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SEC Men's Basketball - Year in Review
04/09/2003 | 
Pictured: SEC Tourney MVP Keith Bogans of Kentucky (AP Photo)
Pictured: SEC Tourney MVP Keith Bogans of Kentucky (AP Photo)

  • Year in Review Release (414K PDF)

    Team SEC Pct. Home Away Div. ALL Pct. Home Away Neu. Last 10 Streak
    EASTERN DIVISION
    Kentucky * ^ ! 16-0 1.000 8-0 8-0 10-0 32-4 .889 12-1 10-1 10-2 9-1 L1
    Florida 12-4 .750 7-1 5-3 6-4 25-8 .758 15-1 7-4 3-3 5-5 L1
    Georgia 11-5 .688 7-1 4-4 5-5 19-8 .704 12-1 5-6 2-1 7-3 W2
    Tennessee 9-7 .563 5-3 4-4 5-5 17-12 .586 12-5 4-6 1-1 4-6 L2
    S. Carolina 5-11 .313 4-4 1-7 3-7 12-16 .429 11-4 1-11 0-1 5-5 L3
    Vanderbilt 3-13 .188 3-5 0-8 1-9 11-18 .380 10-6 0-11 1-1 1-9 L1
    WESTERN DIVISION
    Miss. State # 9-7 .563 7-1 2-6 7-3 21-10 .677 12-2 4-6 5-2 5-5 L2
    Auburn 8-8 .500 5-3 3-5 6-4 22-12 .647 13-4 4-5 5-3 5-5 L1
    LSU 8-8 .500 6-2 2-6 5-5 21-11 .656 16-2 2-6 3-3 7-3 L2
    Alabama 7-9 .438 6-2 1-7 5-5 17-12 .586 13-2 1-8 3-2 4-6 L3
    Arkansas 4-12 .250 3-5 1-7 3-7 9-19 .321 8-8 1-9 0-2 2-8 L3
    Ole Miss 4-12 .250 2-6 2-6 4-6 14-15 .483 10-6 3-8 1-1 1-9 L1
    * SEC Champion; ^ Eastern Division Champion; # Western Division Champion; ! SEC Tourney Champion


    NCAA RESULTS

    MIDWEST REGION
    March 21 (Friday) * Nashville, Tenn. [CBS]
    1 Kentucky 95, 16 IUPUI 64
    March 21 (Friday) * Boston, Mass. [CBS]
    7 Indiana 67, 10 Alabama 62

    March 23 (Sunday) * Nashville, Tenn. [CBS]
    1 Kentucky 74, 9 Utah 54

    March 27 (Thursday) * Minneapolis, Minn. [CBS]
    1 Kentucky 63, Wisconsin 57

    March 29 (Saturday) * Minneapolis, Minn. [CBS]
    3 Marquette 83, 1 Kentucky 69

    SOUTH REGION
    March 21 (Friday) * Birmingham, Ala [CBS]
    9 Purdue 80, 8 LSU 56
    March 21 (Friday) * Tampa, Fla. [CBS]
    2 Florida 85, 15 Sam Houston State 55

    March 23 (Sunday) * Tampa, Fla. [CBS]
    7 Michigan State 68, 2 Florida 46

    EAST REGION
    March 21 (Friday) * Birmingham, Ala. [CBS]
    12 Butler 47, 5 Mississippi State 46
    March 21 (Friday) * Tampa, Fla. [CBS]
    10 Auburn 65, 7 St. Joseph's 63 (ot)

    March 23 (Sunday) * Tampa, Fla. [CBS]
    10 Auburn 68, 2 Wake Forest 62

    March 28 (Friday) * Albany, N.Y. [CBS]
    3 Syracuse 79, 10 Auburn 78


    NIT RESULTS

    March 18 (Tuesday) * First Round [ESPN2]
    Georgetown 70, at Tennessee 60


    2003 SEC MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
    March 13-16 * Louisiana Superdome * New Orleans, La.

  • 2003 Bracket (44K PDF)

    Game Audio Live Stats Time
    FIRST ROUND - March 13 (Thursday)
    Game 1 - [W5] Ole Miss 62, [E4] South Carolina 56 [JP] OLE | USC Game Stats Noon
    Game 2 - [W3] LSU 85, [W6] Arkansas 56 [JP] ARK | LSU Game Stats 2:15 p.m.
    Game 3 - [E5] Vanderbilt 82, [W4] Alabama 69 [JP] VAN | ALA Game Stats 6:30 p.m.
    Game 4 - [E6] Georgia (withdrawn) vs. [E3] Tenn. (bye)


    SECOND ROUND - March 14 (Friday)
    Game 5 - [W1] Miss. State 73, [W5] Ole Miss 64 [JP] OLE | MSU Game Stats Noon
    Game 6 - [W3] LSU 65, [E2] Florida 61 [JP] LSU | FLA Game Stats 2:15 p.m.
    Game 7 - [E1] Kentucky 81, [E5] Vanderbilt 63 [JP] VAN | UKY Game Stats 6:30 p.m.
    Game 8 - [W2] Auburn 66, [E3] Tennessee 53 [JP] AUB | TEN Game Stats 8:45 p.m.
    SEMIFINALS - March 15 (Saturday)
    Game 9 - [W1] Miss. State 76, [W3] LSU 61 [JP] SEC Broadcast Game Stats Noon
    Game 10 - [E1] Kentucky 78, [W2] Auburn 58 [JP] SEC Broadcast Game Stats 2:15 p.m.
    FINALS - March 16 (Sunday)
    Game 11 - [E1] Kentucky 64, [W1] Miss. State 57 [CBS] SEC Broadcast Game Stats Noon

    All Times Central


    ATTENDANCE

    Session 1 (Games 1 & 2)   11,430
    Session 2 (Games 3)        8,526
    Session 3 (Games 5 & 6)   16,548
    Session 4 (Games 7 & 8)   18,510
    Session 5 (Games 9 & 10)  21,427
    Session 6 (Game 11)       22,054
    TOTAL                    166,410
    AVG. PER SESSION          16,415
    AVG. PER GAME             16,641
    
    • The total attendance of 166,410 ranks as the 11th highest total attendance in SEC Tournament history.
    • The 22,054 championship game attendance ranks sixth among title game attendances in SEC Tournament history.
    • The Session 5 attendance of 21,427 lists as the seventh highest Session 5 attendance in SEC Tournament history.


    RECORDS

    Here a quick look back at the individual and team performances from the 2003 SEC Tournament will move into the annuals of SEC Tournament history (The ranking is listed in parentheses):

    Individual Single-Game Superlatives:

    • 16 rebounds by Derrick Allen, Ole Miss vs. South Carolina (t6th).
    • 6 three-pointers (nine attempts) by Timmy Bowers, Miss. State vs. LSU (t6th).
    • 6 three-pointers (11 attempts) by Mario Moore, Vanderbilt vs. Ala. (t6th).
    • 11 assists by Derrick Zimmerman, Mississippi State vs. LSU (t3rd).
    Team Single-Game Superlatives:
    • 10 blocks by Alabama vs. Vanderbilt, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State (t1st).


    TEAM NOTES

    ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
    The Crimson Tide capped the 2003 season with its second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, making it the school's 16 NCAA postseason tournament selection trip since 1975. Alabama's inclusion also meant that head coach Mark Gottfried has advanced to postseason play 17 of the last 18 years of his collegiate playing and coaching career (14 NCAA, 3 NIT at Alabama as a player for 3 seasons, at UCLA as an assistant coach, at Murray State as head coach and at Alabama as head coach). Alabama's year including setting the school record for consecutive home win streaks at 28, increasing home attendance by 1,944 per game (from 2002), seeing Erwin Dudley climb into the school's top 10 all time in scoring and rebounding and set the school record for career stars, producing SEC stats champions (SEC vs. SEC games) with Erwin Dudley winning the league rebounding title and Mo Williams the free throw shooting title, and, it's greatest moment, achieving the school's first ever No. 1 basketball ranking, taking the top spot for two straight weeks to end December.

    ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
    Freshmen ended the season as the top three scorers for Arkansas. Jonathon Modica led the club with 11.5 points per game. Arkansas played 17 games against teams earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament, winning four of those. UA's freshmen (Modica, Kendrick Davis, Eric Ferguson, Rashard Sullivan and Wen Mukubu) accounted for 1,033 of the team's 1,726 points (59.8 percent) and 398 of 1,063 rebounds (37.4 percent). Offensively, Arkansas averaged 61.6 points a game, its lowest total since 1967 when the Razorbacks scored 60.3 points in a 6-17 campaign. Defensively, the Razorbacks allowed just 66.5 points, the lowest total since 1988 when UA gave up 64.9 during a 21-9 season. Arkansas averaged 38.0 rebounds a game, its best since the 1998 team claimed 39.6 boards per game. UA's positive rebounding margin (+5.5) is its first since the 1994 national championship team had a plus 1.1 and is the best since the 1984 club had a plus 6.5. Arkansas had consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1971 and 1972 and consecutive seasons without advancing to postseason for the first time since 1975 and 1976.

    AUBURN TIGERS
    Auburn, a preseason last-place pick in the Southeastern Conference, advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and fell one basket short of reaching the Elite Eight. The Tigers clawed back from a 17-point halftime deficit and just ran out of time. Auburn and Kentucky were the only teams in the SEC to reach the Sweet 16. Auburn's 22-12 record was tied for the third-most wins in school history. Head coach Cliff Ellis has led the Tigers to each of the top three single-season victory total marks in Auburn history, winning a state of Alabama record 29 in 1999, 24 in 2000 and 22 in 2003. The Tigers have the third-most wins among all SEC teams in the last five seasons with 105. Auburn reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the second time in five years, a mark only bettered by Kentucky and equaled by Florida among Southeastern Conference teams. It was also the Tigers' third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five years. Auburn's Kyle Davis set the Auburn career blocked shots record with 288 and also broke his ownsingle-season blocks record with 126 this season.

    FLORIDA GATORS
    The Gators closed out the 2002-03 season with a loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, capping a 25-8 season. The Gators set a regular season record for wins with 24, while finishing with the third highest win total in school history overall. Florida set school records for consecutive 20-win seasons (5), consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (5), regular season non-conference wins (12) and overall non-conference wins (13), while reaching No. 1 for the first time in school history. Matt Bonner finished his career eighth on the all-time Florida scoring list with 1,570 points, while Brett Nelson leaves as the school's all-time leader in three-pointers made (274). The Florida senior class exits with a record of 100-32, the highest four-year total in Florida history, while having reached the NCAA Tournament four straight years. The Gators will return 10 of 13 players next season. The Gators were in Tampa as the No. 2 seed in the South region, their highest seeding ever - they had previously been a No. 3 seed in both 1994 and 2001.

    GEORGIA BULLDOGS
    Georgia finished its season at 19-8 overall, 11-5 in SEC games. For the first time ever, Georgia won double-digit SEC games in consecutive seasons. For just the fifth time in the past 50 years, Georgia finished the season with single-digit losses. Georgia's schedule was ranked #1 nationally in difficulty for the second time in three seasons. Eight of its 11 non-conference opponents are playing in the postseason, including five NCAA Tournament teams. In all, 18 of Georgia's 27 games were against post-season teams. Ezra Williams ended his Georgia career with 1,349 career points, good enough for 14th place on UGA's career scoring list. Rashad Wright completed his junior season with 405 career assists, which ranks 3rd on Georgia's career list, just 61 behind all-time leader Litterial Green. Jarvis Hayes became Georgia's first two-time consensus All-SEC first-team pick since Dominique Wilkins in 1981-82. The Bulldogs' 11 league wins marks the program's highest total since the 1990 SEC championship season, when that team went 13-5 in conference play. Georgia was the league leader in Assist/Turnover Ratio all season. Georgia was 5-4 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25 this season.

    KENTUCKY WILDCATS
    The Kentucky Wildcats wrapped up their 100th season of basketball with an Elite Eight finish, falling to Marquette in the Midwest Region Championship, 83-69. The loss snapped the nation's longest win streak at 26 games. The stretch ranks as the third largest ever recorded at Kentucky. UK finished the season as SEC Champions and SEC Tournament Champions, becoming the first school in 51 years to go undefeated (19-0) in winning both titles. The final record of 32-4 marked the 11th time in school history that the Wildcats have earned a 30-win season, which leads all of college basketball. UK became the only team to advance to the regional final for the eighth time in 12 seasons. Keith Bogans finished as the school's fourth all-time leading scorer, 1,923 points. Tubby Smith swept National Coach of the Year honors from ESPN, CBS/Chevrolet, FoxSports.com, NABC, USBWA (Hank Iba Award), Basketball Times and the Atlanta Tip-off Club (Naismith Award). Marquis Estill may return for a fourth year of eligibility should he graduate by the fall semester.

    LSU TIGERS
    LSU concludes the 2002-03 season with a 21-11 record and a tie for second in the SEC West with an 8-8 record. LSU won two games in the SEC Tournament, including a win over No. 7 Florida in the second round. The 2003 NCAA marked the third postseason appearance in four years for LSU and its 17th overall in the NCAA. Torris Bright would finish his career with a school record 128 starts, a record 237 treys and would finish 4,250 minutes played, 26 minutes short of the school record. Ronald Dupree joined Shaquille O'Neal, Durand Macklin and Bob Pettit as the only players to finish in the top 10 at LSU in both scoring and rebounding. LSU's seniors Bright, Dupree, Brad Bridgewater and Collis Temple III all were a part of 80-plus victories at LSU in their four years and five of those came over Top 10 teams. LSU's 2003 beat three AP Top 10s in 2002-03 (No.1 Arizona, No.7 Mississippi State and No.7 Florida) joining the 1981 LSU team as the only Tiger teams to beat three AP Top 10s in a single season.

    OLE MISS REBELS
    The Rebels finished the 2002-03 season with a 14-15 record. This is the first year since 1995-96 that Ole Miss had a losing record and did not go to a postseason tournament. Despite the below .500 season, Ole Miss is still the winningest program in the SEC Western Division with 142 overall victories since 1996-97. The Rebels' 142 wins since 1996-97 are also the 3rd most among all SEC teams. Rod Barnes won his 100th game as the Rebel head coach when Ole Miss defeated South Carolina in the 1st round of the SEC Tournament. Barnes is only the 2nd coach in Rebel history to reach the milestone. The 2003 Rebel seniors finished their careers with 80 victories, the 3rd most by a senior class in Ole Miss history. Senior Derrick Allen finished his career with consecutive double-doubles in the SEC Tournament vs. South Carolina (10-16) and Mississippi State (11-15). The performances were his 4th and 5th career double-doubles, and the 16 boards vs. South Carolina tied a career high. Junior Aaron Harper hit 65 three-pointers in 2002-03, the 4th most for a single season in Ole Miss history. Harper holds the school record with 83.

    MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
    Brandon Miller hit a runner with 6.2 seconds left to lift 12th-seeded Butler to a 47-46 upset of No. 5 Mississippi State on Friday night in the first round of the East Regional. Mario Austin had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Mississippi State. Mississippi State lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991, spanning three trips. With a runner-up finish at the Southeastern Conference Tournament, the 21-10 Bulldogs received the No. 5 seed in the East Regional bracket in Birmingham, Alabama. Having posted a second-straight 20-win season for the first time since 1994-95 and 1995-96 and with back-to-back, 20-win campaigns for only the fourth time in school history, the Bulldogs made successive NCAA Tournament appearances for only the second time in the school's history. This year marked State's sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th all-time postseason tournament berth in school history. MSU's Rick Stansbury became the fourth basketball coach in school history to reach the century mark for career coaching victories. With 514 career assists, Senior Derrick Zimmerman replaced Al Perry as the school's all-time assists leader.

    SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
    South Carolina exited the first round of the SEC Tournament for only the second time in eight years. Carlos Powell led the Gamecocks in overall scoring with 12.6 ppg, Chris Warren led USC in SEC games, with 11.0 ppg game and Rolando Howell led the Gamecocks in rebounds with 6.3 rpg. Chuck Eidson finished his career in quite a few of the Gamecocks top 10 career lists --- Steals (No. 1, 272); Most Games Started (T No. 8, 102); Most Minutes Player (No. 8, 3477); Most 3 Pointers Made (No. 10, 95); Most Three Pointers Attempted (No. 9, 314); Most Assists (No. 6, 428); Highest Assist Average (No. 9, 3.82); Highest Steals Average (No. 1, 2.52). Tony Kitchings finished his career on a few USC career lists as well: Most Games Played (T No. 5, 121); Most Rebounds (No. 8, 680); Most Blocked Shots (No. 6, 123). USC says goodbye to four seniors: Tony Kitchings, Chris Warren, Marius Petravicius and Chuck Eidson. USC returns 10 letterwinners, including 3 starters (Mike Boynton, Kerbrell Brown, Carlos Powell) and Jon Land (who did not play this year due to injury).

    TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
    Tennessee made its fifth postseason appearance in the last six seasons when the Vols met Georgetown in the NIT. It marked UT's 10th NIT appearance and the school's 23rd postseason appearance overall. Despite falling to the Hoyas in the first round of the tournament, Tennessee exceeded the expectations of many basketball observers. Picked to finish fifth (some preseason publications even had the Vols picked as low as sixth) in the SEC's Eastern Division, Tennessee's 9-7 league record tied for the fourth-best in the entire SEC. Overall, UT finished the 2002-03 campaign with a 17-12 mark. The Vols were led by SEC Player of the Year and Wooden Award Finalist Ron Slay. Slay returned from a devastating knee injury as a junior to lead the SEC in scoring with 21.2 points per game. Slay finished his career 14th on the school's all-time scoring lists with 1,569 career points. C.J. Watson finished his first season in the SEC, averaging 5.52 assists per game on his way to earning a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team.

    VANDERBILT COMMODORES
    Vanderbilt finished the 2002-03 season on a positive note as the Commodores defeated Alabama, 82-69, in the first round of the SEC Tournament before falling to eventual tournament champion Kentucky. The first-round victory was Vanderbilt's first SEC Tournament win since 2000. Igniting the Commodores' upset of Alabama was freshman Mario Moore, who scored a career-high 25 points on the strength of 6-of-8 shooting from three-point range. Moore followed that performance with 18 points against Kentucky, which eclipsed the regular-season high of 17 points that he scored at home against Kentucky. Matt Freije, who was named Second Team All-SEC by the SEC coaches and Third Team All-SEC by the Associated Press, scored 24 points versus Alabama and then 13 points against Kentucky. With his 37 points in the SEC Tournament, Freije finished the season by moving past Jeff Turner and Will Perdue into 19th place on Vanderbilt's career scoring list with 1,284 career points. Freije ended the season by scoring at least 20 points in nine of the final 14 games and was Vanderbilt's leading scorer with 17.9 points per contest.


    POSTSEASON NOTES

    Six Teams Dancing Again

    The SEC tied its conference record for NCAA Tournament bids this season with six bids for the fifth straight season, tied with the Big XII in number of bids for the 2003 NCAA Tournament. The league tied the record set in 1987 which was again accomplished in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

    The SEC closed the season with six wins in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, tied for fourth in the nation. The SEC did not have a team reach the Final Four for just the fourth time in the last 11 years when Kentucky was eliminated in the Elite Eight.

    2003 also marked the 14th straight year the SEC had at least one team advance to the Sweet 16 (Auburn and Kentucky) and the ninth time in 11 years that the conference had a team advance to the Elite Eight.

    To follow is a breakdown of conferences with more than one bid and their records, ranked by wins:

                    2003 Record   No. of Bids
    Big XII         14-6  (.700)      6
    Big East        12-3  (.800)      4
    Big Ten          8-5  (.615)      5
    Pac 10           6-5  (.545)      5
    SEC              6-6  (.500)      6
    ACC              5-4  (.556)      4
    C-USA            5-4  (.556)      4
    Horizon          2-2  (.500)      2
    West Coast       1-2  (.333)      2
    Atlantic 10      1-3  (.250)      3
    Mountain West    1-3  (.250)      3
    Missouri Valley  0-2  (.000)      2
    


    SEC SECOND IN POSTSEASON BIDS

    With 15 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. The SEC has lead the nation seven times in the last nine years. SEC men's teams and women's teams garnered seven and eight bids, respectively (Men's - 6 NCAA, 1 NIT; Women's - 7 NCAA, 1 WNIT).

    Postseason Bid Leaders by Conference

    Big East       19
    SEC            15
    Big Ten        15
    Big XII        15
    C-USA          14
    ACC            14
    Mountain West  12
    Atlantic 10    10
    Pac 10         10
    


    SEC LEADS CONFERENCES IN NCAA TOURNEY WINS

    With six wins in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, the SEC leads all conferences in wins in the "Big Dance" over the last 10 seasons. The Southeastern Conference has amassed 86 victories since the 1994 NCAA Tournament.

    Conference 10-Year NCAA Record (1994-2003)

    SEC        86-50  (.632)
    Big Ten    84-53  (.613)
    ACC        81-41  (.664)
    Big East   76-43  (.639)
    Pac-10     71-43  (.623)
    Big 12*    66-53  (.555)
    
    *Combined records of teams of the former Big Eight and Southwest conferences before 1997


    2002 NCAA TOURNAMENT

    The SEC closed out last season with five wins in the 2002 NCAA Tournament, sixth in the nation. The SEC did not have a team reach the Final Four for just the third time in the last 10 years when Kentucky was eliminated in the Sweet 16.

    2002 also marked the 13th straight year the SEC had at least one team advance to the Sweet 16 and the second time in ten years that the conference did not have a team advance to the Elite Eight.

    A list of conferences and their records in the 2002 NCAA Tournament follows below.

                      '02 Record   No. of bids
    Big XII           13-4 (.765)      6
    ACC                8-3 (.727)      4
    Missouri Valley    3-2 (.600)      2
    Pac-10             9-6 (.600)      6
    Big Ten            8-4 (.667)      5
    Big East           6-6 (.500)      6
    SEC                5-6 (.455)      6
    Western Athletic   1-2 (.333)      2
    Conference USA     1-3 (.250)      3
    Mountain West      1-3 (.250)      3
    West Coast         0-2 (.000)      2 
    


    SEC STILL AMONG FINAL FOUR LEADERS

    In the last 11 NCAA Tournaments (1993-2003), the SEC's nine Final Four appearances are just behind the ACC's 10 for the 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.

