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Conference Notes

  • Five SEC teams rank in the top 25 of the Jan. 1 NCAA RPI, including No. 4 Arkansas, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 18 Kentucky and No. 24 Missouri.
  • Nine SEC teams rank in the Top 60 of the NCAA RPI.
  • Eight SEC schools have played schedules that rank in the Top 50 according to the Jan. 1 NCAA RPI.
  • Ten SEC schools have a non-conference SOS that ranks in the Top 150.
  • Seven teams are receiving mention in the Associated Press Top 25 highlighted by Texas A&M (11th), Kentucky (17th), Arkansas (22nd) and Tennessee (23rd). Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi State are receiving votes.
  • SEC basketball teams entered the start of league play having won 76.1 percent of their non-conference games. That is the best winning percentage at the start of league play since 2006-07 (77.8 percent).
  • The SEC has implemented a collaborative process for instant replay for the 2017-18 conference season. More information about this process can be found on page 3 of this release.
  • The SEC Tournament will be played on the western banks of the Mississippi River for the first time when St. Louis, Mo, plays host to the 2018 event.


Team/Individual Notes

  • SEC Player of the Week – Arkansas’ Daryl Macon, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior guard from Little Rock, Ark., averaged 24.5 points, 5.5 assists and three rebounds in wins over CSU Bakersfield and No. 19 Tennessee. He led Arkansas over No. 19 Tennessee with a career-high 33 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc. It was his fifth effort of 4+ three pointers in a game this season, including three of the last four games. It was his second 30-point game of his career. Macon scored 13 of Arkansas’ program record 22 points in overtime against Tennessee, going 3-of-3 from the floor, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.
  • SEC Freshman of the Week – Alabama’s John Petty, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard from Huntsville, Ala., had 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in leading the Crimson Tide to a win over fifth-ranked Texas A&M. Petty made 60 percent (6-of-10) of his field goals, including 55.6 percent (5-of-9) of his shots from 3-point range. The victory marked the first time the Crimson Tide defeated an Associated Press top-5 opponent since March 20, 2004, when UA topped then-No. 1 Stanford, 70-67, in the NCAA tournament.
  • Auburn (12-1) is off to its best start since beginning the 1999-00 campaign with a 16-1 record.
  • LSU ranks seventh nationally by converting 51.5 percent of its field goal attempts.
  • Arkansas ranks sixth nationally by averaging 90.4 points per game.
  • Alabama’s win over No. 5 Texas A&M marked the first time the Crimson Tide defeated an Associated Press Top 5 opponent since 2004.
  • Florida’s Egor Koulechov, who has an active streak of 31 consecutive free throws made, ranks third in the nation with his 97.6 percent free throw shooting.
  • Tennessee’s James Daniel III is NCAA Division I’s leading active scorer with 2,026 career points.
  • Kentucky’s John Calipari reached the 700 on-court wins milestone in 894 career games on Nov. 26. Only Adolph Rupp (836 games), Jerry Tarkanian (876 games) and Roy Williams (879 games) reached 700 wins faster.

Watch Lists:

  • Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award – Collin Sexton (UA)
  • Jerry West Award Shooting Guard of the Year – Mustapha Heron (AU); KeVaughn Allen (UF); Hamidou Diallo (UK); Quinndary Weatherspoon (MS)
  • Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award – Kevin Knox (UK); Michael Porter Jr. (MO); DJ Hogg, Texas A&M
  • Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award – Yante Maten (UG); PJ Washington (UK); Robert Williams (AM)
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award – Austin Wiley (AU); John Egbunu (UF); Nick Richards (UK); Tyler Davis (AM)
  • Oscar Robertson Trophy – KeVaughn Allen (UF); Hamidou Diallo (UK); Kevin Knox (UK); Yante Maten (UG); Michael Porter Jr. (MO) Collin Sexton (UA); Robert Williams (AM)
  • Naismith Trophy – KeVaughn Allen (UF); Tyler Davis (AM); Hamidou Diallo (UK); Kevin Knox (UK); Yante Maten (UG); Michael Porter Jr. (MO); Collin Sexton (UA); Robert Williams (AM)

This Week’s Games (All times Eastern):

Tuesday, January 2

*Auburn at #23 Tennessee                                         ESPNU                        7:00 pm

*Alabama at Vanderbilt                                                SEC Network            7:00 pm

*Florida at #11 Texas A&M                                          ESPN2                         9:00 pm

*#22 Arkansas at Mississippi St.                                 SEC Network            9:00 pm

Wednesday, January 3

*Ole Miss at Georgia                                                      SEC Network            6:30 pm

*#17 Kentucky at LSU                                                    SEC Network            8:30 pm

*Missouri at South Carolina                                         ESPN2                         9:00 pm

Saturday, January 6

*Alabama at Georgia                                                      SEC Network            12:00 pm

*Florida at Missouri                                                        CBS                              1:00 pm

*LSU at #11 Texas A&M                                                SEC Network            2:15 pm

*Mississippi St. at Ole Miss                                          SEC Network            4:30 pm

*#22 Arkansas at Auburn                                             ESPNU                        6:00 pm

*Vanderbilt at South Carolina                                     SEC Network            6:45 pm

*#17 Kentucky at #23 Tennessee                             SEC Network            9:00 pm

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