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SEC Men's Basketball - Year In Review
06/14/2004 | 
Pictured: Alabama forward Kennedy Winston (SEC Photo)
Pictured: Alabama forward Kennedy Winston (SEC Photo)

SEC STANDINGS

Team SEC Pct. Home Away Div. ALL Pct. Home Away Neu. Last 10 Streak
EASTERN DIVISION
Kentucky @# 13-3 .813 7-1 6-2 7-3 27-5 .844 11-2 7-2 9-1 9-1 L1
Florida 9-7 .563 5-3 4-4 5-5 20-11 .645 11-4 4-5 5-2 6-4 L2
S. Carolina 8-8 .500 5-3 3-5 5-5 23-11 .676 14-3 5-6 4-2 4-6 L2
Vanderbilt 8-8 .500 6-2 2-6 4-6 23-10 .697 16-2 3-6 4-2 6-4 L1
Georgia 7-9 .438 6-2 1-7 5-5 16-14 .533 13-3 1-10 2-1 5-5 L2
Tennessee 7-9 .438 7-1 0-8 4-6 15-14 .517 14-3 1-10 0-1 4-6 L2
WESTERN DIVISION
Miss. State !* 14-2 .875 6-2 8-0 9-1 26-4 .867 12-2 12-0 2-2 7-3 L1
Alabama 8-8 .500 4-4 4-4 6-4 20-13 .606 11-4 4-6 5-3 7-3 L1
LSU 8-8 .500 5-3 3-5 5-5 18-11 .620 12-3 5-7 1-1 3-7 L3
Auburn 5-11 .313 4-4 1-7 4-6 14-14 .500 12-5 1-8 1-1 3-7 L1
Ole Miss 5-11 .313 5-3 0-8 4-6 13-15 .464 12-5 1-9 0-1 2-8 L1
Arkansas 4-12 .250 4-4 0-8 2-8 12-16 .429 10-6 1-8 1-2 2-8 L4
! - SEC Champion; @ - SEC Tournament Champion; # - Eastern Division Champion; * - Western Division Champion


POSTSEASON RESULTS

NCAA RESULTS

PHOENIX REGION
March 18 (Thursday) * Seattle, Wash. [CBS]
[8] Alabama 65, [9] Southern Illinois 64
March 19 (Friday) * Orlando, Fla. [CBS]
[6] Vanderbilt 71, [11] Western Michigan 58

March 20 (Saturday) * Seattle, Wash. [CBS]
Alabama 70, [1] Stanford 67
March 21 (Sunday) * Orlando, Fla. [CBS]
Vanderbilt 75, [3] N.C. State 73

March 25 (Thursday) * Phoenix, Ariz. [CBS]
[2] Connecticut 73, Vanderbilt 53
Alabama 80, [5] Syracuse 71

March 27 (Saturday) * Phoenix, Ariz. [CBS]
Connecticut 87, Alabama 71

ST. LOUIS REGION
March 19 (Friday) * Columbus, Ohio [CBS]
[1] Kentucky 96, [16] Florida A&M 76
March 21 (Sunday) * Columbus, Ohio [CBS]
[9] UAB 76, Kentucky 75

EAST RUTHERFORD REGION
March 18 (Thursday) * Raleigh, N.C. [CBS]
[12] Manhattan 75, [5] Florida 60
March 19 (Friday) * Kansas City, Mo. [CBS]
[7] Memphis 59, [10] South Carolina 43

ATLANTA REGION
March 19 (Friday) * Orlando, Fla. [CBS]
[2] Mississippi State 85, [15] Monmouth 52
March 21 (Sunday) * Orlando, Fla. [CBS]
[7] Xavier 89, Mississippi State 74


NIT RESULTS

March 17 (Wednesday) * Opening Round
at George Mason 58, Tennessee 55 [CSS]
March 17 (Wednesday) * First Round
at Iowa State 82, Georgia 74 [CSS]
at Oklahoma 70, LSU 61 [ESPN]


2004 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
March 11-14 • Georgia Dome • Atlanta, Ga.

Game Teams Time [TV] Audio Live Stats
FIRST ROUND - March 11 (Thursday)
Game 1 [E5] Georgia vs. [W4] Auburn 1:00 p.m. [JP] UGA | AUB Coming soon!
Game 2 [W6] Arkansas vs. [E3] South Carolina 3:15 p.m. [JP] ARK | USC Coming soon!
Game 3 [W5] Ole Miss vs. [E4] Vanderbilt 7:30 p.m. [JP] OLE | VAN Coming soon!
Game 4 [E6] Tennessee vs. [W3] Alabama 9:45 p.m. [JP] TEN | ALA Coming soon!
SECOND ROUND - March 12 (Friday)
Game 5 Game 1 Winner vs. [E1] Kentucky 1:00 p.m. [JP] TBA | UKY Coming soon!
Game 6 Game 2 Winner vs. [W2] LSU 3:15 p.m. [JP] TBA | LSU Coming soon!
Game 7 Game 3 Winner vs. [W1] Mississippi St. 7:30 p.m. [JP] TBA | MSU Coming soon!
Game 8 Game 4 Winner vs. [E2] Florida 9:45 p.m. [JP] TBA | FLA Coming soon!
SEMIFINALS - March 13 (Saturday)
Game 9 Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner 1:00 p.m. [JP] SEC Broadcast Coming soon!
Game 10 Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner 3:15 p.m. [JP] SEC Broadcast Coming soon!
FINALS - March 14 (Sunday)
Game 11 Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner 1:00 p.m. [CBS] SEC Broadcast Coming soon!

All Times Eastern


ATTENDANCE

Session 1 (Games 1 & 2):    12,545 
Session 2 (Games 3 & 4):    13,693
Session 3 (Games 5 & 6):    20,203
Session 4 (Games 7 & 8):    18,916
Session 5 (Games 9 & 10):   21,446
Session 6 (Game 11):        22,024 
TOTAL:                    *195,630 
AVG. PER SESSION:           18,138 
AVG. PER GAME:              17,785 

  • The total attendance of 195,630 ranks as the 10th highest total attendance in SEC Tournament history.
  • The 22,024 championship game attendance ranks seventh among title game attendances in SEC Tournament history.
  • The Session 5 attendance of 21,446 lists as the seventh highest Session 5 attendance in SEC Tournament history.


RECORDS

Here a quick look back at the individual and team records set during the 2004 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 (12 att.) by Levi Stukes, Georgia vs. Auburn (t1st).

Individual Tournament Records:

  • 35 three-point attempts (14 made) by Anthony Roberson, Florida (1st).
  • 14 three-pointers made (26 att.) by Mike Boynton, So. Carolina (t1st).
  • 14 three-pointers made (35 att.) by Anthony Roberson, Florida (t1st).

Team Single-Game Records:

  • 39 free throws made (50 atts.) by South Carolina vs. Arkansas (t1st).

Team Single-Game Records: (Both Teams)

  • 65 free throws made by South Carolina (39) vs. Arkansas (26) (1st).
  • 81 free throws attempts by South Carolina (50) vs. Arkansas (31) (1st).


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

Game Teams [TV] Time
FIRST ROUND - March 10 (Thursday)
Game 1 Western #5 vs. Eastern #4 [JP] TBA
Game 2 Eastern #6 vs. Western #3 [JP] TBA
Game 3 Eastern # 5 vs. Western #4 [JP] TBA
Game 4 Western #6 vs. Eastern #3 [JP] TBA
SECOND ROUND - March 11 (Friday)
Game 5 Game 1 Winner vs. Western #1 [JP] TBA
Game 6 Game 2 Winner vs. Eastern #2 [JP] TBA
Game 7 Game 3 Winner vs. Eastern #1 [JP] TBA
Game 8 Game 4 Winner vs. Western #2 [JP] TBA
SEMIFINALS - March 12 (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 13 (Sunday)
Game 11 Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner [CBS] TBA


Future SEC Tournament Dates & Sites
2006 - March 9-12, Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, Tenn.
2007 - March 8-11, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
2008 - March 13-16, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.


TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
Playing one of the nation's toughest schedules, the Crimson Tide finished its most successful season ever in the NCAA tournament when it advanced to the NCAA's Elite 8 in a run that included wins against the defending national champion, Syracuse, and the No. 1 ranked team, Stanford, before it fell to eventual national champions, UConn in the Phoenix Regional's championship game. It was Alabama's best run in its 17 NCAA appearances, having advanced previously only as far as the Sweet 16 seven times, the last of those in 1991. .Alabama finished the season 20-13 overall, T-2nd in the SEC's Western Division. Chuck Davis and Kennedy Winston were voted to the All-Tournament team for the Phoenix Regional. It was a year in which Kennedy Winston was voted All-SEC 1st team by the league's coaches and made school history by being named SEC Player of the Week three times, including in back-to-back weeks. Earnest Shelton earned Player of the Week honors as well and Jermareo Davidson was voted to the coaches' SEC All-Freshman Team. Alabama finished 17th in the final ESPN/USA Today rankings.

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
Arkansas' basketball season came to an end in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday with a 91-81 setback to South Carolina. Arkansas ended the season 12-16 overall. Michael Jones came off the bench and scored a team-high 15 points. UA shot 40.7 percent for the game, including 50 in the second half after a 23.8 percent performance in the first half (5-21), and made 26 of 31 free throws, 83.9 percent. Jonathon Modica had 14 points and eight rebounds, Eric Ferguson and Olu Famutimi 13 points, and Kendrick Davis and Vincent Hunter scored 10 each. Freshman Ronnie Brewer was the only player to start all 28 regular-season games for the Razorbacks this year. Brewer finished second on the squad in scoring (12.2 ppg.) and led the squad in rebounding (5.5 rpg.), assists (94) and steals (57). Arkansas was involved in 10 games this season with a five-point or less difference in the final minute of play. The Razorbacks were 3-7 in those contests. Arkansas had 14 assists and 11 turnovers against the Crimson Tide, the ninth time this year UA has finished on the plus side of that category. The Razorbacks didn't finish on the plus side of that stat a single time last year. The Razorbacks were 0-2 in overtime games this year.

AUBURN TIGERS
Georgia started the game with an 11-0 run and cruised to a 73-59 victory over Auburn in the opening round of the SEC Tournament. Auburn (14-14) did not receive an invite to the National Invitation Tournament after reaching the NCAA round of 16 in 2003. Auburn was out of this game right from the start. While Georgia was scoring the first 11 points, the Tigers were having trouble getting off a shot. On their first eight possessions, they turned the ball over seven times and managed only one shot. Guard Lewis Monroe hobbled off the court at half time. with an injured left foot. Monroe came back for the second half on crutches, watching the rest of the game from the bench. Marco Killingsworth scored 19 points, but the five Auburn starters combined for just 14. Three of them failed to score at all. Auburn junior forward Brandon Robinson ended his consecutive double-double streak at three. The Tigers are now 21-24 in the SEC Tournament since its renewal in 1979. Overall, Auburn has a 25-41 mark in the tournament. Auburn's only SEC Tournament crown came in 1985 when the Tigers won four games in four days, marking the first team to accomplish that feat. Auburn was the SEC Tournament runner-up twice (1984, 2000).

FLORIDA GATORS
Florida finished the 2003-04 season with its sixth straight 20-win season and sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, both firsts in school history. Florida reached the SEC Tournament Final for only the fourth time in school history and the first time under Billy Donovan. Florida finished the season by winning six of its last nine games with wins over NCAA Tournament teams. Florida played a total of 11 NCAA Tournament teams in 2003-04. Nearly half of the Gators' 20 wins were against NCAA Tournament teams, as they picked up nine wins against NCAA Tournament teams and an additional four wins over NIT teams, as only seven opponents in their 31-game schedule did not make a postseason tournament. The Gators rode the trio of Anthony Roberson, David Lee and Matt Walsh for a bulk of the season, as the three combined for 48.3 points per game in SEC play (of UF's 71.6). Roberson earned First Team All-SEC honors from both the AP and Coaches. Roberson averaged 17.9 points per game on the year, the highest season average by a Gator since Dan Cross averaged 18.0 per game in 1994-95.

GEORGIA BULLDOGS
Iowa State shot a school-record 74.4 percent in beating Georgia 82-74 in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament. The Cyclones were 17-for-21 from the field in the second half, but could not pull away. Georgia (16-14) hung with Iowa State by making 12 of 27 3-point shots. Damien Wilkins went 5-for-6 from 3-point range and led Georgia with 20 points. Jonas Hayes added 12, while Rashad Wright and Levi Stukes each scored 11. Georgia took a 55-54 lead on Steve Newman's 3-pointer with 8:30 left, but over the next 5:17, the Bulldogs managed only one point - a free throw by Wright that left them trailing 57-56 with 6:49 remaining. It was Georgia's 10th all-time appearance in the National Invitational Tournament. Bulldog teams have compiled a 10-10 record in NIT games, having reached the Final Four in New York City twice: in 1982 and in 1998. Senior guard Rashad Wright was recognized for his outstanding season, both by the league's head coaches and by the media that cover SEC basketball. He was voted SEC Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches, and both groups picked him to their All-SEC 2nd team. In addition, Levi Stukes was named to the SEC All-Freshman team by the 12 SEC coaches.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS
UK finished its 101st season with a 27-5 record, its 40th 20-win season (14th in a row) and 27th season with 25-or-more victories. Despite a second-round exit, the Wildcats increased their NCAA Tournament records for appearances (45), wins (93), games played (133) and number of No. 1 seeds (nine). It marked Kentucky's 13th-consecutive tournament appearance, which tied Cincinnati for the third longest current streak in the nation behind Arizona (20) and Kansas (15). This marked just the second time in the last 10 years that the Cats have failed to reach the Sweet 16. Gerald Fitch finished his career 22nd on UK's career scoring list (1,391), fourth in three-pointers made (199) and seventh in three-point percentage (.396). Cliff Hawkins set a new school record for season steals average (2.31, 74 steals in 32 games) and finished third in career steals (198) and seventh in career assists (467). Chuck Hayes nearly had the second triple-double in UK history in the Wildcats' first round win over Florida A&M, finishing with 12 points, 11 boards and eight assists. He finished his junior season averaging 3.0 assists, second behind Hawkins on the team. During the Cats' five postseason games, Hayes averaged a team-high 6.0 assists from his forward position.

LSU TIGERS
The LSU Tigers wrapped up their season at 18-11 with a 70-61 loss to Oklahoma in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament in a game played March 17 in Norman, Oklahoma. Antonio Hudson led LSU with 16 points while Brandon Bass had his fifth consecutive double figure scoring game (all since Jaime Lloreda left the team) and his sixth double double of the season. Because of the number of games Lloreda played in relation to the number of games LSU played, he will win the conference rebounding title and should remain among the best in the nation in the final rebound stats. Brandon Bass, the SEC Freshman of the Year, finished the season averaging 12.8 points per game and 7.4 rebounds, while Darrel Mitchell (11.9) and Antonio Hudson (10.2) both finished with scoring averages in double figures. This marked LSU's third straight trip to the postseason and the fourth in the last five years. LSU's team won at least 18 games for the fourth time in John Brady's seven years and had three consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the 1991, 1992 and 1993 campaigns at LSU.

