Kentucky basketball suffered a big blow last night when Nerlens Noel suffered a potentially catastrophic knee injury in the Wildcats' loss to Florida last night. The shot blocking big man is clearly the best interior defender the team has, and an already non-classic UK team gets weaker without him. Here's hoping he recovers quickly.
But fair warning, it's not for the faint of heart.
Meanwhile, the Gators notched a rare big win over Kentucky and further cemented themselves as the class of the conference. I would say that the SEC is Florida and everyone else this year, but that doesn't really capture things. The SEC is Florida, a few more teams, and the Sun Belt this year. Sincere apologies to the Sun Belt for that analogy.
Four Alabama players were arrested yesterday for the robbery of a student and subsequent use of the student's credit card. That included using it at a vending machine. Violent crime like this isn't funny, and I don't expect to see all of these guys in crimson for much longer.
The Big Ten has agreed to end the practice of playing I-AA teams in football. It's surprising it took this long after 2007 for them to do so.
I'm not opposed to a school playing a single I-AA team from its own state in a year, as that's a way for the big schools to spread some monetary love around to the smaller schools in the same university system. However that's not what most programs do with their I-AA dates, so I do actually applaud them for making this decision. They do have good ideas every couple of years up there.
Georgia is struggling to be NIT-worthy, but it didn't help its cause in an ugly, low-scoring affair against Alabama. Sadly, this is not atypical of SEC hoops this year.
After a surprising big win over Arkansas, Vanderbilt looks to build some momentum against Tennessee this evening. Momentum that would give them their 10th win of the season. In mid-February. SEC basketball fever: catch it!
Apparently there are reasons not to give up on Mississippi State's dreadful season just yet. Who knew?