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The SEC’s eight teams in the Top 40 of the Feb. 2 NCAA RPI rank in a tie for most in the nation: No. 7 Auburn, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 13 Kentucky, No. 28 Arkansas, No. 30 Texas A&M, No. 35 Missouri, No. 40 Alabama and No. 41 Florida.

Ten teams in the Top 60 of the RPI and 13 teams in the Top 100 both lead the nation

SEC teams lead the nation in Quadrant 1 wins (44) and Quadrant 2 wins (46) (as of Feb. 2).

90 Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 2 wins are 16 more than any other conference (as of Feb. 2).

Twelve SEC teams have schedule strengths that rank in the top 50 nationally, 13 are in the Top 65 (as of Feb. 2).

Forty-six percent (29 of 63) of the SEC’s games in league play this year have been decided by seven points or less while 21 percent (13) have been decided by one possession. Only four games have been decided by more than 20 points.

Only four teams (UA, AU, UF and UT) have had winning streaks longer than two games in league play.

The SEC earned a 6-4 win in the fifth annual Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 27. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt each picked up wins to give the league the trophy.

The SEC leads the nation with six former players being named NBA All-Stars. The Pac-12 has five selections, Big 12 three, Big East & Big Ten each had two while the ACC, Big Sky and Southern had one each.

Five teams are receiving mention in the Associated Press Top 25 highlighted by Auburn (11th), Tennessee (18th), Kentucky (21st) and Florida (23rd). Alabama is 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 Co-Players of the Week – Arkansas’ Daryl Macon, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior guard from Little Rock, Ark., and Auburn’s Mustapha Heron, a 6-foot-5, 218-pound sophomore guard from Waterbury, Conn., were named SEC Co-Players of the Week. Macon averaged 23.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in at Georgia and against Oklahoma State. Macon went 14-of-27 (.519) from the floor, 9-of-17 (.529) from deep and a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line. Heron averaged 17.5 points and 10 rebounds in wins at Missouri and against Missouri. He made 13-of-22 (.591) of his field goals and 5-of-10 (.500) from 3-point range. He registered his fifth career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds at Missouri.

SEC Freshman of the Week – Kentucky’s Kevin Knox, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward from Tampa, Fla., averaged 26.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in wins over Mississippi State and at No. 7 West Virginia. Knox had a monster week with two games of 20 or more points, including a career-high 34 points at West Virginia on Saturday. He shot a blazing 69.6 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from behind the arc. He keyed the third-biggest halftime deficit overcome in program history and the biggest come-from-behind win since UK erased a 19-point deficit vs. Vanderbilt on Feb. 28, 2017.

16 players from 10 different teams have scored 30 or more points in a game this season.

Georgia’s Yante Maten was selected as candidates for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award.

Alabama’s Collin Sexton and Georgia’s Yante Maten were named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25.

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