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SEC Power Poll – All SEC Teams

March 30th, 2010 3 comments

SEC Basketball has come to an end for 2010.  With Tennessee’s elimination at the hands of Michigan State in the Midwest Region Final, there are no more SEC games to be played, so I figured it was time to release the When[It]StrikeMe All-SEC teams for 2009-2010.  I’ve loaded up your standard fare of All-Conference Performers, as well as All-Villain Team, All-Glue, All-Name, All-Smooth, All-Freak-Athlete and All-Wait-Till-Next-Year teams.  Let’s start with the individual awards.

Coach of the Year. At the end of Conference Play, I was ready to follow the Coaches and give this one to Kevin Stallings of Vanderbilt.  Not only was that the homer pick, but it was also the wrong one.  There are some arguments against Bruce Pearl, but he is the Coach of the Year.  Pearl’s Vols have overcome tremendous shortcomings on their roster to end up as the last SEC team standing, earning the Vols program’s first Elite Eight.  It is true that Pearl brought the troublemakers that caused those roster problems into the program; however, at the very least one has to appreciate that he actually disciplined his offenders (unlike a certain reptilian coach to the north).  For that, I grant thee Pearl the Coach of the Year.  Runners Up (Tie) – Stallings and John Calipari (Kentucky).

Yes, this man-child... Demarcus Cousins... dominated the SEC this year.

Player of the Year & Freshman of the Year.  Some people seem dead set on giving John Wall the annointed status as best SEC player.  I’m sorry, he’s not even the best player on his own team.  Granted, on a team that starts four potential lottery picks for this year’s draft, not being the best doesn’t mean a whole lot; nevertheless, the guy I’m watching and who I believe was the most singularly dominating SEC performer in several years was Demarcus Cousins.  In a year in which he wasn’t even expected to be a candidate for Player of the Year or Freshman of the Year… hidden by characters such as Wall, USC’s Devan Downey, UT’s Tyler Smith, MSU’s Jarvis Varnardo and Vanderbilt’s AJ Ogilvy, Cousins snuck up on people.  Or at least he snuck up on folks as much as a phenomenal, freak-beast at 6’10” 260lbs can.  He’s arguably the most athletic big man in amateur basketball and turned into a double double machine while dominating the best post players in the SEC.  The only real downturn for Demarcus is that the most physically mature player in the league was also the most immature.  He loved flashing his elbows and lost his cool on numerous occasions.  Regardless of his personality disorders, Cousins was the best player and the best newcomer in the league.  Runner Up (Both Awards) – Wall.

Sixth Man of the Year.  This was really somewhat of a thin award pool.  No sixth man really dominated in any tangible measure, so it ended up falling by default to Vanderbilt’s shooting wunderkind, John Jenkins.  The SEC leader in three-point shooting at 48.3% actually shot 50.7% from downtown if you remove the 0-7 performance against Georgia.  In the Georgia game, Jenkins played through a flu that hospitalized him for two days the next night.  Anyway, Jenkins eventually ended up starting seven games as his unreal stroke could not be left on the bench.  It goes without saying that he will not be eligible for an SEC sixth man award again.  Runners Up (Tie) – Chandler Parsons (Florida) and Zach Graham (Ole Miss).

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SEC Hoops Power Poll: Final Regular Season Poll

March 9th, 2010 Comments off

In what will likely be our last collaboration of the year, Phil from Save the Shield and I have put together our picks for final Regular Season power poll for Southeastern Conference Hoops.

We’ve taken the last couple of weeks off as, to be honest, there’s been almost no movement in the SEC and things really aren’t terribly fluid.  There was a moment where folks thought Vandy might challenge Kentackalacky and a brief glimmer of hope that one of the Mississippi teams might actually represent the SEC West well enough to earn an at large.  Sadly, neither came to fruition.  Now, everything rests in Nashville where Florida needs to win two games and Mississippi State and Ole Miss each need to win three (AKA win it all) in order to make the NCAA tournament.

Before the list, we first have the awards (with runner’s up).

  • Player of the Year – Demarcus Cousins, Kentucky (runner up: John Wall, Kentucky)
  • Freshman of the Year – Demarcus Cousins, Kentucky (runner up: John Wall, Kentucky)
  • Coach of the Year – Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt (runner up: Bruce Pearl, Tennessee)

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SEC Hoops Power Poll: Conference Week 6

February 16th, 2010 Comments off

After a one week hiatus, Phil from Save the Shield and I have put together our picks for Conference Week 6 of Southeastern Conference Hoop.

There’s really not a whole lot new this week.  The pecking order at the top of the SEC has been set with Kentackalackey on top, Vandy in second and Tennessee in third.  State, Florida and Ole Miss are somewhat fungible in the second tier, while Arkansas and South Carolina are the last two SEC squads with even a fraction of a shot at an at large bid.

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SEC Hoops Power Poll: Conference Week 4

February 3rd, 2010 Comments off

The timing on the Blogosphere Power Poll is has shifted to Sunday/Monday, making things easier for Phil from Save the Shield and I got our picks for Conference Week 4 of Southeastern Conference Hoops in with a modicum of intelligence and appropriate timing.

Obviously, Vanderbilt and Tennessee flipped in the who wants to finish second to Wall, Bledsoe and Punchy McCousins in Lexington.  I’m sorry, that’s insensitive.  You flash a forearm, rather than punching with it.  The big mover is really Florida, hopping up to fourth on our ballot.