    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 (10) - Duke, North Carolina, Maryland
    SEC (9) - Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi State
    Big Ten (8) - Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin
    Big XII* (6) - Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas
    Pacific-10 (5) - Arizona, Stanford, UCLA
    Big East (3) - Connecticut, Syracuse
    Atlantic-10 (1) - Massachusetts
    Conference USA (1) - Marquette
    Western Athletic (1) - Utah

    *Teams now part of the Big 12


    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:              105-66 (.614)   112-68 (.622)
    Appearances:             69              71
    Regional Semifinals:     28              30
    Regional Finals:         13              15
    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 49-41 (.544) record over that stretch.

    The SEC proved to be tough opponents for top five seeds in the 2000 tournament with league teams combining for a 5-3 record including wins over one No. 1 seed (Duke), one No. 3 seed (Oklahoma State) and two No. 5 seeds (Connecticut and Texas).

    Seed       1985-99   2000   2001   2002   2003   TOT
    vs. No. 1    6-14    1-1    0-0    0-1    0-0    7-16
    vs. No. 2   12-7     0-1    0-1    0-0    1-0   13-10
    vs. No. 3    9-4     1-0    0-0    0-0    0-2   10-6
    vs. No. 4    9-7     1-1    0-0    0-0    0-0   10-8
    vs. No. 5    6-1     2-0    0-0    0-0    1-0    9-1
    Totals      42-33    5-3    0-1    0-1    2-2   49-41
    


    OVERTIME SUCCESS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

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

    With Florida's double overtime loss versus Creighton, the SEC moved its NCAA Tournament overtime record to 16-10.

    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 nine NCAA tournaments (1995-2003), league teams have totaled an 9-3 record in games going into overtime.


    FIRST ROUND SUCCESS

    The SEC was 3-3 this year in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to extend its five-year first-round record to 21-9.

    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 last year as Alabama and Georgia joined the ranks of SEC Divisional Champions. All 12 schools have now won or shared a divisional title.

    During the last 15 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            1        2          5
    Arkansas           4        2          1
    Auburn             1        1          1
    Florida            4        3          0
    Georgia            1        1          1
    Kentucky           9       10*        11*
    LSU                1        4          0
    Ole Miss           3        0          1
    Mississippi State  3        1          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 seven 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 1997 event.

    Team NCAA Appearances from 1997-2002

    Alabama           2002, 03
    Arkansas          1998, 99, 2000, 01
    Auburn            1999, 2000, 03
    Florida           1999, 2000, 01, 02, 03
    Georgia           1997, 2001, 02
    Kentucky          1997, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03
    LSU               2000, 03
    Ole Miss          1997, 98, 99, 2001, 02
    Mississippi State 2002, 03
    South Carolina    1997, 98
    Tennessee         1998, 99, 2000, 01
    Vanderbilt        1997
    


    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 24 SEC Tournament Champions (1979-2002), 18 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 three times the conference tournament champion was eliminated in the second round (1979, 1994, 2002).

    Since 1979, SEC Tournament Champions have compiled 10 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 Tourn.
    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 St.  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 St.  Second Round (1-1)
    2003  Kentucky         Regional Finals (3-1)
    
    *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, two SEC teams made the Sweet 16 with Auburn and Kentucky advancing.

    In 2001, Ole Miss became the ninth SEC team since 1996 to advance to the Sweet 16, tied for the most among conferences over that period. The SEC is second behind the Big East (10) and tied with the Big Ten (9) for the most since 1996. The Big XII (7), Pac 10 (7) and ACC (5) are next in line.


    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 one-year hiatus from the Final Four in the 2002 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.


    2003 NATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

    In 2003, Tennessee was the lone SEC team in the field, making their first NIT appearance since 1996 and 10th overall. UT lost to Georgetown in the first round and finished with a 12-10 record in NIT action.

    The Commodores were the last SEC team to win the NIT title.

    Vanderbilt captured the 1990 title with a 74-72 win over Saint Louis.

    SEC teams have combined for a 95-78 (.549) record in 72 appearances (for current membership, 101-84 (.546) in 78 appearances) in the NIT.


    SOUTH CAROLINA, SEC IN THE 2002 NIT

    South Carolina advanced to the championship game of the 2002 National Invitational Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

    The Gamecocks made their eighth appearance and second straight appearance in the NIT field. The LSU Tigers joined the NIT field for the first time since 1983 and made their fourth overall appearance. Vanderbilt joined the NIT field for the ninth time with its last visit in 2000.

    South Carolina's runner-up finish in the NIT gave them a 11-8 record (.579) while LSU finished the second round of the NIT with a 3-5 record (.375). Vanderbilt finished 16-8 (.667) in the NIT.

    The Commodores were also the last SEC team to win the NIT title. Vanderbilt captured the 1990 title with a 74-72 win over Saint Louis.

    SEC teams have combined for a 95-77 (.552) record in 71 appearances (for current membership, 101-83 (.549) in 77 appearances) in the NIT.


    SEC NOTES

    SEC PLACES SIX TEAMS IN NCAA TOURNEY

    The SEC has had six teams in the NCAA Tournament field in each of the last five seasons. The Southeastern Conference led the nation in Overall RPI during the last four seasons and was first or second over the same span in Non-Conference RPI. Below is a breakdown of the SEC's national ranking in Overall and Non-Conference RPI over the last ten seasons, entering the NCAA Tournament.

    Year   Overall RPI   Rank   # of NCAA Teams
    2003     0.5807      1st       6 Teams
    2002     0.5839      1st       6 Teams
    2001     0.5849      1st       6 Teams
    2000     0.5738      1st       6 Teams
    1999     0.5648      4th       6 Teams
    1998     0.5760      2nd       5 Teams
    1997     0.5582      4th       5 Teams
    1996     0.5655      4th       4 Teams
    1995     0.5612      5th       5 Teams
    1994     0.5498      8th       4 Teams
    
    Year   Non-Conf RPI   Rank   # of NCAA Teams
    2003     0.5890       1st       6 Teams
    2002     0.5870       1st       6 Teams
    2001     0.5843       2nd       6 Teams
    2000     0.5689       2nd       6 Teams
    1999     0.5575       5th       6 Teams
    1998     0.5697       3rd       5 Teams
    1997     0.5628       4th       5 Teams
    1996     0.5650       5th       4 Teams
    1995     0.5662       4th       5 Teams
    1994     0.5611       6th       4 Teams
    


    SEC IN THE POLLS

    The SEC has had at least three teams ranked in 87 of the last 88 Associated Press Top 25 polls and 88 of the last 90 USA Today/ESPN coaches' polls, dating back to the 1998-99 season.

    Four SEC teams were ranked in the final AP poll. Top-ranked Kentucky led the way followed by Florida (10), Mississippi State (20) and Georgia (25). In the Final USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, Kentucky (No. 4) and Florida (No. 16) were ranked.