OLE MISS REBELS
Justin Reed became the first Ole Miss player to earn All-SEC honors all four years, as he was named a first team forward by both the AP and the SEC coaches. Reed wrapped up his Rebel career fifth on the Ole Miss all-time points list and sixth in rebounds. Fellow senior Aaron Harper ended his tenure in the Red and Blue first in three-pointers, eighth in assists, 10th in points and 10th in steals. He also tied for sixth on the SEC's all-time list for threes. Harper was also one of only two players to rank top 10 in the SEC in points and assists this year. Reed and Harper formed the top scoring duo in the SEC this season at 18.5 and 16.5, respectively. Point guard Todd Abernethy was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team by the league coaches. He was the only Rebel to start every game this season and finished second among conference freshmen in assists at 2.89 per game. The Rebels were ousted in the SEC Tournament first round by Vanderbilt, 70-50. Ole Miss finished the 2003-04 campaign with a 13-15 record and a 5-11 league mark, tying for fourth in the Western Division. The Rebels have posted back-to-back below-.500 seasons for the first time since enduring two straight losing campaigns in 1994-95 and 1995-96.

MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs tied for the second-most wins in school history in addition to posting the school's highest single-season winning percentage (.867) since the 1961-62 season (24-1). En route to capturing the school's first outright SEC title since 1962-63, State's 14 conference wins established a new all-time, single-season school standard. The team's No. 8 national ranking in the final AP poll marks MSU's highest season-ending ranking in the wire service's Top 25 since 1962-63 (No. 6). Having made All-American First Team by SI.com, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Adolph F. Rupp committee, junior Lawrence Roberts became the first Bulldog player to average a double-double (16.9 ppg & 10.1 rpg) for a season since Rickey Brown in 1979-80. Timmy Bowers finished his career as the school's all-time winningest player (92 wins) and the only player in school history to compete in four postseason tournaments. In becoming the first MSU coach since Richard Williams (1994-95) to earn SEC Coach of the Year honors (AP), Rick Stansbury also earned district coaching honors by the NABC and United States Basketball Writers Association.

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
South Carolina's 2003-04 men's basketball season came to a close Friday afternoon with a 59-43 NCAA first round loss to Memphis at Kansas City's Kemper Arena. South Carolina shot just 35 percent (15-for-42) from the field and went without a field goal over a stretch that covered more than one-fourth of the game. The Gamecocks, who had averaged 70.9 points, didn't have a scorer reach double figures until just over six minutes remained in the game, when Carlos Powell hit a layup that gave him 11 points. Mike Boynton, who came in averaging 10.2 points for South Carolina, was held scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting in his final game. He took only one shot in each half, both from 3-point range. The Gamecocks finished the year 23-11 and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. While the loss was a disappointment, this Gamecock team had come so far since the preseason. The media experts picked them to finish dead last in the Southeastern Conference. On Selection Sunday, when the team was selected to participate in this year's version of March Madness, all the hard work had paid off.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
Tennessee made its 24th postseason tournament appearance, including its sixth appearance in the last seven seasons, after receiving an invitation to the National Invitational Tournament. The Vols saw their season come to an end with a 55-58 opening round loss at George Mason. The loss dropped Tennessee's record to 15-14 on the season. The Volunteers' 15-14 record marked the school's 71st winning season. Scooter McFadgon, a second team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches and the Associated Press, led the Vols with 17.6 points on the season. McFadgon narrowly missed breaking the school record for best free throw percentage in a season. McFadgon, who shot 91.2 percent (134-of-147) from the free throw line, fell just short of the school record of 92.0 set by Bill Justus during the 1968-69 campaign. Brandon Crump ranked second on the team with 14.8 points while leading the squad with 6.8 rebounds per game. Crump enters his senior season needing 39 points to become the 37th player in Tennessee history to reach the 1,000 career point total. C.J. Watson, who was third on the team with 11.5 points while leading the squad with 5.0 assists, reached the 300 career assist mark during his sophomore season.

VANDERBILT COMMODORES
Vanderbilt advanced to its first Sweet 16 appearance since 1993 after recording a 75-73, come-from-behind victory over N.C. State. The Commodores ended the year with a 23-10 mark after suffering a 73-53 loss to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Phoenix Regional semifinals. The Commodores' 23 wins tied for the third most in school history and the most for a season during the Kevin Stallings era. Mario Moore averaged 15.0 points and shot 44 percent from the field (33-of-75) and 60 percent from behind the arc (18-of-30) during six postseason games this year. Unanimous First Team All-SEC selection and VU's all-time leading scorer, Matt Freije ended his career with 1,891 points while finishing second in school history in made free throws (446) and field goal attempts (1,413) and third with 570 free throw attempts and 72 blocked shots. Freije averaged a team-best 18.4 points. Russell Lakey recorded a single-season high 128 assists and ended his career with 369. Dawid Przybyszewski led the nation with 51 three-pointers by a seven footer. Scott Hundley, the SEC's Sixth Man of the Year, ended the year averaging 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds.


POSTSEASON NOTES


Six Teams Dancing Again

The SEC tied its conference record for NCAA Tournament bids this season with six bids for the sixth straight season, tied with the ACC, Big East and Conference USA in number of bids for the 2004 NCAA Tournament. The league tied the record set in 1987 which was again accomplished in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

SEC Tournament Champion Kentucky made its 13th straight NCAA Tournament appearance this year. Florida made its sixth straight NCAA tourney. Alabama and SEC Champion Mississippi State made their third straight appearances. South Carolina rejoined the field of 65 for the first time since 1998 and Vanderbilt made its first appearance since 1997.

To follow is a breakdown of conferences with more than one bid and their records, 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 FOURTH 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 10 years. SEC men's teams and women's teams garnered nine and seven bids, respectively (Men's - 6 NCAA, 3 NIT; Women's - 7 NCAA).

Postseason Bid Leaders by Conference

Big East      19
Big XII       18
C-USA         17
SEC           16
ACC           14
Big Ten       12
Atlantic 10   12
Pac 10        10


SEC SECOND IN NCAA TOURNEY WINS

With a 7-6 record in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the SEC ranks second among all conferences in wins in the "Big Dance" since the 1994 season.

The Southeastern Conference has amassed 93 victories since the 1994 NCAA Tournament.

Conference     NCAA Record (1994-2004)
ACC            95-47 (.669)
SEC            93-56 (.624)
Big East       88-48 (.647)
Big Ten        87-56 (.608)
Big 12*        76-57 (.571)
Pac-10         72-46 (.610)

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


2003 NCAA TOURNAMENT

The SEC closed out last 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. A list of conferences and their records in the 2003 NCAA Tournament follows below, ranked by wins.

                '03 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 STILL AMONG FINAL FOUR LEADERS

In the last 12 NCAA Tournaments (1993-2004), the SEC's nine Final Four appearances are behind only the ACC's 12 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 (12) - Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland

SEC (9) - Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi State

Big Ten (8) - Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Big XII* (7) - Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas

Pacific-10 (5) - Arizona, Stanford, UCLA

Big East (4) - Connecticut, Syracuse

Atlantic-10 (1) - Massachusetts

Conference USA (1) - 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:               112-72 (.609)  119-74 (.617)
Appearances:           75                77
Regional Semifinals:   30                32
Regional Finals:       14                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 52-42 (.553) 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   TOT
vs. No. 1    6-14   1-1   0-0   0-1   0-0   1-0    8-16
vs. No. 2   12-7    0-1   0-1   0-0   1-0   0-2   13-11
vs. No. 3    9-4    1-0   0-0   0-0   0-2   1-0   11-6
vs. No. 4    9-7    1-1   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   10-1
Totals      42-33   5-3   0-1   0-1   2-2   3-2   52-42


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


FIRST ROUND SUCCESS

The SEC was 4-2 this year in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to extend its six-year first-round record to 25-11. 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 the 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           10        10*        12*
LSU                 1         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 four 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 2001-2004
Alabama             2002, 03, 04
Arkansas            2001 
Auburn              2003
Florida             2001, 02, 03, 04
Georgia             2001, 02
Kentucky            2001, 02, 03, 04
LSU                 2003
Ole Miss            2001, 02
Mississippi State   2002, 03, 04
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 25 SEC Tournament Champions (1979-2003), 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 three times the conference tournament champion was eliminated in the second round (1979, 1994, 2002).