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SEC Hoops Power Poll: Conference Week 3

January 22nd, 2010 Comments off

The timing on the TeamSpeedKills.com weekly Blogosphere Power Poll is awkward for Hoops.  A Thursday midnight cutoff is a full half week after the Top 25 polls close and is just a weird time to submit.  Nevertheless, Phil from Save the Shield and I got our picks for Conference Week 3 of Southeastern Conference Hoops in on time.

The only real, substantive change is that South Carolina got jumped by Ole Miss and Florida, and that Ole Miss jumped Florida.  There’s a pretty big drop between MSU and Ole Miss and between South Carolina and the bottom of the league.  The real question mark is how much better the Fighting Freshmen in Kentackalacky are than the rest of the league.  That question (and whether the Vols’ lack of depth will catch up to them) are the real unanswered questions.  It looks like it will be a three team (UK, UT and Vanderbilt) battle in the East and a state of Mississippi battle for the West (with MSU winning at Oxford already).

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SEC Power Poll: Conference Week 2

January 15th, 2010 1 comment

Phil from Save the Shield and I are back to power poll blogging with our picks for Conference Week 2 of Southeastern Conference Hoops.  As you know, these are submitted to TeamSpeedKills.com for their weekly Blogosphere Power Poll.

Not much changed in the last week, other than the big win by Mississippi State over Ole Miss in the west and Tennessee proving that they do, indeed, still have weapons in their roster.  Other poorly chosen colloquialisms from Bruce Pearl last week: “We’re trying to not reveal any crack in the roster,” “Bobby Maze is just going to have to play at a high level,” “Tyler Smith was never really our only threat,” and “Do I seriously have to play my son?”

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SEC Power Polls Return: Final Football and First Hoops

January 14th, 2010 Comments off

Phil over at Save the Shield and I are continuing to collaborate on the STS.com ballot for the power polls hosted by TeamSpeedKills.com, the Southeastern Conference’s sports blog site.

There’s been some polls taken of late (including the Football All-SEC poll teams) and I’ve been delinquent in posting.  After the jump I’ve got our final, post-bowl Football Ballot and last week’s Hoops’ ballot, which was the first of the year.

Tomorrow I’m going to get back to normal and have this week’s Hoops Power Poll.

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SEC Power Poll — Week 13

December 2nd, 2009 Comments off

Once again, this week’s SaveTheShield.com SEC Power Poll Entry is a true collaborative effort. STS’s Philip took the first crack and I filled in some of the gaps. See the final results at Team Speed Kills, though our ballot wasn’t submitted in time for the official poll.

And, for the record, Carlos Dunlap hadn’t yet acted a fool when we wrote this.  With him out, I think Alabama probably would have stayed #1 on our ballot.

The NCAAs most dynamic DE will not play in this weekends SEC championship.

The NCAA's most dynamic DE will not play in this weekend's SEC championship.

1. Florida

Clay Travis should have clarified in his question what the definition of “virgin” is.  Pretty sure that the national media has performed certain acts on Tim Tebow that most would consider deflowering… never moreso than after his swan song in the Swamp.

2. Alabama

Sure, Tide fans, it was look-ahead to Atlanta that left your team flat. Or lack of respect for your intrastate rival. Or all those trick plays. If your team turns it into a victory over the Gators, no one outside of Auburn will care.

3. LSU

Distant third, but they are one of the only three teams with a winning SEC record.

4. South Carolina

The ACC office blames y’all and Georgia for depressing attendance at their Championship Game. They had really hoped to get a good 30,000 people in Tampa.

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SEC Power Poll: Week 12

November 25th, 2009 Comments off

Once again, this week’s SaveTheShield.com SEC Power Poll Entry is a true collaborative effort. STS’s Philip took the first crack and I filled in some of the gaps. Look for the final results when Team Speed Kills releases them on Wednesday morning.

1. Alabama

The Crimson Tide beat a team named after pieces of Native American footwear. That just doesn’t impress us.

2. Florida

The only thing that could have made this game worth watching would be if Isiah Thomas decided to coach the FIU football team too. Yawn.

3. Ole Miss

Ah, bittersweet November: the Month Houston Nutt ponders what might have been, had he not made such a hash out of September and October (also the month his texting thumb’s arthritis starts acting up in the cold).

4. LSU

We heard that Les Miles really meant to accept the Michigan Job. He just couldn’t get back to them before time ran out.

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SEC Power Poll Results for Week 11

November 18th, 2009 Comments off

Phil and I pretty much nailed the standings and had three of our quips selected. Full results are over at Team Speed Kills.

Here are my favorite bits of snark from the bloggers around the SEC Sports-Sphere:

ALABAMA

Eh. Seen one Bama game, you’ve seen ’em all.–Rocky Top Talk

LSU

LSU’s offense could not offend anybody unless they wore the Confederate flag.–A Sea of Blue

GEORGIA

Did the Bulldogs win? These days I only check out Georgia games to see what they’re wearing.–Orange and Blue Hue

ARKANSAS

Can a team get a defense on eBay?–And The Valley Shook

AUBURN

The Tigers are no longer only the most inconsistent team in the conference from game to game; they showed Saturday they can do it from quarter to quarter, too.–Garnet And Black Attack

SOUTH CAROLINA

Man, do I wish I could wager on things like “‘Cocks will end this promising drive to take a fourth-quarter lead in epically bumbling fashion and never threaten again.” I’d have a new food processor.–War Blog Eagle

VANDERBILT

The good news for Vandy is that 09 is almost over. Seriously … that’s the only positive thing.–Over the Pylon