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This week in the SEC: Teams in the middle forever blowing bubble chances

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 23, 2016 A week ago, bubble banter was sprouting up across the SEC. The league seemed to be solidly on pace to at least match last year’s five NCAA tournament bids, and talk was building that the SEC could get six teams into March Madness for the first time […]

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This week in the SEC: Alabama’s suddenly making bracket racket again

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 16, 2016 March in Tuscaloosa used to mean more than spring football. When the NCAA tournament expanded in 1975 to include at-large teams for the first time, the Alabama Crimson Tide snagged a bid and started making itself at home. Bama returned the next spring and after a few […]

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Alabama 61, Florida 55: Crimson Tide gigs the Gators at last

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 13, 2016 Alabama took out almost a decade’s worth of frustration on Florida Saturday afternoon, holding the Gators to under 29 percent field goal shooting and pulling away for a 61-55 road victory to snap an 11-game losing streak in the series. What did we learn today?: It’s time […]

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Bama’s win streak faces tough test in Gator country

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 13, 2016 Where to watch: Alabama (14-9, 5-6 SEC) at Florida (16-8, 7-4) – 4:30 p.m. Central today, O’Connell Center, SEC Network Who to watch: Jimmie Taylor. Alabama’s starting center has been settling for role player minutes lately because of persistent foul troubles. It should not still be such […]

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This week in the SEC: Title plans keep getting wrecked by road rage

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Feb. 9, 2016 Way back in the stone ages, when watching Southeastern Conference basketball mostly meant channel surfing to find the Jefferson-Pilot syndication package, the late Joe Dean Sr. had a theory on how to read the SEC standings in light of the difficulty of winning on the road. Dean’s […]

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Rating the 2016 SEC recruiting classes

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Rating the 2016 SEC recruiting classes

The addition of Jamar King at the last moment brought Alabama up to a rating of “Excellent” in the “Needs Filled” category; otherwise, it would have been hard to rank the Crimson Tide No. 1 in the country overall over Florida State. Alabama, over the past few years, has finished with at least one position group’s worth of signees somewhere to be called best-in-class; in 2016, Alabama did it for at least one position group and maybe as many as three. Alabama got the nation’s best linebacker haul, picking up three 10.0-rated prospects on Signing Day: Ben Davis, Lyndell Wilson and Terrell Hall. But Alabama also was in the running for best OL class, headed by Jonah Williams

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This week in the SEC: Almost halftime, so let’s check the highlights

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Player of the half-year: Tyler Ulis, Kentucky – The 5-foot-9 sophomore point guard is the glue keeping the mercurial Wildcats together. His statistics (16.1 points, 6.2 rebounds per game) don’t capture the whole story of the energy he brings to the lineup, the superior decisions he makes and the grit he shows racking up more minutes than John Calipari would like.

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This Week In The SEC: The league wanted a challenge, and boy has it got one

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Jan. 26, 2016 The SEC has been asking for a showcase event to prove it belongs in the ranks of the elite basketball conferences. Ready or not, it gets its wish Saturday. The Big 12-SEC Challenge takes place for the third time, but feels like a new creation. Where previous […]

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This Week In The SEC: Suddenly no one’s afraid of big bad Big Blue

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By Chris DePew TideFans.com staff Jan. 19, 2016 Kentucky is in fine shape for the conference race, or it least it would be in the ACC. Back in the Southeastern Conference though, the No. 23 Wildcats are mired in the middle of the pack with a 3-2 record. Big Blue Nation is in a state […]

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