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College Basketball's Early Season Conference Review: SEC

College basketball league play is nearing. Here is where the SEC stands so far.
<p> Kentucky is mortal after all, allowing Florida and Missouri to challenge for SEC dominance.</p>

The final two undefeated SEC teams watched their unblemished records fall during their trips out West. Florida lost 65-64 to Arizona while LSU lost 89-70 at Boise State.

Despite the loss, the Gators, who led until the final seconds, appear to be the class of the conference. Unfortunately for the SEC, standing out is not hard to do. Beyond the top four or five teams, the SEC may struggle to fill postseason spots.

Kentucky's first road test highlights SEC-Big East Challenge

Previewing key college basketball matchups for Tennessee, Georgetown, Florida and more
<p> Kentucky faces Notre Dame in South Bend in SEC-Big East Challenge, but emerging Tennessee and Georgetown teams also meet in a key game.</p>

If the unofficial start of the SEC-Big East Challenge began in the Bahamas on Friday, the Big East is in good shape.

Louisville defeated SEC newcomer Missouri 84-61 in a Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal, but, of course, the game was not part of the official Challenge, which begins Thursday and continues through Saturday. Neither Louisville nor Missouri are taking part in the 12-game event.

SEC Week 10 Preview and Predictions

LSU offense faces by far its toughest challenge
<p>  </p> <p> LSU hasn’t quite been as formidable as we originally thought, but Alabama’s trip to Baton Rouge to battle the Tigers is still the biggest game in the SEC this season. There’s also an intriguing battle in Starkville, as Mississippi State hosts Texas A&amp;M in a game featuring teams jockeying for position in the SEC West. Georgia is two wins away from wrapping up the SEC East title. This week, the Bulldogs host the improved Ole Miss Rebels.</p>

LSU hasn’t quite been as formidable as we originally thought, but Alabama’s trip to Baton Rouge to battle the Tigers is still the biggest game in the SEC this season. There’s also an intriguing battle in Starkville, as Mississippi State hosts Texas A&M in a game featuring teams jockeying for position in the SEC West. Georgia is two wins away from wrapping up the SEC East title. This week, the Bulldogs host the improved Ole Miss Rebels.

10 College Basketball Players Returning from Injury

Jio Fontan's return will play critical role for USC
<p> 10 College Basketball Players Returning from Injury</p>

A season can be changed by an injury. In the same way, 10 teams are hoping a key player returning from injury will change their fortunes for 2012-13.

Among those players returning from injury include a forward with All-American potential at Minnesota, a key veteran at rebuilding North Carolina, and explosive guard at USC and former starters at three SEC schools.

College Basketball's Most Underrated: The All-Overlooked Team

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson has one of the nation's most overlooked players
<p> College Basketball's Most Underrated: The All-Overlooked Team</p>

With roughly 340 teams in Division I basketball, some players are bound to fall through the cracks.

We’d like to do our part to rectify that by highlighting some of the key players you may have missed last season. A handful of reasons led to these players going overlooked and underrated nationally: Chief among them is an absence from the NCAA Tournament. Some made all-conference teams. Some had impressive statistics, but for whatever reason, only hardcore fans knew their names.

SEC Week 1 Preview and Predictions

Athlon previews the Week 1 action in the SEC.
<p> SEC Week 1 Preview and Predictions</p>

The first week of action in the SEC features an interesting slate of games. South Carolina-Vanderbilt open conference play on Thursday night, while Auburn and Alabama have a chance to earn key non-conference victories on Saturday. Tennessee takes on NC State on Friday night, and Kentucky travels to in-state rival Louisville on Sunday. 

SEC's Top Storylines to Watch in Week 1

College Basketball Sleepers: 10 teams that could return to the NCAA Tourney

Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon hopes the Panthers end a one-year Tourney drought.
<p> College Basketball Sleepers: 10 teams that could return to the NCAA Tourney<br />  </p>

In 2012, 30 of 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament field missed out a bid a season earlier.

The tally included eight from the six major conferences, including returns to prominence for Indiana and NC State. A quarter of the Sweet 16 -- the Hoosiers, Wolfpack, Baylor and Ohio -- was comprised of teams that a year earlier were either in consolation tournaments or missed the postseason altogether.

In 2012-13, Tournament droughts undoubtedly will end with a handful of teams capable of reaching the second weekend.

Jokes About Arkansas Rivals

Because sometimes it's good to make fun of the other team.
<p> Because sometimes it's good to make fun of the other team.</p>

Here are some of our favorite jokes about Arkansas' biggest rivals.

 

• What happens when Nick Saban takes Viagra?

He gets taller.

 

• How many LSU football players does it take to change a light bulb?

Just one, but he gets four academic credits for it.

 

• What does the average Mississippi State football player get on his SAT?

Drool.

 

• Did you hear that Ole Miss’ football team doesn't have a website?

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