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 Tourney
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  Miss. 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  Miss. State   Second Round (1-1)
2003  Kentucky      Regional Finals (3-1)
2004  Kentucky      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. In 2004, two SEC teams made the Sweet 16 with Alabama and Vanderbilt advancing.

The Crimson Tide and the Commodores 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), Big XII (7), Pac 10 (7) and ACC (5).


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.


2004 NATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

In 2004, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee joined the field of 40 in the National Invitational Tournament.

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.

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 95-81 (.540) record in 75 appearances (for current membership, 101-87 (.537) in 81 appearances) in the NIT.


SEC NOTES

SEC IN THE POLLS

Two SEC teams were ranked in the Final AP poll with Kentucky ranked second followed by Mississippi State at No. 8. In the Final USA Today/ESPN poll, the SEC had four teams ranked with Kentucky (8), Mississippi State (13), Alabama (17) and Vanderbilt (25).

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     UF     UK     LS     MS     SC     VU
Preseason  nr/nr   8/8   11/9   rv/rv  rv/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Nov. 17    rv/--   8/--  10/--  rv/--  rv/--  nr/--  nr/--
Nov. 24    nr/nr   8/8   10/9   rv/nr  rv/nr  nr/nr  nr/nr
Dec. 1     nr/nr   2/2    9/3   rv/nr  rv/nr  rv/rv  rv/nr
Dec. 8     nr/nr   1/1    8/2   rv/nr  rv/nr  rv/rv  nr/rv
Dec. 15    nr/nr  15/13   2/1   nr/nr  rv/rv  rv/rv  rv/rv
Dec. 22    nr/nr  13/13   2/1   rv/nr  rv/rv  rv/rv  25/rv
Dec. 29    nr/nr  14/12   8/6   rv/rv  24/rv  rv/rv  22/24
Jan. 5     nr/nr  14/11   7/5   rv/rv  22/rv  rv/rv  20/21
Jan. 12    nr/rv  15/10   5/5   rv/rv  20/24  rv/rv  23/23
Jan. 19    nr/nr  17/17   9/8   rv/rv  19/20  25/rv  22/22
Jan. 26    nr/nr  22/20   5/5   rv/nr  11/11  24/23  rv/rv
Feb. 2     nr/nr  21/21   9/9   nr/rv   7/7   25/24  rv/25
Feb. 9     nr/nr  22/20   8/8   rv/nr   6/6   25/22  rv/rv
Feb. 16    nr/nr  rv/rv   9/9   24/rv   4/5   25/22  nr/rv
Feb. 23    nr/nr  rv/rv   9/9   rv/rv   7/7   rv/rv  rv/rv
Mar. 1     rv/nr  rv/rv   9/9   rv/nr   5/5   rv/rv  rv/rv
Mar. 8     rv/nr  rv/rv   8/8   nr/nr   4/5   rv/rv  nr/nr
Mar. 15    nr/nr  rv/rv   2/4   nr/nr   8/9   nr/rv  rv/rv
Apr. 6     --/17  --/nr  --/8   --/nr  --/13  --/rv  --/25


POLL WORTHY (as of March 22)

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 four-plus seasons.

A look at SEC teams in the AP top 20 show the league's diversity since the 200 season. Every team has been in the top 25.

Alabama            2002-03
Arkansas           2000-01
Auburn             1999-00
Florida            2003-04
Georgia            2002-03
Kentucky           2003-04
LSU                2003-04
Ole Miss           2000-01
Mississippi State  2003-04
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 25 ranking over that span:

ACC - 7 of 9 - Clemson, Florida State
Atlantic 10 - 4 of 12 - Duquesne, Fordham, Geo. Washington, LaSalle, UMass, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure
Big East - 10 of 14 - Rutgers, Villanova, Va. Tech, West Va.
Big Ten - 8 of 11 - Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State
Big 12 - 7 of 12 Baylor, Colorado, Kansas State, Nebraska, Texas A&M
Conference USA - 5 of 14 Charlotte, East Carolina, Houston, Saint Louis, South Florida, Southern Miss, Tulane, TCU, UAB
Pac-10 - 6 of 10 Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State


SEC PLACES SIX TEAMS IN NCAA TOURNEY

The SEC has had six teams in the NCAA Tournament field in each of the last six seasons. The Southeastern Conference led the nation in Overall RPI during the four of the last five seasons and was first or second over the same span in Non-Conference RPI heading into the NCAA Tournament. The SEC has seven teams with .500 or above records in conference play and all seven teams have Top 45 RPIs. The SEC's Overall RPI is the highest in league history. Below is a breakdown of the SEC's national ranking in Overall and Non-Conference RPI and the number of NCAA teams over the last six seasons. RPI rankings are provided by CollegeRPI.com as of March 15.

      Overall      Non-Conf      Number of
Year    RPI           RPI       NCAA Teams
2004   0.5888 (2)   0.5863 (2)    6 Teams
2003   0.5807 (1)   0.5890 (1)    6 Teams
2002   0.5839 (1)   0.5870 (1)    6 Teams
2001   0.5849 (1)   0.5843 (2)    6 Teams
2000   0.5738 (1)   0.5689 (2)    6 Teams
1999   0.5648 (4)   0.5575 (5)    6 Teams


SEC vs. NATIONALLY RANKED NON-CONF OPPONENTS

SEC teams were 10-10 in 2004 against nationally ranked non-conference opponents and 4-3 against teams in the Top 10 of both polls. Below is a listing of those nationally ranked matchups.

Date      Team      Result         Opponent        AP/ESPN
Nov. 14   Alabama   L 62-71        at Pittsburgh   22/22 
Nov. 28   Florida   W 78-77        vs. Arizona      4/3
Nov. 29   Georgia   L 76-82 (ot)   at Gonzaga      16/21
Dec. 6    Arkansas  L 61-84        vs. Illinois    11/11
Dec. 13   Florida   L 65-73        at Louisville   NR/25
Dec. 13   Kentucky  W 79-74        vs. Mich. St.   21/20
Dec. 27   Kentucky  L 56-65        Louisville      20/20
Dec. 30   Alabama   W 71-56        Wisconsin       19/15
Jan. 5    Kentucky  W 61-56        North Carolina   9/9
Jan. 5    Florida   W 87-73        Florida State   RV/25
Jan. 5    Georgia   W 83-80 (2ot)  Georgia Tech     3/3
Jan. 25   Tennessee L 62-65        Louisville       5/6
Feb. 7    Tennessee L 62-77        Georgia Tech    15/16
Mar. 18   Alabama   W 65-64        vs. So. Ill.    23/23
Mar. 19   So. Car.  L 43-59        vs. Memphis     24/RV
Mar. 20   Alabama   W 70-67        vs. Stanford     1/1
Mar. 21   Vandy     W 75-73        vs. N.C. State  15/17
Mar. 25   Alabama   W 80-71        vs. Syracuse    20/24
Mar. 25   Vandy     L 53-73        vs. Connecticut  7/7
Mar. 27   Alabama   L 71-87        vs. Connecticut  7/7


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.

