceived slide and moved his possible draft position into the “17-to-25 range,” Ford said. But with the 2018 NBA Draft considered not nearly as bountiful, and given the improvement a player can make in a year, Adebayo could be a top 10 pick next year...
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 24, 2017, 06:49:24 am
https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/852900614522765312
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 24, 2017, 11:19:29 am
UK basketball two decisions away from ‘unbelievable front line’ (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article146172999.html)


https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/856527779533344768
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 25, 2017, 08:50:14 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/856597503961165824

Quote
New Florida graduate transfer Egor Koulechov says he knew this past season would be his last with the Rice basketball program...

He’ll head to Gainesville to help replace the talent lost from Florida’s Elite Eight roster while looking to prove himself at college basketball’s high-major level.

“Throughout the year I kind of already had thoughts of what I was going to do next year. I was kind of set in my mind I wasn’t going to be coming back to Rice, but throughout the year I thought it was going to be to go pro,” Koulechov said in a phone interview Sunday. “I had a good year and thought maybe I want to do one more year (of college basketball), and do it back at a high-major.”

Koulechov, who spent his freshman season at Arizona State, averaged 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for Rice as a redshirt junior. He shot 47.4 percent from 3-point range (81 of 171) and earned first-team All-Conference USA honors.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on April 27, 2017, 11:57:01 am
 Shelby Mast‏ @BracketWAG 17h17 hours ago

Not much going on today, so I finally put out a way-too-early bracket for next season, name calling is permitted  http://bracketwag.com

 2 UK
 4 UF
 7 Bama
 8 Vandy
10 USC
11 Auburn (Last Four In)

First Four Out: Arkansas

Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 12, 2017, 07:46:25 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/862899460225069056

Quote
“Ar’mond at one time talked about transferring, but he had a change of heart,” Johnson told Ryan Fowler during a radio interview on 102.9 FM, Tuscaloosa. “Ar’Mond’s going to be back with the Tide next year, so look for him to be enrolled, unless something happens out of the blue.

“Look for Ar’Mond to be enrolled in summer school and start summer school on May 30 and return to the Crimson Tide next year.”

The 6-foot-6 senior had announced his intention to leave Alabama on Twitter on April 4. Earlier this week he promised to come back “stronger than ever.”

After transferring to Alabama from Southern Idaho, Davis played in 32 games last season and averaged 6.0 points as a reserve. He ranked fourth on the team in 3-pointers (32) and was third in 3-point attempts (129).

Johnson did not have an update on sophomore forward Braxton Key, the 6-8 forward who declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft, but wasn’t invited to this week’s combine.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 12, 2017, 08:06:56 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/862636691810656257
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 14, 2017, 12:55:32 pm
The final season for SEC teams to have a substantial chance to win against Mississippi State.

Next season, Howland is going to have the following size.

Schnider Herard   6'10"  4 Star
Aric Holman   6'10"  4 Star
Abdul Ado   6'11"  4 Star   Ineligible this season.  Probably the best shot blocker they have had since Jarvis Varnado.
Garrison Brooks   6'10"  4 Star
E.J. Datcher   6'9"  240 lbs.
KeyShawn Feazell   6'9"

 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein May 12

Ben Howland's combined career record in Year Three at Northern Arizona, Pitt, and UCLA: 82-20. Big season ahead for Mississippi State.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2017, 01:21:37 pm
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 1h1 hour ago

Jeremiah Tilmon's commitment to Missouri reiterates this narrative: Bottom of SEC should be much stronger next season than it was last.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 20, 2017, 04:46:53 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/865663835721617409

Quote
“I’m a Florida Gator in my heart, so I wanted another chance to come back and be a Gator,” Egbunu said. “I’ve graduated from here, and I love playing here, being a part of the culture and being with my teammates – it’s a fun team to be around. It’s also a chance for me to continue to improve and grow as a player and help the team however I can. And I can’t forget to mention how great it is to play in front of the Rowdies and all of our Gator fans.”

Egbunu was averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game during his junior season before tearing his left knee ACL in February in a win over Auburn.

Egbunu continues to rehab from surgery and expects to return in mid-January.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 21, 2017, 08:58:43 am
https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/865932359241170944
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 23, 2017, 10:51:21 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/867040900194742272

https://twitter.com/T_gotgame/status/867035851917799424

Quote
“After visiting with TeMarcus, he just cannot get his body to respond to continue to play basketball,” Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said in a statement. “It absolutely breaks my heart that somebody with such incredible spirit can no longer play, however, he will continue to be a big part of Gamecock basketball.”

The bright spot is that a roster spot opens up for Martin.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 23, 2017, 10:51:47 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/867036603037962241
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 23, 2017, 11:05:58 am
https://twitter.com/KyleTucker_SEC/status/867041610542059521
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 24, 2017, 07:04:58 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/867172016285265920
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 25, 2017, 08:21:10 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/867590099252510720

Quote
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported late Wednesday night that several teams picking in the 20s were interested in Diallo, but he never got a high enough guarantee from a franchise to stay in the draft.

“I wanted to see where I was in the draft process so I could get a proper evaluation,” Diallo wrote in his announcement. “I hope to play in the NBA one day — just not this season. Based on the information I received by testing the waters, I believe it’s in my best interests to return to school.”

Wildcats will now have 11 former top-100 recruits and eight former 5-star prospects on the roster next season. Diallo, point guard Quade Green, small forwards Kevin Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt, power forwards P.J. Washington, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Wenyen Gabriel and center Nick Richards all were consensus top-25 recruits nationally.

The one major concern: every contributor next season will be a freshman or sophomore unless Kentucky adds one last piece in the form of Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson, a 6-8 wing who shot 40 percent from 3-point range in ACC play last season.

KENTUCKY’S 2017-18 ROSTER

Projected Starters

PG Quade Green, 6-1, 5-star freshman

SG Hamidou Diallo, 6-5, 5-star freshman

SF Kevin Knox, 6-9, 5-star freshman

PF P.J. Washington, 6-8, 5-star freshman

C Sacha Killeya-Jones, 6-10, 5-star sophomore

Projected Reserves

PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, 6-6, 4-star freshman

SG Jemarl Baker, 6-4, 4-star freshman

SF Jarred Vanderbilt, 6-9, 5-star freshman

PF Wenyen Gabriel, 6-9, 5-star sophomore

PF Tai Wynyard, 6-10, 4-star sophomore

C Nick Richards, 7-0, 5-star freshman
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 25, 2017, 08:45:28 am
https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/867538570038456321

Quote
Winner

A&M: Robert Williams was considered a lock as a first-rounder and possibly even a lottery pick, but the athletic freshman big man didn't even bother to test the process. His return, along with the addition of point guard J.J. Caldwell, is huge for Billy Kennedy and the Aggies. Texas A&M also returns Tyler Davis and Tonny Trocha-Morelos up front and D.J. Hogg and Admon Gilder on the perimeter.

Loser

South Carolina: The Gamecocks, like Oregon, are still getting over the Final Four hangover. However, Martin took a huge hit with the departure of his perimeter trio. Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice were expected, but the early departure of Dozier was not, and that'll likely put Martin & Co. in rebuilding mode this season.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 26, 2017, 08:02:18 pm
https://twitter.com/WillSammon/status/868090835736420352

Quote
State freshman guard Mario Kegler has expressed an interest in transferring, sources confirmed after Evan Daniels of Scout.com first reported the news late Thursday night. Ben Howland has not returned a request for comment and MSU has not provided a statement. MSU did add, however, that Howland is out of town.

Howland is expected to meet with Kegler on Wednesday, a source said.

Kegler started in all 31 of MSU's 32 games last season. He scored in double-figures 16 times and averaged 9.7 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was the Bulldogs’ third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder.

Bulldogs have several options in the backcourt, with Tyson Carter, Lamar Peters, Eli Wright and incoming five-star freshman Nick Weatherspoon. Therefore, they could go with a small lineup and be effective, but could end up missing Kegler’s presence either way.

The biggest problem MSU may face if Kegler leaves is with depth.

The Bulldogs added Keyshawn Feazell as a three-star forward in their incoming class and he may provide depth off the bench. MSU granted four-star forward Garrison Brooks his release from his national letter of intent in April. Without Kegler, Brooks and Joe Strugg, along with the graduation of I.J. Ready, the Bulldogs would have two open spots on their roster. It's unclear if MSU is looking to add a graduate transfer for the upcoming season.

Kegler was part of MSU's highly-touted 2016 signing class.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 26, 2017, 09:43:31 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/868139954634936324

Here’s how all of the six SEC teams rank:

Kentucky – third in Fox, fourth in ESPN.com, fifth in CBS Sports.

