Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Classic OVC Standings

As we head into February, we have a two-team race between Morehead and Murray State:

109.  Morehead St:  18-5
127.  Murray St:  9-14
155.  W. Kentucky:  15-7
182.  E. Kentucky:  12-10
217.  E. Tenn. St:  12-11
239.  Austin Peay:  11-13
286.  Mid. Tenn. St:  8-14
333.  Tennessee Tech:  7-16


  1. After 10 conference games, UK has an SEC record of 6-4. In their ten SEC games, they have scored 881 points and allowed 842.

  2. Through ten SEC games, UK is scoring 117.1 points per 100 possessions, and allowing 111.9 points. That's a difference of 5.2. In 2006, the Cats had a difference of 5.3 points per 100 possessions in SEC play -- they lost to UConn in the second round. In 2023, they had a difference of 5.1 points per 100 possessions in SEC play -- they lost to Kansas St. in the second round.

    1. Since 1999, only the 2012 Kentucky team scored more than 117.1 points per game in SEC play. Since 1999, no other Kentucky team has allowed more than 106 points per game in SEC play.

    2. Cats now rank number 254 in luck. Murray State is number 362 -- dead last in the whole country.

    3. Murray State is 9-14 for the year, but they are 0-7 in games decided by five points or less:

      Western Kentucky: lost 86-81
      UNC Wilmington: lost 83-81 in OT
      Illinois St (away): lost 76-72
      Austin Peay: lost 53-49
      Mississippi St: lost 85-81
      So. Illinois: lost 60-58
      Illinois St (home): lost 61-59

    4. Kentucky is 16-6 for the year, and 3-3 in games decided by five points or less or in overtime:

      Kansas: lost 89-84
      Saint Joseph's: won 96-88 in OT
      N. Carolina: won 87-83
      Florida (away): won 87-85
      Texas A & M: lost 97-92 in OT
      Florida (home): lost 94-91 in OT

  3. Tennessee crushes LSU 88-68 in Knoxville. This may be the best UT team I've ever seen.

  4. It's a shame that the Auburn/Tennessee game will be played in Knoxville. If that game were played in Auburn, that would be the game of the year. Well, it will still be the game of the year in the SEC, but it won't be as good as it would have been in Auburn. Tennessee is the only team that could give Auburn a game in Auburn.

  5. Alabama was 8-1 in the SEC until they went to Auburn tonight, and they have just gotten crushed. Auburn leads 91-70 with 3:50 left -- just complete domination by Auburn.

  6. So the top of the SEC will now look like this:

    Auburn: 8-2
    Alabama: 8-2
    S. Carolina: 8-2
    Tennessee: 7-2

    1. Auburn lost by 4 at Alabama and lost by 6 at Mississippi St.
      Alabama lost by 20 at Tennessee and will lose at Auburn by about the same margin
      S. Carolina lost by 27 at Alabama and by 5 in a home game with Georgia
      Tennessee lost by 5 at Mississippi St. and by 4 in a home game with S. Carolina

  7. Auburn hosts S. Carolina on February 14.
    Tennessee hosts Auburn on February 28.
    Alabama hosts Tennessee on March 2.
    S. Carolina hosts Tennessee on March 6.

  8. Here's how Ken Pom ranks them:

    4. Auburn
    6. Tennessee
    7. Alabama
    44. S. Carolina

    1. Here's their point differential in SEC games:

      Auburn: +145
      Tennessee: +106 (in 9 games)
      Alabama: +84
      S. Carolina: +31

  9. Ken Pom has Auburn, Tennessee, and Alabama finishing in a three-way tie for the title at 14-4, with S. Carolina finishing 12-6.

  10. Utah and Arizona are tied 91 to 91, and are headed to triple overtime. I can't remember the last time I saw a triple overtime game.

    1. Kentucky hasn't played a third over time since December 7, 1957, when the Wildcats beat Temple 85 to 83.

  11. Arizona wins 105 to 99 on the road in triple overtime. They overcame the decision to let Utah shoot a late 3 that tied the game in regulation.

  12. After losing by two to Sam Houston State, WKU has now won three in a row (including over Louisiana Tech). Conference USA:

    1. Louisiana Tech 16-8, 6-3
    2. Sam Houston State 13-11, 6-3
    3. Western Kentucky 17-7, 6-4
    4. New Mexico State 11-13, 5-4
    5. Liberty 16-9, 5-5
    6. Texas-El Paso 13-11, 4-5
    7. Jacksonville State 12-13, 4-6
    8. Middle Tennessee State 9-15, 3-6
    9. Florida International 8-16, 3-6

    UTEP at WKU: 6 p.m. Thursday.