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


AT THE HALF

SEC teams own a 174-30 (.853) 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            13-2      0-1      7-10
Arkansas           10-6      0-0      2-10
Auburn             11-4      1-0      2-10
Florida            16-3      0-0      4-8
Georgia            13-2      0-1      3-11
Kentucky           23-2      2-0      2-3
LSU                14-1      0-1      4-9
Ole Miss            7-2      2-1      4-12
Mississippi State  20-2      2-0      4-2
South Carolina     17-2      0-2      5-7
Tennessee          13-3      0-1      3-10
Vanderbilt         18-1      0-0      5-9
TOTALS            174-30     7-7     45-102


CONTROLLING THE BOARDS

Southeastern Conference teams have a 154-44 (.778) 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            12-7    3-0   4-5
Arkansas            7-4    0-0   5-11
Auburn             12-7    1-0   1-7
Florida            11-3    3-0   6-8
Georgia            15-4    0-0   1-10
Kentucky           21-2    1-0   5-3
LSU                14-5    0-2   3-4
Ole Miss            7-2    0-2   6-11
Mississippi State  21-2    2-0   3-2
South Carolina     12-2    1-0  10-9
Tennessee          12-6    0-1   3-7
Vanderbilt         11-1    1-0  11-8
TOTALS            154-44  12-5  57-84


SHOOTING THE ROCK

Southeastern Conference teams have a 145-17 (.895) 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            13-5        7-8
Arkansas            9-0        3-16
Auburn             10-2        4-12
Florida            14-3        6-8
Georgia             7-1        9-13
Kentucky           19-1        8-4
LSU                10-1        8-10
Ole Miss           10-0        3-15
Mississippi State  16-1       10-3
South Carolina     11-1       11-11
Tennessee          12-1        3-13
Vanderbilt         15-1        8-8
TOTALS            145-17      80-121


70 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER

SEC teams own a 157-25 (.863) 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 176-46 (.793) record. Here's a look at how each team has fared when scoring 70 or more and holding opponents to under 70 points.

           Off. (70 or more)   Def. (under 70)
Alabama            15-6            12-3
Arkansas           10-2             9-5
Auburn             11-3            14-5
Florida            15-3            12-3
Georgia            12-2            14-7
Kentucky           16-1            20-3
LSU                 8-0            16-4
Ole Miss            6-0            13-5
Mississippi State  22-3            18-1
South Carolina     16-1            19-5
Tennessee          12-1            12-4
Vanderbilt         18-3            19-1
TOTALS            157-25          176-46


HOME SWEET HOME

SEC teams have a 147-42 (.778) record at home this season. Here's a breakdown of SEC home records, as of March 16.

                Home Record
Alabama            11-4
Arkansas           10-6
Auburn             12-5
Florida            11-4
Georgia            13-3
Kentucky           11-2
LSU                12-3
Ole Miss           12-5
Mississippi State  12-2
South Carolina     14-3
Tennessee          14-3
Vanderbilt         15-2
TOTALS            147-42


STREAKS IN SEC REGULAR SEASON PLAY

Four teams 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. Florida, Kentucky and Mississippi State all have overall win streaks of two or more in SEC games, dating back to 2002-03.

Team              Overall   Home   Road
Alabama             L1       L1     W3
Arkansas            L3       L2     L9
Auburn              W1       W1     L2
Florida             L1       W2     L1
Georgia             W1       W6     L6
Kentucky            W6       W6     W3
LSU                 L1       W1     L3 
Ole Miss            W1       W1     L8
Mississippi State   W4       W2     W8
South Carolina      L2       L1     L5
Tennessee           W1       W5     L8
Vanderbilt          L1       W1     L1


SEC RANKS SECOND IN NON-CONFERENCE RECORD

The SEC ranked second in the nation with a 113-22 non-conference record, entering the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

Conference     Non-Conf. Record
ACC              90-16  .849
SEC             113-22  .837
Big East        124-38  .765
Big XII          97-34  .741
Conference USA  100-49  .671
Mountain West    65-34  .657
Big Ten          82-44  .651
Pac-10           56-32  .636
WAC              55-36  .604
Missouri Valley  56-37  .602
Atlantic 10      84-59  .587


SEC HAS BEST RECORD AMONG TOP CONFERENCES

The SEC led the nation with a 29-15 record against the Top 8 RPI basketball conferences, entering the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

Conference     Against Top 8
SEC             29-15  .659
ACC             28-15  .651
Big XII         28-17  .622
Big East        23-24  .489
Mountain West   14-17  .452
Pac-10          12-18  .400
Conference USA  17-26  .395
Big Ten         18-35  .346


SEC SECOND IN OVERALL & NON-CONFERENCE RPI

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

Conference    Overall RPI    Non-Conf. RPI
ACC              .6037           .6082
SEC              .5888           .5863
Big East         .5695           .5689
Big XII          .5623           .5579
Conference USA   .5490           .5540
Big Ten          .5468           .5515
Mountain West    .5434           .5388
Atlantic 10      .5379           .5506
Pac-10           .5364           .5452
WAC              .5267           .5300


SEC RANKS FIRST WITH SEVEN TEAMS IN RPI TOP 45

The SEC led the nation with seven teams ranked in CollegeRPI.com's Top 45, entering the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

Conference     # in Top 50
SEC              7 Teams
ACC              6 Teams
Big East         6 Teams
Conference USA   6 Teams
Big XII          4 Teams
Atlantic 10      3 Teams
Big Ten          3 Teams
Mountain West    2 Teams
Pac-10           2 Teams


SEC TEAMS IN RPI POLL (entering the postseason)

Below are the RPI rankings, according to CollegeRPI.com.

      Team                Rating
  2.  Kentucky            .6663
  4.  Mississippi State   .6437
 13.  Florida             .6257
 26.  Alabama             .6061
 27.  Vanderbilt          .6058
 38.  LSU                 .5883
 45.  South Carolina      .5822
 48.  Georgia             .5773
 78.  Tennessee           .5543
 79.  Auburn              .5518
 95.  Ole Miss            .5377
111.  Arkansas            .5262


SEC RANKS SECOND IN SAGARIN RANKINGS

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

Conference   Central Mean   Simple Average
ACC             87.55           87.08
SEC             83.43           83.53
Big XII         81.53           81.13
Big East        81.25           81.21
Big Ten         79.32           79.43
Mountain West   79.10           79.38
Conference USA  78.86           78.77
Pac-10          78.12           78.92


SEC RANKS SECOND WITH SIX TEAMS IN SAGARIN TOP 45

The SEC tied for second behind the ACC with six teams ranked in the Sagarin Rankings Top 45, entering the postseason.

Conference     # in Top 30
ACC              7 Teams
SEC              6 Teams
Big East         6 Teams
Conference USA   5 Teams
Big XII          4 Teams
Atlantic 10      3 Teams
Big Ten          3 Teams
Mountain West    3 Teams
Pacific 10       2 Teams


SEC TEAMS IN SAGARIN RANKINGS

Below are the Sagarin Rankings, entering the postseason.

      Team                Rating
  4.  Kentucky            91.39
  9.  Mississippi State   89.77
 19.  Florida             86.96
 21.  Vanderbilt          86.35
 24.  South Carolina      85.19
 33.  Alabama             84.46
 46.  LSU                 82.31
 55.  Georgia             81.60
 70.  Tennessee           80.21
 75.  Auburn              80.03
101.  Arkansas            77.43
108.  Ole Miss            76.69


SEC COACHING RECORDS (as of 3/22)

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   187-99    119-75
Stan Heath, AR        51-41     21-35
Cliff Ellis, AU      534-335   186-125
Billy Donovan, UF    204-104   169-84
Dennis Felton, UG    116-68     16-14
Tubby Smith, UK      315-114   191-52
John Brady, LS       209-169   120-92
Rod Barnes, UM       112-76    112-76
Rick Stansbury, MS   126-64    126-64
Dave Odom, SC        335-216    57-42
Buzz Peterson, UT    152-92     47-42
Kevin Stallings, VU  208-132    85-69


ROAD WARRIORS

With a 3-9 mark the last week of conference play, road teams' collective road conference record rose to 32-64 on the season.

