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jbcarol

2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« on: April 03, 2018, 05:25:51 am »

Michael Carvell
‏ @Michael_Carvell

Way-too-early projections have Auburn basketball as top 10 team next season


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CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish and FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein both have Auburn at No. 4 in their respective rankings. Myron Medcalf of ESPN has Auburn at No. 5 in his way-too-early Top 25, which was posted Monday night after the national title game.

On Monday, The Athletic posted its way-too-early Top 25, and it placed Auburn at No. 7 — second in the SEC, behind No. 4 Kentucky and ahead of No. 10 Tennessee. The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie wrote the projection with the expectation that center Austin Wiley and small forward Mustapha Heron will be back next season.

Out in Las Vegas, the Tigers are inside the top 15 for preseason national championship odds:

At Sporting News this past weekend, Ryan Fagan placed the Tigers at No. 11 in his countdown — with Kentucky at No. 3 and Tennessee at No. 8.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2018, 05:29:10 am »

Rothstein | Way-too-early CBB Top 25 for 2018-19

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4. Auburn

Projected Starting Five:

PG: Jared Harper
SG: Bryce Brown
SF: Mustapha Heron
PF: Chuma Okeke
C: Anfernee McLemore

Projected Bench:Davion Mitchell, Samir Doughty, Malik Dunbar, Horace Spencer, Danjel Purifoy, Austin Wiley, Desean Murray

Key Losses: None

Key Newcomers: Samir Doughty (transfer), Danjel Purifoy, Austin Wiley

8. Tennessee

Projected Starting Lineup:

PG: Jordan Bone
SG: Jordan Bowden
SF: Admiral Schofield
PF: Grant Williams
C: Kyle Alexander

Projected Bench: Lamonte Turner, John Fulkerson, Chris Darrington

Key Losses: None

Key Newcomers: None


9. Kentucky

Projected Starting Lineup:

PG: Immanuel Quickley
SG: Quade Green
SF: Jarred Vanderbilt
PF: P.J. Washington
C: Nick Richards

Projected Bench: Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro, Wenyen Gabriel, Jemarl Baker, Sacha Killeya-Jones


18. Mississippi State

Projected Starting Five:

PG: Nick Weatherspoon
SG: Lamar Peters
SF: Quinndary Weatherspoon
PF: Aric Holman
C: Abdul Ado

Projected Bench: Tyson Carter, Reggie Perry, E.J. Datcher, Keyshawn Feazell, Robert Woodard, D.J. Stewart, Eli Wright, Xavian Stapleton

Key Losses: None

Key Newcomers: Reggie Perry, Robert Woodard, D.J. Stewart


25. LSU

Projected Starting Five:

PG: Tremont Waters
SG: Javonte Smart
SF: Brandon Sampson
PF: Naz Reid
C: Kavell Bigby-Williams

Projected Bench: Skylar Mays, Emmitt Williams, Darius Days, Darryl Edwards, Brandon Rachal

Key Losses: Duop Reath, Aaron Epps

Key Newcomers: Emmitt Williams, Kavell Bigby-Williams, Javonte Smart, Darius Days, Naz Reid


[Among] Five on the cusp:

Alabama

Projected Starting Five:

PG: Dazon Ingram
SG: John Petty
SF: Herb Jones
PF: Tevin Mack
C: Donta Hall

Projected Starting Five: Braxton Key, Alex Reese, Galin Smith, Daniel Giddens, Jared Butler, Diante Wood, Javian Fleming

Key Losses: Collin Sexton

Key Newcomers: Jared Butler, Diante Wood, Javian Fleming, Tevin Mack (transfer)
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jbcarol

Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2018, 09:23:01 am »

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology/_/iteration/278

 2 UK
 3 Vols
 3 AU
 6 UF
 7 MS
 8 LS
 9 Arkansas

First one out A&M; fourth our Bama
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2018, 10:48:33 am »

Shelby Mast
‏Verified account @BracketWAG
16h16 hours ago

OK folks, I know this is dumb, but I posted my first bracket for next season - enjoy a good laugh - http://buff.ly/2GXXyHJ

Multi bid conferences - ACC (10), SEC (9), Big 10 (8), Big 12 (7), Big East (4), Pac 12 (3), AAC (2)

 1 UK
 2 Vols
 3 AU
 4 LS
 5 UF
 6 MS
 9 Vandy
10 Arkansas
10 A&M

The other five SEC teams are all considered for a bid (not first four out)
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2018, 09:49:27 am »

Jon Rothstein
‏Verified account @JonRothstein

Kentucky is now ranked 3rd in an updated version of the @FanRagSports Preseason Top 25 for the 2018-19 college basketball season: https://bit.ly/2EdN41N 


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3. Kentucky

Projected Starting Lineup:

PG: Immanuel Quickley
SG: Tyler Herro
SF: Jarred Vanderbilt
PF: P.J. Washington
C: Nick Richards

Projected Bench: Keldon Johnson, Quade Green, Wenyen Gabriel, Jemarl Baker, Ashton Hagans (may reclassify to 2018), E.J. Montgomery

Key Losses: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, ...

