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2004-05 SEC Men's Basketball Year in Review
04/20/2005 | 

SEC STANDINGS

School SEC Pct. H A Div. ALL Pct. H A N Last 10 Streak
EASTERN DIVISION
Kentucky!^ 14-2 .875 8-0 6-2 8-2 28-6 .824 14-1 7-3 7-2 7-3 L1
Florida@ 12-4 .750 7-1 5-3 8-2 24-8 .750 13-3 6-4 5-1 8-2 L1
Vanderbilt 8-8 .500 6-2 2-6 4-6 20-14 .588 17-2 3-8 0-4 6-4 L1
S. Carolina* 7-9 .438 6-2 1-7 5-5 20-13 .606 16-3 1-9 3-1 5-5 W5
Tennessee 6-10 .375 4-4 2-6 4-6 14-17 .452 10-6 2-8 2-3 4-6 L1
Georgia 2-14 .125 2-6 0-8 1-9 8-20 .286 7-9 0-9 1-2 1-9 L5
WESTERN DIVISION
Alabama# 12-4 .750 7-1 5-3 9-1 24-8 .750 14-1 8-4 2-3 6-4 L2
LSU# 12-4 .750 8-0 4-4 8-2 20-10 .667 14-1 4-6 2-3 7-3 L2
Miss. State 9-7 .563 6-2 3-5 5-5 23-11 .676 11-2 6-5 6-4 5-5 L1
Arkansas 6-10 .375 5-3 1-7 4-6 18-12 .600 13-3 2-7 3-2 4-6 L3
Ole Miss 4-12 .250 3-5 1-7 2-8 14-17 .452 8-6 3-8 3-3 3-7 L1
Auburn 4-12 .250 3-5 1-7 2-8 14-17 .452 8-7 3-7 3-3 3-7 L1
*-NIT Champions; ^-SEC Champion; @-SEC Tournament Champion; !-Eastern Division Champion; #-Western Division Co-Champion


POSTSEASON RESULTS

NCAA RESULTS

AUSTIN REGIONAL

March 17 (Thursday) * Indianapolis, Ind. [CBS]
[2] Kentucky 72, [15] Eastern Kentucky 64

March 18 (Friday) * Charlotte, N.C. [CBS]
[9] Mississippi State 93, [8] Stanford 70

March 19 (Saturday) * Indianapolis, Ind. [CBS]
[2] Kentucky 69, [7] Cincinnati 60

March 20 (Sunday) * Charlotte, N.C. [CBS]
[1] Duke 63, [9] Mississippi State 55

March 25 (Friday) * Austin, Texas [CBS]
[2] Kentucky 62, [6] Utah 52

March 27 (Sunday) * Austin, Texas [CBS]
[5] Michigan State 94, [2] Kentucky 88 (2OT)

SYRACUSE REGIONAL

March 18 (Friday) * Nashville, Tenn. [CBS]
[4] Florida 67, [13] Ohio 62

March 20 (Sunday) * Nashville, Tenn. [CBS]
[5] Villanova 76, [4] Florida 65

CHICAGO REGIONAL

March 17 (Thursday) * Cleveland, Ohio [CBS]
[12] Wisc.-Milwaukee 83, [5] Alabama 73

March 17 (Thursday) * Boise, Idaho [CBS]
[11] UAB 82, [6] LSU 68


NIT RESULTS

March 15 (Tuesday) * First Round
at South Carolina 69, Miami (Fla.) 67

March 16 (Wednesday) * First Round
Vanderbilt 67, at Indiana 60 [ESPN2]

March 21 (Monday) * Second Round
at Vanderbilt 65, Wichita State 63 [ESPN]

March 22 (Tuesday) * Second Round
at South Carolina 77, UNLV 66 [ESPN]

March 23 (Wednesday) * Quarterfinals
at Memphis 81, Vanderbilt 68 [ESPN2]

March 24 (Thursday) * Quarterfinals
at South Carolina 69, Georgetown 66

NIT SEMIFINALS
March 29 (Tuesday) * Madison Square Garden
South Carolina 75, Maryland 67 [ESPN2]

NIT CHAMPIONSHIP
March 31 (Thursday) * Madison Square Garden
South Carolina 60, Saint Joseph's 57 [ESPN]


2005 SEC TOURNAMENT
March 10-13 * Georgia Dome * Atlanta, Ga.

FIRST ROUND
March 10 (Thursday)
Game 1 - [W5] Ole Miss 53, [E4] South Carolina 52 [JP]
Game 2 - [W3] Mississippi State 76, [E6] Georgia 65 [JP]
Game 3 - [E5] Tennessee 65, [W4] Arkansas 46 [JP]
Game 4 - [W6] Auburn 77, [E3] Vanderbilt 73 [JP]

SECOND ROUND
March 11 (Friday)
Game 5 - [W1] Alabama 69, [W5] Ole Miss 52 [JP]
Game 6 - [E2] Florida 80, [W3] Mississippi State 64 [JP]
Game 7 - [E1] Kentucky 76, [E5] Tennessee 62 [JP]
Game 8 - [W2] LSU 89, [W6] Auburn 58 [JP]

SEMIFINALS
March 12 (Saturday)
Game 9 - [E2] Florida 68, [W1] Alabama 62 [JP]
Game 10 - [E1] Kentucky 79, [W2] LSU 78 (OT) [JP]

FINALS
March 13 (Sunday)
Game 11 - [E2] Florida 70, [E1] Kentucky 53 [CBS]


ATTENDANCE

Session 1 (Games 1 & 2)    12,534
Session 2 (Games 3 & 4)    15,147
Session 3 (Games 5 & 6)    19,938
Session 4 (Games 7 & 8)    22,204
Session 5 (Games 9 & 10)   24,214
Session 6 (Game 11)        24,408
TOTAL                     212,122
AVG. PER SESSION           19,711
AVG. PER GAME              19,284
  • The total attendance of 212,122 ranks as the fourth highest total attendance in SEC Tournament history.
  • The 24,408 championship game attendance ranks fifth among title game attendances in SEC Tournament history.
  • The Session 5 attendance of 24,214 lists as the fifth highest Session 5 attendance in SEC Tournament history.


RECORDS

Here a quick look back at the individual and team records set during the 2005 SEC Tournament that will move into the annuals of SEC Tournament history (The ranking is listed in parentheses):

Individual Single-Game Records:

  • 8 three-pointers (11 att.) by Earnest Shelton, Alabama vs. Ole Miss (t1st).

Individual Championship Game Records:

  • 17 rebounds by David Lee, Florida vs. Kentucky (1st).

Team Single-Game Records:

  • 100.0 free throw pct. (10-of-10) by Florida vs. Mississippi State (1st).
  • 1 three-point FG made by Arkansas vs. Tennessee (t1st-fewest).


2005 SEC All-Tournament Team
Matt Walsh, Florida (MVP)
Kelenna Azubuike, Kentucky
David Lee, Florida
Brandon Bass, LSU
Antonio Hudson, LSU


FUTURE TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

2006 SEC TOURNAMENT
March 9-12 * Gaylord Entertainment Center * Nashville, Tenn.

FIRST ROUND
March 9 (Thursday)
Game 1 Eastern #5 vs. Western #4 [JP] TBA
Game 2 Western #6 vs. Eastern #3 [JP] TBA
Game 3 Western # 5 vs. Eastern #4 [JP] TBA
Game 4 Eastern #6 vs. Western #3 [JP] TBA

SECOND ROUND
March 10 (Friday)
Game 5 Game 1 Winner vs. Eastern #1 [JP] TBA
Game 6 Game 2 Winner vs. Western #2 [JP] TBA
Game 7 Game 3 Winner vs. Western #1 [JP] TBA
Game 8 Game 4 Winner vs. Eastern #2 [JP] TBA

SEMIFINALS
March 11 (Saturday)
Game 9 Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner [JP] TBA
Game 10 Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner [JP] TBA

FINALS
March 12 (Sunday)
Game 11 Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner [CBS] TBA


Future SEC Tournament Dates & Sites
2007 March 8-11 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
2008 March 13-16 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
2009 March 12-15 St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.
2010 March 11-14 Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, Tenn.
2011 March 10-13 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
2012 March 8-11 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, La.


TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
The Crimson Tide finished its 2004-05 season with a 24-8 overall record and a No. 21 final AP national ranking. Alabama made its fourth-straight NCAA tournament appearance, giving its senior class a perfect streak of making it to the NCAA tournament every year of their UA career. In his seven seasons as Alabama's head coach, Gottfried's teams have advanced to the postseason six of those seasons (four NCAA, two NIT). It was also the fourth season Gottfried has coached a Tide team to 20 or more wins. Alabama swept four of its five SEC Western Division series to tie LSU for the Western Division championship and was the division's No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament. Alabama produced five All-SEC players in Kennedy Winston, Earnest Shelton, Chuck Davis, Jermareo Davidson and Ronald Steele. Kennedy Winston led Alabama and the Southeastern Conference in scoring with his 17.9 points a game, becoming the first Alabama player since Wendell Hudson (20.7 ppg in 1973) to the lead the league in scoring. Earnest Shelton averaged 16.3 points and Chuck Davis 13.9 to give Alabama three players who averaged in double digits at season's end.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
Arkansas finished the year 18-12, snapping a streak of three straight losing seasons. Sophomore Ronnie Brewer earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches, becoming UA's first first-team selection since Scotty Thurman and Corliss Williamson in 1995. Brewer was also a second-team pick on the AP team, and was named first-team all-district by both the NABC and the USBWA. Darian Townes recorded 17 double-figure scoring games this year, the most for an Arkansas post player since Derek Hood had 26 in 1999. Townes finished second on the team in scoring (10.2), rebounding (4.6), field goal percentage (.519), free throw percentage (.698) and blocked shots (48). Townes earned All-Freshman honors from the SEC and was an honorable mention freshman All-American by Rivals.com. Eric Ferguson finished the year with 128 assists, the most for a Razorback since Kareem Reid had 181 in 1999. Steven Hill recorded 54 blocked shots, the second-most ever for an Arkansas freshman behind Oliver Miller's 60 in 1989. UA's only senior, forward Michael Jones, ended his career with 4.0 ppg and 1.7 rpg.

AUBURN TIGERS
Auburn equaled last season's win totals of 14 wins overall and five wins against SEC teams this season with far less size, depth and talent in Coach Jeff Lebo's first season. Auburn has made 259-of-755 three-pointers this year to rank second on the school's single-season record chart in both categories. The 1995-96 Tigers hold both records with 287-of-806 treys. Auburn freshman Toney Douglas was named to the AP All-SEC third-team. He is only the fourth Tiger freshman to be named to the All-SEC team along with Charles Barkley, Mike Mitchell and Eddie Johnson. He was also both an AP and Coaches Freshman All-SEC selection and was named to the CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-American team and the Rivals.com Freshman All-American third-team. The Jonesboro, Ga., native was a NABC All-District 6 second-team pick. Auburn senior Ian Young is currently the Tigers' career free throw pct. leader at 85.7 percent (120-of-140). The Orlando, Fla., native is ahead of Stan Pietkiewicz (.834) and Ray Donald (.831). Auburn signee Korvotney Barber was named to the McDonald's All-American team and will play for the East team March 30. The Manchester, Ga., native is only the second Auburn Tiger to be named to the prestigious team. Barber averaged 20 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks as a senior this year.

FLORIDA GATORS
Florida finished the season with a 24-8 mark and its seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance after falling to Villanova in the Second Round. Along the way the Gators won their first SEC Tournament title. The 24 wins for the Gators were the fourth most in school history. With a win over Ohio in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Billy Donovan became the first Florida coach to reach double figures in NCAA Tournament. Anthony Roberson was the runner-up for SEC Player of the Year and was the only player in the league to average over 20.0 points per game in conference play (20.8 ppg). David Lee ended his career at UF with 1,436 points, 14th in school history. Roberson earned First Team All-SEC honors from both the AP and Coaches for the second straight year while Lee earned Second Team honors from both and Walsh Second Team honors from the coaches. The trio has a combined 4,242 career points, the highest total of any trio in the SEC. Al Horford finished with 51 blocked shots, the highest total by a UF player since Andrew DeClercq finished with 51 in 1993-94. Corey Brewer started all 32 games for the Gators and finished with a team-high 46 steals.

GEORGIA BULLDOGS
Georgia fell to Mississippi State in the first round of the SEC Tournament, 76-65. Shane Power scored 15 points and Mississippi State had a 25-9 run in the second half of a 76-65 victory over Georgia Thursday in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament. Dave Bliss led Georgia with 14 points and eight rebounds. Georgia finishes with an 8-20 overall record, 2-14 in SEC play. The Bulldogs' overall win total of eight is the fewest by a UGA squad since 1977. Its two conference wins mark the fewest by Georgia since 1974 and the firsttime since 1994 that an SEC team (Tennessee) won just twice in league play. Georgia players have missed a combined total of 35 games because of injury, eight by its starting five. Only Dave Bliss and Steve Newman have started all 28 games. Sundiata Gaines had one of the most productive rookie seasons in recent Georgia history. He led the Dogs in minutes, assists, free throw attempts and makes, as well as ranking second in rebounds. Gaines and center Dave Bliss became the first Georgia freshmen in seven years to pull down 100 rebounds in a season.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS
Patrick Sparks hit a double clutch three-pointer as time expired in regulation to force overtime, but Michigan State outlasted the Wildcats, 94-88, in double overtime in the Austin Regional Final Sunday evening. Kentucky finishes the season 28-6 overall. Randolph Morris scored 20 points, his second 20-point game of the season. Rajon Rondo had three steals in the game, finalizing his single-season school record at 87. Rondo continued his streak of at least one steal in every game this season. Chuck Hayes had 16 points. The Wildcats are 52-4 over the last three seasons when Hayes scores in double figures, including 22-2 this season. Patrick Sparks made 5-of-9 three-point shots. This was the first time this season that Kentucky has lost when Sparks has made two or more three-pointers. Kentucky is 19-1 this season when Sparks makes two or more three-pointers. Chuck Hayes started his 110th consecutive game, tying the school record for consecutive starts held by Alex Groza. Michigan State shot 46.9 percent from the field. Over the last two seasons, Kentucky held 65 of its 66 opponents under 50 percent shooting. Kentucky now has a 96-41 record in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats own tourney records for appearances (46), wins (96), and games played (137). Tubby Smith has a 27-11 career record in NCAA Tournament play.

LSU TIGERS
The Tigers concluded their season with a record of 20-10 after losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to UAB. Brandon Bass, the SEC's player of the year, hit 8-of-10 field goals and had 25 points and 12 rebounds in the game, while Glen Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Bass finished the season averaging 17.3 points and 9.1 rebounds, while hitting 56.7 percent from the field. All five primary starters averaged in double figures -- Bass 17.3, Davis 13.5, Darrel Mitchell and Antonio Hudson 13.1 and Tack Minor 10.8. LSU finished 14-1 at home this season, 8-0 in the SEC, the first perfect home league season since the 1981 NCAA Final Four team went 9-0 during an 18-game conference season. LSU was 4-4 in league play away from the Pete Maravich Center. The Tigers have won 119 games in the last five years, been to post-season play in fiveof the last six years, winning one SEC Title and two SEC Western Division titles under Coach John Brady. LSU earned a bid into the NCAA tournament with an eight-game winning streak before a one-point overtime loss to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament semifinals.

OLE MISS REBELS
After a thrilling 53-52 opening-round win over South Carolina, Ole Miss advanced to the SEC Tournament second round for the second time in three years, where the team fell to 19th-ranked Alabama 69-52. The Rebels concluded the season with a 14-17 mark, although 10 of the losses were by 11 points or less, including eight of the team's 12 SEC defeats. Ole Miss either led or was within two possessions inside the final minute in seven SEC losses. Tommie Eddie finished the year as the Rebels' leading scorer at 11.3 ppg, while tying with Londrick Nolen for the team-lead in rebounding at 4.4 rpg. Todd Abernethy topped the club in assists (82),while becoming the first Ole Miss player to earn SEC Sixth Man of the Year honors. Kendrick Fox ended his tenure with the program's fourth-best career three-point percentage and sixth-most treys. Ole Miss will have a fresh look in 2005-06, with only three players that averaged 15-plus minutes returning and eight newcomers signed. The Rebels' 2004 early signing class of seven has been tabbed as one of the nation's best, rated third in college basketball by HoopScoop Online. The eighth will be Dwayne Curtis, who sat out after transferring from Auburn last May.

MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs extended their current school-record streaks by earning a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and making a fifth straight postseason tournament appearance. MSU also bettered school-best marks by winning 20 or more games for a fourth consecutive season and by posting a winning record (9-7) in regular-season conference play for the fourth year in a row. The Bulldogs have now advanced into the second round of the NCAA Tournament three times in the last four years. State's 23 wins this season rank sixth on the school's all-time single-season chart. Helping the Bulldogs to a four-year composite record of 97-33 (.746) and four NCAA Tournament appearances, seniors Winsome Frazier and Marcus Campbell became the all-time winningest players in Mississippi State's 93-year basketball history. The Bulldogs look to have secured their unprecedented fifth consecutive SEC rebounding margin team statistical title. Lawrence Roberts completed his collegiate career with 58 career double-doubles - tops among active NCAA Division I players - includingan SEC-high and career-best 20 double-doubles this season. Roberts concluded his four-year college career with 1,942 career points and 1,172 career rebounds.

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
South Carolina captures NIT title with a win over Saint Joseph's. Tarence Kinsey hit a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to lift South Carolina to a 60-57 victory Thursday night in the NIT championship game. After Pat Carroll tied it with a 3 for Saint Joseph's, Kinsey came up the floor and nailed the winning jumper from the right elbow. South Carolina was only the second team in the NIT to get to 60 points against the Hawks, who controlled the tempo with ball control and good defense. Carlos Powell scored a game-high 16 points and was chosen tournament MVP, showing no problems with the right forearm strain he sustained in the semifinal victory over Maryland on Tuesday. He had 31 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in his final two games with South Carolina. South Carolina (20-13) reached 20 wins for the third time in Odom's four seasons. The Gamecocks lost the 2002 NIT title game to Memphis. Odom improved to 16-3 in the NIT. He won also won it in 2000 with Wake Forest. The teams were tied at 28 after a back-and-forth first half in which they traded runs. A crowd of 11,555 was in attendance for the NIT championship game.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
The Tennessee Volunteers saw their 2004-05 season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament with a loss to fourth-ranked Kentucky. The Vols finished the season with a 14-17 overall record and a 6-10 mark in league play. Four Vols averaged double figure scoring in 2005. Senior guard Scooter McFadgon led UT with 14.3 points per game. Freshman marksman Chris Lofton averaged 13.2 points on the season while averaging a team-best 14.8 points in SEC games. Lofton's 93 three-point field goals on the season are the second-highest single-season total in Tennessee history and are the most ever by a freshman in the SEC. C.J. Watson, who led the SEC in assists for the second time in the last three seasons with 5.0 assists in league games, added 11.9 points per game. In the final game of the season Watson scored a career-high 26 points against Kentucky. Brandon Crump averaged 11.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in his final season at UT. Crump finished his career ranking 20th at Tennessee with 1,267 career points. Tennessee was the only SEC Eastern Division team to earn a victory on the first day of SEC Tournament action with a 65-46 victory over Arkansas.

VANDERBILT COMMODORES
Vanderbilt dropped an 81-68 decision at Memphis in the quarterfinals of the NIT to end the season. Shan Foster tied career-highs for points (25) and 3-pointers (six) against the Tigers. Julian Terrell added 11 points and six rebounds in the setback. Vanderbilt ends the year 20-14, marking the Commodores first back-to-back 20-win seasons since the 1993 and 1994 campaigns. Vanderbilt posted a 23-10 overall mark during the 2003-04 season. The Commodores' 322 made three-pointers ranked third all-time in SEC history. Vanderbilt's 837 3-point attempts finished fifth all-time in SEC history. Corey Smith's buzzer-beating lay-in to give Vanderbilt a 65-63 victory in the second round of the NIT pushed the Commodores' non-conference home-court winning streak to 24 consecutive games entering the 2005-06 season. Mario Moore scored eight points against Memphis, giving the junior guard 1,005 points for his career. He becomes the first Commodore to join the 1,000-point club as a junior since Drew Maddux in 1997. Corey Smith averaged a career-high 12.0 points and 4.2 rebounds during his senior season. Foster led all Commodores averaging 15.0 points to go along with 10 3-pointers during NIT play.


POSTSEASON NOTES

FIVE Teams Dancing

The SEC tied with the ACC and Big Ten for third in number of bids for the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The league received five bids after getting six bids in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

SEC Tournament Champion Florida makes its seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance this year. SEC Champion Kentucky is making its 14th straight NCAA tourney. Alabama and Mississippi State are making their fourth straight appearances. LSU rejoins the field after missing last season.

To follow is a breakdown of conferences with more than one bid:

                  '05 Record   No. of Bids
Big Ten          11-3 (.786)        5
ACC              10-4 (.714)        5
Big East          7-6 (.538)        6
C-USA             6-3 (.667)        4
Big 12            6-6 (.500)        6
Pac 10            5-4 (.556)        4
SEC               5-5 (.500)        5
Mountain West     2-2 (.500)        2
Big West          1-2 (.333)        2
WAC               1-2 (.333)        2
West Coast        1-2 (.333)        2
Missouri Valley   1-3 (.250)        3


SEC SECOND IN POSTSEASON BIDS

With 16 postseason bids for men's and women's basketball, the SEC once again was among the leaders in the nation in postseason appearances in the NCAA and NIT tournaments. The SEC set the record with 19 bids in 1999 and again in 2001. It was tied by the Big East in 2003 and 2004. The SEC has lead the nation seven times in the last 11 years.

SEC men's teams and women's teams garnered seven and nine bids, respectively (Men's - 5 NCAA, 2 NIT; Women's - 5 NCAA, 4 WNIT).

Postseason Bid Leaders by Conference

ACC       17
SEC       16
Big XII   16
C-USA     16
Big Ten   16
Big East  15
Pac 10    11


SEC SECOND IN NCAA TOURNEY WINS

With a 5-5 record in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, the SEC ranks second among all conferences in wins in the "Big Dance" since the 1994 season.

The Southeastern Conference has amassed 97 victories in the last 12 NCAA Tournaments.

Conference   NCAA Record (1994-Present)
ACC          105-51 (.671)
Big Ten       98-59 (.624)
SEC           98-61 (.616)
Big East      95-54 (.638)
Big 12*       82-63 (.566)
Pac-10        77-50 (.606)

*Combined records of teams of the former Big Eight and Southwest conferences before 1997


2004 NCAA TOURNAMENT

The SEC closed out the season with seven wins in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, fourth in the nation. The SEC did not have a team reach the Final Four for the fifth time in the last 12 years when Alabama was eliminated in the Elite Eight.

2004 also marked the 15th straight year the SEC had at least one team advance to the Sweet 16 (Alabama and Vanderbilt) and the 10th time in 12 years that the conference had a team advance to the Elite Eight.

A list of conferences and their records in the 2004 NCAA Tournament follows below, ranked by wins.

                 '04 Record   No. of Bids
ACC              14-6 (.700)      6
Big East         12-5 (.706)      6
Big XII          10-4 (.714)      4
SEC               7-6 (.538)      6
Atlantic 10       6-4 (.600)      4
C-USA             5-6 (.455)      6
Big Ten           3-3 (.500)      3
WAC               2-2 (.500)      2
Pac 10            1-3 (.250)      3
Missouri Valley   0-2 (.000)      2
Mountain West     0-3 (.000)      3


SEC STILL AMONG FINAL FOUR LEADERS

In the last 13 NCAA Tournaments (1993-2005), the SEC's nine Final Four appearances are the third most by any conference during that span.

With Florida returning to the Final Four in the 2000 season, the SEC has had a total of four different teams to make the national semifinals, two behind the Big Ten's six and tied with the ACC.

Florida's Final Four showing gave the SEC its 19th all-time appearance (24th including five appearances by Arkansas prior to joining the SEC). The Gators' win over Oklahoma State in the 2000 East Regional Final was the league's 39th all-time appearance in a regional final (44th including five trips by Arkansas prior to joining the SEC).

Atlantic Coast (13) - Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland
SEC (9) - Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi State
Big Ten (10) - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Big 12* (7) - Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas
Pacific-10 (5) - Arizona, Stanford, UCLA
Big East (4) - Connecticut, Syracuse
Atlantic-10 (1) - Massachusetts
Conference USA (2) - Louisville, Marquette
Western Athletic (1) - Utah

*Including teams part of the Big 8


NCAA SUCCESS SINCE 1990

The decade of the 1990s began a successful ride for the SEC in the NCAA Tournament.

Since 1990, the SEC has emerged as the nation's toughest basketball conference from the top to the bottom. The league has produced three national championships (Arkansas in 1994, Kentucky in 1996 and 1998) and nine Final Four appearances. Twice the SEC had two teams in the Final Four in the same year (Arkansas and Florida in 1994 and Kentucky and Mississippi State in 1996).

In a truly remarkable feat, the SEC held the title of "King and Queen of College Basketball" as the league won both men's and women's basketball NCAA titles in 1996 and 1998 when the Tennessee Lady Vols took home the women's crown as Kentucky captured the men's title.

