SEC Player of the Week – Auburn’s Mustapha Heron, a 6-foot-5, 218-pound sophomore guard from Waterbury, Conn., averaged 16.5 points, and 5.5 rebounds in wins at No. 23 Tennessee and against No. 22 Arkansas. It is the first time Auburn has earned back-to-back victories against ranked SEC opponents since 1958. Heron had 15 points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist at Tennessee. He then followed that up with 17 points and six rebounds against Arkansas. Auburn was +19 with Heron on the court during the week and is +162 on the season (+10.8 per game). Heron and his teammates finished the week on a 12-game winning streak, the longest streak by a Tiger team since the 1999-2000 campaign.
SEC Freshman of the Week – LSU’s Tremont Waters, a 5-foot-11, 167-pound guard from New Haven, Conn., averaged 19.5 points, eight rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals against 17th-ranked Kentucky and at No. 11 Texas A&M. Waters made two treys from 30-plus feet in the final 12 seconds to beat Texas A&M Saturday in College Station. The first came with LSU down five and 12 seconds left. The game winner came after A&M missed two free throws and an LSU time out with 3.0 to play. Waters hit a 35-footer over two Aggies with 0.7 on the clock to give LSU the win.
Auburn (15-1) is off to its best start since beginning the 1999-00 campaign with a 16-1 record.
Georgia’s Yante Maten was selected as candidates for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award.
Georgia’s Yante Maten and Alabama’s Collin Sexton were named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25.
Andy Kennedy became the 23rd coach in SEC history to record 100 wins in SEC regular season games on January 6. He joins John Calipari as the only two active SEC coaches with 100 conference wins.
Ten SEC teams (Auburn 7th, Alabama 9th, Texas A&M 11th, Mississippi State 16th, Kentucky 26th, Ole Miss 26th, Tennessee 33rd, Missouri 35th, Arkansas 37th and Georgia 45th) rank in the Top 50 in the NCAA in blocked shots.
Florida’s Egor Koulechov, who saw a streak of 32 consecutive free throws made come to an end at Missouri on Jan. 6, ranks fourth in the nation with his 93.9 percent free throw shooting.
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