Key Newcomers: Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro, Immanuel Quickly, Ashton Hagans (may reclassify to 18), E.J. Montgomery


6. Tennessee

Projected Starting Lineup:

PG: Jordan Bone
SG: Jordan Bowden
SF: Admiral Schofield
PF: Grant Williams
C: Kyle Alexander

Projected Bench: Lamonte Turner, John Fulkerson, Chris Darrington

Key Losses: None


11. Auburn

[In flux]


18. Mississippi State

Projected Starting Five:

PG: Nick Weatherspoon
SG: Lamar Peters
SF: Quinndary Weatherspoon
PF: Aric Holman
C: Abdul Ado

Projected Bench: Tyson Carter, Reggie Perry, E.J. Datcher, Keyshawn Feazell, Robert Woodard, D.J. Stewart

Key Losses: Eli Wright, Xavian Stapleton

Key Newcomers: Reggie Perry, Robert Woodard, D.J. Stewart


20. LSU

Projected Starting Five:

PG: Tremont Waters
SG: Javonte Smart
SF: Brandon Sampson
PF: Naz Reid
C: Kavell Bigby-Williams

Projected Bench: Skylar Mays, Emmitt Williams, Darius Days, Darryl Edwards, Brandon Rachal

Key Losses: Duop Reath, Aaron Epps

Key Newcomers: Emmitt Williams, Kavell Bigby-Williams, Javonte Smart, Darius Days, Naz Reid

[Among the] Five on the cusp:

Alabama

Projected Starting Five:

PG: Dazon Ingram
SG: John Petty
SF: Herb Jones
PF: Tevin Mack
C: Donta Hall

Projected Starting Five: Braxton Key, Alex Reese, Galin Smith, Daniel Giddens, Jared Butler, Diante Wood, Javian Fleming

Key Losses: Collin Sexton

Key Newcomers: Jared Butler, Diante Wood, Javian Fleming, Tevin Mack (transfer)


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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2018, 06:25:26 am »

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology/_/iteration/298

 2 UK
 3 Vols
 3 AU
 7 UF
 7 MS
 8 LS
12 A&M

Last 1 in A&M
1st 1 out Bama
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2018, 08:27:35 am »

Jon Rothstein
‏Verified account @JonRothstein
20h20 hours ago

Personnel for 2018-19 college basketball season will become gradually more clear over the next few weeks. It starts with the official list of the NBA Draft Combine.



Jeff Goodman
‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN
20h20 hours ago

Should see a bunch of guys who declared and didn’t get invited to the NBA draft combine withdraw from process soon. Especially when they don’t get NBA team workouts.

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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2018, 05:40:51 pm »

Which college programs have the most at stake at this week's NBA Draft Combine?

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Kentucky: ...Wildcats will have two players — P.J. Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt — participate this week in Chicago and a third — Wenyen Gabriel — has also entered the NBA Draft without an agent. Calipari has Kentucky set up to have a top-five team regardless if any of these guys return next season, but if one, two, or three come back, then the depth in Lexington could be utterly ridiculous. If none of these three players return to school next season, Calipari will still bring in two 5-star forwards in freshmen Keldon Johnson and E.J. Montgomery to go with sophomore Nick Richards up front. Neither Washington or Vanderbilt is currently projected as a first-round pick while Gabriel was not invited to the NBA Draft Combine.

South Carolina: Will Brian Bowen ever be cleared by the NCAA? That’s the million dollar question right now in Columbia. Bowen’s agent Jason Setchen told FRS Sports last week that the Gamecocks have applied for Bowen’s reinstatement with the NCAA after being linked to a pay-for-play deal when he was a Louisville recruit as part of the FBI probe. Nevertheless, he’s still a former 5-star recruit that was talented enough to be invited to the NBA Draft Combine without ever stepping on the floor in a college game. Many don’t think this kid will ever be fully cleared, but that may never even come into play if he plays well enough in Chicago

Missouri: There’s more than just one Porter in this NBA Draft. The younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., Jontay Porter shined at times during this past season at Missouri while his older brother was out of the lineup with injury and could find his way into the latter part of the first round. A shot blocker on defense (1.7 blocks) and a capable three-point shooter on offense (36.2 percent), the 6-11 lefty averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds as a freshman. This is the type of big man that’s flourishing in today’s NBA...