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

    Date    UA     AU     UF     UG     UK      LS    UM      MS     UT
    Pre     8/8   nr/nr   7/7   16/16  17/17  rv/rv  rv/rv  12/13   nr/nr
    11-18   4/--  rv/--   8/--  18/--  17/--  rv/--  rv/nr  12t/--  nr/nr
    11-25   4/6   nr/nr   7/7   17/18  15/16  rv/rv  nr/nr  23/23   nr/nr
    12-2    3/5   nr/nr   8/9   rv/rv  18/18  nr/nr  nr/nr  24/24   nr/nr
    12-9    2/4   nr/nr  14/17  rv/rv  12/12  rv/nr  nr/nr  24/22t  nr/nr
    12-16   2/4   nr/nr  13/13  nr/rv  18/16  rv/nr  nr/nr  16/17   nr/nr
    12-23   1/3   nr/nr  12/13  rv/rv  14/14  24/rv  nr/nr  16/17   nr/nr
    12-30   1/3   nr/nr  12/13  rv/rv  20/21  21/25  nr/nr  8/10    nr/nr
    1-6     4/4   nr/nr  11/12  20/24  18/19  rv/rv  nr/nr   7/8    nr/nr
    1-13    9/10  rv/nr  t6/7   20/22  16/16  23/rv  nr/nr  14/13   nr/nr
    1-20   15/13  24/rv   5/5   19/22   8/10  rv/rv  nr/nr  22/23   nr/nr
    1-27   23/21  rv/rv   4/4   15/17   7/7   nr/nr  rv/nr  21/22   nr/nr
    2-3    22/20  nr/nr   1/1   17/18   6/7   nr/nr  rv/nr  23/24   nr/nr
    2-10   rv/rv  rv/rv   4/5   20/22   3/3   nr/nr  nr/nr  19/20   rv/rv
    2-17   rv/nr  rv/nr   7/7   22/24t  2/2   nr/nr  nr/nr  19/19   rv/rv
    2-24   nr/nr  rv/nr   4/4   21/22   2/2   nr/nr  nr/nr  20/20   rv/nr
    3-3    nr/nr  nr/nr   3/3   25/25   2/2   nr/nr  nr/nr  23/21   nr/nr
    3-10   nr/nr  nr/nr   7/7   21/23   2/2   rv/rv  nr/nr  rv/25   nr/nr
    3-17   nr/nr  nr/nr  10/8   25/nr   1/1   rv/nr  nr/nr  20/21   nr/nr
    4-8    --/nr  --/rv  --/16  --/nr  --/4   --/nr  --/nr  --/rv   --/nr
    


    SEC TRIO HOLDS TOP SPOT IN AP RANKINGS

    Kentucky joined Alabama and Florida as SEC teams ranked No. 1 in 2003. The SEC is only the third conference in the history of the Associated Press Poll to have three No. 1s in one season. The ACC had three teams in 1986 (Duke, Georgia Tech and North Carolina) and the Big 8 had three teams in 1990 (Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma).


    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 20 (excluding preseason polls) since 1997-98. Simply stated, every SEC team has been a top 20 team nationally at one point in the last five-plus seasons.

    A look at SEC teams in the AP top 20 show the league's diversity since the 1998 season. Every team has been in the top 20.

    Alabama
    10 weeks: 2002-03

    Arkansas
    1 week: 2000-01

    Auburn
    17 weeks: 1999-00

    Florida
    Entire season: 2002-03

    Georgia
    8 weeks: 2002-03

    Kentucky
    Entire season: 2002-03

    LSU
    9 weeks: 1999-00

    Ole Miss
    7 weeks: 2000-01

    Mississippi State
    10 weeks: 2002-03

    South Carolina
    Entire season: 1997-98

    Tennessee
    14 weeks: 2000-01

    Vanderbilt
    6 weeks: 1999-00

    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 7 of 9: Georgia Tech, N.C. State
    Atlantic 10 6 of 12: Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, LaSalle, Richmond, St. Bonaventure
    Big East 10 of 14: Providence, Rutgers, Villanova, Va. Tech
    Big Ten 9 of 11: Northwestern, Penn State
    Big 12 7 of 12: Baylor, Colorado, Kansas State, Nebraska, Texas A&M
    Conference USA 6 of 14: Charlotte, East Carolina, Houston, St. Louis, South Florida, Southern Miss, Tulane, UAB
    Pac-10 7 of 10: Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State


    SEC LED THE NATION IN SAGARIN RANKINGS

    The SEC ranked first in the Sagarin rankings by central mean and simple average, entering the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

    Conference    Central Mean   Simple Average
    SEC               83.89          84.05
    Big XII           83.57          83.54
    ACC               82.76          83.11
    Big East          81.45          81.77
    Big Ten           81.37          81.04
    Pac-10            80.68          80.78
    Conference USA    79.17          79.45
    Mountain West     79.09          79.04
    Atlantic 10       77.32          77.22
    Mid-American      75.36          75.40
    


    SEC FIRST IN NON-CONFERENCE & OVERALL RPI

    The SEC ranked first in the nation in Non-Conference RPI and Overall RPI, according to CollegeRPI.com, heading into the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

    Conference   Non-Conf. RPI   Overall RPI
    SEC              .5890         .5807
    Big XII          .5791         .5791
    ACC              .5662         .5717
    Big Ten          .5639         .5586
    Pac-10           .5628         .5507
    Big East         .5589         .5591
    Conference USA   .5550         .5447
    Mountain West    .5479         .5553
    Atlantic 10      .5363         .5236
    Missouri Valley  .5150         .5030
    West Coast       .5064         .5057
    Mid-American     .5050         .5031
    WAC              .5028         .5021
    Horizon          .4958         .5022
    Sun Belt         .4949         .4976
    


    SEC TEAMS IN SAGARIN RANKINGS

    Below are the recent Sagarin Rankings, entering the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

         Team               Rating
      1. Kentucky           94.53
      7. Florida            89.70
     15. Georgia            88.35
     16. Mississippi State  87.81
     27. LSU                85.53
     37. Alabama            84.15
     43. Auburn             83.15
     47. Tennessee          82.69
     75. Ole Miss           79.84
     83. South Carolina     78.97
     95. Vanderbilt         78.05
    127. Arkansas           75.85
    


    THE BIG 2-0!

    The SEC boasted five teams who recorded 20 or more wins this season. Kentucky led the way with 32 victories.

    Since the SEC went to divisional play in 1992, the league has had four 20-win teams five times (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997) and three years with five 20-win teams in 1994, 2000 and 2003. Six teams had 20 or more wins in 2001. This in addition to the three seasons with seven 20-win teams in 1998, 1999 and 2002.

    This year marked the first year since 1999 that every team in the league did not record double digits in wins. Only Arkansas was not in double digits with nine wins.


    ROAD WARRIORS

    With a 5-7 record the last week of the regular season, visiting teams' collective road conference record finished at 33-63 (.344).

    Breaking down the record shows the road teams had a 13-31 (.295) record in weekday conference games and a 20-32 (.385) record in weekend SEC games.

    Last year, SEC road teams did not fare well with a 31-65 (.323) record. The breakdown was 15-28 on weekday night conference games and 16-37 on weekend conference tilts.


    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.

    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
    


    SEC LED NATION WITH SEVEN IN RPI TOP 40

    The SEC led the nation with seven teams ranked in CollegeRPI.com's Top 40, entering the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

    Conference      # in Top 40
    SEC               7 Teams
    Big XII           5 Teams
    Big Ten           4 Teams
    Big East          4 Teams
    Conference USA    4 Teams
    Pac-10            4 Teams
    ACC               3 Teams
    Atlantic 10       3 Teams
    Mountain West     3 Teams
    Missouri Valley   2 Teams
    


    SEC TEAMS IN RPI POLL

    Below are the recent RPI rankings, entering the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

         Team               Rating
      1. Kentucky           .6596
      5. Georgia            .6352
     15. Florida            .6179
     24. Mississippi State  .6057
     36. Auburn             .5853
     38. Alabama            .5819
     39. LSU                .5817
     60. Tennessee          .5637
     89. South Carolina     .5401
     92. Vanderbilt         .5364
    101. Ole Miss           .5322
    106. Arkansas           .5288
    


    CLOSE CALLS

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

    Of the 96 conference played this season, 33 were decided by six points or less, including five overtime games. Meaning 34.4 percent of league games were won in the final minutes.


