SEC at Mid-Season

Every team in the SEC has played at least eight conference games which gives us a chance to step back and look at the conference hoops race and give out some mid-season awards.

Saturday's games were a clear split between the upper and lower halves of the league. As a result six teams have wining SEC records while six others are at least two games below the .500 mark.

Today we'll look at the SEC race and pass out some mid-season recognition. Tomorrow we'll turn our attention to the current NCAA Tournament resumes of the seven SEC teams that have to be viewed as being in the hunt.

SEC East Race

Tennessee is clearly the team to beat with eight wins in nine conference outings, but Kentucky is right behind at 6-2 with the Gators sitting third at 6-3. All three teams are a perfect 4-0 at home. They have a round-robin sort of deal in the schedule with Florida hosting Tennessee, The Vols hosting Kentucky and the Wildcats hosting the Gators. Florida's big advantage may be that the other two still have to play Arkansas which is the hottest team in the West.

Vanderbilt is an interesting team in that they are in fourth place at 5-4, but they have five of their last seven SEC games at home. Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky have all beaten the Commodores at home, but none has yet visited Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.

SEC West Race

This appears to already be a two-team race between Arkansas and Mississippi State, The Razorbacks have it going right now and look like the clear favorite everyone tabbed them to be when the season started. However at 6-2 they are actually a half game back of the 7-2 Bulldogs. Arkansas has the tougher schedule with road trips to Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The Bulldogs' toughest part will come late in the year when they face the Gators and Vanderbilt in consecutive road games.

All-SEC Team ---

Richard Hendrix --- Alabama --- 19.5 / 10.3
Shan Foster --- Vanderbilt --- 18.9 / 5.0
Devan Downey --- South Carolina --- 19.4 / 5.3 assists, 3.3 steals
Dwayne Curtis --- Ole Miss --- 15.0 / 9.1 (.667 FG %)
Jamont Gordon --- Miss State --- 18.1 / 6.3 (4.7 assists)

All-Freshman Team ---

Nick Calathes --- Florida --- 15.4 / 5.0 (6.2 assists)
Patrick Patterson --- Kentucky --- 16.9 / 7.9
Chris Warren --- Ole Miss --- 16.4 / 5.1 assists
A.J. Ogilvy --- Vanderbilt --- 17.4 / 6.7
Anthony Randolph --- LSU --- 13.7 / 8.5

Player of the Year ----- Jamont Gordon

Freshman of the Year ----- Patrick Patterson

Coach of the Year ----- Billy Donovan

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