Auburn: Bruce Pearl had four different players — Austin Wiley, Jared Harper, Bryce Brown, and Mustapha Heron — all enter the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, but only Wiley received an invitation to Chicago. The 6-11 big man didn’t play a minute last season due to his attachment to the FBI probe, but did shine last summer in Colorado Springs during USA Basketball. Pearl is in a win-win situation; he’s already won a share of the SEC regular season title without Wiley and adding him would only enhance the Tigers’ chances for 18-19. Auburn will also get back Danjel Purifoy next season, who like Wiley missed all of last year due to the FBI probe.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2018, 09:48:17 am »

Way-too-early preseason rankings have been out since before the national championship game between Villanova and Michigan, but there's still much to sort out with the national landscape of the 2018-19 season. We're still about two weeks away from the early-entry deadline, although the NBA draft combine will help sort out some of the guys who should come back. There are dozens of notable players who tested the waters without an agent -- but here are the ones who will help shape the narratives heading into next season.

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PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel, Kentucky:

No coach has been more active this spring on the recruiting trail than John Calipari, landing five-star senior E.J. Montgomery and five-star juniors Ashton Hagans, D.J. Jeffries and Tyrese Maxey. Hagans is expected to reclassify and join the team next season. But the frontcourt is still a major question mark without knowing what these three players are going to do. If all three -- or even two of the three -- return, the Wildcats are fine up front. Nick Richards is also back and Montgomery is ready for an immediate role. Kentucky could also keep its eye out for any late graduate transfers who become available, specifically in the frontcourt. Assuming Hagans reclassifies, the perimeter group is versatile and talented.

Mustapha Heron, Bryce Brown, Austin Wiley and Jared Harper, Auburn:

The Tigers might have the most riding on the early-entry deadline. Will Bruce Pearl have to deal with the ultimate disaster scenario? Probably not. After initially leaning toward hiring an agent, Heron can now go either way -- and he's still the most likely to enter the draft. Wiley was cleared during the conference schedule to play the 2018-19 season, so there's no reason for him to stay in the draft. Harper should come back. Brown had a terrific season, but one more year in college could help. Auburn is involved with several sit-out transfers, and is also looking for a point guard for next season, although that's more for depth given that Harper is the lone point guard on the roster. If all four players return, Auburn will be back in the SEC title hunt.

 Brian Bowen, South Carolina:

Not only could Bowen sign with an agent and keep his name in the draft, he might not ever be cleared to play college basketball after what happened at Louisville. He hasn't been seen by many people since last spring at high school all-star practices and games but was one of the better scorers in the 2017 class. Frank Martin has been busy this spring, landing 2018 prospects T.J. Moss and Alanzo Frink, as well as Georgetown graduate transfer Tre Campbell. South Carolina is also one of the favorites for recently reclassified big man D.J. Burns, who was an ESPN 60 prospect in 2019, and has been involved with former North Carolina guard Jalek Felton.

 Jontay Porter, Missouri:

The Porter-Missouri marriage might not last more than one season. Michael Porter Jr. played only two games for the Tigers, and Jontay might be gone after one season. Jontay showed versatility and skill as a freshman, making 40 3-pointers and also proving himself as a very good shot-blocker and rebounder. Cuonzo Martin could be facing something of a rebuild if Jontay leaves, given Michael is already gone and Kassius Robertson and Jordan Barnett are graduating. Martin has been busy on the transfer market with Mark Smith (Illinois) and Dru Smith (Evansville), but there isn't much left in the way of graduate transfers or available 2018 prospects.

Jalen Hudson, Florida: The Gators already lose Chris Chiozza and Egor Koulechov from last season, and Hudson could take on a much bigger scoring role if he returns. He had huge back-to-back games in November against Gonzaga and Duke, but his streaky shooting led to some inconsistency.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2018, 08:40:47 am »

Kevin Brockway
‏ @gatorhoops

Pinkins gearing for challenge of coaching UF’s bigs http://www.gatorsports.com/2018/05/pinkins-gearing-for-challenge-of-coaching-ufs-bigs/ … via @GatorSports.com

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Newly-hired Florida men’s basketball assistant coach Al Pinkins said he’s often asked the question, how life would have been different if his path wound up football instead of hoops.

A star high school quarterback out of Camilla, Ga., Pinkins had scholarship offers to play both football and basketball at Auburn. At 6-foot-6, Pinkins had a strong arm and the height to see over the line while scanning opposing defenses. He helped lead Mitchell-Baker High to back-to-back state football titles in 1990 and 1991.

