Monday, March 10, 2014
Although critics dismiss his ballyhooed collection of would-be stars as finished, John Calipari declared Kentucky's season far from over on Friday.
ESPN reached a nationwide carriage agreement with Dish to carry the SEC Network, which launches Aug. 14, as part of a larger distribution agreement with the Walt Disney Co.
If Missouri, 19-8 and 7-7 in the Southeastern Conference, which remains on the bubble in the opinion of most bracketologists, is going to play its way into a sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, it will get there one bite at a time. The Star’s Tod Palmer looks at the seven teams vying for fourth place in the SEC and the remaining schedule for each.
All-session tickets for the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball tournament are currently on sale through Missouri Athletics.
Blair Kerkhoffs weekly Double Bonus feature looks at sliding Baylor, which has dropped four straight and five of six and stands in ninth place in the Big 12 at 1-5. Also check out his weekly Big 12 and SEC rankings and his NCAA Tournament projections, which have both Kansas and Wichita State on the No. 1 line.
Three teams start the Southeastern Conference basketball race ahead of the others based on the polls, and each have been put together differently. Florida, Kentucky and Missouri are the leagues ranked teams with another, Arkansas, receiving a vote in either the Associated Press or USA Today coaches polls. Each of the leading trio starts league play Wednesday at home.
In a frantic final few minutes, Florida State and Auburn traded huge plays Monday night, with the Seminoles coming up with the final answer, a 2-yard pass from Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds remaining that gave them a 34-31 victory.
Auburn running back Tre Mason isnt expecting to put up the kind of numbers against Florida State in tonights BCS Championship Game that he did against Alabama and Missouri. But after what his team accomplished this season going from a winless SEC record to college footballs title game hes not ruling out any possibility.
First-year Auburn coach Gus Malzahn spent 15 years in the high school ranks in Arkansas before getting his first college coaching job in 2006, and he said the prep level was ideal for preparing him for college coaching.
A closer look at Florida State and Auburn.
Nothing rattles Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback of Florida State. Hes charismatic and mature beyond his years. Winston turns 20 today, the day of the BCS Championship Game against Auburn at the Rose Bowl.
The Big 12 and Southeastern Conference women’s basketball seasons open Thursday night and Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri are all in action.
Tigers’ defensive end Kony Ealy has become a leader on the defensive side of the ball. His coaches and teammates have taken notice.
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk was chosen to the Southeastern Conference all-freshman team announced Thursday.
Missouri landed two players on the All-Southeastern Conference coaches’ first team announced Tuesday: Defensive end Michael Sam and defensive back E.J. Gaines.
Missouri’s Michael Sam was chosen Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year Monday by the Associated Press. Sam led the SEC in sacks with 10 1/2 and tackles for loss with 18.
Auburn punter Steven Clark, who attended Park Hill High, completed his SEC career with another excellent game. Clark, a senior, kicked three times for a 40-yard average against Missouri, and all of his boots landed inside the 20.
We know both Missouri and Auburn are the Tigers, but here are some facts about each school you might not have known:
Travel delays forced Missouri to cancel its scheduled walkthrough Friday at the Georgia Dome. Missouri, which wasn’t planning to practice and hasn’t done Friday walkthroughs on the road all season, was delayed leaving Columbia due to “weight and balance issues” with the plane prior to takeoff, a team source said.
Auburns miraculous run to the SEC championship game might have started a year ago this week, when Garden City (Kan.) Community College improbably won the Mississippi Bowl on a last-second field goal set up by a 62-yard tipped pass. The ball was heaved by Nick Marshall, who now guides an Auburn team that has pulled off similar finishes against Georgia and Alabama.