2009–10 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season

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2009–10 SEC Men's Basketball Season
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League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) CBS, ESPN, FSN
NBA Draft
Top draft pick John Wall, Kentucky (1st)
Picked by Washington Wizards
Regular Season
2010 SEC Champions Kentucky (14–2)
Division Champions Kentucky (East)
Mississippi State (West)
Season MVP John Wall, Kentucky
Tournament
Champions Kentucky
  Runners-up Mississippi State
Tournament MVP John Wall, Kentucky
Basketball seasons
← 08–09
10–11 →
2009–10 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
#2 Kentucky 14 2   .875     35 3   .921
#21 Vanderbilt 12 4   .750     24 9   .727
#15 Tennessee 11 5   .688     28 9   .757
Florida 9 7   .563     21 13   .618
South Carolina 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Georgia 5 11   .313     14 17   .452
West
Mississippi State 9 7   .563     24 12   .667
Mississippi 9 7   .563     24 11   .686
Arkansas 7 9   .438     14 18   .438
Alabama 6 10   .375     17 15   .531
Auburn 6 10   .375     15 17   .469
LSU 2 14   .125     11 20   .355
SEC Tournament winner
As of March 30, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Southeasten Conference men's basketball season began with practices on October 17, 2009 and ended with the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Tournament on March 11–14, 2010 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Pre-season polls and teams[edit]

2009–10 SEC Men's Basketball Pre-Season Poll:

SEC Media[1]
SEC East
1. Kentucky
2. Tennessee
3. Vanderbilt
4. South Carolina
5. Florida
6. Georgia
SEC West
1. Mississippi State
2. Ole Miss
3. Alabama
4. LSU
5. Arkansas
6. Auburn

Pre-Season All-SEC Teams

SEC Media[1] SEC Coaches[2]
Devan Downey South Carolina
Patrick Patterson Kentucky
Tyler Smith Tennessee
Jarvis Varnado Mississippi State
Terrico White Ole Miss
Devan Downey South Carolina
Tasmin Mitchell LSU
AJ Ogilvy Vanderbilt
Patrick Patterson Kentucky
Tyler Smith Tennessee
Jarvis Varnado Mississippi State
Michael Washington Arkansas
Terrico White Ole Miss
  • SEC Coaches select 8 players
  • Players in bold are choices for SEC Player of the Year

Rankings[edit]

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Alabama AP
C
Arkansas AP
C
Auburn AP
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Florida AP RV RV RV 13 10 13 18 RV RV RV
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Georgia AP
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Kentucky AP 4 4 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 1 4 3 2 2 3 2
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LSU AP RV
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Mississippi State AP 18 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 RV RV RV RV
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Ole Miss AP RV RV RV 25 20 15 16 14 21 22 18 25 RV
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South Carolina AP RV RV
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Tennessee AP 10 10 9 11 9 9 16 14 16 9 8 14 14 12 20 19 16 15
C 11 11 11 12 9 9 14 14 15 10 8 14 14 12 18 17 13 13
Vanderbilt AP RV RV 24 RV RV RV RV RV 21 18 22 17 16 13 20
C RV RV 24 RV 24 RV RV 23 20 24 19 20 19 23

Conference tournament[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

School Name Age Seasons Record Alma Mata Hometown Previous Positions
Alabama Anthony Grant 43 1 0–0 Dayton Miami, FL, U.S. VCU
Arkansas John Pelphrey 41 3 37–28 Kentucky Paintsville, KY, U.S. South Alabama
Auburn Jeff Lebo 43 6 81–76 North Carolina Carlisle, PA, U.S. Tennessee Tech
Chattanooga
Florida Billy Donovan 44 14 310–126 Providence Rockville Centre, NY, U.S. Marshall
Georgia Mark Fox 40 1 0–0 Eastern New Mexico Garden City, KS, U.S. Nevada
Kentucky John Calipari 50 1 0–0 Clarion Moon Township, PA, U.S. UMass
New Jersey Nets
Memphis
LSU Trent Johnson 53 2 27–8 Boise State Berkeley, CA, U.S. Nevada
Stanford
Mississippi State Rick Stansbury 49 12 231–128 Campbellsville Brandenburg, KY, U.S.
Ole Miss Andy Kennedy 41 4 82–52 UAB Louisville, MS, U.S. Cincinnati
South Carolina Darrin Horn 36 2 21–10 Western Kentucky Glasgow, KY, U.S. Western Kentucky
Tennessee Bruce Pearl 49 5 98–37 Boston College Boston, MA, U.S. Southern Indiana
UW-Milwaukee
Vanderbilt Kevin Stallings 49 11 189–128 Purdue Collinsville, IL, U.S. Illinois State

