SEC basketball notes

Since the 1932-33 season, the SEC has had 12 difference schools win the SEC title, including former conference member Georgia Tech. <br><br>Alabama looks to defend its 2002 SEC crown and Western Division title in 2003 and the East Division looks to prevent Florida and Kentucky from winning a share of the Eastern Division title for the fourth year in a row.

Georgia also earned a share of the title in 2002.

Kentucky leads the way with 41 titles (42 including its vacated 1988 title) followed by LSU and Tennessee with eight, Alabama with seven, Mississippi State with five, and both Florida and Vanderbilt with three. Auburn and Arkansas have two each while Georgia, South Carolina and former member Georgia Tech have one each.

Upcoming Schedule, January 18th (Saturday)

Ole Miss at LSU [JP] 1:00 p.m. CT
Notre Dame at Kentucky [CBS] 2:00 p.m. ET
Alabama at Auburn [JP] 3:00 p.m. CT
Georgia at Arkansas [SEC-TV] 5:05 p.m. CT
Vanderbilt at Tennessee 7:30 p.m. ET
Florida at South Carolina [SEC-TV] 8:00 p.m. ET

Alabama Crimson Tide Notes

  • Erwin Dudley continues his quest for back-to-back league player of the year status as he's averaging in double figures in both scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.4 rpg).
  • Dudley is the only player in the league who's averaging the double-double.
  • Dudley has moved into fourth all-time in rebounding at Alabama.
  • The 2003 version of the Crimson Tide is gaining a reputation for its ability to pass the ball. Sophomore guard Mo Williams, the team's scoring leader with 16.2 points a game after 13 games, is averaging 4.8 assists per game.
  • And off the bench guard Antoine Pettway is getting the ball to his teammates as well. In his last four games, the junior is averaging 4.3 assists per game.
  • Freshman Kennedy Winston finally got NCAA clearance to play in the January 8 Arkansas game and responded with six points. He started in the Vanderbilt game three days later and scored 14 points, made 5 rebounds and three steals.

Auburn Notes (Bama's Saturday opponent)

  • Auburn's 14 wins are tied with Florida (13-2) for the most wins among SEC teams this season.
  • The Tigers surpassed the win total of last year's 12-16 team in a Jan. 11 win at Arkansas.
  • Auburn's 13-2 start is its best since the 1999-2000 season when the Tigers began with a 16-1 record.
  • The 2-0 SEC start is also the best since that same year when Auburn began by winning its first four league games.

Ole Miss Notes (Bama's Tuesday opponent)

  • The Rebels had an open date midweek before traveling to LSU Jan. 18.
  • The Tigers hold an all-time series lead of 106-75, but Ole Miss has a 6-4 lead in the last 10 games.
  • The last time the Rebels won in Baton Rouge was the 1998-99 campaign (82-66 win).
  • Ole Miss had two homecourt winning streaks snapped Saturday with its setback to Tennessee. The Rebels' 20-game homecourt win streak (all games) came to an end, and their 15-game homecourt win streak against SEC opponents also fell.
  • Ole Miss' last home SEC loss came on Jan. 13, 2001, a 70-66 setback to Georgia.
  • Junior Aaron Harper hit a career-high 6 three-pointers vs. Tennessee. He also scored a season-best 23 points against the Vols.
  • Junior Justin Reed became the 27th player in Rebel history to score 1,000 points in a career Saturday against Tennessee.
  • The 49 points scored by the Rebels at South Carolina was the lowest offensive output since a 62-40 loss to Temple in the first round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament.
  • Justin Reed has scored in double figures in 4 of the last 5 games since his eye injury Dec. 19. He is averaging 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in that stretch.

Close Calls

Winning conference games have not been easy this season as evidenced by some tight games decided by the slimmest of margins. Of the 12 conference played through January 11, six have been decided by six points or less, meaning 50 percent of league games have been won in the final minutes.

Road Warriors

With a 4-7 mark last week in conference play, road teams' collective road conference record rose to 4-8 entering this week's games.

Breaking down the record shows the road teams have an 2-3 record in weekday conference games and a 2-5 record in weekend league games.

Last year, SEC road teams did not fare well either with a 31-65 record. The breakdown was 15-28 on weekday night conference games and 16-37 on weekend conference tilts.

Everybody Dance

Every team in the SEC has made at least one NCAA Tournament appearance in the last six editions of the "Big Dance," which shows the balance in the league over the past few seasons.

Double Digits

As of January 13, six SEC teams have already reached 10 or more wins on the season. Auburn and Florida lead the way with a league-high 13 wins. Alabama, Kentucky and LSU are next with 11 victories each. Mississippi State follows with 10 wins.

Double-Doubles

Alabama's Erwin Dudley leads the league with six double-doubles.

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