Florida – 12th in Fox, eighth in ESPN.com, 10th in CBS Sports.

Alabama –  16th in Fox, 20th in CBS Sports.

Arkansas – 22nd in Fox.

Texas A&M – 24th in Fox,

Missouri  – 25th in ESPN.com.

ACC is next with five teams ranked.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2017, 09:57:36 am
https://twitter.com/RazorbackMBB/status/867788028684754944
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2017, 10:00:38 am
 Brandon Walker‏ @BWalker_SEC 22h22 hours ago

I didn't realize that Ole Miss's self-imposed postseason ban extended to all sports.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2017, 03:56:45 pm
https://twitter.com/KyleTucker_SEC/status/869615328963305475
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on May 31, 2017, 07:28:45 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/869660482113871873

Quote
“I’ve had guys flip at the last minute, so until they actually send their stuff in, you don’t know,” Fox said Tuesday before SEC meetings.

Maten, a 6-foot-8 forward, was Georgia’s leading scorer and rebounder last year until badly spraining his knee late in the year. He has played power forward and center in college, but given his size is more likely to have a different role if he wants to play in the NBA.

Given that, Fox and Maten have discussed using him differently next year –

“He’s evolved every year more and more. That’s kind of the natural progression we’ve taken with him since he came,” Fox said. “Will he be used exactly as he was last year, no. Will he evolve to a degree, most certainly. But will he also go back to where he’s done his most damage, absolutely.”

Maten’s return means that Georgia projects to return nine out of its 10 leading scorers from last season, though the exception is star All-SEC point guard J.J. Frazier. Fox also said there is no other unforeseen attrition...
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 01, 2017, 06:45:21 am
https://twitter.com/SECCountryHogs/status/869956698122985472
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 01, 2017, 12:28:59 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/870320183193292800

Quote
“This stuff has switched,” Wildcats coach John Calipari said Wednesday at the league’s spring meetings in Destin, Fla. “This is our time now. It’s our turn. What we did last year was a great start of it.”

First came better scheduling, then better coaching hires and improved facilities and huge leaps in recruiting — all of which finally paid off last season with five teams making the NCAA Tournament, four of them winning at least a game, three reaching the Elite Eight and South Carolina’s stunning run to the Final Four.

Gamecocks coach Frank Martin received a standing ovation from his fellow coaches in Destin.

SEC teams toppled their fair share of high-profile opponents from other conferences last season: Duke, North Carolina, UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Virginia, Wisconsin, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Syracuse.

“Scheduling was a big part of it,” Calipari said, “but you gotta win. There were years where in November and December, we just lost games as a league, like, we can’t lose games like that. This year, we didn’t.”

Both Arkansas and Vanderbilt nearly added to the league’s bragging rights in the NCAA Tournament. The Razorbacks led the (eventual national champion) Tar Heels with 1:44 to go in the second round and were victims of some questionable officiating down the stretch. The Commodores led Northwestern with 14.6 seconds left before a confused player committed a heartbreaking foul.

 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 5h5 hours ago

Every team in the SEC returns at least three of its top five scorers from last season except for Kentucky, Florida, and South Carolina.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 01, 2017, 12:31:23 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/870295043315306498
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 01, 2017, 07:33:35 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/870319285679390721
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 01, 2017, 08:00:57 pm
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology/_/iteration/284

 1 UF
 2 UK
 8 VU
10 SC
10 Bama
11 Arkansas

7th out: Mizzou
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 13, 2017, 01:14:27 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/874417755478532103
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2017, 07:49:48 am
 Wes Rucker‏ @wesrucker247 10h10 hours ago

The more I look at this #Vols hoops roster heading into 2017-18 season, the more I think this team could be much better than people think.

Vols hoops has added arguably the nation’s best juco scorer and also the kid who led NCAA DI in scoring in 2015-16. Not insignificant.

Vols hoops roster claims Fr F Zach Kent is 6-10. That means he’s a legit 6-10, because Tennessee uses barefoot measurements.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2017, 02:30:09 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/875776059685445632

Quote
With seven returners who gained quality experience, as well as extra practice time allowed due to the team’s trip to Italy in August, the head coach is using every moment of this period.

The Tigers are allowed 10 extra practices per the NCAA. Since there’s no time limit, the workouts have resembled a typical 2 1/2- to 3-hour practice.

“It just allows us to get more in this summer, get more accomplished,” Pearl said before an Auburn club meeting in Huntsville last week. “It gets me to experiment a little bit. I’m going to try some things this summer and overseas that I don’t know I would have been able to do if I didn’t have this experience.”

Now that freshman forward Chuma Okeke has joined center Austin Wiley and the Tigers’ other bigs, Pearl is testing different ways to use his team’s length to its advantage.

Auburn struggled defensively at times and for the most part stayed away from zone defenses during its 18 wins in 2016, but that could change when the fall arrives.

“I have not played a lot of zone,” Pearl said. “With the way they are calling the game now and some people don’t respond well to it. I want to spend more time practicing more zone so it’s more of a viable game for us.”

Near the end of the season, Pearl emphasized that defensive improvement would be a huge focus this offseason.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2017, 06:54:04 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/876934074161672193
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2017, 06:31:17 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/878665135853850627

Quote
Auburn's promising freshman forward sustained only a bone bruise and will be out just one to two weeks.

Four-star recruit from Georgia suffered the injury Monday during tryouts for the USA Under-19 world championship team. He underwent an initial MRI on Wednesday and returned to Auburn Thursday for further testing.

6-foot-7, 225-pound Georgia native was the No. 11 small forward and No. 45 overall prospect in this year's recruiting class...
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2017, 07:13:50 am
‘Positionless’ Cats say they’ll be ‘real trouble’ for opponents next season (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article157701679.html)

Quote
Calipari’s next group of Wildcats will be his youngest yet. Eight of his 11 scholarship players next season will be freshmen. The other three will be sophomores.

This roster doesn’t appear to have a transcendent player like No. 1 draft picks John Wall, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns, and expectations — though still sky high —

What this squad will feature — more so than any other Kentucky team under Calipari — is a cast of prospects that perfectly fits the UK coach’s recent obsession with “positionless” basketball players.

https://twitter.com/KyleTucker_SEC/status/878705846997438464
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2017, 07:19:15 am
https://twitter.com/SECCountryVols/status/877174372074651648

Quote
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee graduate transfer James Daniel III comes to the Vols as one of the most highly-touted scorers in the country, but he’s also bringing a lot of confidence.

“I have very high expectations for our group,” Daniel said at the Pilot Rocky Top League’s opening night at Catholic High ...

“We have a young team, but they got a lot of experience last year,” he said. “Adding me and adding (junior college guard) Chris Darrington and a couple of freshmen, I feel as though we have a chance to not only win the conference, but like a national title.”

Daniel transferred from Howard University with one year of eligibility left. In the 2015-16 season, he averaged 27.1 points — which led the nation —
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2017, 09:06:36 am
https://twitter.com/AdamSparks/status/879417454899978241

Quote
Commodores will tip off a period of 10 practices on July 10, which is permitted by the NCAA for offseason international trips. Vanderbilt will play in the Paradise Jam summer tour in the Virgin Islands Aug. 13-19.

Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2017, 09:36:18 am
https://twitter.com/brandonsudge/status/879398121406640128

Quote
Athens

Time and time again last season, Georgia’s basketball team would be in a tight contest and turn to its 5-foot-10 backcourt star to lead a potential comeback.

J.J. Frazier many times answered that call, but with Frazier now pursuing a professional career, there’s a significant scoring void and adjustment period for head coach Mark Fox... The SEC appears to be improved, and Fox is facing lofty expectations in his eighth season.

“I think Tyree (Crump) and Jordan (Harris), obviously as sophomores, go into this year knowing what to do and expect,” Fox said in Monday’s SEC media teleconference. “They’re much more comfortable in everything that they’re doing, and the workouts have been pretty good. For the most part, they’ve stayed pretty healthy. They’ve had a really good offseason in preparation to absorb more minutes and hopefully get more shots.”

In inconsistent action last season, Crump and Harris showed flashes of living up to the potential of their four-star recruiting rankings, whether it be the 13 points by Crump in a comeback win over Tennessee or three steals from Harris in a blowout road victory over Mississippi. Now, Georgia hopes that those short-lived peaks of success can translate into a more thorough role this season.

Crump and Harris will also have the duty of mentoring a newly signed guard through the turbulence that comes with a freshman season. The Bulldogs signed Teshaun Hightower, a Gwinnett County product, in the final signing period and look for him to gain some traction with the sophomore duo and junior guard Turtle Jackson.