The SEC boasted six straight Final Four appearances (1993-98) with five straight appearances in the national championship game (1994-98).

Here's a quick glance inside the numbers for the SEC in the NCAA Tournament since 1990.

                     Actual          Current
                     Membership      Membership
Record:             117-77 (.603)   124-79 (.611)
Appearances:         80              82
Regional Semifinals: 31              33
Regional Finals:     15              16
Final Four:           9              10
NCAA Championships:   3               3


SEC VS. THE TOP 5 SEEDS

Since 1985, the SEC has held its own against the top five seeds in the NCAA Tournament compiling a 52-44 (.542) record over that stretch.

The SEC proved to be tough opponents for top five seeds in the 2004 tournament with league teams combining for a 3-2 record including wins over one No. 1 seed (Stanford), one No. 3 seed (North Carolina State) and one No. 5 seed (Syracuse).

Seed      '85-99  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  TOT
vs. No. 1   6-14  1-1   0-0   0-1   0-0   1-0   0-1   8-17
vs. No. 2  12-7   0-1   0-1   0-0   1-0   0-2   0-0  13-11
vs. No. 3   9-4   1-0   0-0   0-0   0-2   1-0   0-0  11-6
vs. No. 4   9-7   1-1   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0  10-8
vs. No. 5   6-1   2-0   0-0   0-0   1-0   1-0   0-1  10-3
Totals     42-33  5-3   0-1   0-1   2-2   3-2   0-3  52-45


OVERTIME SUCCESS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

With Auburn's overtime win versus Saint Joseph's in 2003, the SEC moved its NCAA Tournament overtime record to 17-10.

The win made it five out of the last six in games going into the extra session in the NCAA Tournament over the last five years.

The SEC's most overtime games in an NCAA Tournament is three, which occurred in 1995. League teams won all three of those overtime games that year as Alabama defeated Pennsylvania in its opening round game while Arkansas needed back-to-back overtime wins over Syracuse and Memphis en route to its national championship run.

Over the past 10 NCAA tournaments (1995-2004), league teams have totaled an 9-3 record in games going into overtime.


FIRST ROUND SUCCESS

The SEC was 3-2 this year in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to extend its seven-year first-round record to 28-13. In 1999, the SEC dispelled the first-round jinx that had loomed over the league in the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Tournaments as all six league teams earned opening round wins. The perfect 6-0 record set the standard as the SEC became the first conference to have six teams win their first-round games in the same season.


SPREADING THE WEALTH

Since the 1980-81 season, each of the 12 SEC schools has captured either an SEC divisional, overall or tournament title and 11 different schools have won or shared the SEC Championship since the league's inception in 1933.

The wealth was truly shared in 2003 as the Alabama and Georgia joined the ranks of SEC Divisional Champions. All 12 schools have won or shared a divisional title.

During the last 16 seasons, six schools captured their inaugural SEC title. Florida began the string by winning the school's first-ever basketball crown in 1989. Georgia followed in 1990. Arkansas won the 1992 title in its first season in the SEC and South Carolina earned the top spot in 1997.

SEC Titles Since 1980-81

                Divisional  Overall  Tournament
                 Titles     Titles     Titles
Alabama             2          2          5
Arkansas            4          2          1
Auburn              1          1          1
Florida             4          3          1
Georgia             1          1          1
Kentucky           11         11*        12*
LSU                 2          4          0
Ole Miss            3          0          1
Mississippi State   4          2          2
South Carolina      1          1          0
Tennessee           2          2          0
Vanderbilt          1          1          0

*1988 titles vacated


EVERYBODY DANCE

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

Here's a quick look at those appearances since the 2001 event.

Team                 NCAA Appearances from 2001-2005
Alabama              2002, 03, 04, 05
Arkansas             2001
Auburn               2003
Florida              2001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Georgia              2001, 02
Kentucky             2001, 02, 03, 04, 05
LSU                  2003, 05
Ole Miss             2001, 02
Mississippi State    2002, 03, 04, 05
South Carolina       2004
Tennessee            2001
Vanderbilt           2004


SETTING THE STAGE

History has shown that the SEC Tournament championship trophy has been a good luck charm of sorts as past tournament champions have enjoyed great success in the NCAA Tournament.

Well, that luck did not prove well for Arkansas in 2000 as the Razorbacks lost in the NCAA Tournament first round, a first for the SEC Tournament Champion since Alabama did the same in 1989.

Of the past 26 SEC Tournament Champions (1979-2004), 19 have advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky reached the 1999 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Finals for its fifth straight trip to the Elite Eight. That marked the fifth consecutive year that the SEC Tournament Champion had advanced to the Sweet 16.

Only three times since the renewal has the SEC Tournament champion failed to win at least one NCAA Tournament game (1981, 1989 and 2000) and four times the conference tournament champion was eliminated in the second round (1979, 1994, 2002, 2004).

Since 1979, SEC Tournament Champions have compiled 11 Elite Eight showings and six Final Four appearances with Kentucky bringing home the national championship to the SEC in 1998. The Wildcats have four of the league's Final Four appearances in 1984, 1993, 1996 and 1998 while in Georgia made it to the Final Four in 1983 as the SEC Tournament Champion and Mississippi State mirrored that feat in 1996.

      SEC Tournament
Year  Champion           NCAA Tournament
1979  Tennessee          Second Round (1-1)
1980  LSU Regional       Finals (2-1)
1981  Ole Miss           First Round (0-1)
1982  Alabama            Regional Semifinals (1-1)
1983  Georgia            Final Four (3-1)
1984  Kentucky           Final Four (3-1)
1985  Auburn             Regional Semifinals (2-1)
1986  Kentucky           Regional Finals (3-1)
1987  Alabama            Regional Semifinals (2-1)
1988  Kentucky*          Regional Semifinals (2-1)
1989  Alabama            First Round (0-1)
1990  Alabama            Regional Semifinals (2-1)
1991  Alabama            Regional Semifinals (2-1)
1992  Kentucky           Regional Finals (3-1)
1993  Kentucky           Final Four (4-1)
1994  Kentucky           Second Round (1-1)
1995  Kentucky           Regional Finals (3-1)
1996  Mississippi State  Final Four (4-1)
1997  Kentucky           Final Four (5-1)
1998  Kentucky           Champion (6-0)
1999  Kentucky           Regional Finals (3-1)
2000  Arkansas           First Round (0-1)
2001  Kentucky           Regional Semifinals (2-1)
2002  Mississippi State  Second Round (1-1)
2003  Kentucky           Regional Finals (3-1)
2004  Kentucky           Second Round (1-1)
2005  Florida            Second Round (1-1)
*Title later vacated


HOW SWEET IT IS

The SEC record for most Sweet 16 appearances in an NCAA Tournament is four set in 1986 when Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and LSU advanced past the first two rounds.

That year Alabama made its second of three straight Sweet 16s while Auburn and Kentucky advanced to the Elite Eight and LSU lost to eventual champion Louisville in the national semifinals.

This season, Kentucky advanced to the Elite Eight.

In 2004, Alabama and Vanderbilt became the 10th and 11th SEC teams since 1996 to advance to the Sweet 16. The SEC leads the nation with 11 of its 12 members reaching the Sweet 16 since 1996. Next in line behind the Southeastern Conference are the Big East (10), Big Ten (9), ACC (8), Big 12 (7) and Pac 10 (7).


SEC IN THE FINAL FOUR

Becoming just the third No. 5 seed in NCAA history to do so, Florida returned to the Final Four for the second time in school history in 2000 and gave the SEC its seventh Final Four appearance in a eight-year period. The SEC looks to end a four-year hiatus from the Final Four in the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

Florida made it back to the national semifinals in 2000 for the first time since the school's first ever-appearance in 1994, joining Iowa in 1980 and Mississippi State in 1996, as the only No. 5 seeds to make it to the final round of the NCAA Tournament. Florida's group of Final Four participants comprised up the highest total of seeds (22) in the Final Four with No. 1 seed Michigan State and No. 8 seeds North Carolina and Wisconsin.

With Florida's return to the Final Four 2000, the SEC was once again in the Final Four after a one-year-hiatus following a six-year streak of Final Four appearances and a five-year streak of having a team playing in the national championship game.

Prior to the 1993-98 stretch of Final Four appearances, the SEC had back-to-back entries only on two other occasions: Kentucky in 1948 and 1949; and Georgia in 1983 and Kentucky in 1984.

The SEC's six-year streak was the longest since the ACC sent teams eight straight years from 1988-95. However, the SEC sent four different teams to the Final Four over its streak while the ACC sent three teams during its streak.