    SEC IN STRENGTH OF SCHEDULES

    All 12 SEC teams were among the 60 toughest schedules in the country, according to CollegeRPI.com, entering the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

         Team                SOS
      1. Georgia            .6123
      2. Arkansas           .5979
      8. Vanderbilt         .5887
     15. Kentucky           .5774
     16. South Carolina     .5773
     18. Mississippi State  .5743
     20. Alabama            .5735
     27. Auburn             .5693
     33. Florida            .5658
     57. LSU                .5498
     58. Tennessee          .5493
     60. Ole Miss           .5487
    


    71ST SEASON OF SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE PLAY

    Since the 1932-33 season, the SEC has had 12 difference schools win the SEC title, including former conference member Georgia Tech. Kentucky leads the way with 42 titles (43 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.


    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   167-86     99-62
    Stan Heath, AR        39-25      9-19
    Cliff Ellis, AU      520-321   172-111
    Billy Donovan, UF    190-94    149-74
    Jim Harrick, UG      468-235    67-53
    Tubby Smith, UK      288-109   164-47
    John Brady, LS       191-158   102-81
    Rod Barnes, UM        99-61     99-61
    Rick Stansbury, MS   100-60    100-60
    Dave Odom, SC        312-205    34-31
    Buzz Peterson, UT    137-78     32-28
    Kevin Stallings, VU  185-122    62-59
    


    SEC vs. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS

    With an 114-39 (.745) non-conference record, the SEC continued its annual success in out-of-conference play just as it has in the last 10 years. Below is the SEC in non-conference play in the last 10 years.

    Year      Record
    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)
    


    STREAKS IN SEC PLAY

    Only Georgia, Kentucky and LSU own current road win streaks of two or more in SEC play. Four SEC schools have home winning streaks of two or more in conference play. Georgia, Kentucky, LSU and Tennessee own overall win streaks of two or more in SEC games, dating back to last season.

    Team            Overall  Home  Road
    Alabama            L1     W2    L2
    Arkansas           L2     L1    L1
    Auburn             L1     W1    L2
    Florida            L2     L1    L1
    Georgia            W2     W1    W3
    Kentucky           W17    W13   W8
    LSU                W5     W5    W2
    Ole Miss           W1     L5    W1
    Mississippi State  W1     W7    L3
    South Carolina     L2     L1    L3
    Tennessee          W2     W1    W1
    Vanderbilt         L9     L4    L9
    


    70 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER

    SEC teams own a 156-23 (.872) record when scoring 70 or more points in a game. When holding opponents to under 70 points in a game, SEC teams also have a 183-50 (.785) record. Here's a look at how each team has fared when scoring 70 or more and holding opponents to under 70 points.

                     Offense (70 or more)    Defense (under 70)
    Alabama                 11-1                  16-5
    Arkansas                 7-0                   8-7
    Auburn                  13-3                  18-4
    Florida                 21-1                  19-6 
    Georgia                 17-4                   9-1
    Kentucky                24-0                  26-0
    LSU                     15-1                  19-4
    Ole Miss                 7-3                  13-6
    Mississippi State       12-2                  20-6
    South Carolina           9-1                  11-7
    Tennessee               11-3                  16-2
    Vanderbilt               9-4                   8-2
    TOTALS                 156-23                183-50
    


    AT THE HALF

    SEC teams own a 184-35 (.840) record when leading at the half. Here's a look at how each team has fared when leading, tied or trailing at the half.

                     Leading   Tied   Trailing
    Alabama           16-1     0-2      1-9
    Arkansas           6-2     1-0      2-17
    Auburn            18-0     1-1      3-11
    Florida           19-4     0-0      6-4
    Georgia           16-3     1-0      2-5
    Kentucky          27-2     1-1      4-1
    LSU               17-2     1-1      3-8
    Ole Miss          12-4     0-0      2-11
    Mississippi State 20-5     1-0      0-5
    South Carolina    11-3     0-0      1-13
    Tennessee         13-5     0-0      4-7
    Vanderbilt         9-4     1-1      1-13
    TOTALS           184-35    7-6     29-104
    


    CONTROLLING THE BOARDS

    Southeastern Conference teams have a 156-51 (.754) record when outrebounding their opponents. Here's a look at how teams have fared when they won, lost or tied in their rebounding battle with their opponents.

                       Won   Tie   Lost
    Alabama           14-7   0-1   3-4
    Arkansas           7-10  1-2   1-7
    Auburn            17-4   0-2   5-6
    Florida           15-4   3-1   7-3
    Georgia           11-2   0-0   8-6
    Kentucky          25-2   1-1   6-1
    LSU               15-2   1-0   5-9
    Ole Miss           9-3   1-0   4-12
    Mississippi State 18-6   2-0   1-4
    South Carolina     7-2   0-1   5-13
    Tennessee         12-8   1-0   4-4
    Vanderbilt         7-1   1-2   3-15
    TOTALS           156-51 11-10 52-84
    


    SHOOTING THE ROCK

    Southeastern Conference teams have a 147-33 (.817) record when shooting 45 percent or better from the field. Here's a look at how each team has fared when they shoot above or below 45 percent.

                    Over 45%   Under 45%
    Alabama            8-1        9-11
    Arkansas           4-4        5-15
    Auburn            11-3       11-9
    Florida           19-3        6-5
    Georgia           12-2        7-6
    Kentucky          25-1        7-3
    LSU               18-1        3-10
    Ole Miss           9-6        5-9
    Mississippi State 18-2        3-8
    South Carolina     6-2        6-14
    Tennessee         10-4        7-9
    Vanderbilt         7-4        4-14
    TOTALS           147-33      73-112
    


    HOME SWEET HOME

    Southeastern Conference teams have a 144-42 (.774) record at home this season. Here's a breakdown of SEC home records, entering the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

                   Home Record
    Alabama           13-2
    Arkansas           8-8
    Auburn            13-4
    Florida           15-1
    Georgia           12-1
    Kentucky          12-1
    LSU               16-2
    Ole Miss          10-6
    Mississippi State 12-2
    South Carolina    11-4
    Tennessee         12-5
    Vanderbilt        10-6
    TOTALS           144-41
    


    ATTENDANCE UP AT EIGHT ARENAS

    Home attendance numbers show a increase in attendance at eight of the 12 SEC arenas, entering the NIT and NCAA Tournaments. Last season at this point, six schools showed increases in attendance.

                       2003     2002   Difference
    Alabama           11,778    9,834   + 1,944
    Arkansas          14,790   15,065   - 275
    Auburn             7,117    9,450   - 2,333
    Florida           10,489   10,805   - 316
    Georgia            9,857    9,064   + 793
    Kentucky          22,271   21,014   + 1,257
    LSU                8,687    8,189   + 498
    Ole Miss           4,926    6,782   - 1,856
    Mississippi State  7,022    5,689   + 1,333
    South Carolina    15,479   10,467   + 5,012
    Tennessee         13,730   14,230   - 500
    Vanderbilt         9,570    9,180   + 390
    


    DOUBLE-DOUBLES

    Alabama's Erwin Dudley and LSU's Ronald Dupree and Jaime Lloreda lead the SEC with nine double-doubles. Here's a look at the SEC's 2003 double-double leaders.