Breaking down the record shows the road teams have an 18-26 record in weekday conference games and a 14-38 record in weekend league games.

Last year, SEC road teams did not fare well either with a 33-63 record. The breakdown was 13-31 in weekday night conference games and 20-32 in weekend conference tilts.


SEC IN STRENGTH OF SCHEDULES

The SEC has 10 of the 40 toughest schedules in the country, according to CollegeRPI.com, entering the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.

Team               SOS
Alabama              1
Florida              3
Kentucky             7
Georgia             13
Vanderbilt          25
LSU                 29
Auburn              30
Ole Miss            36
Mississippi State   39
Tennessee           40
Arkansas            42
South Carolina      66


SEC vs. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS

The SEC is currently posting their best non-conference winning percentage since the league expanded to 12 teams in 1991-92.

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


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 six overtime games. Meaning 34.4 percent of league games were won in the final minutes.


SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Week 2        Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State
Nov. 14-23    26.0 ppg, 15.0 rpg, 3.0 apg

Week 3        Matt Walsh, Florida
Nov. 24-30    22.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.0 apg

Week 4        Earnest Shelton, Alabama
Dec. 1-7      22.5 ppg, 9-of-18 three-pointers

Week 5        Gerald Fitch, Kentucky
Dec. 8-14     25.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4-of-6 three-pointers

Week 6        Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Dec. 15-21    23.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Week 7        Jaime Lloreda, LSU
Dec. 22-28    22.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg

Week 8        Jonas Hayes, Georgia
Dec.29-Jan.4  20.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg

Week 9        David Lee, Florida
Jan. 4-11     19.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg

Week 10       Rashad Wright, Georgia
Jan. 11-18    20.0 ppg, 3.0 spg, 4-of-5 three pointers

Week 11       Justin Reed, Ole Miss
Jan. 19-25    22.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg

Week 12       Matt Freije, Vanderbilt
Jan.26-Feb.1  23.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg

Week 13       Erik Daniels, Kentucky
Feb. 2-8      19.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg

Week 14       Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State
Feb. 9-15     19.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg

Week 15       Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Feb. 16-22    24.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg
              Matt Freije, Vanderbilt
              27.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Week 16       Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Feb. 23-29    24.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Week 17       Timmy Bowers, Mississippi State
Mar. 1-7      17.5 ppg, 8.0 apg


ATTENDANCE UP AT SIX ARENAS

Final home attendance numbers show a increase in attendance at six of the 12 SEC arenas. Last season seven schools showed increases in attendance.

                    2003    2004   Difference
Alabama            11,778   9,683   - 2,095
Arkansas           14,790  14,792   +     2
Auburn              7,117   6,749   -   368
Florida            10,489  11,047   +   558
Georgia             9,857   8,619   - 1,238
Kentucky           22,271  22,710   +   439
LSU                 8,687   9,355   +   668
Ole Miss            4,926   3,639   - 1,287
Mississippi State   7,022   7,996   +   974
South Carolina     15,479  12,045   - 3,434
Tennessee          13,730  13,426   -   304
Vanderbilt          9,570  11,312   + 1,742


DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Mississippi State's Lawrence Roberts led the Southeastern Conference with 16 double-doubles on the season.

 16  Lawrence Roberts - Mississippi State
 14  Jaime Lloreda - LSU
  9  Chris Daniels - Georgia
  8  Brandon Crump - Tennessee
  7  Chuck Hayes - Kentucky
  7  Brandon Bass - LSU
  6  Brandon Robinson - Auburn
  5  David Lee - Florida
  5  Justin Reed - Ole Miss
  5  Erik Daniels - Kentucky
  4  Marco Killingsworth - Auburn
  4  Branden Vincent - Mississippi State
  3  Chuck Davis - Alabama
  3  Rolando Howell - South Carolina
  3  Carlos Powell - South Carolina
  3  Matt Freije - Vanderbilt
  2  Ronnie Brewer - Arkansas
  2  Christian Drejer - Florida
  2  Jonas Hayes - Georgia
  2  Cliff Hawkins - Kentucky
  2  Tommie Eddie - Ole Miss
  2  Jemere Hendrix - Tennessee
  1  Kennedy Winston - Alabama
  1  Matt Jones - Arkansas
  1  Billy Pharis - Arkansas
  1  Kyle Davis - Auburn
  1  Adrian Moss - Florida
  1  Damien Wilkins - Georgia
  1  Kelenna Azubuike - Kentucky
  1  Aaron Harper - Ole Miss
  1  Marcus Campbell - Mississippi State
  1  Kerbrell Brown - South Carolina
  1  Tarence Kinsey - South Carolina
  1  Brandon Wallace - South Carolina
  1  C.J. Watson - Tennessee
  1  Scott Hundley - Vanderbilt
  1  Dawid Przybyszewski - Vanderbilt
  1  Corey Smith - Vanderbilt
  1  Julian Terrell - Vanderbilt


THE BIG 2-0!

The SEC boasts five teams who recorded 20 or more wins in 2004. Kentucky led the way with 27 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 marks the fifth time in the last six years that every team in the league recorded double digits in wins. Only Arkansas was not in double digits with nine wins in 2003.


DOUBLE-DOUBLES IN SEC PLAY

MSU's Lawrence Roberts led the Southeastern Conference with eight double-doubles in league regular season play.

  8  Lawrence Roberts - Mississippi State
  7  Jaime Lloreda - LSU
  5  Brandon Crump - Tennessee
  4  Marco Killingsworth - Auburn
  4  Brandon Robinson - Auburn
  3  Chuck Hayes - Kentucky
  3  Justin Reed - Ole Miss
  3  Rolando Howell - South Carolina
  2  David Lee - Florida
  2  Brandon Bass - LSU
  2  Matt Freije - Vanderbilt
  1  Chuck Davis - Alabama
  1  Kennedy Winston - Alabama
  1  Matt Jones - Arkansas
  1  Billy Pharis - Arkansas
  1  Christian Drejer - Florida
  1  Damien Wilkins - Georgia
  1  Kelenna Azubuike - Kentucky
  1  Erik Daniels - Kentucky
  1  Tommie Eddie - Ole Miss
  1  Aaron Harper - Ole Miss
  1  Branden Vincent - Mississippi State
  1  Jemere Hendrix - Tennessee
  1  C.J. Watson - Tennessee
  1  Scott Hundley - Vanderbilt


FRESHMEN ON THE RISE

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

Points                      Rebounds
Brandon Bass, LS     12.8   Brandon Bass, LS       7.4
Ronnie Brewer, AR    12.2   Ronnie Brewer, AR      5.5
Levi Stukes, UG       9.5   Renaldo Balkman, SC    4.6
Tack Minor, LS        7.2   Jermareo Davidson, UA  4.3
Olu Famutimi, AR      7.0   Regis Koundjia, LS     3.6

Assists                     Blocks
Ronnie Brewer, AR    3.36   Brandon Bass, LS      1.93
Todd Abernathy, UM   2.86   Jermareo Davidson, UA 1.39
Gary Ervin, MS       2.47   Renaldo Balkman, SC   1.30
Tre Kelley, SC       2.03   Brandon Wallace, SC   1.06
Levi Stukes, UG      1.73   Vincent Hunter, AR    0.92

