Florida may be the favorite, but SEC Tournament will be Bubble Watch central
March Madness is just getting started as the college basketball season shifts to the conference tournaments. Titles will be won, NCAA Tournament spots will be clinched or lost all over the country. Here’s what to watch in the SEC.
As the college basketball regular season draws to a close, Athlon Sports looks back at a wild year in buzzer-beating game-winning shots or game-tying shots to force overtime. From Butler's game-winner over Indiana in December to a dramatic second Saturday in March, these shots made us jump from our seats.
Butler walk-on sophomore Alex Barlow dribbled through the lane before he took a 6-foot jumper that danced on the rim before giving Butler an 88-86 win over Indiana in overtime.
Jan. 15: Ole Miss forces OT against Vandy
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At the start of the Marshall Henderson craze, the Ole Miss guard hit a desperation three-pointer to force overtime on the road. The three-pointer led to an 89-79 Rebels win in overtime.
Jan. 16: Saint Mary’s over BYU
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Saint Mary’s guard Matthew Dellavedova hit a 35-foot runner only 2.5 seconds after BYU took a two-point lead on a Tyler Haws basket.
Jan. 19: Butler over Gonzaga
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Roosevelt Jones stole an inbounds with 3.5 seconds left and hit a game-winning floater to hand Gonzaga its second of two losses this season in Butler’s 64-63 win.
Jan. 23: Drexel over Hofstra
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Tied at 52, Drexel’s Frantz Massenat hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer from just beyond midcourt to give the Dragons a win over Hofstra.
Jan. 24: Florida State over Clemson
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Neither team will play in the NCAA Tournament, but Michael Snaer gave Florida State a reason to cheer with a game-winning three-pointer for a buzzer-beating 60-57 Clemson.
Feb. 4: San Diego over Loyola Marymount
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Chris Anderson -- “the little fella,” as he’s called here -- hit a layup with 0.2 seconds left in overtime to give San Diego at 69-68 win at Loyola Marymount.
Feb. 7: Marist forces overtime against Iona
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Marist’s Chavaughn Lewis heaved a 65-foot shot as time expired to send the Red Foxes game with Iona to overtime. Marist needed two extra frames to seal the 105-104 win.
Feb. 9: Brust's midcourt trey
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Wisconsin guard Ben Brust sent the game to overtime with this shot from inside midcourt against Michigan. The Badgers won 65-62 in OT.
Feb. 27: Kabongo forces OT against OU
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In an otherwise forgettable season for Texas and Myck Kabongo, the point guard hit a desperation jumper falling backward as time expired to force overtime against Oklahoma. Texas won 92-86.
March 2: Vanderbilt over Georgia
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Kevin Bright’s pull-up jumper with less than second left sealed a 17-point Vanderbilt comeback for a 63-62 win over Georgia.
March 7: Another Snaer game winner
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Florida State’s Michael Snaer hit his fourth game-winning shot in ACC play this season with a runner through the lane with four seconds left to give the Seminoles a 53-51 win over Virginia.
March 9: Releford’s desperation heave
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First, Alabama denied Georgia a chance for its own game-winner with a steal in the final seconds. Then, Alabama denied Georgia a chance to play in overtime when Trevor Releford heaved a desperation shot from beyond midcourt to give the Crimson Tide a 61-58 win.
March 9: Wright State angles for win
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Detroit did all it could to defend Miles Dixon on Wright State’s final possession in the Horizon League semifinal. Detroit cut off a passing lane and defended the baseline drive. What the Titans didn’t account for was Dixon making this game-winner at wild angle in the 56-54 win in the Horizon League semifinals.
March 9: More Horizon dramatics
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Valparaiso is no stranger to the wild buzzer-beating shot. Just ask Coach Bryce Drew. That continued when Ryan Broekhoff hit a three-pointer with a hand in his face to defeat Green Bay 70-69 in the Horizon League semifinals. The fallaway three kept the regular season Horizon champs in the NCAA Tournament picture.
March 9: Belmont takes advantage
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In one of the most exciting games of the conference tournaments so far, Belmont took advantage of a rare Isaiah Canaan miscue to beat Murray State 70-68 in overtime. Canaan missed a pass and turned the ball over in the backcourt to set up this game-winner by Kerron Johnson.
Athlon Sports ranks the teams who didn't do too well in the BCS spotlight
With the 15th season of BCS bowl action just about ready to kickoff, Athlon reviewed the tapes of the four (now five) biggest bowl games in college football. Since 1998, teams have been fighting to land a spot in the BCS and here are those teams whose performances didn’t live up to the spotlight and prestige attached to the bowl they played in.
College basketball league play is nearing. Here is where the SEC stands so far.
The final two undefeated SEC teams watched their unblemished records fall during their trips out West. Florida lost 65-64 to Arizona while LSU lost 89-70 at Boise State.
Despite the loss, the Gators, who led until the final seconds, appear to be the class of the conference. Unfortunately for the SEC, standing out is not hard to do. Beyond the top four or five teams, the SEC may struggle to fill postseason spots.
Previewing key college basketball matchups for Tennessee, Georgetown, Florida and more
If the unofficial start of the SEC-Big East Challenge began in the Bahamas on Friday, the Big East is in good shape.
Louisville defeated SEC newcomer Missouri 84-61 in a Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal, but, of course, the game was not part of the official Challenge, which begins Thursday and continues through Saturday. Neither Louisville nor Missouri are taking part in the 12-game event.
Kentucky's John Calipari seeking national title repeat
Athlon Sports continues its countdown to the start of the 2012-13 basketball season, which begins with the first games on Nov. 9, with a countdown of the nation’s top conferences. We will release one conference preview each day, counting down to the top conference.
LSU hasn’t quite been as formidable as we originally thought, but Alabama’s trip to Baton Rouge to battle the Tigers is still the biggest game in the SEC this season. There’s also an intriguing battle in Starkville, as Mississippi State hosts Texas A&M in a game featuring teams jockeying for position in the SEC West. Georgia is two wins away from wrapping up the SEC East title. This week, the Bulldogs host the improved Ole Miss Rebels.