Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2011 SEC Men’s Basketball Preseason Awards Announced

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its seventh annual men's basketball coaches' preseason All-SEC first and second teams Wednesday, tipping off another great season of SEC men's basketball.

Twenty-nine different players received votes for the teams and Florida led all schools with four selections while Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt had two selections each. In all, nine different schools are represented on the preseason squads.

The coaches' preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC Head Men's Basketball Coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.

A list of the 2011 SEC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows.

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC                 Pos     Ht        Wt       Cl        Hometown

Dee Bost, Mississippi State         G       6-2      176     Jr.        Concord, N.C.
JaMychal Green, Alabama            F       6-8     228     Jr.        Montgomery, Ala.
Scotty Hopson, Tennessee            G      6-7      200     Jr.        Hopkinsville, Ky.
Travis Leslie, Georgia                   G       6-4      205     Jr.        Decatur, Ga.
Chandler Parsons, Florida             F        6-10    218     Sr.       Casselberry, Fla.
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas         F        6-7      220     So.      Newport News, Va.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt              F        6-7      225     Jr.        Norkopping, Sweden
Trey Thompkins, Georgia              F        6-10    245     Jr.        Lithonia, Ga.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss                 G       5-10    168     Sr.       Orlando, Fla.

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC         Pos       Ht        Wt      Cl       Hometown

Kenny Boynton, Florida                 G         6-2      183     So.      Pompano Beach, Fla.
Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas                G         6-0      184     Jr.        Verdigris, Okla.
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt               G         6-4      215     So.      Hendersonville, Tenn.
Ravern Johnson, Mississippi St     G        6-7      175     Sr.       Lyon, Miss.
Brandon Knight, Kentucky             G         6-3      195     Fr.       Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Darius Miller, Kentucky                 G         6-7      230     Jr.        Maysville, Ky.
Alex Tyus, Florida                          F          6-8      220     Sr.       St. Louis, Mo.
Erving Walker, Florida                   G         5-8      171     Jr.        Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ties are not broken



Monday, October 18, 2010

Media Tabs Florida As 2011 SEC Men’s Basketball Champion

Birmingham, Ala. -- Florida was predicted to win the 2011 Southeastern Conference men's basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members. Each SEC school selected media members that cover their team and additional writers from across the nation were selected by the conference office to form the voting panel.

The Gators are coming off a 21-13 season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They earned eight first-place votes, topping Mississippi State which earned three votes. Tennessee and Kentucky each received two votes and Georgia garnered one vote as SEC Champion. Florida returns all five starters, including Kenny Boynton, Erving Walker, Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus and Vernon Macklin while adding one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.

Florida was the media's favorite to win the East with 110 total points (13 first-place votes), ahead of second-place Kentucky's 95 points (three first-place votes). Georgia (72 points) and Tennessee (71 points) were separated by just one point while Vanderbilt and South Carolina rounded out the top six.

In the West, Mississippi State's 118 total points (18 first-place votes) were ahead of Ole Miss' 84 points (two first-place votes). Alabama was picked third with 82 points. Arkansas, LSU and Auburn round out the top six in the West.

Georgia junior Trey Thompkins was the choice of the media for SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year with 18 votes. Ole Miss senior Chris Warren (one vote) and Kentucky Freshman Brandon Knight (one vote) also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.

Thompkins, Warren and Knight were joined on the All-SEC First Team by Georgia junior Travis Leslie and Vanderbilt junior Jeffery Taylor.

Arkansas' Marshawn Powell led All-SEC Second Team honors and was joined by Florida's Boynton and Parsons, Alabama's JaMychal Green and Tennessee's Scotty Hopson.

Points were compiled on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division. Each media member also voted for one team as an overall conference champion and a five-player All-SEC Team.

The 2010-11 SEC Media Preseason Poll tips off SEC Basketball Media Day, October 21 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama. The 2010-11 season begins November 12, with conference play set to begin January 8. The 2011 SEC Tournament will be held March 10-13 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

Preseason Media Poll
 (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
SEC Champion: Florida (8); Mississippi State (3); Kentucky (2); Tennessee (2); Georgia (1)

Eastern Division   Points
Florida (13)         110
Kentucky (3)       95
Georgia (2)          72
Tennessee (2)      71
Vanderbilt            52
South Carolina     20

Western Division              Points
Mississippi State (18)      118
Ole Miss (2)                    84
Alabama                          82
Arkansas                         72
LSU                                41
Auburn                            23

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC       Pos.       Ht.          Wt.         Cl.           Hometown
Brandon Knight, Kentucky           G             6-3          195         Fr.           Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Travis Leslie, Georgia      G             6-4          205         Jr.           Decatur, Ga.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt             F              6-7          225         Jr.           Norkopping, Sweden
Trey Thompkins, Georgia             F              6-10       245         Jr.           Lithonia, Ga.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss  G             5-10       168         Sr.           Orlando, Fla.

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC Pos.       Ht.          Wt.         Cl.           Hometown
Kenny Boynton, Florida G             6-2          183         So.          Pompano Beach, Fla.
JaMychal Green, Alabama           F              6-8          228         Jr.           Montgomery, Ala.
Scotty Hopson, Tennessee          G             6-7          200         Jr.           Hopkinsville, Ky.
Chandler Parsons, Florida             F              6-10       218         Sr.           Casselberry, Fla.
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas       F              6-7          220         So.          Newport News, Va.

SEC Player of the Year: Trey Thompkins, Georgia

Source: SEC Sports Media

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010


The Southeastern Conference has agreements to send nine of its member institutions to
postseason bowl games following the 2010 season.