“Juwan [Parker] is really doing well,” Fox said. “He returned to the gym to start shooting balls a little earlier than we thought. He hasn’t been cleared for live five-on-five play, and there are only one or two things that they’re still limiting him from doing on the court. He’s been able to do just about everything, outside of one or two activities. He’s doing well and feels good.”

Georgia had options at the wing to fill-in for Parker during his injury, with freshmen Rayshaun Hammonds and Nicolas Claxton joining junior E’Torrion Wilridge

Georgia has gotten some more positive news in terms of players returning. Yante Maten announced May 23 that he would be returning for his senior season after originally declaring for the NBA draft without an agent in April.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2017, 10:24:39 am
https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/879682005109272578

Quote
COLUMBIA, MO. • After three last-place finishes in the Southeastern Conference and three years of empty seats at Mizzou Arena, the Missouri men’s basketball program has grabbed the attention of the coaches around the league.

That’s what happens when you hire an established head coach with SEC ties who then signs the nation’s seventh-ranked recruiting class, including the No. 1 high school prospect.

The same coaches who are always in campaign mode to endorse SEC basketball prowess — you might have heard the league landed three teams in the 2017 Elite Eight, including first-time Final Four participant South Carolina — took turns Monday praising Mizzou’s swift rebuild, which started March 15 when athletics director Jim Sterk hired Cuonzo Martin to pull the Tigers out of the Kim Anderson quagmire.

SEC coach who knows Missouri’s program best said the Tigers will “be on everybody’s radar” this season.

“I’m excited for Cuonzo,” said Arkansas’ Mike Anderson, Mizzou’s coach from 2006-11. “Timing is everything. He’s been able to put together a tremendous recruiting class. We always (say) coaching is sometimes overrated. You’ve got to have players.”

Martin has reconstructed Mizzou’s roster with five newcomers, headlined by 6-10 forward Michael Porter Jr., the country’s top-rated recruit and winner of multiple national player of the year awards. Mike Anderson was still coaching at Mizzou when the Porter family arrived in Columbia in 2010. Porter Jr., who played at Father Tolton High School before moving to Seattle for his senior year, was 12 at the time and starting sixth grade.

“I can remember when the kid was 6 feet (tall),” Anderson said. “He shot up like a cannon.”

Anderson also noted Mizzou’s addition of 6-11 freshman forward Jeremiah Tilmon, a four-star prospect from East St. Louis expected to immediately contribute inside, plus the return of junior point guard Terrence Phillips and MU’s other core veterans. The combination of MU’s impact rookies and seasoned players has Martin’s peers on alert, especially considering Martin’s SEC experience. During Martin’s three years as Tennessee’s head coach (2011-14), only Kentucky’s John Calipari and Florida’s Billy Donovan won more games in the SEC than Martin’s 63 victories.

“Cuonzo has been through the wars of the SEC,” Mike Anderson said. “He knows what it takes to compete at a high level. I’m sure he’ll turn it around really quick. He’s got some good players there. Missouri has done a good job bringing in a guy that can recognize talent. He can get those guys to play at a high level. All it does is continue to put another team that’s going to be on everybody’s radar and have a chance to play postseason basketball at the end of the year.”
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2017, 10:27:32 am
https://twitter.com/AntonioCMorales/status/879465015270682624

Quote
Summer has plenty of value for Ole Miss, which is integrating several new faces into its program.

There's four-star prospect Devontae Shuler. There's grad transfer Markel Crawford, who played at Memphis last season. There's Bruce Stevens, a JUCO All-American at Jones County Junior College. And there's new Rebels assistant coach Rahim Lockhart, who coached Stevens.

Andy Kennedy knows those aforementioned players and coaches will bring something to the table this season, but on Monday he showered praise on one of his holdovers from last season: sophomore point guard Breein Tyree.

“The biggest improvement I’ve seen, just because now he’s fully healthy and he didn’t have this summer last year based on the injury coming out of high school is Breein Tyree," Kennedy said. "He suffered an ACL tear in April of his senior year ... So to see him back healthy, whole and with the confidence we recruited him with has been very pleasing.”
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2017, 10:41:55 am
https://twitter.com/WillSammon/status/879685447487819776

Quote
STARKVILLE — A late transfer left a scholarship open for Mississippi State and it is still unclear if that spot will be used for this upcoming season, Ben Howland said. At this point, there aren’t many options left and that may suggest the scholarship will carry over into the following season.

The opening was created when Mario Kegler bolted for Baylor. Kegler leaving Mississippi State for Baylor despite having played the second-most minutes and attempted the third-most shots on the Bulldogs was not something Howland expected.

“For him to want to leave that situation was a little bit surprising,” Howland said Monday during the SEC’s summer teleconference. “But we wish him well.”

“Mario did not really let us know that he was going to do that until the very end of May,” Howland said. “What it does is, it gives us another scholarship that we have for this coming season and if we decide to use that this year, which still remains to be seen.

“In terms of our depth, at the end of the day, I think it’s the best thing long-term. I think our guys have been great, and it creates opportunities for someone else.”

That person could be Xavian Stapleton. Stapleton, who averaged 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, can stretch the floor at 6-foot-6, and may be in line for a starting role. Howland is expecting to get a boost from the presence of center Abdul Ado, who sat out last year because of eligibility issues. The Bulldogs also have depth at the guard position and could look to use a smaller lineup.

MSU is expecting only two additions. Former Dandy Dozen honoree Keyshawn Feazell, a forward out of Lawrence County is already on campus and is “better than I had hoped at this point,” Howland said.

The hope, from MSU’s perspective is that five-star point guard Nick Weatherspoon (Velma Jackson) joins the Bulldogs for the second summer session after needing to meet an academic requirement this month.

“We fully expect that to happen,” Howland said.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2017, 12:41:26 pm
https://twitter.com/JamesCrepea/status/879737364997955585

Quote
Bruce Pearl is weighing how to deploy Auburn's personnel, with the possibility of utilizing two five-man units heavily under consideration.

Auburn has 11 eligible players for the 2017-18 season plus the addition of VCU transfer Samir Doughty, who officially signed on Tuesday and will sit out this season.

"I have 11 really good players and I'm not bringing - we made a conscious decision, a conscious effort, all spring to resist the temptation to bring in a 12th eligible player," Pearl said. "Because I don't need anybody else eligible ...

"I look at us as a team that will play 10. I can't see us not playing fewer than 10. Our strength is our depth. Whether or not we platoon, that might be something I look at, like John (Calipari) did a couple of years ago at Kentucky. I don't know that I will, but it's something that I'm definitely going to look at.

Favorites for the starting five are clearly Austin Wiley at center, Danjel Purifoy at small forward and Mustapha Heron at shooting guard, with Horace Spencer and Chuma Okeke competing at power forward and Jared Harper and Davion Mitchell vying for the point guard job. Then there are returning players with significant experience in Bryce Brown and Anfernee McLemore, junior college transfer guard Malik Dunbar and forward Desean Murray, who sat out last year after transferring from Presbyterian.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2017, 01:08:50 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/879738716964696064

Quote
Kentucky freshmen Hamidou Diallo, P.J. Washington and Kevin Knox were all with their coach, John Calipari, for at least a few days in Colorado. While Knox headed back to Lexington early with a hamstring injury — after looking at times like the best player in the gym —

It’s a great opportunity for those key Cats, who along with Knox seem likely to start at Kentucky from Day 1, to get a head start.

BRUCE PEARL (Auburn coach)

“The guys I’m highest on are Washington and Knox. I’m really high on those guys. Great size, skill set, know how to play, can shoot, pass and handle —"

DANNY MANNING (Wake Forest coach)

“[Washington] is extremely versatile; he’s got a very good skillset. He handles the ball well, passes it well, has a good feel and understanding of the game. [Knox] is a guy who does a lot of different things —"

MIKE DECOURCY (Sporting News)

“P.J. impressed me the most in terms of his readiness to play right now with what they need him to do at the position they need him to fill. ... He plays hard, he drives the ball, he’s aggressive...

“Kevin Knox gets to great spots. That’s a great sign. He’s such a gifted athlete and has such a good head for how to get through an offense. He’s always in the right spot; the next step will be becoming a guy who makes that shot when he gets to that spot. He has a lot of arc on his shot...

“Hamidou, I think this is really important for him, because he hasn’t played in so long. Of the three [it’s most important for him], absolutely. You’re starting to see a more confident player, a more fluid player, and he’s making shots..."
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2017, 04:11:22 pm
https://twitter.com/GaryParrishCBS/status/880434663654912000
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2017, 12:42:54 pm
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 15m15 minutes ago

Best returning PG in the SEC is Auburn's Jared Harper. League is much deeper than last year, but lost several quality floor generals.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 06, 2017, 09:23:17 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/882636456103170048

Quote
Austin Wiley had his worst performance of the FIBA U-19 World Cup on Wednesday, but it still didn't slow down Team USA.

