BASKETBALL: Report Card

Alabama Crimson Tide = C It was a so-so week for Alabama. Mark Gottfried's Crimson Tide continued the recent tradition of Ole Miss losing on the road with its Wednesday night home win over the Rebels. Senior guard Mykal Riley then nearly willed Alabama to a win Saturday at South Carolina. Alabama lost by two points in Columbia, but Riley combined for 50 points in the two games.

Arkansas Razorbacks = B-

The second half of Arkansas' loss Saturday at Mississippi State set the tone for a decent week. The Razorbacks rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit and took a brief lead before losing. John Pelphrey's Hogs the drilled LSU by 26 points Wednesday night in Bud Walton Arena, getting a team-high point total from Gary Ervin for the second straight game.

Auburn Tigers = C+

Jeff Lebo's squad pulled the shocker of the week, going to Oxford on Saturday and handily taking care of Ole Miss by 12 points. Quan Prowell's 25 points fueled the surprising outcome. Wednesday night, however, the injury-plagued Tigers were simply outclassed in a blowout loss at No. 2 Tennessee.

Florida Gators = C+

A couple of nail-biters resulted in mixed results for Billy Donovan's Gators. They gave Vanderbilt a scare in Nashville on Saturday, leading deep into the contest before losing by three points. They then nearly lost to South Carolina at home Wednesday night before winning by three.

Georgia Bulldogs = D

Make it seven losses in their last eight games for Dennis Felton's Bulldogs. Georgia flirted with an upset Saturday in Athens, falling just short by three points. And then a trip to Kentucky ended with a hard-fought effort and a six-point defeat Wednesday night. The trying season simply continues for Felton.

Kentucky Wildcats = A

Sure wasn't pretty. The Wildcats didn't exactly rack up many style points with their two wins this week. Then again, Billy Gillispie isn't much of a style-points kind of coach. Kentucky narrowly escaped a road test Saturday at LSU, by four points, and fought past Georgia on Tuesday night by six.

LSU Tigers = F

Back to reality for Butch Pierre's Tigers. The interim coach at LSU should be commended for keeping things together in Baton Rouge since John Brady was fired. But his LSU squad is clearly overmatched these days. The Tigers threatened Kentucky on Saturday in a four-point loss but were drilled by Arkansas on Wednesday night in Bud Walton Arena.

Mississippi State Bulldogs = C

Emotional highs and lows were present this week in Starkville. It all started on Saturday, when Rick Stansbury's Bulldogs downed Arkansas in an entertaining, nationally televised matchup by six points. They came crashing down to earth four days later, in Oxford, when they lost by 11 at Ole Miss and watched Arkansas creep back into the SEC Western Division race.

Ole Miss Rebels = C

The win over their in-state rival was a spectacular way to end the week for Andy Kennedy's Rebels, especially considering how tumultuously it began. Ole Miss has showed a knack for consistently losing on the road in Kennedy's two season. But the Rebels are usually fine at home in the Tad Pad. Not so on Saturday, when Auburn shocked the Rebels.

South Carolina Gamecocks = B-

So, Dave Odom's Gamecocks just keep pestering the SEC. Teams keep assuming that a game against South Carolina should result in an easy victory, and teams keep getting burned. Devan Downey's game-high 29 points led the Gamecocks past Alabama on Saturday, and he nearly led them to an upset at Florida on Wednesday.

Tennessee Volunteers = A

Eight straight games, eight straight wins for Bruce Pearl's Vols heading into their No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup Saturday against top-ranked Memphis. Tennessee rode a strong second-half effort from Chris Lofton (19 of his 22 points) to a tight win Saturday at Georgia. The Vols then annihilated Auburn at home Wednesday night.

Vanderbilt Commodores = A

They had just one chance this week for a victory, and Kevin Stallings' Commodores produced. Shan Foster continues to scorch opposing defenses in SEC play, and the senior swingman paced Vandy to its victory Saturday over Florida with a game-high 19 points. He has led the Commodores in scoring in all but two of their SEC games.

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