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Around the SEC: ‘Bama falls in title game, three teams remain undefeated in hoops

Bo Scarbrough's two touchdown runs weren't enough to help Alabama overcome Clemson. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Here’s a look at what’s happening in Southeastern Conference football and basketball.

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The mighty have fallen

Sooner or later, Alabama coach Nick Saban was going to lose a big game.

Little did we know the play that would de-throne perhaps the biggest dynasty in college football history would be made by a former walk-on.

That was the play that did it, as wide receiver Hunter Renfrow—he’s now on scholarship—caught a 2-yard pass from DeShaun Watson with one second left, as Clemson beat Alabama, 35-31, to become college football’s national champion.

It snapped a 26-game winning streak for the Crimson Tide, and leaves Saban one national title short of Bear Bryant’s six—at least for now.

Lashlee out at Auburn

The strange tenure of Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee came to an end this week. He’ll now have the same role at Connecticut.

Rhett Lashlee has left Auburn for the same position at Connecticut. PHOTO COURTESY AUBURN UNIVERSITY

It’s an offense that could use some help; the Huskies scored fewer points per game than any of the 128 FBS teams in the country this season.

Here’s a list of some who might replace him at AU.  (Note: You need a paid subscription to rivals.com to read this story.)

Tennessee dismisses Mostella

Two weeks ago, Tennessee guard Detrick Mostella was the SEC’s Player of the Week after helping the Vols to a quality win over East Tennessee State.

This week, Mostella is no longer a Vol. Coach Rick Barnes dismissed the junior after he was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia

Mostella started just one game, but averaged 21.5 minutes per contest. 

Malik Monk, Mychal Mulder and coach John Calipari have Kentucky at the top of the SEC. PHOTO BY CHET WHITE/UNIVERSITY of KENTUCKY

HOOPS POWER RANKINGS

Overall, SEC records in parenthesis, followed by national power rankings.

The first ranking is an average of Pomeroy, Sagarin and TeamRankings.

The second is RPI according to ESPN on Thursday .

  1. Kentucky (14-2, 4-0):  1 / 4
  2. Florida (13-3, 4-0):  13 / 3
  3. South Carolina (13-3, 3-0):  33 / 23
  4. Arkansas (12-4, 1-3):  51 / 41
  5. Georgia (11-5, 3-1):  50 / 34
  6. Tennessee (8-8, 1-3):  71 / 67
  7. Vanderbilt (8-8, 2-2):  63 / 60
  8. Texas A&M (9-6, 1-3):  57 / 82
  9. Alabama (9-6, 2-1):  72 / 76
  10. Auburn (11-5, 1-3):  91 / 78
  11. Ole Miss (10-6, 1-3):  90 / 51
  12. Mississippi St. (11-4, 2-1):  92 / 115
  13. LSU (9-6, 1-3):  133 / 95
  14. Missouri (5-10, 0-3):  170 / 251

HOOPS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

See stats key below. 

  1. Malik Monk, G, Kentucky:  27.9 / 3.1 / 1.5 s,  60.5 EFG% 
  2. Yante Maten, F, Georgia:  26.3 / 11.3 / 2.0 b,  57.4 EFG%
  3. De’Aron Fox, PG, Kentucky: 20.5 / 6.2 / 7.9 a,  2.1 s/70, 2.8 A/T
  4. Isaiah Briscoe, G, Kentucky:  18.7 / 5.2 / 5.0 a,  2/3 A/T
  5. Sebastian Saiz, F, Ole Miss: 17.8 / 13.4 / 1.5 b in league-leading 537 min.
  6. P.J. Dozier, G, South Carolina: 22.4 / 7.3 / 4.6 a
  7. J.J. Frazier, PG, Georgia:  20.0 / 4.0 / 5.2 a
  8. Ke’Vaughn Allen, G, Florida: 20.5 / 3.6 / 2.0 s
  9. Bam Adebayo, C, Kentucky:  18.2 / 10.2 / 2.3 b,  58.6 EFG%
  10. Moses Kingsley, C, Arkansas:  16.6 / 11.8 / 3.8 b
  11. Matthew Fisher-Davis, SG, Vanderbilt:  22.9 / 4.5 / 1.5 a
  12. Devin Robinson, F, Florida:  19.0 / 8.6 / 1.7 s
  13. Tyler Davis, C, Texas A&M:  24.7 / 12.8 / 1.9 b, 60.8 EFG% (but just 352 min.)
  14. *  Sindarius Thornwell, PG, South Carolina:  24.0 / 8.9 / 4.6 a,  3.3 s/70, 1.7 b/70
  15. Dazon Ingram, PG, Alabama: 14.9 / 7.7 / 5.7 a,  1.6 s/70

NOTES:

EFG: effective field goal percentage

A/T: assists to turnovers

“Slash” stats are tempo-adjusted estimated rates per an average-tempo game of about 70 possessions per team; (x) / (y) / (z) format denotes that many points, rebounds and assists, blocks or steals per 70 possessions. 

* Thornwell would likely rate in the top five if not for a five-game suspension.