“It was straight spread, one back, three wide receivers, trips right, a lot of run and gun,” Pinkins said of the offense he ran. “Kind of Steve Spurrier Fun and Gun.”

But when both Auburn football coach Pat Dye and basketball coach Tommy Jo Eagles were fired due to NCAA violations, Pinkins ended up at Chipola Junior College. Two years later, when Pinkins enrolled at North Carolina State, he still wanted to play both football and basketball. But N.C. State’s football coach at the time, Mike O’Cain, wasn’t interested in him coming out for the team.

“Basketball was kind of my first love,” Pinkins said.

For the past 15 years, Pinkins has built a successful career as an assistant basketball coach, with the reputation for getting the most of the big men he coaches.

At Florida, Pinkins will be coaching a group of frontcourt players who have shown flashes of potential, but were at times pushed around, particularly in SEC play. Florida finished last in the league in rebounding margin. Scoring in the post was often a challenge as well [would have vastly improved if they could offensive rebound].

Two starters return in center Kevarrius Hayes and forward Keith [Smooth] Stone, along with what could be a plethora of depth, depending on health. Forward Dontay Bassett is 100 percent and forward Chase Johnson has been cleared for Summer A workouts after missing most of last season due to concussion symptoms. But center Gorjok Gak is coming off knee surgery, while center Isaiah Stokes has only been cleared for half-court workouts after sitting out all of last season while rehabbing a torn ACL.

Pinkins said his initial goal is to get his big guys to finish better around the rim, which was an issue for all of UF’s frontcourt players last season.

“Ultimately the goal with bigs is to finish around the rim whether it’s left side, right side, middle and then mainly through contact,” Pinkins said. “If you look at bigs around the country, the hardest thing for them to do is to finish with contact, either side of the rim, either hand.

“My focus right now is clearly on finishing shots, quite a few guys didn’t do a great job of it last year on this team. That’s their focus this year is finish, everything is finishing, this week they’re probably tired of hearing me say finish.”

Rebounding, Pinkins said, will be the next step.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2018, 09:23:30 am »


Brent Zwerneman
‏ @BrentZwerneman

Some good news for Texas A&M basketball: Guard Admon Gilder will return for his senior season, after Robert Williams, Tyler Davis and D.J. Hogg turned pro off the Aggies' Sweet 16 team.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2018, 06:20:00 pm »


Kevin Brockway
‏ @gatorhoops
5h5 hours ago

With Hudson's return, Florida will bring back four players with a combined 218 games of starting experience. That list also includes senior G KeVaughn Allen, senior C Kevarrius Hayes and redshirt junior F Keith Stone.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2018, 06:26:45 pm »

Admiral Schofield tells me that he will return to Tennessee next season. Entered 2018 NBA Draft without an agent.


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6-5 wing averaged 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds last season as a junior.

Tennessee lost to Loyola-Chicago in the Round of 32.

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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2018, 06:29:34 pm »

Bryce Brown, Jared Harper and Austin Wiley all withdrew their names from the NBA draft and will return to the Plains.

Mustapha Heron withdrew his name from the NBA Draft as well, but plans to transfer from Auburn


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Bryan Heron, Mustapha's father, told Adam Zagoria that Mustapha's mother, Thalia Heron, has had 30 doctors visits and five emergency room visits after suffering a concussion during the last year and his son will apply for a hardship waiver for immediate eligibility.

"Being home, he wants to get closer to his mom," Bryan Heron said, according to Zagoria. "He knew he had to go back to school. The last month he's been here and he wants to be close to his mom, where she can see him play. ... He's going to apply for (the hardship wavier), but if he doesn't get it, it is what it is after that. But he definitely wants to be where he can see his mom on the regular."

Heron's decision to withdraw from the draft was not entirely unexpected, as he was not among the players invited to this month's NBA Draft Combine, and though he planned to sign with an agent, he never did so.

In his two-year Auburn career, Heron averaged 15.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Auburn's Jared Harper has not signed with agent and is expected to return to school and join Austin Wiley and Bryce Brown, who withdrew from the draft to return to Auburn earlier Tuesday.

The deadline for players to withdraw from the draft is June 11, though the NCAA deadline to withdraw and maintain college eligibility is May 30.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2018, 07:05:25 am »

With 3 key players back, Bruce Pearl excited about Auburn basketball's roster for 2018-19


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Auburn basketball got the news it was more or less expecting earlier this week with Bryce Brown, Jared Harper and Austin Wiley all withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning for next season.

It was essentially the best-case scenario for Auburn when those three and Mustapha Heron, the team's leading scorer, declared for the draft last month and ensures the Tigers are going to a roster capable of contending for the SEC title again.