Steals                      FG Pct (2.5 atts/game)
Ronnie Brewer, AR    2.04   Chris Richard, UF     .605
Levi Stukes, UG      1.10   Renaldo Balkman, SC   .558
Gary Ervin, MS       1.03   Brandon Bass, LS      .504
Renaldo Balkman, SC  1.00   Ronnie Brewer, AR     .481
Todd Abernethy, UM   0.86   Lee Humphrey, UF      .472

3Pt-FG Pct (0.75 made/game) FT Pct (1.00 made/game)
Lee Humphrey, UF     .439   Brandon Bass, LS      .783
Levi Stukes, UG      .377   Vincent Hunter, AR    .691
Todd Abernethy, UM   .367   Trey Kelley, SC       .689
Tack Minor, LS       .337   Levi Stukes, UG       .687
                            Tack Minor, LS        .680


SEC GOOD WORKS TEAM

Alabama sophomore Evan Brock, a Roswell, Georgia native, is a member of the University of Alabama Student-Athlete Advisory Board which not only plans ways to involve Alabama's student-athletes in the university community and Tuscaloosa community but is a link to the coaches and administration and the athletes. He helped host a community Halloween party at Coleman Coliseum where student-athletes from every sport set up kid-friendly activities and games and provided candy so area children could trick-or-treat in a safe environment.

Arkansas senior Billy Pharis, a Van Buren, Arkansas native, visits children at the HeadStart Daycare Center and participates in Arkansas' "Razorback for a Day" program. He also reads to children at local schools as part of the "Bookhogs Reading Program".

Auburn senior guard Johnathan Lewis, a Birmingham, Ala. native, is a speaker for children at local Boys and Girls Clubs. He's a representative on the Student Athlete Association Committee and is part of the BellSouth Minority Engineering Program.

Florida junior forward 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 senior Rashad Wright, a Statesboro, Georgia native, is a participant in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes "Visiting Youth", the Buckle-Up Safe Kids and Toys for Tots programs. He also participates in the Athens/Clarke County School Reading Program. The senior is a volunteer for Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and the Council on Aging programs.

Kentucky sophomore Kelenna Azubuike, a Tulsa, Oklahoma native, has been involved in many community service projects in just over a year in Lexington. He volunteers his time at the Salvation Army, VA Hospital, United Way, UK Children's Hospital and has worked with area youngsters at Bryan Station Middle School. Kelenna also contributed time with his teammates for the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk in October. He visits the UK Children's Hospital each holiday season to play bingo with the patients as well. Azubuike also is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus.

LSU sophomore forward Paul Wolfert, a Burr Ridge, Illinois native, is heavily involved in LSU's Champs program. He has helped serve food at a firefighters' benefit dinner, spoken to students at a local elementary school about the importance of studying in school and helped lead a team delegation on its annual Christmas visit to the local hospital to visit children.

Ole Miss senior Justin Reed, a Jackson, Mississippi native, assists young children at schools with the "Reading with the Rebels" program. He visits and plays games with senior citizens at local retirement centers, works with children at the Boys Club and a local alternative school. Reed also spends time speaking to church youth groups and local schools about faith and life influences.

Mississippi State senior guard Timmy Bowers, a Gulfport, Miss. native, has participated in reading programs at local schools throughout his college career, including the Head Start "Reading is Fundamental" and Sturgis "Jump for Reading" programs.

South Carolina junior John Chappell, a New Berlin, Wisc. native, is a frequent speaker to kids groups in Columbia area. He spoke to students at Sand Hills School about staying away from drugs and alcohol. He also helped organize the Boys and Girls Club annual Christmas Party. Chappell also volunteers at Kamp Kemo for kids with cancer, signing autographs and playing basketball with the children.

Tennessee sophomore C.J. Watson, a Las Vegas, Nevada native, was named the 2003 co-Male Community Service Student-Athlete of the Year by Tennessee's CHAMPS/Life Skills Office for his community efforts. He assisted the Meals On Wheels program, delivering warm meals to the elderly in Knoxville on Thanksgiving Day. He hosted children from The Wesley House and spoke at the Westbury Christian Upward Bound Banquet.

Vanderbilt senior guard Russell Lakey, a Los Angeles, Calif. native, visits area elementary schools and Boys and Girls Clubs where he reads to children and discusses the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. He also participates in Vanderbilt Field Day where Vanderbilt student-athletes play sports with disadvantaged youth.

The SEC sponsors Good Works Teams for football, men's and women's basketball, men's sports at-large, and women's sports at-large. Jefferson-Pilot highlights one member of the SEC Good Works Team for men's basketball during each week of its men's basketball telecasts.


NON-CONFERENCE RECORD
120-31 (.795) * FINAL

America East            1-0  1.000
Atlantic 10             3-2   .600
Atlantic Coast          7-3   .700
Atlantic Sun           10-1   .909
Big 12                  1-4   .200
Big East                3-5   .375
Big Sky                 2-0  1.000
Big South               4-1   .800
Big Ten                 5-1   .833
Big West                1-0  1.000
Colonial                1-1   .500
Conference USA          9-7   .563
Horizon League          0-0  -----
Ivy Group               1-0  1.000
Metro Atlantic          0-1   .000
Mid-American            2-0  1.000
Mid-Continent           4-0  1.000
Mid-Eastern             5-0  1.000
Missouri Valley         3-0  1.000
Mountain West           3-1   .750
Northeast               1-0  1.000
Ohio Valley            13-0  1.000
Pacific-10              4-0  1.000
Southern                9-1   .900
Southland              10-0  1.000
Southwestern Athletic   4-0  1.000
Sun Belt                8-1   .889
Patriot                 2-0  1.000
West Coast              1-1   .500
Western Athletic        3-0  1.000
Independents            0-0  -----
Non-Division I          0-0  -----


NATIONAL POLLS
FINAL

Associated Press (FINAL)

Rank Team Record Pts. Prv.
1. Stanford (55) 29-1 1,771 2
2. Kentucky (9) 26-4 1,621 8
3. Gonzaga (2) 27-2 1,620 3
4. Oklahoma St. (4) 27-3 1,569 7
5. Saint Joseph's (1) 27-1 1,535 1
6. Duke 27-5 1,472 5
7. Connecticut (1) 27-6 1,397 9
8. Mississippi St. 25-3 1,292 4
9. Pittsburgh 29-4 1,261 6
10. Wisconsin 24-6 1,147 10
11. Cincinnati 24-6 1,018 13
12. Texas 23-7 985 11
13. Illinois 24-6 863 12
14. Georgia Tech 23-9 845 14
15. N.C. State 20-9 680 17
16. Kansas 21-8 629 18
17. Wake Forest 19-9 552 15
18. North Carolina 18-10 518 16
19. Maryland 19-11 421 _
20. Syracuse 21-7 414 19
21. Providence 20-8 324 20
22. Arizona 20-9 233 21
23. S. Illinois 25-4 183 24
24. Memphis 21-7 143 23
25. Boston College 23-9 106 _
25. Utah St. 25-3 106 22

Other SEC teams receiving votes: Florida 96, Vanderbilt 22.


USA Today/ESPN (FINAL)

Rank Team Record Pts. Prv.
1. Connecticut (31) 33-6 775 7
2. Duke 31-6 722 6
3. Georgia Tech 28-10 721 15
4. Oklahoma State 31-4 688 3
5. St. Joseph's 30-2 644 5
6. Stanford 30-2 553 1
7. Pittsburgh 31-5 544 8
8. Kentucky 27-5 522 4
9. Kansas 24-9 465 14
10. Texas 25-8 437 11
11. Illinois 26-7 419 13
12. Gonzaga 28-3 415 2
13. Miss. State 26-4 373 9
14. Xavier 26-11 361 NR
15. Wake Forest 21-10 357 16
16. Wisconsin 25-7 334 10
17. Alabama 20-13 248 NR
18. Cincinnati 25-7 239 12
19. Syracuse 23-8 218 24
20. N.C. State 21-10 157 17
21. Nevada 25-9 156 NR
22. North Carolina 19-11 135 20
23. UAB 22-10 124 NR
24. Maryland 20-12 119 21
25. Vanderbilt 23-10 102 NR

Other SEC teams receiving votes: South Carolina 2.