2005 NATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

South Carolina made its first appearance since 2002 and ninth overall. The Gamecocks defeated Miami, UNLV and Georgetown at home and Maryland in the NIT Semifinals before wining the 2005 NIT Championship game on a buzzer beater, 60-57, over Saint Joseph's. SC has a 16-8 record in NIT action. South Carolina was the first SEC team to win the NIT title since Vanderbilt in 1990

Vanderbilt made its first appearance since 2002 and 10th overall. Vanderbilt won at Indiana defeated Wichita State at home before falling at Memphis in the quarterfinals. The Commodores have a 18-9 record in NIT action. Vanderbilt captured the 1990 title with a 74-72 win over Saint Louis.

SEC teams have combined for a 102-83 (.551) record in 80 appearances (for current membership, 107-89 (.546) in 86 appearances) in the NIT.


SEC IN THE 2004 NIT

Georgia made its first appearance since 1999 and 10th overall. UG lost at Iowa State in the first round and finished with a 10-10 record in NIT action. LSU made its first appearance since 2002 and 5th overall. LSU lost at Oklahoma in the first round and finished with a 3-6 record in NIT action. Tennessee made their second straight NIT appearance and 11th overall. UT lost at George Mason in the opening round and finished with a 12-11 record in NIT action.


SEC NOTES

SEC IN THE POLLS

Three SEC teams were ranked in the final AP poll on March 14 with Kentucky at No. 7, Florida rejoins the poll at No. 16 and Alabama is No. 21. In the final USA Today/ESPN poll, Kentucky is ranked fifth, and Florida is No. 24.

Here's a week-by-week look at the SEC's ranked teams this season (Listed with AP first and USA Today/ESPN second).

          UA     AR     UF     UK     LS     MS     SC     UT     VU
Pre      18/18  nr/nr  23/22   9/9   rv/nr  12/14  nr/nr  rv/nr  rv/rv
Nov. 15  18/--  nr/--  23/--   9/--  rv/--  12/--  nr/--  rv/--  rv/--
Nov. 22  19/19  nr/nr  23/22   8/8   rv/nr  14/20  nr/nr  rv/nr  nr/rv
Nov. 29  22/22  nr/nr  19/18   8/8   rv/nr  15/21  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Dec. 6   18/18  rv/nr  rv/rv  10/11  nr/nr  22/23  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Dec. 13  17/15  rv/nr  rv/rv   9/11  nr/rv  20/24  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Dec. 20  19/14  rv/nr  rv/rv   8/10  nr/nr  21/24  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Dec. 27  18/13  rv/nr  rv/rv   8/10  nr/nr  21/24  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Jan. 3   19/18  rv/rv  nr/nr   8/8   nr/rv  18/22  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Jan. 10  23/21  rv/nr  nr/rv   9/10  nr/nr  11/15  rv/nr  nr/nr  rv/rv
Jan. 17  22/22  nr/nr  rv/rv   8/8   nr/rv  17/19  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Jan. 24  14/17  nr/nr  rv/rv   7/6   nr/nr  24/22  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Jan. 31  11/14  nr/nr  rv/rv   6/4   nr/rv  rv/rv  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/rv
Feb. 7   17/19  nr/nr  rv/rv   5/5   nr/rv  rv/rv  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Feb. 14  16/17  nr/nr  rv/24   3/3   nr/nr  rv/rv  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Feb. 21  16/14  nr/nr  rv/rv   5/5   rv/rv  rv/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Feb. 28  21/19  nr/nr  rv/rv   3/3   rv/rv  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Mar. 7   20/19  nr/nr  rv/25   4/4   rv/rv  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Mar. 14  21/21  nr/nr  16/18   7/5   rv/rv  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Final    --/rv  --/nr  --/24  --/5   --/nr  --/nr  --/rv  --/nr  --/nr


SEC COACHING RECORDS

Below is a list of won-lost records of coaches across the league for their career and at their present schools.

Coach, School         Career   At School
Mark Gottfried, UA    211-106   144-82
Stan Heath, AR         69-53     39-47
Jeff Lebo, AU         129-78     14-17
Billy Donovan, UF     228-112   193-92
Dennis Felton, UG     124-88     24-34
Tubby Smith, UK       343-120   219-58
John Brady, LS        229-179   140-102
Rod Barnes, UM        127-93    127-93
Rick Stansbury, MS    149-75    149-75
Dave Odom, SC         355-229    77-55
Buzz Peterson, UT     166-109    61-59
Kevin Stallings, VU   228-146   105-83


SEC vs. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS

Year      Record
2004-05   120-46 (.723)
2003-04   120-31 (.795)
2002-03   114-39 (.745)
2001-02   133-41 (.764)
2000-01   131-38 (.775)
1999-00   132-43 (.754)
1998-99   121-42 (.742)
1997-98   125-35 (.781)
1996-97   107-50 (.682)
1995-96   119-39 (.753)
1994-95   103-41 (.715)
1993-94   102-47 (.685)
1992-93   102-43 (.703)
1991-92   123-58 (.680)


POLL WORTHY

The SEC is the only conference in the nation to have all of its teams ranked at least one week in the Associated Press top 25 (excluding preseason polls) since 1999-00. Simply stated, every SEC team has been a top-25 team nationally at one point in the last five-plus seasons. A look at SEC teams in the AP top 25 show the league's diversity since the 2000 season. Every team has been in the top 25.

Alabama 2004-05
Arkansas 2000-01
Auburn 1999-00
Florida 2004-05
Georgia 2002-03
Kentucky 2004-05
LSU 2003-04
Ole Miss 2000-01
Mississippi State 2004-05
South Carolina 2003-04
Tennessee 2000-01
Vanderbilt 2003-04

Here's a look at the other major conferences and their teams who have not achieved an AP top 20 ranking over that span:

ACC - 8 of 11 - Clemson, Florida State, Va. Tech
Atlantic 10 - 5 of 12 - Duquesne, Fordham, LaSalle, UMass, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure
Big East - 11 of 12 - Rutgers
Big Ten - 8 of 11 - Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State
Big 12 - 7 of 12 - Baylor, Colorado, Kansas State, Nebraska, Texas A&M
Conference USA - 6 of 14 - East Carolina, Houston, Saint Louis, South Florida, Southern Miss, Tulane, TCU, UAB
Pac-10 - 7 of 10 - Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State


SEC SECOND IN NON-CONFERENCE WINS

The SEC is tied for second in the nation with 107 non-conference wins versus NCAA Division I opponents, entering the postseason.

Conference     Non-Conf. Record
Conference USA     108-58
SEC                107-40
Big East           107-29
ACC                106-26
Big 12             103-29
Big Ten             96-41
Pac-10              78-25
Missouri Valley     71-30
West Coast          70-37


SEC RANKS FIFTH IN OVERALL RPI

The SEC ranks fifth in the nation in Overall RPI, according to the latest poll by CollegeRPI.com, entering the postseason.

1.  ACC
2.  Big East
3.  Big 12
4.  Pac-10
5.  SEC
6.  Big Ten
7.  West Coast
8.  Missouri Valley


SEC RANKS SIXTH IN NON-CONFERENCE RPI

The SEC ranks sixth in the nation in Non-Conference RPI, according to the latest poll by CollegeRPI.com, entering the postseason.

1.  ACC
2.  Pac-10
3.  Big 12
4.  Big East
5.  Big Ten
6.  SEC
7.  Missouri Valley
8.  West Coast


SEC RANKS SECOND WITH FIVE TEAMS IN RPI TOP 40

The SEC is first in the nation with five teams ranked in CollegeRPI.com's Top 40, entering the postseason.

Conference    # in Top 40
Big East        6 Teams
SEC             5 Teams
ACC             4 Teams
Big 12          4 Teams
Big Ten         4 Teams
Mid-American    4 Teams
C-USA           3 Teams
Pac-10          3 Teams
Missouri Valley 2 Teams
WAC             2 Teams
West Coast      2 Teams


SEC TEAMS IN RPI POLL

Below are the recent RPI rankings by CollegeRPI.com, entering the postseason.

 11.  Kentucky
 17.  Alabama
 19.  Florida
 25.  LSU
 29.  Mississippi State
 74.  Vanderbilt
 90.  South Carolina
100.  Arkansas
106.  Tennessee
140.  Ole Miss
137.  Auburn
212.  Georgia


SEC RANKS FIFTH IN SAGARIN RANKINGS

The SEC ranks fourth in the Sagarin rankings by central mean and fifth by simple average, entering the postseason.