The biggest component, literally and figuratively, is Wiley. He gives Auburn the size it has sorely been lacking and the team's rebounding shouldn't take much of a hit even with Desean Murray moving on to Western.

Vital as Wiley and Brown are, Harper is the linchpin. Auburn has no other point guard on the roster and Pearl said he was the player the Tigers could least do without.

Brown is the team's best shooter and defender. With Danjel Purifoy needing to serve a suspension to start next season, having Brown back at his spot on the wing will keep defenses spaced out and prevent them from closing in on Wiley or Harper.

In terms of major production, someone has to make up for the loss of Heron's 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds.

The good news is Auburn has the most depth at Heron's position, beginning with Samir Doughty and then Purifoy once he returns and Malik Dunbar off the bench.

Backup point guard is still a major concern and Pearl has been forthcoming about how difficult it has been for the Tigers to add a player willing to play behind Harper.

The last unknown remains Pearl's coaching staff, which outside of Wes Flanigan and graduate assistant Marquis Daniels is still unclear. Pearl has maintained confidence that he and assistants Chad Prewett and Steven Pearl will all be around for the long-term, but contracts for the two staffers expire on Friday and athletic director Allen Greene was noncommittal about new deals.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2018, 06:03:57 pm »


Jeff Goodman
‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN
4h4 hours ago

Just got odds sent to me from Bovada about odds to win the national title:
Duke  11-2
Kansas 8-1
Villanova 9-1
Gonzaga 10-1
Kentucky 10-1
UNC 12-1
Virginia 15-1
Nevada 22-2
Michigan State 25-1
Michigan 25-1
Tennessee 28-1
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2018, 09:57:08 am »

Dave Matter
‏Verified account @Dave_Matter

New at STLtoday - Matter on Mizzou: Porter's return a win for both sides http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/matter-on-mizzou-porter-s-return-a-win-for-both/article_7c77a839-d6ee-5de8-8975-45f72e724b83.html … via @stltoday


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Jontay Porter’s decision to return to Missouri for his sophomore season was the best outcome for both Porter and the Tigers.

For months, fans have wondered who replaces the scoring punch provided most of last season by departed senior gunners Kassius Robertson and Jordan Barnett. Freshman Torrence Watson was a high-volume scorer at Whitfield School, but the Class 3 level in Missouri isn’t the SEC. He’ll face an immediate transition. K.J. Santos, the most mysterious addition to Cuonzo Martin’s team, could add some perimeter points. Perhaps Javon Pickett, too.

But Porter returns as a known quantity, a proven scorer who’s already done it at the high-major level. He didn’t look for his shot until midseason when Martin challenged him to be more aggressive as a scorer, and by the final stretch of the season, he was consistently filling up the stat sheet, the NCAA Tournament loss to Florida State notwithstanding.

Can Porter consistently lead the Tigers in scoring? That remains to be seen, but he went for 15 points or more nine times last season and Mizzou was 15-2 when he scored in double digits. He went through a couple shooting slumps from 3-point range but for the season shot a respectable 36.4 percent. As pointed out here earlier this spring, Porter’s freshman numbers compare favorably to former All-American Doug Smith’s production as a freshman...
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2018, 04:48:14 pm »

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology/_/iteration/340

 2 UK
 2 UT
 3 AU
 7 UF
 7 MS
 8 LS

4th out Bama
7th out A&M
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2018, 04:54:11 pm »

https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/bracketology  (June 5)

 1 UT
 2 UK
 3 AU
 4 MS
 5 LS
 9 VU
 9 UF
11 A&M
12 Mizzou
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2018, 05:11:14 pm »

The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the 2018 NBA Draft is over and done with which means we can finally now look ahead to next season

1. The SEC will have a higher ceiling that it did last season


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That may be hard to fathom considering the fact this conference had eight teams play in the NCAA Tournament last March, but the fact remains that right now it looks like the SEC will have more teams next season that are built to play deeper into the field of 68. Unlike last year when the SEC only had one team — Kentucky — reach the Sweet 16, this league is now more equipped to have several programs who can make deep runs in the NCAA Tournament.

Three of the top six teams — Tennessee, Auburn, and Kentucky — in the FRS Preseason Top 25 are from the SEC and the league also has two other teams — Mississippi State and LSU — in the Top 20. Add in the fact that two of the bottom four teams in last year’s conference standings — Georgia and Ole Miss — added high-level head coaches in Tom Crean and Kermit Davis respectively and you’ve got the makings of a league that looks a notch above what we saw last season.

