2008 SEC Stats Preview

    
October 4th, 2007

Finally on to the last BCS statistical preview, the SEC. Each team writeup includes projected starting lineups, projected stats for each player, and a short comment. (Stats are listed in order of points, rebounds, then assists).

Alabama

G Brandon Hollinger - 6, 2, 3
G Mykal Riley - 13, 4, 3
F Alonzo Gee - 15, 6, 2
F Demetrius Jemison - 8, 6, 1
C Richard Hendrix - 15, 10, 2
6 Mikhail Torrance - 6, 2, 3

With Steele out of the picture, point guard duties go to Hollinger and Torrance.. then again Justin Tubbs and recruits Rico Pickett and Senario Hillman will fight for those minutes as well.

Arkansas

G Gary Ervin - 11, 3, 5
G Patrick Beverley - 15, 5, 5
F Sonny Weems - 16, 6, 2
F Charles Thomas - 13, 6, 1
C Steven Hill - 9, 6, 1
6 Darian Townes - 9, 6, 1

I don't see how Weems only averaged 11.8 ppg last year, that needs to improve. Townes would start on a handful of SEC teams.

Auburn

G Quantez Robertson - 11, 3, 6
G Frank Tolbert - 10, 4, 3
F Quan Prowell - 13, 6, 1
F Josh Dollard - 12, 7, 2
F Korvotney Barber - 14, 8, 1
6 Rasheem Barrett - 10, 3, 3

Auburn has one of the most experienced teams in the conference, but still lacks a true post presence or a dynamic scorer. Barrett might end up being the only 6th man in the SEC who scores in double-digits.

Florida

G Jai Lucas - 9, 3, 5
G Walter Hodge - 13, 2, 3
F Nick Calathes - 12, 4, 4
F Alex Tyus - 7, 5, 1
C Mareese Speights - 13, 8, 0
6 Dan Werner - 7, 4, 1

I have Tyus in the starting lineup, but that spot could also go to one of sophomore Jonathan Mitchell, or freshmen Adam Allen and Chandler Parsons. Or its also highly possible that Hodge and Calathes start in the backcourt with another forward.

Georgia

G Sundiata Gaines - 10, 5, 6
G Mike Mercer - 16, 4, 4
F Terrance Woodbury - 10, 4, 1
F Takais Brown - 13, 7, 1
C Rashaad Singleton - 6, 5, 1
6 Billy Humphrey - 7, 3, 2

Without Levi Stukes, Mercer should have a chance to put up even better numbers. Outside of Jamont Gordon, Gaines is one of the SEC's only players who should put up big rebound and assist numbers.

Kentucky

G Ramel Bradley - 13, 4, 5
G Joe Crawford - 16, 4, 3
G Jodie Meeks - 13, 4, 3
F Perry Stevenson - 7, 6, 1
F Patrick Patterson - 11, 7, 1
6 Derrick Jasper - 8, 4, 4

Kentucky will rely heavily, perhaps too much, on their senior backcourt. Meeks should step up this year on the scoring end, while Patterson could surpass those projections depending on how much time he gets.

LSU

G Garrett Temple - 8, 4, 4
G Terry Martin - 12, 4, 2
F Tasmin Mitchell - 18, 7, 3
F Chris Johnson - 8, 4, 1
F Anthony Randolph - 13, 7, 1
6 Dameon Mason - 9, 4, 1

Now that Davis is gone, Mitchell becomes the main focal point. Randolph has a good chance to the be the SEC's top freshman.

Mississippi State

G Ben Hansbrough - 11, 3, 4
G Barry Stewart - 12, 3, 2
G Jamont Gordon - 18, 8, 5
F Jarvis Varnado - 9, 7, 1
F Charles Rhodes - 15, 7, 1
6 Brian Johnson - 6, 6, 1

Outside of Providence's Geoff McDermott, there's no one who can fill up a stat sheet better than Gordon. Besides Johnson, the Bulldogs will also get frontcourt help from talented recruit Kodi Augustus.

Ole Miss

G Brian Smith - 5, 2, 3
G David Huertas - 9, 3, 2
F Malcolm White - 11, 5, 2
F Kenny Williams - 12, 7, 1
C Dwayne Curtis - 14, 9, 1
6 Jermey Parnell - 7, 5, 1

Not much to like here. Smith is by no means a lock to start at point, and will be battled by freshmen Chris Warren and Trevor Gaskins. White, a Louisiana recruit, should be a solid contributor.

South Carolina

G Devan Downey - 13, 3, 5
G Zam Fredrick - 14, 3, 3
F Dwayne Day - 7, 3, 1
F Dominique Archie - 12, 6, 1
F Michael Holmes - 5, 4, 1
6 Branis Raley-Ross - 7, 3, 1

South Carolina is hoping for big things from Downey and Fredrick, but they can only do so much. Holmes will fight with fellow freshman Sam Muldrow for a starting spot.

Tennessee

G Ramar Smith - 12, 3, 4
G Chris Lofton - 20, 3, 3
G JaJuan Smith - 13, 4, 2
F Tyler Smith - 14, 4, 3
F Wayne Chism - 11, 6, 1
6 Duke Crews - 8, 6, 1

This team can beat you in about a dozen different ways. Besides the big six above, you also have Ryan Childress, Jordan Howell, and Josh Tabb.. all guys who played 15+ mpg last year.

Vanderbilt

G Alex Gordon - 10, 4, 4
G Jermaine Beal - 8, 3, 2
F Shan Foster - 17, 6, 3
F Ross Neltner - 12, 7, 2
C AJ Ogilvy - 9, 4, 1
6 JeJuan Brown - 8, 4, 2

Foster is now the focal point of the offense. Ogilvy is the X-factor, the Australian freshmen could end up finishing second on the team in scoring or being a bust.

Top PPG
1) Chris Lofton (20)
2) Tasmin Mitchell (18)
3) Jamont Gordon (18)

Top RPG
1) Richard Hendrix (10)
2) Dwayne Curtis (9)

Top APG
1) Sundiata Gaines (6)
2) Quantez Robertson (6)