SEC Men’s Basketball Update-January 16, 2011

Every time I think I have the Men’s season figured out another game is played and all of my assumptions get thrown out the window.  This weekend has been another example of my befuddlement.

Here are the results thus far with a few spurious comments:

Georgia 98-Ole Miss 76

This game was as I predicted and I think that the Bulldogs will be a force to consider throughout the season.  Ole Miss, who knows?

Kentucky 82- 44

Another “par for the course” outcome.  UK is strong and LSU is, well they are LSU basketball (men’s basketball), hence, they will be competitive once every 15-20 years.

South Carolina 72-Florida 69

photoThe shocker of the weekend in my book.  Florida losing at home is one thing, but losing to the Gamecocks is totally another.  USC has some strong new pieces and Bruce Ellington is the reincarnation of Devan Downey and then some.  I just wonder when the clock will strike midnight.

Arkansas 70-Alabama 65

Arkansas bounces back and Bama loses their first conference game.  No big surprises in this one and it just goes to show how balanced the SEC west will be.  I predict that the West champion will have 10 wins in conference at most.

Tennessee 67-Vanderbilt 64

Tennessee's Scotty Hopson, Brian Williams and Melvin Goins, left to right, celebrate after the Vols defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 67-64 at Thompson-Boling Arena  Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.Déjà vu, part 3 for Vandy in this game as they found another way to wilt in the second half.  Vanderbilt had UT by 17 in the first half and then let the lead slip to 10 at the half.  It just kept getting closer until the Vols took over with about 3 minutes to go.  UT misses Bruce Pearl badly, but Vandy misses Andre Walker even more.

No commentary now on Mississippi State and Auburn who will play today.  Neither of those teams is going anywhere fast, at least not in men’s play this year.

We have some interesting games in the coming week.  I’ll be back on Tuesday with the new week’s predictions.

Tennessee @ Georgia

UK @ Alabama

Arkansas @ South Carolina

Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt

Florida @ Auburn

Ole Miss @LSU

St. Mary’s @ Vanderbilt

Tennessee @ Connecticut

Miss. St. @ UGA

UK @ South Carolina

Alabama @ Auburn

Arkansas @ Florida

 

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