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The SEC’s eight teams in the Top 50 of the Feb. 5 NCAA RPI rank are tied for most in the nation: No. 5 Auburn, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 16 Kentucky, No. 30 Texas A&M, No. 33 Missouri, No. 39 Alabama, No. 41 Arkansas and No. 49 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 (45) and Quadrant 2 wins (50) (as of Feb. 5).

95 Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 2 wins are 19 more than any other conference (as of Feb. 5).

Ten SEC teams have schedule strengths that rank in the top 50 nationally, 13 are in the Top 60 (as of Feb. 5).

Forty-one percent (29 of 70) of the SEC’s games in league play this year have been decided by seven points or less while 19 percent (13) have been decided by one possession. Only six games have been decided by 20 or more points.

Only five teams (UA, AU, UF, MS 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 (8th), Tennessee (15th) and Kentucky (24th). Alabama and Florida 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 – Missouri’s Kassius Robertson, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior guard from Toronto, Ontario, averaged 19 points, 3.5 rebounds and four assists in wins at Alabama and over No. 21 Kentucky. He iced away the win over the Wildcats in the closing minutes, shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, and finished tied for the team lead with 16 points. Robertson’s 22-point effort against the Crimson Tide was his fifth game scoring 20-or-points for the Tigers during conference action. He sank 4-of-5 free throws in the final five minutes at Alabama to help secure the victory for the Tigers – Mizzou’s second road conference win. Robertson led Mizzou in assists in both wins, dishing out four dimes in both games.

SEC Freshman of the Week – Mississippi State’s Nick Weatherspoon, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard from Canton, Miss., averaged 15.5 points, three rebounds and two assists in wins at South Carolina and over Georgia. At South Carolina, he totaled 17 points to snap the Bulldogs’ 12-game losing streak on the road. He converted 7 of his 9 field goal attempts to add 14 points and four rebounds against Georgia. Weatherspoon shot 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the field for the week.

17 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.

Florida’s Chris Chiozza was selected to the Bob Cousy Award top ten list.

Recent/Upcoming Games (All times Eastern):

Tuesday, February 6

*Tennessee at Kentucky                                              ESPN                           7:00 pm

*South Carolina at Arkansas                                        ESPN2                         7:00 pm

*Alabama at Mississippi St.                                          SEC Network            7:00 pm

*Missouri at Ole Miss                                                     SEC Network            9:00 pm

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