SEC VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
FINAL

                 Associated Press    USA Today/ESPN
Team              Top 25  Top 10     Top 25  Top 10
Alabama             5-6     2-3        5-6     2-3
Arkansas            2-4     0-2        2-3     0-2
Auburn              1-5     0-2        0-5     0-2
Florida             1-5     1-3        3-6     1-3
Georgia             3-3     3-1        3-3     3-1
Kentucky            6-1     1-0        6-1     1-0
LSU                 1-4     0-2        1-3     0-2
Ole Miss            1-3     0-2        1-2     0-2
Mississippi State   2-1     0-1        2-1     0-1
South Carolina      0-6     0-4        0-5     0-4
Tennessee           2-6     0-3        2-6     0-3
Vanderbilt          5-6     2-3        4-6     3-3
TOTAL              29-50    9-26      26-47   10-26
vs. Non-SEC Teams   9-9     4-3       10-9     4-3
SEC POSTSEASON HONORS
COACHES AWARDS (#-Unanimous Selection; Ties are not broken)

Name, School Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC
Kennedy Winston, Alabama F 6-6 205 So. Prichard, Ala.
Anthony Roberson, Florida G 6-1 180 So. Saginaw, Mich.
Erik Daniels, Kentucky F 6-8 214 Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio
Gerald Fitch, Kentucky G 6-3 188 Sr. Macon, Ga.
Justin Reed, Ole Miss F 6-8 240 Sr. Jackson, Miss.
Timmy Bowers, Mississippi State G 6-2 190 Sr. Gulfport, Miss.
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State# F/C 6-9 235 Jr. Houston, Texas
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt# F 6-9 230 Sr. Shawnee Mission, Kan.
SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC
Jonathon Modica, Arkansas G/F 6-4 200 So. Smackover, Ark.
Marco Killingsworth, Auburn F 6-7 235 Jr. Montgomery, Ala.
David Lee, Florida F 6-9 249 Jr. St. Louis, Mo.
Matt Walsh, Florida F 6-6 205 So. Holland, Pa.
Rashad Wright, Georgia G 6-3 195 Sr. Statesboro, Ga.
Chuck Hayes, Kentucky F 6-6 247 Jr. Modesto, Calif.
Jaime Lloreda, LSU F 6-9 246 Sr. Colon, Panama
Scooter McFadgon, Tennessee G 6-5 207 Jr. Memphis, Tenn.
SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Jermareo Davidson, Alabama# F 6-10 210
Atlanta, Ga.
Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas# G 6-6 190
Fayetteville, Ark.
Olu Famutimi, Arkansas G/F 6-5 207
Flint, Mich.
Levi Stukes, Georgia G 6-1 180
Randallstown, Md.
Brandon Bass, LSU# F 6-8 250
Baton Rouge, La.
Todd Abernethy, Ole Miss G 6-1 190
Carmel, Ind.
Gary Ervin, Mississippi State# G 5-11 170
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Renaldo Balkman, South Carolina F 6-7 198
Tampa, Fla.
SEC COACH OF THE YEAR
Dave Odom, South Carolina
SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State
SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Shane Power, Mississippi State
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Brandon Bass, LSU
SEC SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Scott Hundley, Vanderbilt
SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rashad Wright, Georgia


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

First Team
u-Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State, C, 6-9, Jr.
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt, F, 6-9, Sr.
Timmy Bowers, Mississippi State, G, 6-2, Sr.
Justin Reed, Mississippi, F, 6-8, Sr.
Jaime Lloreda, LSU, F, 6-9, Sr.
Anthony Roberson, Florida, G, 6-1, So.

Second Team
Gerald Fitch, Kentucky, G, 6-3, Sr.
Scooter McFadgon, Tennessee, G, 6-5, Jr.
Erik Daniels, Kentucky, F, 6-8, Sr.
Matt Walsh, Florida, F, 6-6, So.
Rashad Wright, Georgia, G, 6-3, Sr.
Kennedy Winston, Alabama, F, 6-6, So.

Third Team
Chuck Hayes, Kentucky, F, 6-6, Jr.
Cliff Hawkins, Kentucky, G, 6-1, Sr.
Marco Killingsworth, Auburn, F, 6-7, Jr.
David Lee, Florida, F, 6-9, Jr.
Carlos Powell, South Carolina, F, 6-7, Jr.

Player of the Year - Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State.
Coach of the Year - Rick Stansbury, Mississippi State.
Newcomer of the Year - Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State.


NATIONAL POSTSEASON HONORS
SEC Only

CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICA TEAM
First Team
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

ADOLPH RUPP ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

Finalist
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt

ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICA
First Team
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State Honorable Mention
Anthony Roberson, Florida
Erik Daniels, Kentucky
Gerald Fitch, Kentucky
Jaime Lloreda, LSU
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt

BASKETBALL TIMES ALL-AMERICA
Second Team
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

COLLEGEINSIDER.COM ALL-AMERICA
Timmy Bowers, Mississippi State
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

CNNSI.COM ALL-AMERICA
First Team
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

Honorable Mention
Jaime Lloreda, LSU
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt
Gerald Fitch, Kentucky

ESPN
Second Team
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

FOXSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICA
First Team
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

NABC ALL-AMERICA
First Team
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

Third Team
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt

THE NAISMITH AWARDS
College Player of the Year Award Finalist
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt

SENIOR CLASS ALL-AMERICA TEAM
First Team
Gerald Fitch, Kentucky
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt

THE SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICA
Second Team
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

Third Team
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt

USBWA All-AMERICA
First Team
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

WOODEN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State

Finalist
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt

COLLEGEINSIDER.COM ALL-FRESHMAN
Brandon Bass, LSU

FOXSPORTS.COM FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA
Brandon Bass, LSU

VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
District 3
John Chappell, South Carolina

District 6
Billy Pharis, Arkansas

V FOUNDATION COMEBACK AWARD
Finalist
Charles Tatum, Arkansas

BASKETBALL TIMES ALL-SOUTH
Coach: Tubby Smith, Kentucky
Anthony Roberson, Florida
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt

NCAA ALL-REGION PHOENIX
Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Chuck Davis, Alabama


NABC ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS

District 6
Coach of the Year
Rick Stansbury, Mississippi State
First Team
Anthony Roberson, Florida
Justin Reed, Ole Miss
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State
Second Team
Kennedy Winston, Alabama
Marco Killingsworth, Auburn
David Lee, Florida
Timmy Bowers, Mississippi State

District 7
First Team
Erik Daniels, Kentucky
Gerald Fitch, Kentucky
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt
Second Team
Chuck Hayes, Kentucky
Scooter McFadgon, Tennessee

District 8
First Team
Jaime Lloreda, LSU

Second Team
Brandon Bass, LSU


USBWA ALL-DISTRICT TEAMS

District IV
Player of the Year
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State
Coach of the Year
Rick Stansbury, Mississippi State

Anthony Roberson, Florida
Rashad Wright, Georgia
Erik Daniels, Kentucky
Gerald Fitch, Kentucky
Timmy Bowers, Mississippi State
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt

District VII
Jonathon Modica, Arkansas
Jaime Lloreda, LSU