Our weekly look at SEC basketball:
* While Florida’s free fall continues, there is one thing that is obvious — KeVaughn Allen is really struggling. Especially away from the friendly confines of Exactech Arena. His bagel at Tennessee (and he only took three shots) was just the latest example of a guy who looks lost on the road. In SEC games away from home this season, Allen is shooting 27.7 percent and is averaging 5.4 points a game. And this from a player who was preseason All-SEC.
* OK, so I’m going to give you a blind resume and you tell me whether it should be in or out of the NCAA Tournament. The overall record is 17-11. But it does have 11 Quadrant 1 and 2 wins, six of them in Q1. It is counting on two big non-conference wins to sway the committee. Sounds a lot like Florida, right? It’s Alabama. The Tide does have RPI (30) working in its favor. But Alabama is not a big fan of the slide that Oklahoma is experiencing because the Sooners’ RPI has slipped that win down to a Q2 win.
* How many times have we looked at the SEC and said this league makes no sense? Well, again today. The league still might get a record eight teams in the tournament, but there are so many fighting to stay off the bubble you never know what it’s going to look like at the end. Basically, this is a league with a lot of good teams, one great team in Auburn (give the Tigers their due) and no really awful teams. That’s certainly a big improvement and the out-of-conference wins are still bolstering the overall RPI. But the results sometimes make no sense.
* Watch out because Kentucky seems to have righted the ship after going to Arkansas, falling behind 11-0 with the arena rocking and then blowing out the Razorbacks. This seems to be an annual occurrence of late with Kentucky. The Wildcats are the opposite of Florida in that they have found themselves offensively averaging 84 ppg in its last two wins while UF — which appears lost on offense — has averaged 61.3 ppg (in regulation) in its three straight losses. Mike White has been pushing his team to play better on defense and it has, but the Gators that we saw scoring the ball in November have disappeared.