SEC play began with Kentucky having better odds to go undefeated in league play than the rest of the league had for winning the title. After a couple of overtime game in the first week, the Wildcats looked young and vulnerable. No longer. Kentucky dismantled Missouri and then erased Alabama on the road while Devin Booker continued his Korver-like bombing of opponents (20/29 from deep over last 7 games). While it is still favorable to predict Kentucky losing somewhere along the way, no team will beat them when they make shots from the perimeter. Here is this week's five SEConds:
Starting 5…The Tennessee Volunteers are a surprising 3-1 in conference play following a home win at Arkansas and a road victory at Missouri. While Georgia and Texas A&M enjoyed resurgent weeks, it is Donnie Tyndall's squad that is tied for second place in the league for now. Tyndall leading the Vols to a better record than last season despite losing nearly everyone but Josh Richardson is the surprise of the year in the SEC to this point.
FORE!…The ghost of disappointments past haunted the Arkansas Razorbacks this week as Mike Anderson's club failed to close out a road win against a Tennessee team with less talent and experience. The Razorbacks returned home Saturday to a hot-shooting Ole Miss team who controlled all 40 minutes in breaking a 16-game home winning streak for the Hogs. While forward Bobby Portis continues to play like a Wooden finalists, the rest of the Arkansas team remains an enigma.
3D...Some things should not be seen by children. Horror movies. Mommy kissing Santa Claus. The color burnt orange. Shannon Hale "defending" Karl Towns in the post. These highlights from Kentucky's trip to Tuscaloosa includes the latter:
2 for the Show…A Tuesday night match-up between Florida and LSU (7:00 PM ET on ESPN) will feature two teams looking to bounce back from Saturday losses. Later in the evening, Tennessee's Josh Richardson will go on the road to face South Carolina's Sindarious Thornwell (9:00 PM ET on ESPNU) in an early match-up of surprising teams featuring two of the most underrated players in college basketball.
And 1…Georgia forward Marcus Thornton did not light the world on fire, but a pair of 16-point performance in Georgia's two wins were huge in helping the Bulldogs get to 2-2 on the season. Thornton is averaging 8.5 rebounds per game in conference play. His 5 steals and only 1 turnover in 64 minutes of play during the week fairly represents the steadiness provided by the 6'8, 235-pound senior leader.