Southeastern Conference teams have gone 3-6 against the Atlantic Coast Conference, 2-5 against the Big 12, 2-4 against the Big Ten, 4-13 against the Big East and 4-5 against the Pac-12 in men's basketball this season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Southeastern Conference figured to take a step backward this season after being home of the national champions, Kentucky, and having the most NBA draft picks of any league last year.
Still, not all observers expected the SEC to get knocked around as it has during its nonconference schedule.
“I do think there are some teams going through some transitions, just like we are,” Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. “That’s probably made for a little lesser performance in nonconference play.”
SEC teams have gone 3-6 against the Atlantic Coast Conference, 2-5 against the Big 12, 2-4 against the Big Ten, 4-13 against the Big East and 4-5 against the Pac-12.
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Furthermore, SEC teams are 3-11 against the Top 25.
Alabama visits No. 10 Missouri on Tuesday in the season’s first conference game.
SEC coaches say it is too early to panic — or to write the conference off.
“If we’re going to start judging teams on who we are in November or December … let’s have the (NCAA) tournament Jan. 1,” South Carolina coach Frank Martin said.
Monday’s Top 10 game
No. 5 Indiana 74,
at Penn State 51
Christian Watford scored 16 points, Jordan Hulls added 14 and the Hoosiers (14-1 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) overwhelmed the Nittany Lions (8-6, 0-2).
• The Associated Press women’s poll has its third leader in three weeks — defending NCAA champion Baylor.
The Bears replaced Connecticut at No. 1. UConn lost at home 73-72 Saturday to then-No. 5 Notre Dame. Stanford fell from No. 1 two weeks ago, after losing to visiting UConn 61-35 on Dec. 29.
Notre Dame advanced three spots to second in this week’s media poll. Connecticut is third, Duke is fourth and Stanford is fifth. In a Pac-12 showdown Tuesday, Stanford visits No. 7 California.