Central Mean   Simple Average
1. ACC             1. ACC
2. Big 12          2. Big 12
3. Big East        3. Big East
4. Big Ten         4. Big Ten
5. SEC             5. SEC
6. Pac 10          6. Pac 10
7. Missouri Valley 7. Missouri Valley
8. Conference USA  8. Conference USA


SEC FIFTH WITH FIVE TEAMS IN SAGARIN TOP 40

The SEC is fifth in the nation with five teams ranked in the Sagarin Rankings Top 40, entering the postseason.

Conference     # in Top 40
ACC              6 Teams
Big 12           6 Teams
Big Ten          6 Teams
Big East         6 Teams
SEC              5 Teams
Conference USA   2 Teams
Pac-10           2 Teams
Mountain West    2 Teams


SEC TEAMS IN SAGARIN RANKINGS

Below are the recent Sagarin Rankings entering the postseason.

  8.  Kentucky
 14.  Florida
 16.  Alabama
 30.  LSU
 33.  Mississippi State
 48.  Vanderbilt
 58.  Arkansas
 68.  South Carolina
 85.  Tennessee
103.  Ole Miss
132.  Auburn
201.  Georgia


SEC IN STRENGTH OF SCHEDULES

The SEC has eight of the 50 toughest schedules in the country, according to CollegeRPI.com, entering the postseason.

Team                SOS
Tennessee           20
Florida             21
LSU                 27
Kentucky            30
Alabama             31
Vanderbilt          38
South Carolina      39
Georgia             44
Mississippi State   60
Auburn              72
Ole Miss            75
Arkansas            96


SEC Teams at the House

TEAMS 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 TOTALS
UK 8-0 7-1 8-0 6-2 8-0 8-0 7-1 52-04
UF 7-1 5-3 7-1 6-2 6-2 7-1 7-1 45-11
UA 7-1 4-4 6-2 8-0 7-1 6-2 5-3 43-13
MS 6-2 6-2 7-1 7-1 6-2 4-4 6-2 42-14
UT 4-4 7-1 5-3 5-3 5-3 7-1 7-1 40-16
AR 5-3 4-4 3-5 5-3 7-1 5-3 6-2 35-21
AU 3-5 4-4 5-3 4-4 5-3 7-1 8-0 36-20
LS 8-0 5-3 6-2 4-4 1-7 7-1 4-4 35-21
UM 3-5 5-3 2-6 8-0 7-1 5-3 5-3 35-21
UG 2-6 6-2 7-1 6-2 5-3 3-5 4-4 33-23
VU 6-2 6-2 3-5 4-4 2-6 5-3 5-3 31-25
SC 6-2 5-3 4-4 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-5 27-29
TOTALS 65-31 64-32 63-33 66-30 62-34 67-29 67-29 454-218

.677 .667 .656 .688 .646 .698 .698 .676


On the Road in the SEC

TEAMS 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 TOTALS
UK 6-2 6-2 8-0 4-4 4-4 4-4 4-4 36-20
UF 5-3 4-4 5-3 4-4 6-2 5-3 3-5 32-24
UT 2-6 0-8 4-4 2-6 3-5 5-3 5-3 21-35
MS 3-5 8-0 2-6 3-5 1-7 1-7 2-6 20-36
LS 4-4 3-5 2-6 2-6 1-7 5-3 0-8 17-39
UA 5-3 4-4 1-7 4-4 1-7 0-8 1-7 16-40
AU 1-7 1-7 3-5 0-8 2-6 2-6 6-2 15-41
UG 0-8 1-7 4-4 4-4 4-4 0-8 2-6 15-41
SC 1-7 3-5 1-7 3-5 3-5 2-6 0-8 13-43
AR 1-7 0-8 1-7 1-7 3-5 2-6 3-5 11-45
UM 1-7 0-8 2-6 1-7 4-4 0-8 3-5 11-45
VU 2-6 2-6 0-8 2-6 2-6 3-5 0-8 11-45
TOTALS 31-65 32-64 33-63 31-65 33-63 29-67 29-67 218-454

.323 .333 .344 .323 .344 .302 .302 .324


CLOSE CALLS

Winning conference games is not easy as evidenced by some tight games decided by the slimmest of margins.

Of the 96 conference played this season, 29 were decided by six points or less with three going to overtime. Meaning 30.2 percent of league games were won in the final minutes.


HOME SWEET HOME (3/28)

Southeastern Conference teams had a 147-42 (.778) record at home last season. SEC teams have a 145-44 (.767) record at home this season. Here's a breakdown of SEC home records.

Home               Record
Alabama             14-1
Arkansas            13-3
Auburn               8-7
Florida             13-3
Georgia              7-9
Kentucky            14-1
LSU                 14-1
Ole Miss             8-6
Mississippi State   11-2
South Carolina      15-3
Tennessee           10-6
Vanderbilt          17-2
TOTALS             145-44


STREAKS IN SEC REGULAR SEASON PLAY

Florida, LSU and Mississippi State have current road win streaks of two or more in SEC play. Five SEC schools have home winning streaks of two or more in conference play. Alabama, Florida and LSU have overall win streaks of two or more in SEC games.

Team             Overall  Home  Road
Alabama             W2     W1    W1
Arkansas            L2     L1    L3
Auburn              W1     W1    L3
Florida             W4     W6    W2
Georgia             L4     L2    L14
Kentucky            L1     W14   L1
LSU                 W6     W9    W3
Ole Miss            L3     L1    L6
Mississippi State   L1     L1    W2
South Carolina      W1     W1    L3
Tennessee           W1     W2    L5
Vanderbilt          L1     W3    L2


SEC EAST vs. SEC WEST

Since the 1991-92 season, the Southeastern Conference has been separated into Eastern and Western Divisions in Men's Basketball. Below is a list of how the divisions have fared against each other over the years.

2005   East 19, West 17 (SEC Challenge tied 3-3)
2004   East 22, West 14
2003   East 26, West 10
2002   East 19, West 17
2001   East 21, West 15
2000   East 22, West 14
1999   West 19, East 17
1998   East 25, West 11
1997   East 26, West 10
1996   West 14, East 22
1995   East 16, West 20
1994   West 19, East 17
1993   East 23, West 13
1992   West 21, East 15


ROAD WARRIORS

With a 3-9 mark the final week in conference play, road teams' collective conference record finished at 30-66.

Breaking down the record shows the road teams have an 15-30 record in weekday conference games and a 15-36 record in weekend league games.

Last year, SEC road teams did not fare well either with a 32-64 record. The breakdown was 18-26 in weekday night conference games and 14-38 in weekend conference tilts.


BIG 2-0!

Seven SEC teams reached 20 or more wins on the season. Kentucky led the way with 28 wins, followed by Alabama and Florida with 24 victories. Mississippi State had 23 victories. LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt were next in line with 20 wins each.


FRESHMEN ON THE RISE

Below are the Top Five freshmen in the SEC in each of the major individual categories.

Points                        Rebounds
Toney Douglas, AU     16.9    Glen Davis, LS       8.8
Glen Davis, LS        13.5    Al Horford, UF       6.5
Chris Lofton, UT      13.2    David Bliss, UG      5.4
Sundiata Gaines, UG   12.0    Toney Douglas, AU    5.3
Darian Townes, AR     10.2    Sundiata Gaines, UG  4.9

Assists                       Blocks
Ronald Steele, UA     5.00    Steven Hill, AR     1.80
Rajon Rondo, UK       3.47    Darian Townes, AR   1.60
Sundiata Gaines, UG   2.89    Al Horford, UF      1.59
Taurean Green, UF     2.16    Glen Davis, LS      1.37
Corey Brewer, UF      1.97    Randolph Morris, UK 0.91

Steals                        FG Pct (2.00 made/game)
Rajon Rondo, UK       2.56    Randolph Morris, UK .528
Sundiata Gaines, UG   2.44    Darian Townes, AR   .519
Corey Brewer, UF      1.44    David Bliss, UG     .517
Toney Douglas, AU     1.39    Corey Brewer, UF    .515
Chris Lofton, UT      1.29    Glen Davis, LS      .513

3Pt-FG Pct (0.75 made/game)   FT Pct (1.00 made/game)
Chris Lofton, UT      .465    Channing Toney, UG  .910
Shan Foster, VU       .438    Chris Lofton, UT    .854
Ronald Steele, UA     .427    Ronald Steele, UA   .812
Toney Douglas, AU     .373    Shan Foster, VU     .810
Kevin Brophy, UG      .363    Toney Douglas, AU   .789


SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Week 1          Todd Abernethy, Ole Miss
Nov. 11-14      18.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.0 apg

