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The SEC’s eight teams in the Top 50 of the Feb. 9 NCAA RPI rank are tied for most in the nation: No. 9 Auburn, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 15 Kentucky, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 30 Missouri, No. 35 Arkansas, No. 42 Alabama and No. 50 Florida.

  • Nine teams in the Top 60 of the RPI and 12 teams in the Top 100 both lead the nation
  • SEC teams lead the nation in Quadrant 1 wins (46) and Quadrant 2 wins (51) (as of Feb. 9).
  • 97 Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 2 wins are 19 more than any other conference (as of Feb. 9).
  • Thirteen SEC teams have schedule strengths that rank in the top 60 nationally (as of Feb. 9).
  • Forty-three percent (33 of 77) of the SEC’s games in league play this year have been decided by seven points or less while 20 percent (15) have been decided by one possession. Only six games have been decided by 20 or more points.
  • 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.

Recent/Upcoming Games (All times Eastern):

Saturday, February 10

*Florida at South Carolina                                            CBS                              12:00 pm

*Mississippi St. at Missouri                                          ESPN2                         2:00 pm

*#8 Auburn at Georgia                                                  SEC Network            3:30 pm

*#24 Kentucky at Texas A&M                                     ESPN                           8:15 pm

*Ole Miss at LSU                                                              ESPNU                        4:00 pm

*#15 Tennessee at Alabama                                       SEC Network            6:00 pm

*Vanderbilt at Arkansas                                                SEC Network            8:30 pm

Tuesday, February 13

*Texas A&M at Missouri                                               ESPNU                        7:00 pm

*Arkansas at Ole Miss                                                    SEC Network            7:00 pm

*LSU at Alabama                                                              SEC Network            9:00 pm

*South Carolina at Tennessee                                    ESPNU                        9:00 pm

Wednesday, February 14

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

*Georgia at Florida                                                          SEC Network            9:00 pm

*Kentucky at Auburn                                                     ESPN2                         9:00 pm

Saturday, February 17

*Alabama at Kentucky                                                   CBS                              2:00 pm

*Missouri at LSU                                                              ESPN/2                       2:00 pm

*Auburn at South Carolina                                           SEC Network            3:30 pm

*Texas A&M at Arkansas                                              ESPN/2                       4:00 pm

*Florida at Vanderbilt                                                    ESPN/2                       4:00 pm

*Tennessee at Georgia                                                 SEC Network            6:00 pm

*Ole Miss at Mississippi St.                                          SEC Network            8:30 pm

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