Wiley finished with just two points and three rebounds, but Team USA routed Mali, 117-69...

P.J. Washington led Team USA with 20 points.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2017, 11:28:15 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/883279347053940736

Quote
“Coach [Rick Barnes] put the bug in my ear and said you’ve got to take advantage of it every time you’re playing, it doesn’t matter who you are playing against,” Bone said. “You never know when the ball is going to stop bouncing, so I put that in my head that every time I step on the court, I need to give it my all.”

Rising junior Admiral Schofield was the most impressive of the Vols’ players in summer league action, while Pilot Rocky Top League commissioner Andre Whitehead said Kyle Alexander showed the most improvement since the end of last season.

Here’s a look at the summer league shooting percentages and scoring averages of the Tennessee players — past and present — from the 5-game schedule each played at Knoxville Catholic:

(Note: past players in italics)

Admiral Schofield: 37.0 PPG; 64.5%FG; 38% 3PT-FG; 11-15 FT-FTA
Jalen Johnson: 24.3 PPG; 73.2% FG; 19% 3PT-FG; 1-3 FT-FTA
Jordan Bowden: 19.0 PPG; 75% FG; 36.7% 3PT-FG; 0-0 FT-FTA
Jordan Bone: 17.8 PPG; 53.5% FG; 32.4% 3PT-FG; 10-12 FT-FTA
Bobby Maze: 17.33 PPG; 75% FG; 18.8% 3PT-FG; 7-10 FT-FTA
Lew Evans: 15.5 PPG; 71.4% FG; 35% 3PT-FG; 0-2 FT-FTA
Chris Darrington: 15.25 PPG; 38.1%FG; 36.4% 3PT-FG; 9-12 FT-FTA
Kyle Alexander: 15.0 PPG; 71.7% FG; 15.4% 3PT-FG; 3-8 FT-FTA
Derrick Walker: 14.0 PPG; 49.2% FG; 0% 3PT-FG; 12-22 FT-FTA
Brad Woodson: 13.8 PPG; 60% FG; 36.5% 3PT-FG; 0-0 FT-FTA
Grant Williams: 12.2 PPG; 71.0% FG; 28.6% 3PT-FG; 5-6 FT-FTA
Wayne Chism: 11.3 PPG; 71.4% FG; 33.3% 3PT-FG; 2-2 FT-FTA
Jacob Fleschman: 7.8 PPG; 40.0% FG; 36.7% 3PT-FG; 2-2 FT-FTA
Zach Kent: 6.3 PPG; 54.5% FG; 42.9% 3PT-FG; 4-6 FT-FTA
Lucas Campbell: 5.33 PPG; 33.3% FG; 36.4% 3PT-FG; 0-1 FT-FTA
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2017, 11:44:36 am
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 17m17 minutes ago

While chemistry & role allocation still need to be worked out, Texas A&M boasts SEC's best blend of youth & experience on paper. Not close.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2017, 08:46:32 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/883739635100377088

Most recent odds from VegasInsider:

(https://res.cloudinary.com/cmgverticals/image/upload/f_auto,q_auto/v1499534394/Screenshot-2017-07-08-at-1.17.54-PM_vqydax.png)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2017, 02:27:25 pm
https://twitter.com/DMullen14/status/883741184329494529

 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein Jul 8

Jon Rothstein Retweeted Dylan Mullen

Bulldogs will be better, but so will the SEC.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 10, 2017, 11:44:24 am
https://twitter.com/SECcountry/status/884087241987035136
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 10, 2017, 11:45:34 am
Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 17m17 minutes ago

While chemistry & role allocation still need to be worked out, Texas A&M boasts SEC's best blend of youth & experience on paper. Not close.


https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/883737678650499072
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 11, 2017, 09:56:31 am
https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/884763855594938369

Quote
COLUMBIA, MO. • There is nothing fancy about Cuonzo Martin’s ongoing construction project over in Boone County.

Missouri’s new men’s basketball coach has set firm, basic and crystal clear objectives for the group. Freshman guard C.J. Roberts saw that when Martin made a home visit, hoping to retain his commitment to the school after Kim Anderson’s departure.

“He just came in, looked me in my eyes and told me ‘I’m not going to let you cut corners, I’m going to be on you about everything, little things, it’s going to be a short leash. I want you to be great, you want to be great, that’s what we’re going to do,’” Roberts recalled.

Freshman guard Blake Harris got the picture when he recovered from wrist surgery and was cleared to practice fully.

The physical defensive play got his attention, along with the vocal scrimmage communication.

Junior forward Kevin Puryear was used to mixing it up, but Martin’s brisk practice pace challenged him.

“The speed is just ... I’ve never been through anything like this speed, ever, in my career,” Puryear said.

Anderson preached defense when he returned to his alma mater as head coach, but his teams seldom got after opponents. Middling programs (or worse) could come into Mizzou Arena and win games.

He tried to instill discipline, issuing suspension after suspension during his first year, but failed to restore order. He shied away from transfers and preached personnel continuity, but suffered wholesale defections.

He hoped to turn the corner once he finally had “his” players in place, but nothing changed in Year 3. So Martin is starting over, stressing mental toughness, physical conditioning, defensive tenacity and offensive adaptability.

If that means strapping on 15-pound weight vests for a whole practice, that’s what...
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 14, 2017, 08:37:23 am
https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/885549753865580544

Porter had his transcripts approved by the NCAA last month, allowing him to enroll at MU.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 15, 2017, 08:53:45 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/885941429813510146
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 15, 2017, 12:47:48 pm
https://twitter.com/AntonioCMorales/status/885988595273797632
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: mizzouman on July 17, 2017, 09:25:18 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/885941429813510146
98% chance he will class up.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 20, 2017, 06:39:50 am
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/887995940723937280

Quote
Tennessee basketball team will have two new guards this season, and coach Rick Barnes expects them to bring scoring to the backcourt.

Barnes wanted to address the lack of a scoring threat from the guard position last season.

“I can only go back to a year ago with our last game,” Barnes said. “We had the ball against Georgia, our guards had chances to make plays and didn’t. One thing we wanted to do in the offseason and we felt we maybe had to do that with older guys.

“With Chris Darrington and James Daniel we felt we could get guys who like to score and [are] not afraid to go make plays.”

Daniel, a graduate transfer from Howard, led the NCAA in scoring as a junior in the 2015-16 season with 27.1 points per game.

Darrington comes to Tennessee as a highly touted junior college transfer. He ranked as the No. 14 best JUCO player in the country last season, according to 247Sports.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard averaged 20.7 points per game last season.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 22, 2017, 06:32:56 am
Vanderbilt returns eight letter winners and four starters from the 2016-17 edition of the Commodores which finished 19-16 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season

Season tickets are available for as low as $123 (http://www.vucommodores.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/072117aaa.html)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 23, 2017, 08:41:18 am
https://twitter.com/AdamZagoria/status/888743880874766336
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 24, 2017, 03:46:32 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/889577763203690496

Quote
Southeastern Conference team no one expected to make the Final Four in Phoenix is now the short-term model for nearly everyone else in the league, including Alabama.

“Be like the South Carolina Gamecocks” could be a rallying call for the upcoming 2017-18 men’s basketball season. With high expectations for Kentucky and maybe Florida, the rest of the league hopes for a similar leap...

“Hopefully we’ll be ready to take that take step,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. The Crimson Tide certainly has the potential to land just its second NCAA Tournament invitation since 2006 this season — and then, who knows?

Alabama went 19-15 last season, and 10-8 in league play, which was good enough to tie Ole Miss and Vanderbilt for fifth in the SEC, only to land yet another NIT appearance.

ama fans were quick to note that the Crimson Tide were the last team to beat the Gamecocks prior to the NCAA Tournament. They also won their other matchup as well in four overtimes — 90-86 on Feb. 7, when host South Carolina was ranked No. 19.

While there’s no doubt that Alabama is a better team on paper than it was a year ago, having added a terrific recruiting class led by guards Collin Sexton and John Petty, there’s no guarantee that will translate into a jump up in the SEC standings.

That’s not a knock on the Crimson Tide, because the league is stepping up its game as well.

Arkansas and Texas A&M were solid last year and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Razorbacks finished third in the league and made the NCAA field. Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford both withdrew their names from the NBA draft and coach Mike Anderson added a solid recruiting class.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 27, 2017, 04:46:05 pm
https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/890684214751965184

Quote
Auburn is one of four SEC teams on the list, trailing No. 13 Kentucky, No. 20 Alabama and No. 21 Arkansas.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on July 31, 2017, 06:22:34 am
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein Jul 29

South Carolina has two guys in the NBA, but hardest thing for Gamecocks to replace may be Duane Notice's on-ball defense. Head of the snake.

