SEC Opponents: Week in Review

Here's a look at how Vanderbilt's SEC opponents faired last week.

Tennessee: The wins just keep piling up for the Vols. They twice defended their home court, edging a win against VU and handily defeating Ole Miss to move their SEC record to 7-1. Jujuan Smith had a great week, scoring 13.5 ppg off the bench (50% better than his season average), and Chris Lofton gave the best scoring performance of all the starters, averaging 14.5 ppg.

Florida: The Gators stayed on top of their game, taking care of business at Ole Miss and ending UK's SEC win streak. Taureen Green continued his hot streak, averaging 23 ppg, and Florida had two others in double figures each game (Joakim Noah and Al Horford). UF has won despite the absence of Corey Brewer, ineffective Wednesday and out Saturday with what's being called "moderate tendonitis" in his ankle.

Kentucky: After extending their win streak to five games by beating Miss. State in Starkville, UK suffered their first SEC road loss of the season by losing in Gainesville. Lately it seems that as Sparks goes, so do the ‘Cats – he scored 25 points against the Bulldogs, but only managed 5 points in their loss against the Gators. Joe Crawford was the only consistent bright spot this week, averaging 17.5 point and 7.5 boards over the week's games.

Georgia: The Dawgs from Athens followed up a bad week with a two-win week (hosting Bama and at Vandy), moving them into fourth place in the East. Georgia shot a good 41% from behind the arc this week, led by Levi Stukes who went 8-11 (73%). Sixth man Channing Toney provided a nice lift this week, averaging 13.0 ppg.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks had the East's bye this week, but the rest didn't seem to help as they lost at Arkansas on Saturday. Tarence Kinsey was the only starter to score more than 10 points (he had 14), though Rocky Trice came off the bench and contributed 10 in only 18 minutes of play.

LSU: After beating Auburn at home earlier in the week, LSU suffered their first loss of the SEC season when they went to Bama. Tasmin Mitchell had the Bayou Bengals' best week, scoring 20.5 per game (8 ppg better than his season average), while Glen Davis put in 17.5 ppg and 10.0 rebounds. The Tigers had a hard time controlling the ball in both games, averaging 15.5 turnovers over the week.

Alabama: Bama's week showed how tough it is to win on the road in the SEC. After a disappointing loss in Athens, the Crimson Tide put their seven-man roster on the home floor and took out the last unbeaten SEC team. Ronald Steele was big this week, scoring 23.5 ppg, dishing out 5..5 apg, and shooting 44% from three. Jermareo Davidson, Richard Hendrix, and Jean Felix also averaged double digit point games over the week.

Arkansas: The Hogs were able to follow their bye this week by hosting and beating USCJonathon  Modica had a 37-point outburst (including 6-9 from deep) against USC while Ronnie Brewer and Charles Thomas were also able to hit double digits in the win.

Ole Miss: The Rebs continued their losing streak, dropping games against Florida and at Tennessee to make it five straight losses. For the second straight week, Clarence Sanders was the only Rebel to score in double digits, averaging 22.5 ppg. For the third and fourth straight game, Ole Miss lost despite outrebounding their opponent.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs got to stay at home this week, losing to UK before keeping themselves out of the SEC West cellar by beating Auburn. Charles Rhodes, Jamont Gordon, and Jamall Edmondson continued to dominate the scoring for MSU, averaging 21.0, 15.5, and 14.0 ppg respectively. Dietric Slater scored 10 points against Auburn, making him the first Bulldog not named Rhodes, Gordon, or Edmondson to score double digits in nearly a month.

Auburn: The Tigers went on the road twice this week (LSU and Miss. St.) and came home empty-handed each time, giving them a sub-.500 overall record for the first time this season. Frank Tolbert again led the Tigers in scoring with 12.5 ppg off the bench and was the only Tiger to hit double figures in each game.

Vanderbilt Season To Date

Overall Record: 12-7, 3-5

Road: 3-4

Home: 9-3

RPI: 63 

Record v. RPI Top 50: 2-3

Losses v. RPI 100 or worse: 1 (Georgia Tech)

(all RPI figures from collegerpi.com)


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