3. Kentucky will boast some much needed experience

Returning players in college basketball are always more important than incoming ones and that theory should finally serve the Wildcats well. One year after having minimal experience around his talented crop of freshmen, John Calipari will welcome back three players — Quade Green, PJ Washington, and Nick Richards — who were all integral parts of last year’s run to the Sweet 16.

There’s no Anthony Davis or Karl-Anthony Towns in Kentucky’s recruiting class, but the Wildcats’ incoming core of Immanuel Quickly, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, E.J. Montgomery, and likely Ashton Hagans, who is expected to reclassify to the 2018 class, still brings plenty of speed, athleticism, and shooting.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2018, 06:56:16 pm »

Jon Rothstein
‏Verified account @JonRothstein

The SEC has announced its conference matchups for the 2018-19 season: http://sds.to/2JdYzxj
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2018, 07:50:59 am »

Shelby Mast
‏Verified account @BracketWAG

Ok fans and friends, it's now posted, my new bracket, taking into account draft entry returnees - check it out - http://www.bracketwag.com  - now stop harassing me @TJWalkerKSR lol

 1 Vols
 2 UK
 3 AU
 4 LS
 5 MS
 6 UF
 9 VU
10 A&M
11 UG

First 1 out - Arkansas

Multi bid conferences - ACC (10), Big 10 (9), SEC (9), Big 12 (7), Big East (4), AAC (2), Pac 12 (2)
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2018, 08:02:54 am »

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology/_/iteration/343  June 8

 2 Vols
 2 UK
 3 AU
 7 MS
 7 UF
 8 LS

4th out Bama
7th out A&M

ACC - 11
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #26 on: June 20, 2018, 07:38:39 pm »

Jon Rothstein includes SEC Teams in his latest Top 25

3. Vols

4. Auburn

6. UK

15. State

19. LS

On the cusp

Gators

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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2018, 06:51:13 pm »

Rothstein predicts that LSU’s “unsung presence” will be JuCO SF and freak athlete, Marlon Taylor.

UK Wildcats hold a whistle stop tour to try to reach out to the in-state fan base.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #28 on: July 01, 2018, 02:08:56 pm »


Matt Jones
‏ @KySportsRadio

Bruce Pearl: Calipari liking his team so soon is “scary”


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Kentucky will be the favorite to win the league heading into the season, but the conference is loaded from top to bottom, with five teams in ESPN’s Way Too Early Top 25 (1. Kentucky; 5. Tennessee; 11. Auburn; 21. LSU; 22. Mississippi State). The SEC sent a record eight teams to the NCAA Tournament last year, but with so many returning players and even more elite talent coming in, Pearl expects the conference to be tougher than ever.

“Top to bottom, the league was the best I’ve ever seen it last year. There truly wasn’t a night off,” Pearl said. “Next year, I think the top is going to be even stronger than it was last year. This is going to be the most competitive year that I can remember in SEC Basketball because the quality at the top of the league is going to be even stronger. You look at Mississippi State and LSU, what those teams have brought in and Vanderbilt, how much they’re improved. Tennessee’s got everybody back. We’ve got a lot of guys back. Alabama’s got a lot of guys back that have a lot more experience.

“Kentucky is loaded again, like they’ve always been, but with a little bit of experience. I think [PJ] Washington coming back was huge. I’m a big fan of him and his toughness.”
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #29 on: July 02, 2018, 06:22:05 am »

Wes Rucker
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New @GoVols247 Podcast: @GrantRamey and I give #Vols hoops offseason update and discuss whether the reigning SEC champions deserves their near-consensus top-five preseason ranking: http://bit.ly/2KtwrGy
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #30 on: July 02, 2018, 08:10:06 pm »

http://www.gatorsports.com/2018/06/white-im-holding-his-breath-gators-can-stay-healthy

Mike White is balancing the need to dive for loose balls in practice with saving it for the long haul.

UF looks to be deeper in ‘18-19.

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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2018, 08:38:03 pm »

https://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/returning-firepower-bolsters-sec-basketball/article_8f2ed406-b932-5938-8988-ec6749d5f3f5.html

Matter: Returning firepower bolsters SEC basketball for ‘18-19.