Hearing Alabama's early back court look in prep for its foreign tour is Dazon Ingram and Collin Sexton together. Can you say hard to guard?
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 02, 2017, 12:46:29 pm
https://twitter.com/SpiritBen/status/892076081225900033
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2017, 01:06:17 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/893160814454198272
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2017, 12:51:59 pm
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 4h4 hours ago

Hearing while Wenyen Gabriel has been Kentucky's best player this summer, program's biggest surprise has been Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

The buzz surrounding Texas A&M's J.J. Caldwell is beyond palpable and it's only August. Could be SEC's most impactful newcomer next season.

 Tom Hart‏ @tom_hart 4h4 hours ago
ummm, there's an SEC newcomer named Porter who is likely to be fairly impactful if I'm not mistaken.

 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 2h2 hours ago

Jon Rothstein Retweeted Tom Hart

No question. But Caldwell has a chance to make Texas A&M the SEC's best team. Winning trumps everything. See Simmons, Fultz.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2017, 07:32:49 am
Pearl is confident competition and depth will be aplenty throughout his program in the coming months (https://www.seccountry.com/auburn/auburn-basketball-bruce-pearl-trip-italy-preview)

Quote
“It’s really competitive,” Pearl said. “It really is, but it’s also the guys are really working hard and playing together.”

Malik Dunbar joined the team on Friday after finishing up academically at College of Central Florida and transfer Desean Murray — who sat out last season — will make the [August Italy] trip, too.

Adding faces has highlighted the second potential issue Pearl is appreciating: depth.

“We literally have two potential starters at every position,” Pearl said.

Tigers are hoping to put together a season capped with an NCAA Tournament appearance.  The time abroad in a way will be a spring board allowing Auburn to get a “head start”...

Already Auburn has worked diligently on improving its transition defense, for example.

“It helps you throughout the season,” Pearl said of his team’s time overseas. “We are further ahead. It takes a little pressure off in the fall, helps the guys get adjusted a little bit.”

Austin Wiley will benefit from some time off, as he’ll be sidelined during the trip with a stress fracture, but the entire group will get some time off upon the return to the states.

“I think in the long run that’s going to help us be fresh, or fresher,” Pearl said.

Already there’s chatter about the ensuing starting battle at point guard. And then there’s the question of who will play alongside Wiley.

“If everyone is focused on the name on the front of the jersey and not the name on the back of the jersey,” Pearl said, “everyone’s going to be happy. We’ll be playing together, we’ll be playing beautiful basketball and we’ll be winning.

“When we are successful, you as an individual have a chance to benefit more than if you as an individual are successful but the team fails.”
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2017, 07:42:29 am
LSU basketball: Tigers land impact Southern Utah transfer Randy Onwuasor (https://www.seccountry.com/lsu/lsu-basketball-tigers-land-impact-southern-utah-transfer-randy-onwuasor)

Quote
Despite having the no. 1 pick in the NBA Draft just two seasons ago, it has been a rough couple of years for LSU basketball. But with the hiring of former VCU head coach Will Wade, a new era has begun in Baton Rouge, and there is plenty of reason for optimism.

Along with being a fresh face, Wade has a reputation as a very good recruiter, and he figures to bring in plenty of talent to the program. He earned a big lift in that area on Saturday, as LSU landed the commitment of impact graduate transfer Randy Onwuasor, formerly from Southern Utah:

Onwuasor put up big numbers in 2016-17, averaging 23.6 points per game for the Thunderbirds.

Despite that huge scoring average, Onwuasor has some work to do in terms of efficiency, as he shot just 41 percent from the field, and 31 percent [from treyville].

Wade is also in the mix for Mitchell Robinson who bailed on Rick Stansbury and Western and a potential Oregon transfer (10-12 mpg) accused of sexual assault has been cleared of criminal charges.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2017, 05:46:46 am
Bama star freshman fine after injury scare (http://www.al.com/alabamabasketball/index.ssf/2017/08/alabama_star_freshman_fine_aft.html)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/895456622071250944/3g5iDxUF?format=jpg&name=144x144_2)

Quote
Collin Sexton is fine after an injury scare during the Crimson Tide's exhibition game against Carleton Wednesday night, according to an Alabama spokesman.

Sexton left with an apparent injury late in the fourth quarter of the Tide's 84-71 loss.

Prior to exiting, Sexton scored 15 points and had eight assists in 30 minutes.

Sexton was the No. 1 point guard and No. 4 overall prospect in this year's recruiting class (and maybe ever).
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2017, 06:12:58 am
Bama's 84-71 loss to reigning Canadian champion Carleton (https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/alabama-basketball-takes-84-71-loss-reigning-canadian-champion-carleton)

Quote
Alabama men’s basketball team ran into a 3-point scoring machine during the second stop of its exhibition tour in Canada, losing to Carleton, 84-71, on Wednesday night.

For the second straight game freshman guard John Petty led the Crimson Tide in scoring. He had 16 points, followed by freshman guard Collin Sexton with 15 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Sophomore forward Braxton Key netted 14 points. The rest of the team was 10 of 39 (.256) from the floor and 1 of 9 (.111) from [Treyville].

Ravens made 12 shots from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Crimson Tide, 44-34.

“This was one of the games that we, as a coaching staff, had circled on the schedule because this team has historically done really well against some of the most high-level American universities that have come over here to play,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson said in a release. “We knew they were going to play physical, rebound the basketball and shoot threes, and they did all of those things.

“This is strictly an evaluation trip. We had the chance to play six or seven different lineups, play a lot of different guys and look at a lot of different match-ups. We didn’t do as good of a job on both ends of the floor that we are capable of, but this was a great learning experience for our team.”

Freshman guard Herb Jones did not dress for the game because he’s in concussion protocol and will miss Alabama’s final game in Canada. Sexton left the game in the fourth quarter, but Johnson was quick to calm injury concerns...
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2017, 06:14:32 am
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 10h10 hours ago

Breaking: Jontay Porter announces he will be in class of 2017
https://www.seccountry.com/missouri/jontay-porter-2017-class

(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/893204603977834496/BG0pv2Xs?format=jpg&name=600x314)

Quote
Jontay Porter, a Tigers commit and one of the top recruits in the nation, has reclassified and will now be a part of the 2017 class.

6-foot-10, 240-pound power forward from Columbia was originally a Class of 2018 commit, but will enroll in school early. His brother, Michael Porter Jr., is also a member of the Tigers while his father, Michael Porter Sr., joined the Missouri coaching staff this offseason.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 12, 2017, 07:06:40 am
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 1d1 day ago

Two things to remember re: Michael Porter Jr. & Missouri: 1. Ben Simmons missed NCAA's 2. The SEC is much better than it was two years ago.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 13, 2017, 09:33:24 pm
 Vandy MBB‏Verified account @VandyMBB

Final stats from St Croix. #AnchorDown

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHJWSeUVwAAez6m.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 17, 2017, 05:12:41 am
South Carolina basketball: Rakym Felder suspended indefinitely (https://www.seccountry.com/south-carolina/south-carolina-basketball-rakym-felder-suspended-indefinitely)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/897888451248373761/AtY485kj?format=jpg&name=600x314)

Quote
South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin announced on Wednesday that sophomore guard Rakym Felder has been suspended indefinitely.

According to an official announcement from the school, Felder, who’s been suspended since June 30, will not attend classes this fall.

“Due to some unfortunate decisions by Rakym, he has been suspended indefinitely from our program,” Martin said in the release. “I will continue to help Rakym grow as a young man even though basketball is not part of our relationship right now.”

According to the public index search on the Richland County website, Felder was arrested on July 13. His charges include assault and third-degree assault and battery.

Last fall, Felder was arrested and charged with simple assault and resisting arrest, among others.

