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The SEC’s five teams in the Top 30 of the Feb. 26 NCAA RPI are the most in the nation: No. 7 Auburn, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 16 Kentucky, No. 26 Texas A&M and No. 30 Arkansas.

Eleven SEC teams rank in the Top 75 of the RPI (Tied 1st in the nation).

Thirteen SEC teams have Top 60 SOS, six are in the Top 25 and five are in the Top 10.

The SEC’s 125 Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 2 wins are 26 more than any other conference (as of Feb. 26).

Five teams are receiving mention in the Associated Press Top 25 highlighted by Auburn (14th), Tennessee (16th) and Kentucky (23rd).  Arkansas and Florida are receiving votes.

Forty percent (45 of 112) of the SEC’s games in league play this year have been decided by seven points or less while 20 percent (22) have been decided by one possession. Only nine 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 led 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.

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 – Mississippi State’s Lamar Peters, a 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore guard from New Orleans, La., and Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield, a 6-foot-5, 238-pound junior wing from Zion, Ill., were named SEC Co-Players of the Week. Peters averaged 17 points, six assists and 5.5 rebounds in wins at Texas A&M and over South Carolina. Peters keyed MSU with 15 points in the first win in program history at Texas A&M. Then, he paced MSU with 19 points as the Bulldogs rallied from 13 down to beat South Carolina in overtime. Schofield averaged 20.5 points 7.5 rebounds and three assists in wins over Florida and at Ole Miss.  Schofield’s week was highlighted by a career-high 25 points on an efficient 9-of-14 shooting against the Rebels.

SEC Freshman of the Week – Kentucky’s Jarred Vanderbilt, a 6-foot-9, 214-pound forward from Houston, Texas, averaged 11 points and 12 rebounds in wins at Arkansas and over Missouri. He began the week by scoring a career-high-tying 11 points on the road at Arkansas and then followed it up with his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 15 boards. For the week, Vanderbilt shot 80.0 percent from the field.

Auburn’s Bruce Pearl and Tennessee’s Rick Barnes are among 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy for Men’s College Coach of the Year presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club

Recent/Upcoming Games (All times Eastern):

Tuesday, February 27

*Florida at Alabama                                                        ESPN                           7:00 pm

*Missouri at Vanderbilt                                                 ESPN2                         7:00 pm

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

*Auburn at Arkansas                                                      SEC Network            9:00 pm

Wednesday, February 28

*LSU at South Carolina                                                  SEC Network            6:30 pm

*Ole Miss at Kentucky                                                   ESPN2                         7:00 pm

*Texas A&M at Georgia                                                SEC Network            8:30 pm

Saturday, March 3

*Kentucky at Florida                                                       CBS                              12:00 pm

*Mississippi St. at LSU                                                    SEC Network            1:00 pm

*Alabama at Texas A&M                                              ESPN2                         2:00 pm

*South Carolina at Auburn                                           SEC Network            3:30 pm

*Arkansas at Missouri                                                    ESPN2                         6:00 pm

*Georgia at Tennessee                                                 SEC Network            6:00 pm

*Vanderbilt at Ole Miss                                                 SEC Network            8:30 pm

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