Week 2          Ian Young, Auburn
Nov. 15-21      28.0 ppg, 6.0 apg, game-winning 3-pointer

Week 3          Carlos Powell, South Carolina
Nov. 22-28      21.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg

Week 4          Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Nov. 29-Dec. 5  27.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, game-winning shot

Week 5          Levi Stukes, Georgia
Dec. 6-12       23.0 ppg, 3.0 spg, 31 points in OT win

Week 6          Patrick Sparks, Kentucky
Dec. 13-19      25.0 ppg, 5-of-8 three-pointers, game-winning FTs

Week 7          Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State
Dec. 20-26      23.5 ppg, 14.5 rpg, 3.0 spg

Week 8          Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State
Dec. 27-Jan. 2  25.0 ppg, 19.0 rpg

Week 9          Mario Moore, Vanderbilt
Jan. 3-9        17.0 ppg, 5.0 apg

Week 10         Anthony Roberson, Florida
Jan. 10-16      32.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg

Week 11         Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Jan. 17-23      25.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg

Week 12         Brandon Bass, LSU
Jan. 24-30      20.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 5.0 bpg

Week 13         Frank Tolbert, Auburn
Jan. 31-Feb. 6  18.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg

Week 14         Jonathon Modica, Arkansas
Feb. 7-13       19.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 60.7 FG%

Week 15         Brandon Bass, LSU
Feb. 14-20      24.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 71.4 FG%

Week 16         Patrick Sparks, Kentucky
Feb. 14-20      26 points, 7-of-10 three-pointers

Week 17         Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Feb. 28-Mar. 6  22.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg


DOUBLE-DOUBLES (FINAL)

MSU's Lawrence Roberts leads the Southeastern Conference with 20 double-doubles.

20   Lawrence Roberts - Mississippi State
12   David Lee - Florida
12   Brandon Bass - LSU
10   Glen Davis - LSU
 9   Chuck Hayes - Kentucky
 6   Carlos Powell - South Carolina 
 5   Jermareo Davidson - Alabama
 3   Chuck Davis - Alabama
 3   Kennedy Winston - Alabama
 3   Quinnel Brown - Auburn
 3   Tack Minor - LSU
 3   Marcus Campbell - Mississippi State


DOUBLE-DOUBLES IN SEC PLAY (FINAL)

MSU's Lawrence Roberts led the SEC with 12 double-doubles in league play.

12   Lawrence Roberts - Mississippi State
 9   David Lee - Florida
 6   Glen Davis - LSU
 6   Brandon Bass - LSU
 4   Chuck Hayes - Kentucky
 2   Darian Townes - Arkansas
 2   Sundiata Gaines - Georgia
 2   Marcus Campbell - Mississippi State
 2   Carlos Powell - South Carolina
 2   Brandon Crump - Tennessee


SEC GOOD WORKS TEAM

Alabama's Evan Brock, a Roswell, Georgia native, is a member of the University of Alabama Student-Athlete Advisory Board. He served food to the homeless during holidays at Salvation Army and volunteers as a speaker and visits local schools to talk to kids about doing well in school. Brock helped co-host a Halloween party for kids in Tuscaloosa community. He has participated in many events for the Tuscaloosa and U of A community, including help collect thousands of pounds of non-perishable food for the West Alabama Food Bank in the Beat Auburn-Beat Hunger Campaign.

Arkansas' Steven Hill, a Branson, Missouri native is a member of Arkansas's 2004-2005 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has spent time posing for pictures and signing autographs at a Big Brothers & Big Sisters event. He speaks to elementary school kids and participates in Arkansas' Razorback Book Hogs, which is a reading program at both Leverett Elementary and Jefferson Elementary School.

Auburn's Nathan Watson, a Fort Payne, Alabama native frequently speaks to local schools in the Auburn community. Watson also participates in Auburn Tiger Kid's Club events, including autograph sessions and their annual Basketball Pizza Party.

Florida's David Lee, a St. Louis, Missouri native, is a member of the Goodwill Gators, contributing in the Gainesville and UF communities. He has spent time visiting local hospitals and elementary schools as part of his commitment to the Gainesville community.

Georgia's Levi Stukes, a Randallstown, Maryland native served as a mentor at the Classic City Alternative High School. He also participated in the "Toys for Tots" program. Levi has read numerous books to children at local elementary schools and participated in fund-raising for adopted families during Christmas holidays.

Kentucky's Chuck Hayes, a Modesto, California native visited with patients at the local Veteran's Hospital and reads to students, talking about character at Ashland Elementary School and Lafayette High School in Kentucky. Hayes also participated in the American Diabetes Association's Family Fun Diabetes Day and was a Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk participant.

LSU's Paul Wolfert, a Burr Ridge, Illinois native spoke to school assemblies at Greenville Elementary and Northdale Magnet Academy. He helped organize the "Halloween Boozar", an annual event for kids to trick or treat with athletes, and the Christmas Drive for Toys. Wolfert also participated in the Diabetes Walk and the team's Christmas visit to the Our Lady of the Lake children's ward.

Ole Miss' Kendrick Fox, an Oxford, Mississippi native participates in Reading with the Rebels, where Ole Miss players read to elementary school students. He helped conduct a Bingo Night at the Azalea Gardens nursing home and visited the Alpha House, a homeless youth shelter in Tupelo, during a canned food drive for the underprivileged during the holidays.

Mississippi State's Shane Power, a Crown Point, Indiana native is a frequent participant in local school reading programs. He was an invited speaker to Mississippi State's 2004 "State of the Future" capital campaign. He also serves as an officer and is highly involved with MSU's Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization. The 2003-04 SEC Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year is a member of MSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is a 2004-05 Mississippi State Team co-Captain.

South Carolina's Carlos Powell, a Florence, South Carolina native, is a frequent speaker to kids groups in Columbia area. He was a guest speaker at a local Boy Scout troop meeting and spoke with youth offenders enrolled in the Juvenile Court Alternative Program. Powell volunteered at the Palmetto Richland Hospital and the Foster Children's Picnic at East Quad. He also volunteers at Camp Kemo for kids with cancer, signing autographs and playing basketball with the children.

Tennessee's C.J. Watson, a Las Vegas, Nevada native visited patients at the UT Medical Center and served as a guest reader at West View Elementary Family Reading Night. He assisted at the week long First Cumberland Presbyterian Church Summer Basketball Camp. He also was part of the annual National Student Athlete Day community service event, known as April Play Day.

Vanderbilt's Jason Holwerda, a Chattanooga, Tennessee native participates in Vanderbilt Field Day where Vanderbilt student-athletes play sports with disadvantaged youth. He also helps with the Vanderbilt Student-Athlete Christmas Party where Vanderbilt student-athletes purchase gifts for disadvantaged youth in Nashville. Holwerda lends his time with the "Kids Zone" where disadvantage youth spend the afternoon with Vanderbilt student-athletes at Commodore football games. He also serves as guest speaker at Nashville churches talking with area youth comparing basketball with everyday challenges in life.


NON-CONFERENCE RECORD
120-46 (.723) * FINAL

ACC                     4-10  .286
America East            1-0  1.000
Atlantic 10             7-0  1.000
Atlantic Sun           13-1   .929
Big 12                  1-4   .200
Big East                2-4   .333
Big Sky                 0-0   .000
Big South               4-0  1.000
Big Ten                 4-3   .571
Big West                1-0  1.000
Colonial                3-0  1.000
Conference USA          8-7   .533
Horizon League          0-1   .000
Ivy Group               0-0   .000
Metro Atlantic          1-0  1.000
Mid-American            5-1   .833
Mid-Continent           1-0  1.000
Mid-Eastern             6-0  1.000
Missouri Valley         1-2   .333
Mountain West           3-4   .429
Northeast               0-0   .000
Ohio Valley            12-0  1.000
Pac 10                  3-4   .429
Patriot                 0-0   .000
SWAC                    4-0  1.000
Southern               10-2   .833
Southland               9-0  1.000
Sun Belt                9-2   .818
WAC                     2-1   .667
West Coast              1-0  1.000
Independents            2-0  1.000
Non-Division I          1-0  1.000


Associated Press (Final)

Rank Team Record Pts. Prv.
1. Illinois (72) 32-1 1,800 1
2. North Carolina 27-4 1,676 2
3. Duke 25-5 1,671 5
4. Louisville 29-4 1,495 6
5. Wake Forest 26-5 1,457 3
6. Oklahoma St. 24-6 1,393 10
7. Kentucky 25-5 1,342 4
8. Washington 27-5 1,318 14
9. Arizona 27-6 1,133 8
10. Gonzaga 25-4 1,122 11
11. Syracuse 27-6 1,072 16
12. Kansas 23-6 1,049 9
13. Connecticut 22-7 949 12
14. Boston College 24-4 878 7
15. Michigan St. 22-6 690 13
16. Florida 23-7 651 NR
17. Oklahoma 24-7 605 17
18. Utah 27-5 599 15
19. Villanova 22-7 494 19
20. Wisconsin 22-8 384 23
21. Alabama 24-7 376 20
22. Pacific 26-3 349 18
23. Cincinnati 24-7 163 21
24. Texas Tech 20-10 143 NR
25. Georgia Tech 19-11 132 NR

Other SEC teams receiving votes: LSU 79.