Following that suspension by Martin, Felder averaged 5.6 points and 1.3 assists per game, to go along with a 42 percent shooting clip from behind the 3-

He was expected to compete this season for the Gamecocks starting point guard job.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 17, 2017, 05:27:08 am
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 14h14 hours ago

Hearing Kentucky may toy with a super long lineup that features Kevin Knox at SG. Would give Cats four guys on floor over 6-9. Zone?
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2017, 06:27:46 am
 Joe Lunardi‏Verified account @ESPNLunardi Aug 16

Thursday brings us the first post-Bagley bracket. Changes from June are not insignificant. 🏀🏀
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology

 1 UK
 2 UF
 9 Vandy
11 Bama
11 MU

ON THE BUBBLE
Last Bye
Bama

Last Four In

    Texas Tech
    Missouri
    St. Bonaventure
    Maryland

First One Out

    Arkansas

8th Out

    A&M
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2017, 12:34:38 pm
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein Aug 17

Matthew Fisher-Davis scores 22 points as Vanderbilt improves to 1-2 on its foreign tour. Four other Commodores reached double-figures.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2017, 03:26:48 pm
 Dave Matter‏Verified account @Dave_Matter Aug 18

Here's @Ben_Fred on #Mizzou hoops: Martin willing to evolve, as long as Tigers play tough http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/ben-frederickson/benfred-mizzou-s-martin-willing-to-evolve-as-long-as/article_b7a20aa0-6dfc-5f51-9308-9820b9b43189.html … via @stltoday

(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/898517857746567168/DnD8u8Fj?format=jpg&name=600x314)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 22, 2017, 05:37:03 am
 Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN

Auburn's Bruce Pearl said, after taking team to Italy, this team is deep enough to play two groups of five this season.
 (https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/899727362870345728)

Quote
Pearl also told me it will be first time at Auburn that he can play way he wants. "Press 94 feet and play fast -- like we did at Tennessee."

Pearl has gotten 7 players in Top 100 of ESPN's recruiting rankings in last 3 years -- 6 ranked in Top 70.

Auburn 6-8 frosh Chuma Okeke was terrific in Italy. "He's not flashy, doesn't wow you -- but he's productive." Finishes, rebounds, defends.

Soph Jared Harper & frosh Davion Mitchell will split the time at the point. Pearl said Harper trying to make plays for others more this year

Pearl said that Auburn wasn't tough enough last year. Believes Tigers older and added four new guys who all bring toughness to team.

Pearl making it clear he expects this team to make NCAA tourney. "This is our year. Our expectation needs to be to compete for SEC title."
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2017, 05:22:28 am
 Kevin Brockway‏ @gatorhoops 19h19 hours ago

C Gorjok Gak w/16 pts, 7 rebounds for Team Australia in World University Games. F Egor Koulechov w/24 pts, 11 boards in 37 minutes #Gators
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2017, 05:22:58 am
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 15h15 hours ago

Kentucky freshman Nick Richards has been cleared by the NCAA. STORY @FanRagSports: http://bit.ly/2xgDo4a  #BBN
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 26, 2017, 07:00:53 am
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 21m21 minutes ago

Texas A&M had 489 total assists to 439 total turnovers last season as a team. Ratio should improve drastically in 17-18 with J.J. Caldwell.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 30, 2017, 05:00:11 am
 Kevin Brockway‏ @gatorhoops

Florida No. 7 in http://ESPN.com 's way too early basketball Top 25
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/900714633714999296/m7kFlqJh?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/gatorhoops/status/902606313611550720)

Quote
5. Kentucky Wildcats
Previous Way-Too-Early ranking: 4
Key losses: Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox, Isaiah Briscoe, Bam Adebayo, Derek Willis
Key additions: Kevin Knox, P.J. Washington, Nick Richards, Jarred Vanderbilt, Quade Green, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jemarl Baker

7. Florida Gators
Previous Way-Too-Early Ranking: 8
Key losses: Canyon Barry, Devin Robinson, Kasey Hill
Key additions: Egor Koulechov, Isaiah Stokes, DeAundre Ballard

Coach Michael White followed Billy Donovan, generally regarded as one of America's top collegiate coaches before he jumped to the NBA to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his second season leading the Gators, White led Florida to the 2017 Elite Eight, assuring all Gators fans he's the right man for the job. It gets better. Florida could secure SEC preseason favorite honors with Kentucky.

23. Missouri Tigers
Previous Way-Too-Early ranking: 25
Key losses: Russell Woods
Key additions: Michael Porter Jr., Blake Harris, Jeremiah Tilmon, Kassius Robertson, C.J. Roberts, Jontay Porter

A few months ago, Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk did what any campus leader must consider when he wants to clean up a mess. He opened his wallet. The seven-year, $21 million deal for coach Cuonzo Martin --

Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on August 31, 2017, 05:31:50 am
Kentucky basketball: Projecting the Cats’ 2017-18 starters, other lineup combinations (https://www.seccountry.com/kentucky/kentucky-uk-basketball-2017-18-projecting-starters-lineups)

Quote
Starters

PG Quade Green (freshman)

SG Hamidou Diallo (redshirt freshman)

SF Kevin Knox (freshman)

PF P.J. Washington (freshman)

PF Wenyen Gabriel (sophomore)
Second wave

PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (freshman)

SG Jemarl Baker (freshman)

SF Jarred Vanderbilt (freshman)

PF Sacha Killeya-Jones (sophomore)

C Nick Richards (freshman)

It would be a surprise if Green, Diallo, Knox and Washington don’t start. That fifth spot might be up for grabs. Earlier this summer, we projected Killeya-Jones to take that starting job, but Gabriel (who started 23 games as a freshman games before fading in February) apparently had a transformational offseason — both in mind and body —

Calipari and his recent obsession with “positionless” basketball means he won’t hesitate to play without a true 5 man. If he wants one, though, look for the towering freshman Richards (whose game is just beginning to take flight and whose work ethic is already impressing in Lexington) to seize a starting job.

Whatever happens, Kentucky’s top 10 guys will play real minutes —with Baker perhaps getting the fewest if other outside shooters emerge. I doubt Calipari wants to go back to platoons, but he has the horses to do it this season in spurts if the occasion calls for overwhelming an opponent with numbers.

More likely, though, is that the Cats will mix and match and deploy a few specific lineups depending on the desired effect. A few we have in mind, outside of those projected starters...
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 03, 2017, 07:29:22 am
Hurricane Harvey’s impact extended to Texas A&M, which is about 90 miles northwest of Houston.

A&M canceled classes Monday and Tuesday, the scheduled first two days of the fall semester. Classes began Wednesday. (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article170997457.html)

Quote
Coach Billy Kennedy said the family of one player, junior guard Chris Collins, lives in Friendswood, Texas, which is about 25 miles southeast of Houston. The first floor of the family home was flooded, causing the family to retreat to the second floor.

Another A&M player, Josh Nebo, was stranded alone in his Houston home. His mother could not get from her job at a hospital to the house, Kennedy said.

After staying in daily contact with calls and texts, Kennedy sent an assistant on Wednesday to bring Nebo to College Station. Flood water prevented the assistant from driving to the player’s house. So they met a few blocks away, Kennedy said.

A record rain fall in one day — “20-something inches,” Kennedy said — flooded some streets in College Station. But there was no serious damage.

Tcxas A&M converted its basketball practice facility into a center for donations of clothing, food and other supplies.

“It’s been a cool thing,” Kennedy said of the volunteerism inspired by Hurricane Harvey. “A lot of people stepping up.”

On Sunday, UK Coach John Calipari will stage a “Teaming Up for Texas” telethon intended to raise money for hurricane relief. The telethon, which will be staged at Lexington television station WKYT, will air from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 03, 2017, 09:04:05 am
 SEC Country Arkansas‏ @SECCountryHogs 12h12 hours ago

Report: Arkansas forward Arlando Cook arrested on multiple charges  #WPS http://sec.news/2wxzbJt

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIw4p7xWAAElJkP.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 04, 2017, 09:17:36 am
 Sheldon Mickles‏Verified account @MicklesAdvocate

Big challenge: #LSU basketball coach Will Wade to make SEC debut against Kentucky http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/sports/lsu/article_db6de354-88e4-11e7-a8fb-a3091a4080bd.html … via @theadvocatebr @Sportsmanias
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/903323855535579136/0iv2HkSa?format=jpg&name=600x314)
 (http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/sports/lsu/article_db6de354-88e4-11e7-a8fb-a3091a4080bd.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share)

Quote
Welcome to the Southeastern Conference, Will Wade.

LSU’s first-year men's basketball coach will make his SEC debut against the league's reigning regular-season and tournament champion when Kentucky comes to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for a Jan. 3 matchup with the Tigers.

The opening portion of the Tigers' 18-game conference schedule won't be easy. After tangling with Kentucky, their next two games are on the road, at Texas A&M (Jan. 6) and at Arkansas (Jan. 10).

Kentucky will likely be in the top five in the preseason rankings despite losing three members of the SEC’s All-Freshman team to the NBA draft.

"It’ll be a huge challenge for us," Wade said. "We have the best program in the league coming in here first, so it'll be a big challenge. Kentucky will be talented and well-coached. ... They'll be long and will defend well. It'll be a big-time challenge.

"Not only that, but we'll face another talented team on the road in Texas A&M, and Arkansas is a tough team to beat in Bud Walton Arena. It's a treacherous start to league play for us."