    9 Erwin Dudley - Alabama
    9 Ronald Dupree - LSU
    9 Jaime Lloreda - LSU
    7 Ron Slay - Tennessee
    6 Mario Austin - Mississippi State
    5 David Lee - Florida
    5 Steve Thomas - Georgia
    5 Chuck Hayes - Kentucky
    4 Marco Killingsworth - Auburn
    3 Dionisio Gomez - Arkansas
    3 Marquis Daniels - Auburn
    3 Matt Bonner - Florida
    3 Marquis Estill - Kentucky
    3 Torris Bright - LSU
    3 Brandon Crump - Tennessee
    2 Kenny Walker - Alabama
    2 Kyle Davis - Auburn
    2 Matt Walsh - Florida
    2 Chris Daniels - Georgia
    2 Derrick Allen - Ole Miss
    2 Justin Reed - Ole Miss
    2 Chuck Eidson - South Carolina
    2 Rolando Howell - South Carolina
    2 Julian Terrell - Vanderbilt


    DOUBLE-DOUBLES IN SEC PLAY

    LSU's Ronald Dupree led the league with six double-doubles in league play. Here's a look at the SEC's 2003 double-double leaders in SEC games.

    6 Ronald Dupree - LSU
    5 Erwin Dudley - Alabama
    4 Mario Austin - Mississippi State
    3 David Lee - Florida
    3 Chuck Hayes - Kentucky
    3 Steve Thomas - Georgia
    2 Jaime Lloreda - LSU
    2 Rolando Howell - South Carolina
    2 Ron Slay - Tennessee



    SEC Good Works Team Players of the Week

    SEC Good Works Team Players of the Week
    Jan. 8-11 Jon Higgins, Tennessee
    Jan. 15-18 Marquis Daniels, Auburn
    Jan. 22-25 Jonas Hayes, Georgia
    Jan. 29-Feb. 1 Matt Bonner, Florida
    Feb. 5-Feb. 8 Blake Eddins, Arkansas
    Feb. 12-15 Michael Boynton, South Carolina
    Feb. 19-22 Jules Camara, Kentucky
    Feb. 26-Mar. 1 Timmy Bowers, Mississippi State
    Mar. 5-8 Jason Holwerda, Vanderbilt
    Mar. 13 Collis Temple III, LSU
    Mar. 14 Derrick Allen, Ole Miss
    Mar. 15 Terrence Meade, Alabama


    SEC Players of the Week

    Week 2 Matt Walsh, Florida
    Nov. 18-24 21.7 ppg, 5.7 apg, 4.7 spg

    Week 3 Chuck Eidson, South Carolina
    Nov. 25-Dec. 1 20.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 6.5 apg

    Week 4 Gerald Fitch, Kentucky
    Dec. 2-8 21.5 ppg, 4.0 apg

    Week 5 Mario Austin, Mississippi State
    Dec. 9-15 28.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg

    Week 6 Jaime Lloreda, LSU
    Dec. 16-22 15.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg

    Week 7 Kenny Walker, Alabama
    Dec. 23-29 24.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.0 bpg

    Week 8 Ezra Williams, Georgia
    Dec. 30-Jan. 5 22.5 ppg, 12-of-16 three-pointers

    Week 9 Anthony Roberson, Florida
    Jan. 6-12 17.5 ppg, Game-winning buzzer beater

    Week 10 Marquis Daniels, Auburn
    Jan. 13-19 22.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.0 apg

    Week 11 Aaron Harper, Ole Miss
    Jan. 20-26 21.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 5.5 apg

    Week 12 Matt Freije, Vanderbilt
    Jan. 27-Feb. 2 25.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 spg

    Week 13 Ron Slay, Tennessee
    Feb. 3-9 27.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

    Week 14 Ron Slay, Tennessee
    Feb. 10-16 21.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg

    Week 15 Jarvis Hayes, Georgia
    Feb. 17-23 24.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg

    Week 16 Collis Temple III, LSU
    Feb. 24-Mar. 2 21.0 ppg, 9-of-13 three-pointers

    Week 17 Matt Bonner, Florida
    Mar. 3-9 24.5 ppg,7.0 rpg, .690 FG Pct


    2003 SEC All-Tournament Team
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky - MVP
    Marquis Estill, Kentucky
    Ronald Dupree, LSU
    Timmy Bowers, Mississippi State
    Derrick Zimmerman, Mississippi State


    NON-CONFERENCE RECORD

    114-39 (.745) * FINAL

    America East           0-0    .000
    Atlantic 10            6-0   1.000
    Atlantic Coast         6-3    .667
    Atlantic Sun           7-1    .875
    Big XII                4-4    .500
    Big East               5-7    .417
    Big Sky                0-0    .000
    Big South              5-0   1.000
    Big Ten                3-8    .273
    Big West               0-0    .000
    Colonial               2-0   1.000
    Conference USA         8-6    .571
    Horizon League         1-1    .500
    Ivy Group              0-0    .000
    Metro Atlantic         0-0    .000
    Mid-American           2-1    .667
    Mid-Continent          1-1    .500
    Mid-Eastern            5-0   1.000
    Missouri Valley        1-0    .000
    Mountain West          2-3    .400
    Northeast              0-0    .000
    Ohio Valley            6-0   1.000
    Pacific-10             3-1    .750
    Patriot                0-0    .000
    Southern              12-0   1.000
    Southland             10-0   1.000
    Southwestern Athletic  9-0   1.000
    Sun Belt               8-2    .800
    West Coast             2-0   1.000
    Western Athletic       3-1    .750
    Independents           2-0   1.000
    Non-Division I         1-0   1.000
    


    AP Men's Top 25 Poll - FINAL

    Rank Team Record Pts. Prv.
    1. Kentucky (71) 29-3 1,774 2
    2. Arizona (1) 25-3 1,686 1
    3. Oklahoma 24-6 1,589 6
    4. Pittsburgh 26-4 1,539 5
    5. Texas 22-6 1,498 3
    6. Kansas 25-7 1,450 4
    7. Duke 24-6 1,224 12
    8. Wake Forest 24-5 1,160 9
    9. Marquette 23-5 1,147 8
    10. Florida 24-7 1,141 7
    11. Illinois 24-6 1,102 13
    12. Xavier 25-5 1,006 10
    13. Syracuse 24-5 968 11
    14. Louisville 24-6 826 20
    15. Creighton 29-4 605 19
    16. Dayton 25-5 584 22
    17. Maryland 19-9 580 14
    18. Stanford 23-8 539 15
    19. Memphis 23-6 468 16
    20. Mississippi St. 21-9 372 NR
    21. Wisconsin 22-7 369 18
    22. Notre Dame 22-9 313 17
    23. Connecticut 21-9 225 NR
    24. Missouri 21-10 199 NR
    25. Georgia 19-8 141 21

    Other SEC teams receiving votes: LSU (21-10) 27


    USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll - FINAL

    Rank Team Record Pts. Prv.
    1. Syracuse (31) 30-5 775 12
    2. Kansas 30-8 742 6
    3. Texas 26-7 694 5
    4. Kentucky 32-4 666 1
    5. Arizona 28-4 654 2
    6. Marquette 27-6 626 11
    7. Oklahoma 27-7 595 3
    8. Pittsburgh 28-5 559 4
    9. Duke 26-7 493 7
    10. Maryland 21-10 384 17
    11. Connecticut 23-10 371 24
    12. Wake Forest 25-6 361 9
    13. Illinois 25-7 345 10
    13. Wisconsin 24-8 345 19
    15. Notre Dame 24-10 333 20
    16. Florida 25-8 309 8
    17. Xavier 26-6 253 14
    18. Michigan State 22-13 252 NR
    19. Louisville 25-7 244 13
    20. Stanford 24-9 164 16
    21. Butler 27-6 133 NR
    22. Missouri 22-11 122 25
    23. Creighton 29-5 121 15
    24. Oklahoma State 22-10 94 23
    25. Dayton 24-6 81 18

