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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #100 on: August 10, 2017, 06:12:58 am »

Bama's 84-71 loss to reigning Canadian champion Carleton

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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...
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #101 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



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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.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #102 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.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #103 on: August 13, 2017, 09:33:24 pm »

 Vandy MBB‏Verified account @VandyMBB

Final stats from St Croix. #AnchorDown

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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #104 on: August 17, 2017, 05:12:41 am »

South Carolina basketball: Rakym Felder suspended indefinitely



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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.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #105 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?
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #106 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
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #107 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.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #108 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


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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #109 on: August 22, 2017, 05:37:03 am »

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Auburn's Bruce Pearl said, after taking team to Italy, this team is deep enough to play two groups of five this season.


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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."
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #110 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
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #111 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
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #112 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.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #113 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


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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 --

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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #114 on: August 31, 2017, 05:31:50 am »

Kentucky basketball: Projecting the Cats’ 2017-18 starters, other lineup combinations

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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...
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #115 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.


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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.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #116 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

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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #117 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



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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.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #118 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
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« Reply #119 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.
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« Reply #120 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.
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« Reply #121 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


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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.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #122 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


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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.
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« Reply #123 on: September 15, 2017, 05:05:46 am »

South Carolina basketball: Rakym Felder suspended indefinitely



Assault case against South Carolina point guard Rakym Felder dismissed


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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.
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James Crepea‏Verified account @JamesCrepea

Auburn center Austin Wiley cleared to return from foot stress fracture


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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.
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