USA Today/ESPN (Final)

Rank Team Record Pts. Prv.
1. North Carolina 33-4 775 3
2. Illinois 37-2 744 1
3. Louisville 33-5 704 4
4. Michigan State 26-7 676 15
5. Kentucky 28-6 637 5
6. Arizona 30-7 612 9
7. Duke 27-6 560 2
8. Oklahoma St. 26-7 515 8
9. Washington 29-6 511 7
10. Wisconsin 25-9 489 19
11. Wake Forest 27-6 399 6
12. West Virginia 24-11 364 NR
13. Villanova 24-8 355 12
14. Utah 29-6 333 17
15. Kansas 23-7 253 10
16. Texas Tech 22-11 251 24
17. Connecticut 23-8 249 14
18. Gonzaga 26-5 239 11
19. Boston College 25-5 234 12
20. Oklahoma 25-8 218 16
21. Syracuse 27-7 179 13
22. N.C. State 21-14 137 NR
23. UW-Milwaukee 26-6 123 NR
24. Florida 24-8 118 18
25. Cincinnati 25-8 96 23

Other SEC teams receiving votes: Alabama (24-8) 45, South Carolina (20-13) 12.


SEC VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
FINAL

                 Associated Press   USA Today/ESPN
Team              Top 25  Top 10    Top 25  Top 10
Alabama             1-2     0-1       1-3     0-1
Arkansas            0-5     0-2       0-5     0-2
Auburn              0-5     0-1       0-5     0-1
Florida             4-3     2-1       4-3     2-1
Georgia             0-4     0-3       0-4     0-3
Kentucky            4-3     0-2       4-4     0-1
LSU                 2-3     0-2       2-3     0-2
Ole Miss            1-4     0-1       1-4     0-1
Mississippi State   0-6     0-3       0-7     0-3
South Carolina      1-5     1-3       1-5     1-3
Tennessee           1-5     0-2       1-5     0-1
Vanderbilt          1-2     0-2       1-3     0-2
TOTAL              15-47    3-23     15-51    3-22
vs. Non-SEC Teams   3-16    0-8       3-17    0-7


2005 SEC POSTSEASON HONORS

COACHES AWARDS
(#-Unanimous Selection; Ties are not broken)

Name, School Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC
Earnest Shelton, Alabama G 6-3 200 Sr. Memphis, Tenn.
Kennedy Winston, Alabama# F 6-6 205 Jr. Prichard, Ala.
Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas G 6-7 200 So. Fayetteville, Ark.
David Lee, Florida F 6-9 249 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
Anthony Roberson, Florida# G 6-1 180 Jr. Saginaw, Mich.
Chuck Hayes, Kentucky F 6-6 247 Sr. Modesto, Calif.
Brandon Bass, LSU# F 6-8 252 So. Baton Rouge, La.
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State F 6-9 240 Sr. Houston, Texas
SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC
Chuck Davis, Alabama F 6-7 230 Jr. Selma, Ala.
Matt Walsh, Florida F 6-6 205 Jr. Holland, Pa.
Kelenna Azubuike, Kentucky G 6-5 208 Jr. Tulsa, Okla.
Patrick Sparks, Kentucky G 6-1 180 Jr. Central City, Ky.
Glen Davis, LSU F 6-9 310 Fr. Baton Rouge, La.
Shane Power, Mississippi State G/F 6-5 210 Sr. Crown Point, Ind.
Carlos Powell, South Carolina F 6-7 220 Sr. Florence, S.C.
Corey Smith, Vanderbilt G/F 6-6 242 Sr. Houston, Texas
SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Ronald Steele, Alabama# G 6-2 185
Birmingham, Ala.
Darian Townes, Arkansas# C 6-10 235
Alexandria, Va.
Toney Douglas, Auburn# G 6-1 190
Jonesboro, Ga.
Corey Brewer, Florida G/F 6-8 183
Portland, Tenn.
Rajon Rondo, Kentucky# G 6-1 155
Louisville, Ky.
Glen Davis, LSU# F 6-9 310
Baton Rouge, La.
Chris Lofton, Tennessee G 6-2 190
Maysville, Ky.
Shan Foster, Vanderbilt G/F 6-6 198
Kenner, La.
SEC COACH OF THE YEAR
Tubby Smith, Kentucky#
SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Brandon Bass, LSU
SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Brandon Bass, LSU
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Glen Davis, LSU
SEC SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Todd Abernethy, Ole Miss
SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Chuck Hayes, Kentucky


ASSOCIATED PRESS AWARDS
(u-Unanimous Selection; Ties are not broken)

First Team
u-Brandon Bass, LSU, F, 6-8, So.
u-Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State, F, 6-9, Sr.
Anthony Roberson, Florida, G, 6-1, Jr.
Kennedy Winston, Alabama, F, 6-6, Jr.
Chuck Hayes, Kentucky, F, 6-6, Sr.

Second Team
Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas, G, 6-7, So.
Kelenna Azubuike, Kentucky, G, 6-5, Jr.
Glenn Davis, LSU, F, 6-9, Fr.
David Lee, Florida, F, 6-9, Sr.
Earnest Shelton, Alabama, G, 6-3, Sr.

Third Team
Chuck Davis, Alabama, F, 6-7, Jr.
Carlos Powell, South Carolina, F, 6-7, Sr.
Patrick Sparks, Kentucky, G, 6-1, Jr.
Jermareo Davidson, Alabama, C, 6-10, So.
Toney Douglas, Auburn, G, 6-1, Fr.
Ronald Steele, Alabama, G, 6-2, Fr.

Player of the Year - Brandon Bass, LSU
Coach of the Year - Tubby Smith, Kentucky
Newcomer of the Year - Glenn Davis, LSU


NATIONAL POSTSEASON HONORS
SEC Only

JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Tubby Smith, Kentucky

ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICA
Honorable Mention
Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Anthony Roberson, Florida
Chuck Hayes, Kentucky
Brandon Bass, LSU
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

COLLEGEINSIDER.COM ALL-AMERICA
Kennedy Winston, Alabama

RIVALS.COM ALL-AMERICAN
Honorable Mention
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Finalist
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

WOODEN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Finalist
Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

CELLULAR SOUTH HOWELL TROPHY
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
District 6
Brandon Bass, LSU
Shane Power, Mississippi State

NIT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Carlos Powell, South Carolina

NIT ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Carlos Powell, South Carolina
Brandon Wallace, South Carolina

V FOUNDATION COMEBACK AWARD
Finalist
Sheray Thomas, Kentucky

BASKETBALL TIMES ALL-FRESHMAN
Second Team
Glen Davis, LSU
Toney Douglas, Auburn

COLLEGEINSIDER.COM FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICAN
Glen Davis, LSU
Toney Douglas, Auburn

RIVALS.COM FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN
First Team
Glen Davis, LSU

Third Team
Toney Douglas, Auburn
Rajon Rondo, Kentucky
Chris Lofton, Tennessee

Honorable Mention
Ronald Steele, Alabama
Darian Townes, Arkansas

NCAA ALL-REGION AUSTIN
Chuck Hayes, Kentucky

BASKETBALL TIMES ALL-SOUTH
Brandon Bass, LSU
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

NABC ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS
District 6
First Team
Earnest Shelton, Alabama
Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Anthony Roberson, Florida
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

Second Team
Chuck Davis, Alabama
Toney Douglas, Auburn
David Lee, Florida

District 7
First Team
Chuck Hayes, Kentucky

Second Team
Kelenna Azubuike, Kentucky
Brandon Crump, Tennessee
Scooter McFadgon, Tennessee

District 8
First Team
Brandon Bass, LSU

Second Team
Glen Davis, LSU

District 9
First Team
Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas

USBWA ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS
District IV
Coach of the Year
Tubby Smith, Kentucky

Earnest Shelton, Alabama
Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Anthony Roberson, Florida
Chuck Hayes, Kentucky
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

District VII
Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas
Brandon Bass, LSU