The game at LSU will be the second in conference play for Kentucky, which takes on Georgia in Rupp Arena on Dec. 31.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 05, 2017, 10:31:11 pm
 SEC Country Arkansas‏ @SECCountryHogs 6h6 hours ago

Arkansas forward Arlando Cook suspended indefinitely from basketball team  #WPS http://sec.news/2wFN1t8
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DI_gEwrW4AArkI3.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 06, 2017, 05:28:58 am
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 23h23 hours ago

Auburn's Austin Wiley (stress fracture) has returned to practice and is three weeks away from being cleared for contact, per Bruce Pearl.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 09, 2017, 07:26:29 pm
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 12h12 hours ago

Missouri returns three double-figure scorers to blend with Michael Porter Jr. FWIW, LSU only returned two to pair with Ben Simmons in 15-16.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 12, 2017, 04:30:22 am
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

South Carolina basketball: Frank Martin addresses the status of suspended guard Rakym Felder
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/907377753506197504/oQ2O0QGP?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://www.seccountry.com/south-carolina/south-carolina-basketball-frank-martin-status-rakym-felder?utm_campaign=SF_Carvell_AJC&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social)

Quote
Felder, a sophomore, was indefinitely suspended from the Gamecocks basketball team after he was charged with third-degree assault and battery on July 13. He’s not taking any classes this semester at South Carolina.

“Rakym made a mistake and he’s paying for it,” Martin told Jon Rothstein. “He’s an unbelievable young man. We still haven’t gotten into the conversation about him long-term yet, as a player, because we’ve been trying to help him as a person first, so he and I speak almost daily and we’re going to continue to figure out a way to help him, so he can succeed as a human being, and as soon as we can get to that place, then we’ll start talking basketball.

“For now, he continues to be my guy and hopefully we can one day re-engage, from a coach-player perspective.”

A key piece off the bench on last season’s Final Four team, Felder averaged 5.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. His best performance came during South Carolina’s Sweet 16-clinching win over Duke, when he scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and handed out 3 assists.

Last fall, Felder was arrested and charged with simple assault and resisting arrest.

His current suspension has been in place since an incident outside a bar on June 30, which led to charges two weeks later.

In a recently released statement from his attorney, Neal Lourie, Felder expressed remorse for his actions.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 13, 2017, 05:10:15 am
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Kentucky Insider: Sneak peek at what 2017-18 Wildcats look like in preseason practice
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/907703407473053696/xQoTAmzP?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://www.seccountry.com/kentucky/kentucky-insider-uk-basketball-practice-breakdown-seth-greenberg)

Quote
The roster includes 11 scholarship players — eight freshmen, three sophomores — nine of whom were considered 5-star recruits by at least one major scouting service: guards Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander; forwards Kevin Knox, Jarred Vanderbilt, P.J. Washington, Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones; and center Nick Richards.

There are plenty of pieces with which to build a championship contender, but how do all those pieces fit together for Kentucky?

ESPN analyst and former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg got to see the new team practice —

“Their overall length and athleticism is ridiculous,” Greenberg said. “This is the longest Cal team I’ve seen in a long time. They could legitimately start four 6-9 guys and a point guard — or Hami, a point guard and three 6-9 guys. Their versatility, their skill level, their athleticism, their length could be devastating defensively and at the rim.”

We wrote about this two months ago, noting that this season’s team will feature seven players who are at least 6-foot-8 with wingspans of 6-11 or greater — same as the freakishly long 2014-15 team that went 38-1. So that’s a good start.

What about individuals who caught Greenberg’s eye? The first name out of his mouth might surprise you — but it shouldn’t.

“I was really, really impressed with Vanderbilt,” he said of the 6-9 freshman forward whose hype would’ve been much bigger had he not struggled with injuries for more than a year. “He could be an elite defender. He’s long, good off the bounce, got quickness, carried himself the right way.”

“Knox is the best shot-maker of that crew,” Greenberg said. “He’s going to have to stay engaged. He has versatility, because you could post him up — and I think John will sometimes — but I’m not sure he’s going to be able to guard the way Vanderbilt does.”

Engaged is a word that is equally important, if not more so, for Diallo. He’s a 6-5 shooting guard with a 6-11 wingspan and 44 ½-inch vertical. But he also has enough holes in his game that he pulled out of the 2017 NBA Draft and returned to school for a chance to prove he can play.

“I think Hami’s got to understand how hard he has to play,” Greenberg said.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 15, 2017, 05:05:46 am
South Carolina basketball: Rakym Felder suspended indefinitely (https://www.seccountry.com/south-carolina/south-carolina-basketball-rakym-felder-suspended-indefinitely)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/897888451248373761/AtY485kj?format=jpg&name=600x314)

Assault case against South Carolina point guard Rakym Felder dismissed
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/908410219142803462/jlI7GJ4E?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/908411633176911873)

Quote
Felder’s attorney confirmed the news on Thursday. The point guard had been suspended back June 30 by Frank Martin. Felder is not allowed to take classes this fall.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 17, 2017, 07:52:03 am
Too early for Bracketology? Don't be ridiculous

CBSSports' Jerry Palm

SEC (7) Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M, Missouri, Arkansas, Vanderbilt (https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/too-early-for-bracketology-dont-be-ridiculous-and-enjoy-end-of-july-madness)

(https://sportshub.cbsistatic.com/i/r/2017/07/26/6b877131-bac7-4edf-9000-eb1ae5dbb329/resize/670x377/4bae9a459da3e96b5fb3a0bbabee1de4/summer-bracket-west.jpg)

(https://sportshub.cbsistatic.com/i/r/2017/07/26/4cde4869-2d2b-4bcc-81c3-90224a7c4fba/resize/670x377/68f4d0a4f1f2389160ba6a200b8170a5/summer-bracket-east-1.jpg)

(https://sportshub.cbsistatic.com/i/r/2017/07/26/2301c427-cbea-4142-bd63-3ad347d85bea/resize/670x377/e794d13240533469251c5188c568d106/summer-bracket-midwest.jpg)

(https://sportshub.cbsistatic.com/i/r/2017/07/26/20ed9324-3fc7-4a44-aee4-ed1bced1fa35/resize/670x377/d7ffdb04c0be5436a4bbf848b2d8d7b9/summer-bracket-south.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 19, 2017, 05:00:41 am
 James Crepea‏Verified account @JamesCrepea

Auburn center Austin Wiley cleared to return from foot stress fracture
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/909863405644861440/6Bp-9nqR?format=jpg&name=386x202) (https://twitter.com/JamesCrepea/status/909863403333804033)

Quote
Auburn's sophomore center, who has been sidelined due to a stress fracture in his left foot he suffered in July, has been cleared for all activities, coach Bruce Pearl confirmed.

FanRag's Jon Rothstein first reported the return of Wiley, who averaged 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 18.1 minutes while starting 21 of 22 games last season for Auburn.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2017, 06:44:06 am
Rothstein | 20 breakout players for 17-18 CBB season (https://www.fanragsports.com/rothstein-20-breakout-players-for-17-18-cbb-season)

Quote
Wenyen Gabriel, Kentucky: There was consistent chatter all summer that Gabriel was the best player on Kentucky’s campus. If that sentiment holds true, he should be in for a major jump as a sophomore. With Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, and Nick Richards all likely to start for the Wildcats, Gabriel will need to keep gunpowder in his diet to beat out 5-star freshmen P.J. Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt for the starting power forward spot. This is the only returning player with any real experience that John Calipari has back from last year’s team that lost by a possession to North Carolina...

Austin Wiley, Auburn: As Wiley goes, so may the Tigers. After wowing everyone in attendance in Colorado Springs for USA Basketball this past summer, this big man suffered a stress fracture which kept him from competing on the Tigers’ foreign tour. For Bruce Pearl to have Auburn in the NCAA Tournament mix, he needs Wiley to produce like an All-SEC player.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 27, 2017, 05:34:48 am
 Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN 16h16 hours ago

Auburn assistant Chuck Person was also suspended without pay earlier today after he was arrested as key figure in FBI investigation.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 27, 2017, 05:38:10 am
 Kevin Brockway‏ @gatorhoops 16h16 hours ago

Ex-University of South Carolina assistant basketball coach arrested in bribe scheme http://www.postandcourier.com/news/ex-university-of-south-carolina-assistant-basketball-coach-arrested-in/article_6e7a2b94-a2d5-11e7-9402-a71e63617c47.html … via @postandcourier
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/912721808801099777/h8M-NOuy?format=jpg&name=600x314)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 28, 2017, 05:22:28 am
 SEC‏Verified account @SEC

Statement from SEC Commissioner @GregSankey:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKwnw0SXUAAEYKl.jpg)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 30, 2017, 01:50:53 pm
 Kyle Tucker‏ @KyleTucker_SEC

New Story || 5-star UK freshman Jarred Vanderbilt has suffered another foot injury. This time, he'll miss 3 months.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/914154102581538816/VeqxrnV3?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/KyleTucker_SEC/status/914154101642014723)

Quote
5-star freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt is expected to miss three months after suffering an injury to his left foot. He will likely need surgery and plans to return in January.