The winner of the SEC Championship Game will automatically participate in the Bowl
Championship Series comprised of the Sugar, Rose, Orange and Fiesta Bowls.

The Capital One Bowl has the second selection, making its pick following the BCS selections.

The bowl must select the team with the next best overall record or a team that is within
one win of the team with the next best overall record.

The AT&T Cotton and the Outback Bowls share the third and fourth selections from the SEC.

The Cotton Bowl has the first preference of teams from the Western Division and the Outback
Bowl has first preference of teams from the Eastern Division. The Cotton or Outback Bowl can
select teams outside of its divisional preference, but must not select them before the opposite
bowl selects from its divisional preference.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl has the fifth selection of preference from the SEC.

New to the SEC bowl rotation this year, the Gator Bowl has the sixth selection from the SEC.

The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl has the seventh selection from the SEC.

In selections 8-9, the AutoZone Liberty and Birmingham Bowls share the selection over the
four-year agreement.

The 2010-11 SEC Bowl Schedule is as follows (all times Eastern / listed in chronological

Dec. 30 / 6:40 pm Franklin American Mortgage Music City vs. ACC ESPN
Dec. 31 / 3:30 pm AutoZone Liberty vs. C-USA ESPN
Dec. 31 / 7:30 pm Chick-fil-A vs. ACC ESPN
Jan. 1 / 1 pm Outback vs. Big Ten ABC
Jan. 1 / 1 pm Capital One vs. Big TEn ESPN
Jan. 1 / 1:30 pm Gator vs. Big Ten ESPN2
Jan. 7 / 8 pm AT&T Cotton vs. Big 12 FOX
Jan. 8 / 12 pm Birmingham vs. Big East ESPN


Monday, October 11, 2010

Alabama, South Carolina, and Arkansas, ranked right where they should be?

The latest polls are out and SEC fans aren't particularly happy. Why, you ask…Let's talk about it.

Then #1 Alabama lost to then #19 South Carolina resulting in a new ranking of Alabama #8 and South Carolina #10. That's a 7 spot DROP for the Tide and a 19 spot JUMP for the Gamecocks. Both position moves are incredible if you ask me, but there are some angry Gamecock fans out there simply because they think USC should be ranked higher than Bama because they beat them. Novel concept right?

In my opinion, the polls got it right, you won't hear me say that much, but in this case I will, and here's why. 

·         The best team on the field Saturday, October 9th was the South Carolina Gamecocks = TRUE.
·         The best team in country until Saturday, October 9th was the Alabama Crimson Tide = TRUE.
·         These to team met and South Carolina won the game = TRUE.

Here's comes the BUT…

If these two teams were to play a 3 game series, who would likely win the series?

·         I have to believe, based on how the 2 teams have played other games to date, that Alabama would most likely win this series.  With that said, if I had a vote, I would have ranked Alabama above South Carolina.  I probably would have even ranked them higher than 8.

It is my thought that if all match ups were to be played as a series, i.e. baseball, you are more likely to hand the "W" to the correct team. We all know that 1 game and every game in the SEC is tough to win. Some teams are better than others, but on a given night, anyone can steal a win.

I don't want to take anything away from the HBC (Head Ball Coach) and the Gamecocks, they played great (except for the safety that could have been avoided) and they deserve all the things that come from beating the #1 ranked team in the country. I just don't think they are hands down a better team than Alabama.

So what else are SEC fans upset about, you ask?

How about the sub-Top 10 ranking for the high powered Offense of Arkansas? Arkansas faced Texas A&M this past weekend and jumped out to big lead behind the cannon arm of Ryan Mallett. For those you who follow the Hogs, this is a typical start when they are playing a solid team. Long story short, Hogs scored big early, then had to hang on for dear life for the victory as they continue to struggle with turnovers late, largely due to the fact that they can't run the call consistently enough to kill the clock.

So the Razorbacks are currently ranked #12, down from #11 prior the Texas A&M win. But the 1 spot fall is not the issue I'm hearing about. The issue is more around why they are not ranked in the Top 10 with the other 1 loss teams such as Alabama and South Carolina. Hmmm.

My first answer to the question is ROOM. There are only 10 spots go around and 8 of the them have undefeated teams renting them.

My second answer is Arkansas hasn't beaten anyone to deserve the top 10 respect it wants. Arkansas' schedule and results look like this…

1.       Tennessee Tech (Blowout)
2.       Louisiana-Monroe (Blowout)
3.       @ Georgia (31-27 Hogs)
4.       Alabama (24-20 Tide)
5.       Off
6.       Texas A&M (24 – 17 Hogs)

What about this schedule says Top 10? Nothing – Sure they beat UGA on their turf, but we all know Georgia is nowhere near their normal team and even farther away from their pre-season Top 25 ranking than Mark Richt wants to think about. The Alabama game did way more harm to the Hogs than just a SEC West loss. It exposed 3 things: 1) Arkansas cannot run the ball. 2) Mallett will make bad decisions when pressured. 3) Arkansas Defense while better than last year, will give up big plays if you keep pounding away.

Let's face it, if Arkansas beats Alabama, which they would have if not for the 3 items above, then they are Top 10, probably even Top 7, but they didn't. South Carolina added more fuel to the fire by beating the Tide in much the same way that Arkansas had a chance to do. If the Hogs beat Auburn this weekend then they will jump into the Top 10. If they don't, it wouldn't surprise me to see them fall to #19 or 20. I really like Arkansas, especially the QB/WR combos they fire at you, but they have to start blowing out weaker teams and closing out these SEC teams once they get that 1st half lead they normally start with.

My 2 cents, suggest that Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas are ranked right where they should be. If will all shake out in the end, all you have to do is win baby win!