    Other SEC teams receiving votes: Auburn (22-12) 65, Mississippi State (21-10) 59


    SEC VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
    FINAL

                    Associated Press   USA Today/ESPN 
    Team             Top 25  Top 10    Top 25  Top 10 
    Alabama            3-4     1-2       3-4     1-2
    Arkansas           1-8     0-3       1-8     0-3
    Auburn             2-7     2-3       2-7     2-3
    Florida            5-3     2-2       5-3     2-2
    Georgia            5-5     2-3       4-5     2-3
    Kentucky          12-2     4-1      13-2     4-0
    LSU                3-4     3-2       3-5     3-2
    Ole Miss           2-5     0-2       1-6     0-2
    Mississippi State  2-5     1-3       2-5     1-3
    South Carolina     0-7     0-3       0-7     0-3
    Tennessee          3-5     1-3       3-5     1-2
    Vanderbilt         2-10    1-6       2-10    1-6
    TOTAL             40-65   17-33     39-67   17-31
    vs. Non-SEC Teams 14-11    8-5      14-11    8-3
    


    SEC POSTSEASON HONORS

    COACHES AWARDS

    Player, School Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
    First Team All-SEC
    Matt Bonner, Florida F 6-10 240 Sr. Concord, N.H.
    Jarvis Hayes, Georgia* G/F 6-7 220 Jr. Atlanta, Ga.
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky G 6-5 213 Sr. Alexandria, Va.
    Mario Austin, Mississippi State F/C 6-9 260 Jr. York, Ala.
    Ron Slay, Tennessee F 6-8 240 Sr. Nashville, Tenn.
    Second Team All-SEC
    Erwin Dudley, Alabama F 6-8 260 Sr. Uniontown, Ala.
    Marquis Daniels, Auburn F 6-6 200 Sr. Orlando, Fla.
    Ezra Williams, Georgia G 6-4 235 Sr. Marietta, Ga.
    Marquis Estill, Kentucky F/C 6-9 236 Sr. Richmond, Ky.
    Ronald Dupree, LSU F 6-7 209 Sr. Biloxi, Miss.
    Matt Freije, Vanderbilt F 6-9 230 Jr. Shawnee Mission, Kan.
    SEC All-Freshman Team
    Kennedy Winston, Alabama
    Jonathon Modica, Arkansas
    Anthony Roberson, Florida*
    Matt Walsh, Florida*
    C.J. Watson, Tennessee*
    SEC Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith
    SEC Player of the Year
    Keith Bogans
    SEC Freshman of the Year
    Anthony Roberson

    * Unanimous Selection; Ties are not broken


    ASSOCIATED PRESS AWARDS

    First Team All-SEC             Pos.  Ht.  Wt.  Cl.  Hometown
    Matt Bonner, Florida            F    6-10 240  Sr.  Concord, N.H.
    Jarvis Hayes, Georgia           G/F  6-7  220  Jr.  Atlanta, Ga.
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky          G    6-5  213  Sr.  Alexandria, Va.
    Mario Austin, Mississippi State F/C  6-9  260  Jr.  York, Ala.
    Ron Slay, Tennessee             F    6-8  240  Sr.  Nashville, Tenn.
    
    Second Team All-SEC            Pos.  Ht.  Wt.  Cl.  Hometown
    Erwin Dudley, Alabama           F    6-8  260  Sr.  Uniontown, Ala.
    Marquis Daniels, Auburn         F    6-6  200  Sr.  Orlando, Fla.
    Ezra Williams, Georgia          G    6-4  235  Sr.  Marietta, Ga.
    Marquis Estill, Kentucky        F/C  6-9  236  Sr.  Richmond, Ky.
    Ronald Dupree, LSU              F    6-7  209  Sr.  Biloxi, Miss.
    
    Third Team All-SEC             Pos.  Ht.  Wt.  Cl.  Hometown
    Maurice Williams, Alabama       G    6-1  195  So.  Jackson, Miss.
    Justin Reed, Ole Miss           F    6-8  240  Jr.  Jackson, Miss.
    Timmy Bowers, Mississippi State G    6-2  180  Jr.  Gulfport, Miss.
    Derrick Zimmerman, Miss. State  G    6-3  195  Sr.  Monroe, La.
    Matt Freije, Vanderbilt         F    6-9  230  Jr.  Shawnee Mission, Kan.
    
    AP SEC Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky
    
    AP SEC Player of the Year
    Ron Slay, Tennessee
    
    AP SEC Newcomer of the Year
    Anthony Roberson, Florida
    


    NATIONAL POSTSEASON HONORS
    SEC Only

    ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICA

    Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky

    Third Team
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky
    Ron Slay, Tennessee


    BASKETBALL TIMES ALL-AMERICA

    Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky

    Third Team
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky


    CBS/CHEVROLET ALL-AMERICA

    Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky


    COLLEGEINSIDER.COM

    ALL-AMERICA
    Jarvis Hayes, Georgia
    Ron Slay, Tennessee


    CNNSI.COM ALL-AMERICA

    Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky

    Honorable Mention
    Matt Bonner, Florida
    Jarvis Hayes, Georgia
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky
    Ron Slay, Tennessee


    ESPN

    Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky


    FOXSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICA

    National Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky

    Third Team
    Jarvis Hayes, Georgia
    Ron Slay, Tennessee

    Fifth Team
    Matt Bonner, Florida
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky
    Mario Austin, Mississippi State


    NABC ALL-AMERICA

    Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky

    Second Team
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky


    THE NAISMITH AWARDS

    Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky


    THE SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICA

    Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky

    Third Team
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky


    USBWA All-AMERICA

    Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky


    COLLEGEINSIDER.COM

    ALL-FRESHMAN
    Jonathon Modica, Arkansas
    Anthony Roberson, Florida
    C.J. Watson, Tennessee


    THE SPORTING NEWS

    ALL-FRESHMAN
    Anthony Roberson, Florida


    COLLEGEINSIDER.COM

    ALL-DEFENSIVE
    Justin Hamilton, Florida

    ALL-JUCO TRANSFER
    Jaime Lloreda, LSU


    CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA

    Team Member of the Year
    Matt Bonner, Florida

    First Team
    Matt Bonner, Florida


    VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT

    District 3
    Matt Bonner, Florida

    District 4
    Terrance Meade, Alabama


    BASKETBALL TIMES

    ALL-SOUTH
    Matt Bonner, Florida
    Jarvis Hayes, Georgia
    Mario Austin, Mississippi State
    Ron Slay, Tennessee


    NCAA TOURNAMENT ALL-REGION

    EAST
    Marquis Daniels, Auburn

    MIDWEST
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky
    Marquis Estill, Kentucky


    NABC ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS

    District 6
    Coach of the Year
    Billy Donovan, Florida

    First Team
    Erwin Dudley, Alabama
    Matt Bonner, Florida
    Jarvis Hayes, Georgia
    Mario Austin, Mississippi State

    Second Team
    Maurice Williams, Alabama
    Marquis Daniels, Auburn
    Ezra Williams, Georgia
    Justin Reed, Ole Miss
    Aaron Harper, Ole Miss

    District 7
    Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky

    First Team
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky
    Ron Slay, Tennessee
    Matt Freije, Vanderbilt

    Second Team
    Marquis Estill, Kentucky

    District 8
    First Team
    Ronald Dupree, LSU

    Second Team
    Jaime Lloreda, LSU


    USBWA ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS

    District IV
    Player of the Year
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky

    Coach of the Year
    Tubby Smith, Kentucky

    Erwin Dudley, Alabama
    Marquis Daniels, Auburn
    Matt Bonner, Florida
    Jarvis Hayes, Georgia
    Ezra Williams, Georgia
    Keith Bogans, Kentucky
    Mario Austin, Mississippi State
    Ron Slay, Tennessee

    District VII
    Ronald Dupree, LSU