Credits NBA pre-draft evaluation process
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #34 on: July 25, 2018, 06:27:37 am »

Shelby Mast
‏Verified account@BracketWAG

My current top 20 "true" seeds as of now
1 Kansas
2 Kentucky
3 Gonzaga
4 Duke
5 Tennessee
6 Virginia
7 North Carolina
8 Auburn
9 Nevada
10 Michigan St
11 Kansas St
12 Villanova
13 LSU
14 West Virginia
15 Michigan
16 Virginia Tech
17 Oregon
18 Florida St
19 Mississippi St
20 UCLA

Here is my 21-40 "true seed" group
21 Maryland
22 Florida
23 Louisville
24 Syracuse
25 Purdue
26 Clemson
27 TCU
28 Texas Tech
29 Wisconsin
30 Loyola-Chicago
31 Cincinnati
32 NC St
33 Xavier
34 Houston
35 Vanderbilt
36 Butler
37 Texas A&M
38 Ohio St
39 Marquette
40 Nebraska

Here is 41-60 - balance coming soon
41 Miami
42 Indiana
43 Penn St
44 Iowa St
45 Texas
46 Georgia

First 4 out
1 Arkansas
2 Oklahoma St
3 UTEP
4 UCF

http://www.bracketwag.com 

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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #35 on: July 29, 2018, 07:50:20 am »

Jon Rothstein
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The SEC broke through in 2017 and showed it had staying power in 2018. But 2019 could be league's best season yet. Why? More teams built to advance deep in March.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2018, 07:22:34 am »

Does UK have what it takes to win a national title? ESPN analysts weigh in.

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“I think the Serbians thought they were going to be able to, if not intimidate Kentucky, then muck up the game and knock Kentucky back,” Dakich recalled on Thursday. “I thought the exact opposite happened. I thought Kentucky not only stood up to the bully, but knocked the living hell out of the bully.

“The Serbian team wanted nothing to do with those young guys.”

Dakich, who did double duty in the Bahamas by working as a coach in John Calipari’s fantasy camp, remembered the UK coach coming to breakfast the morning after the game against Mega Bemax. The two talked about how well the Kentucky players responded to the rough stuff.

“He was almost giddy because of that,” Dakich said of Calipari.

Dakich likened the Mega Bemax players to Roberto Duran quitting in his second fight with Sugar Ray Leonard. “No mas, man,” Dakich said. “They didn’t want anything to do with Kentucky physically. I thought that was very, very cool.”

Dakich suggested the 100-64 victory over Mega Bemax sent a positive message about Kentucky going into the 2018-19 season. It showed that UK would not be afraid to fight muscle with muscle.

And, “it says to me they’re a together group,” Dakich said. “Because what I watched, everybody joined in the fray almost like a collective effort that ‘we’re not going to get bullied.’”

Dakich and another ESPN analyst on site, Fran Fraschilla, said Kentucky looked like a national championship contender in the four exhibitions.

“This is a Final Four-caliber team,” Fraschilla said.
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« Reply #38 on: August 26, 2018, 11:35:27 am »

Less can be more, Calipari says about playing time for 2018-19 Cats

Will try selling again after 2015


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How will John Calipari find enough playing time for everyone given a roster seemingly bursting with productive players?

“The max minutes you want to play, if you’re smart, is 27 minutes,” he said after the final game in the Bahamas. “Maybe 28. You don’t want to play 34. Too many ugly things pop up. ... The team may need you to play more, but you want to play 27 or 28. And I think we’ll have a lot of guys do that.”

Reid Travis led UK in the Bahamas with an average of 27.8 minutes per game. PJ Washington was close behind at 27.3.

Overall, UK had seven players average more than 20 minutes, and nine averaged 18.3 or more. Presuming Jemarl Baker joins the mix, that’s 10 players vying for significant playing time.

When asked about 27 minutes being the ideal playing time, the father of last season’s leading scorer for UK, Kevin Knox, said, “Yeah. But 10 kids can’t play 27 minutes.”

Message: There’s no magic formula regarding playing time that ensures championships. But referencing “ugly things” can help sell players on less playing time.
Two fathers of former Wildcats were adamant about how a coach must convince players to sacrifice minutes.

“Everybody wants to play as many minutes as possible,” Kevin Knox Sr. said. “Don’t ever let someone tell you different.”

James Ulis said of playing time, “Players are competitive people. They want to be on the field. They want to be on the court. ... They ain’t coming out. So I think it’s a real big deal.”

Tyler Ulis makes for an interesting test case. With Kentucky using platoons in 2014-15, he averaged 23.8 minutes and the team won its first 38 games. In the following season, he logged 36.8 minutes, the most of any player in Calipari’s time as UK coach, and The Associated Press named him a first-team All-American...

and an early NCAA exit.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #39 on: September 12, 2018, 09:54:34 pm »

http://www.bracketwag.com

Sept. Update. All 14 SEC teams are considered. 10 are in.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #40 on: September 13, 2018, 09:02:35 pm »

http://www.bracketwag.com

Sept. Update. All 14 SEC teams are considered. 10 are in.

