Three Stars of The Day
We handpick the best performances of the day, whether it be stat lines that make you drool, or clutch performances. Either way, its our way of showing the love:
Allow me to preface this column by saying I’m normally not a fan of making quick judgments on a new coach or new player. Adjusting to change often takes time, and that’s typically forgotten in the world of sports. So 15 games into the Billy Gillispie era at UK, I don’t know that it’s completely fair to judge the man’s coaching competency. But I do know this…I wouldn’t want to be him right now, with his team at 7-8 heading into a tough stretch of SEC play against Florida and Tennessee.
Freshmen are heating up in the SEC, as three of them pop up on the All-December list, as opposed to only one on the All-November one.
Guard – Devan Downey – South Carolina – SO
18.6ppg, 5.4apg, 3.3spg
Best game – Dec 22nd – College of Charleston – 18 points, 7 assists, 6 boards, 3 steals
The little man is playing big for the Gamecocks, including in December with averages of around 18 points, six assists and three steals.
Guard/Forward – Shan Foster – Vanderbilt – SR
21.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 65/122 3pts
Dear Patrick Patterson,
Please, please please...just hang in there. We know things have gotten off to a bit of a rocky start for your team this year, and this is probably not how you envisioned your freshman campaign kicking off, but it will get better. We promise.
While freshmen have ruled all the other BCS conferences, transfer players in the early going are ruling the SEC. Two crack this All-November list.
With basketball season now in full swing, and plenty of griping already going on (home loss to Gardner-Webb anyone??), it’s time to once again rank the SEC head coaches. There’s a few fresh faces, with Billy Gillispie taking over at UK and John Pelphrey taking the reins at Arkansas, but perhaps the biggest story is the coach who is still here. After two straight national titles, Florida coach Billy Dononvan accepted a job with the Orlando Magic, only to change his mind a few days later and ask out of the contract.