News From Around the South
As the Ole Miss Rebels look to advance into the NCAA Tournament (as of my Friday bracket I had them as a No. 9 seed) every win -- and subsequently every loss -- will matter dearly. Parish Alford, of The Daily Journal, asks the question of whether or not Ole Miss will look back on Saturday's double-overtime loss to Alabama as the one that got away.
After a hiccup on the road to start Southeastern Conference play, the Florida Gators have won seven games in a row and are fast-pacing and long-bombing teams to death. Mark Long, of the Associated Press, wrote about Vanderbilt's inability to handle Florida's press Saturday in a 73-65 loss in Gainesville.
Sophomore Trae Golden leads the Tennessee Volunteers in scoring and in minutes played. But on Saturday, Coach Cuonzo Martin kept Golden out of the starting five because of Golden's lackluster play on defense. Beth Rucker, of the Associated Press, said Golden's starting job is still in jeopardy, even though he led the Vols with 16 points off the bench.
CSS Game Balls
Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State - Moultrie had 21 points and seven boards off of 7-for-13 shooting from the field and a 7-for-11 performance at the free-throw line.
Anthony Davis, Kentucky - Davis continues to impress. In just 28 minutes on the floor Saturday, Davis scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked eight shots to tie a career-high for the freshman.
JaMychal Green, Alabama - Green put up a double-double in Alabama's double-overtime win over Ole Miss. The senior forward scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but fouled out just seconds into the second overtime. Good thing the Crimson Tide held on to win.
Chris Gradnigo, Coastal Carolina - Gradnigo scored a career-high 24 points and had seven rebounds in Coastal's win over Charleston Southern Saturday. He also shook the rim on a couple of monster dunks.
Jack Isenbarger, Elon - Sophomore guard Jack Eisenbarger scored 34 points on Saturday shooting 69 percent from the floor (11-for-16) and hitting 7 of 9 free throws. He also added five rebounds.
What to Watch Sunday
Super Bowl XLVI - The Super Bowl is the most watched sporting event in the country every year and there will be players from the South all over the place. There will be 19 players from the SEC, 12 from the ACC, three from Conference USA, three from Troy in the Sun Belt Conference, two from USF and a Louisville representative.
Miami at (7) Duke - As a Super Bowl pregame special, tune into Miami at Duke. Miami is a fringe bubble team for the NCAA Tournament and a signature win like beating Duke could go a long way towards a ticket to dance.