Vanderbilt, a McDonald’s All-American, dealt with multiple foot and ankle injuries prior to his arrival at Kentucky. His latest injury occurred Friday during team skill instruction, one day before the official start of preseason practice for the Wildcats.

“As I told Jarred, my concern for him is getting this thing right and getting him healthy for the rest of his career,” coach John Calipari said in a school-issued news release. “We’ll miss him on the court, but I want what’s best for him and his family, and right now that’s taking care of this injury and making sure he doesn’t have to worry about it again. With the motor and work ethic I’ve seen from him, I have no doubt he’s going to be better than ever when he returns and will provide us with a huge lift in conference play. Now it’s up to his teammates to hold the fort down until he gets back.”

Fortunately for Kentucky, its 2017-18 roster is loaded with talented and versatile forwards, including former 5-star recruits Kevin Knox, P.J. Washington, Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones. But Vanderbilt was no doubt going to — and may yet —

6-9 F from Houston

Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on September 30, 2017, 04:30:39 pm
 Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN 58m58 minutes ago

Texas A&M point guard JJ Caldwell has been suspended for the first 5 games of the season for violating... http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0705878886755344158-4 …
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 01, 2017, 07:51:52 am
Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN 58m58 minutes ago

Texas A&M point guard JJ Caldwell has been suspended for the first 5 games of the season for violating... http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0705878886755344158-4 …


 Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN

Jeff Goodman Retweeted Jeff Goodman

Caldwell could be the difference-maker for the Aggies this season -- who were sorely missing a point guard last year.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 02, 2017, 05:38:14 am
Preseason Q&A with John Calipari (https://www.seccountry.com/kentucky/kentucky-uk-basketball-john-calipari-qa-preseason)

Quote
Calipari is about to begin his ninth season as Kentucky basketball coach. Even harder to fathom: For all his freshman-heavy teams, the 2017-18 Wildcats are going to be his youngest yet.

There are many challenges in replacing the top seven scorers — and eight of the top nine —

“Well, it’s two [things]: First of all, Wenyen is playing way better, thank God. So he’s not the same guy he was a year ago. So that one guy you have coming back, he could be in that rotation and be fine. The other guys seem to be freshmen. So that’s one thing: you’re playing freshmen. But the biggest thing is last year, we had like three point guards on the floor almost all the time. Now you’re going to have either one or none that are, like, true point guards. And that’s going to be the biggest change. So you may have a team of where it seems basketball is going to: no point guard, no center. Just players. So now it’s kind of like, ‘OK, that’s different than what we’ve had.’ For the last few years, it’s been three guards. And literally three point guards. Jamal Murray was a point guard; that’s what he is. That’s one change.

“So what I’m looking at right now is different in how we’re playing. Still play fast, play unselfish; we should be a pretty good defensive team if we choose to be. But how we play offensively when you talk that kind of team, I’m in the process right now of meeting and talking with some NBA guys about [what to do] away from the ball. We are a spacing offense and that’s good and we’re not changing that, but you also have to be a movement offense now: hard cuts, a high-motor offense — "
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2017, 05:59:09 am
 Jon Rothstein‏Verified account @JonRothstein 13h13 hours ago

Early prediction on Kentucky's starting five: Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, Wenyen Gabriel, Nick Richards. #BBN
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2017, 06:01:22 am
 Kevin Brockway‏ @gatorhoops 15h15 hours ago

White high on Gators offensively http://www.gatorsports.com/2017/10/white-high-gators-offensively/ … via @GatorSports.com

Quote
Florida coach Mike White said he feels like the Gators have a chance to be better offensively this season, but may take a step back defensively.

Gators open practice Thursday.

“I think we can be better offensively,” White said. “I’m not sure we’re going to be as good defensively, but we’re going to strive for that every day.”

Gators return three starters and seven players overall from a team that finished 27-9 and reached the Elite Eight for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Florida is ranked as high as eighth in the country coming into the season in some preseason publications.

White said junior center John Egbunu and freshman center Isaiah Stokes are on track to return from rehab from torn ACL surgeries in January, but said Stokes could be red-shirted this season due to UF’s frontcourt depth.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 08, 2017, 03:38:10 pm
 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Kentucky basketball pro day live updates: Time, TV channel, stream online (Oct. 8, 2017) (https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/917101039098187778)

7 – 9 p.m. ET
SEC Network
Rupp Arena

Session is not open to the media or to fans. It is a combine-like setting where the Kentucky basketball team will undergo testing and drills, as well as 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 scenarios.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 09, 2017, 07:47:25 am
 Sean Farnham‏ @SeanFarnham

. @SethOnHoops & I Recapping Kentucky's pro day
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/917202318390714368/Mbuukq1W?format=jpg&name=600x314) (https://twitter.com/SeanFarnham/status/917205785901281280)
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 13, 2017, 05:11:23 am
 Matt Jones‏ @KySportsRadio

Doctors taking another look at Jarred Vanderbilt injury...may not be as bad as originally thought:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/918548613902499840/xhf4gRLu?format=jpg&name=600x314) (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/doctors-to-take-another-look-at-jarred-vanderbilt)

Quote
“We don’t know. They’re going to re-evaluate here in another week or so and figure out where it goes,” Calipari said. “It would be an unbelievable blessing for him or us if he was able to come back and play. We’ll let the doctors and experts deal with that. They wanted to look at it a little more before they make a decision.”

When asked how Vanderbilt’s absence will affect the team, Cal said the loss hurts because he planned to use Vanderbilt in full-court press situations and as the centerpiece of the zone.

“He have been [sic] our best shock blocker,” Cal later added.

A couple of weeks ago Calipari and his program announced that Vanderbilt would miss the first three months of the season with a left foot injury suffered in practice.
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 15, 2017, 08:49:53 am
Jerry Tipton: UK is always the easy pick to win the SEC, but is UK the correct pick this season? (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article178934271.html)

Quote
But when this year’s preseason SEC ballot arrived, the voting process had a foreign component. And, nyet, not Russian hackers. This strange phenomenon was . . . doubt.

Dependence on freshmen? That was discarded as unimportant in 2010 when coaches and media ultimately voted a freshman, John Wall, the league’s Player of the Year after he led Kentucky to the league championship.

Kentucky’s almost complete lack of experience this coming season caused uneasiness. Then there’s one of the heralded freshmen, Jarred Vanderbilt, being sidelined until January. Then there’s talk of the SEC being on a significant uptick with seven or eight teams possibly making the NCAA Tournament.

Then Calipari likened his players to the 2013-14 UK team that finished tied for second, six games behind Florida. “A talented group of kids,” he said of the current Cats, “but they’re not ready to win basketball games.”

This led to a vote for Texas A&M to win the SEC.

 Matt Jones‏ @KySportsRadio Oct 12

John Calipari and Jerry Tipton got snippy with each other today at UK Media Day....it was awkward (and funny):
(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/918536375212892160/xwutwUfb?format=jpg&name=600x314)
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/calipari-says-he-has-not-been-contacted-by-fbi/
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 15, 2017, 08:14:23 pm
Head idiot @ http://www.bracketwag.com  Official Bracketologist for http://www.usatoday.com , @gannett, http://collegeinsider.com  & #Super10 member

 Shelby Mast‏ @BracketWAG Oct 13

4 weeks from today, we will have college hoops, in honor of that, NEW BRACKET POSTED!! Enjoy a good laugh, be kind with your criticism

Multi bid conferences - ACC (9), Big 10 (7), Big 12 (6), SEC (6), Big East (6), Pac 12 (4), ...

 2 UK
 2 UF
 7 Bama
 8 A&M
10 MU
11 Vandy

First 4 out - Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, Stanford
Title: Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
Post by: jbcarol on October 19, 2017, 05:55:25 am
 SEC‏Verified account @SEC

Media tabs @KentuckyMBB as 2018 #SECMBB Champion

Full release » http://bit.ly/2ziz1Wk

Preseason Media Poll

    Kentucky
    Florida
    Texas A&M
    Alabama
    Missouri
    Arkansas
    Vanderbilt
    Georgia
    Auburn
    Ole Miss
    South Carolina
    Mississippi State
    Tennessee
    LSU