Multi bid conferences - ACC (10), SEC (10), Big 10 (7), Big 12 (7), AAC (3), Big East (3), Pac 12 (3)

Others considered for at-large bids (no particular order) - San Diego State, UTEP, Memphis, Tulsa, Temple, UConn, Saint Bonaventure, Rhode Island, Saint Louis, VCU, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Creighton, Seton Hall, Providence, Georgia, Saint Johns, BYU, Baylor, Boston College, Oklahoma, ODU, Bradley, Illinois State, New Mexico, Arizona, USC, Georgetown, Stanford, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Iowa, Arkansas, Mississippi, Wichita State, Saint Mary's, Western Kentucky

First 4 out - Maryland, Butler, Arizona State, Wisconsin

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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #42 on: October 05, 2018, 03:25:17 pm »

tnsports@tnsports

Vanderbilt basketball's Darius Garland, Saben Lee working on chemistry https://tnne.ws/2OxsYsp


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What’s better than a dynamic, play-making point guard? Well, two of them.

Vanderbilt opened basketball practice last week with freshman Darius Garland and sophomore Saben Lee playing side by side in the backcourt. One sat in the driver’s seat, and the other rode shotgun, and then vice versa.

It’s one of the more intriguing developments of the Commodores’ upcoming season, which tips off Nov. 6 against Winthrop.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #43 on: October 07, 2018, 02:36:02 pm »

NCAA March Madness
‏Verified account@marchmadness

Could these teams have their best rosters ever?

Nevada
Tennessee
Auburn
TCU
Kansas State


👉 https://on.ncaa.com/2Ry2W6X

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Tennessee returns just about everyone from a 26-win team, including its top six scorers and SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams.

Continuity is on their side, but the defense is what’s going to scare opponents. Tennessee ranked sixth in defensive efficiency last year; with another season of learning one another’s tendencies, the Volunteers could have the best defense in college hoops. Williams is a two-way monster, Admiral Schofield is a wrecking ball who has sneaky quickness, and the guards are feisty. It’s extremely hard to screen Tennessee’s perimeter players because of their ball pressure. Wreaking havoc without fouling is a skill, and the Volunteers have plenty of players who can do it.

Auburn
The Tigers return most of a team that won a share of the SEC last year, but they’ll lose Mustapha Heron. That’s significant. Heron averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds last year and was Auburn’s best shot creator.

But it has the juice to replace him. The Tigers return six of their top eight scorers including Bryce Brown, who looks ready for an increased role. Brown averaged 15.9 points per game as a junior.

This team is extremely balanced. Auburn ranked 26th in offense and 37th in defense last season; with another year of experience, each unit could reasonably vault into the top 25. That’s when you know you’re legitimate. The Tigers did just about everything at a B-level in 2017-18; become elite at something, and this could be the best squad in program history.

Auburn hadn’t made the NCAA tournament since 2003 before last year. The Tigers won 29 games and reached the Sweet 16 in 1999. That’s this group’s biggest competition.

Auburn could absolutely make it past the Sweet 16 with good health and a couple of fortunate bounces. The SEC looks strong this season.

Joe Lunardi
‏Verified account@ESPNLunardi
Retweeted NCAA March Madness

Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld might be among those to disagree. Not to mention Sir Charles.

Chris Low
‏Verified account@ClowESPN
 57m57 minutes ago
Retweeted Joe Lunardi

Different era back then with a lot fewer teams making the NCAA tournament, but still hard to believe those King and Grunfeld teams at @Vol_Hoops never won an NCAA tournament game.
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #44 on: October 09, 2018, 03:36:44 pm »

Does UK have what it takes to win a national title? ESPN analysts weigh in.


Jerry Tipton
‏Verified account@JerryTipton
 Oct 7

Reminder: SEC Network televising UK's "Pro Day" from 7 to 9 p.m.

Dykes says he's gotten more calls from NBA scouts about Daniel Gafford of Arkansas and Chris Silva of South Carolina than any other SEC players

Dykes pointed out that not a lot of perimeter shots were made. That will be a key factor.
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« Reply #45 on: October 10, 2018, 08:41:04 pm »

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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #46 on: October 14, 2018, 08:55:32 am »

https://articles.al.com/auburnbasketball/index.ssf/2018/10/report_austin_wiley_to_miss_a.amp

Weeks with foot injury...

Auburn big will miss key non-conference games...
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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #47 on: October 17, 2018, 05:37:17 pm »

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Re: 2018-19 SEC Mens Basketball Projections
« Reply #48 on: October 21, 2018, 08:57:37 am »

https://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article220170650.html

SEC had 20 players test the NBA draft waters and return. Raises the talent level of the league as a whole.
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