Post season[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

# of Bids Record Win % R32 S16 E8 F4 CG
4 6–4 .600 2 2 2 0 0
Team Bid Type Seed Results
Kentucky Automatic 1 W 100–71 vs 16 East Tennessee State
W 90–60 vs 9 Wake Forest
W 62–45 vs 12 Cornell
L 66–73 vs 2 West Virginia
Vanderbilt At-large 4 L 65–66 vs 13 Murray State
Tennessee At-large 6 W 62–59 vs 11 San Diego State
W 83–68 vs 14 Ohio
W 76–73 vs 2 Ohio State
L 69–70 vs 5 Michigan State
Florida At-large 10 L 92–99 (2OT) vs 10 BYU

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

# of Bids Record Win % R2 R3 SF CG
2 4–2 .667 2 1 1 0
Team Bid Type Seed Results
Mississippi State At-large 1 W 81–67 vs. 8 Jackson State
L 74–76 vs. 4 North Carolina
Ole Miss At-large 2 W 84–65 vs. 7 Troy
W 90–81 vs. 3 Memphis
W 90–87 (2OT) vs. 5 Texas Tech
L 63–68 vs 3 Dayton

Highlights and notes[edit]

2010 Big East/SEC Invitational[4]
Date SEC Team Big East Team Location Outcome
12/9 Georgia St. John's Madison Square Garden, New York St. John's 66–56 Big East 1–0
12/9 Kentucky UConn Madison Square Garden, New York Kentucky 64–61 Tied 1–1
12/10 Mississippi State DePaul St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Mississippi State 76–45 SEC 2–1
12/10 Florida Syracuse St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Syracuse 85–73 Tied 2–2
Players of the week[5]

Throughout the conference regular season, the SEC offices named a player of the week each Monday.

Week Player of the week Freshman of the week
11/16 Rotnei Clarke, ARK Eric Bledsoe, UK
11/23 Patrick Patterson, UK John Wall, UK
11/30 Erving Walker, FLA John Wall, UK (2)
12/7 A.J. Ogilvy, VANDY John Wall, UK (3)
12/14 Ravern Johnson, MISS STATE John Wall, UK (4)
12/21 Trey Thompkins, UGA Reginald Buckner, MISS
12/28 JaMychal Green, BAMA DeMarcus Cousins, UK
1/4 DeMarcus Cousins, UK John Jenkins, VANDY
1/11 Bobby Maze, TENN John Jenkins, VANDY (2)
1/18 Jarvis Varnado, MISS STATE Eric Bledsoe, UK (2)
1/25 Travis Leslie, UGA DeMarcus Cousins, UK (2)
2/1 Devan Downey, USC Marshawn Powell, ARK
2/8 Courtney Fortson, ARK DeMarcus Cousins, UK (3)
2/15 Jeffery Taylor, VANDY John Wall, UK (5)
2/22 Wayne Chism, TENN DeMarcus Cousins, UK (4)
3/1 Jarvis Varnado, MISS STATE (2) John Jenkins, VANDY (3)
3/8 Chris Warren, MISS Tony Mitchell, BAMA
Award Finalists Notes
  • Bob Cousy Award: The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Feb. 4, 2010 announced the final 11 candidates in consideration for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy. An original list of 73 candidates made up of players from Division I, II and III schools was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20 and has now narrowed that list to a final 11. Devan Downey (South Carolina) and John Wall (Kentucky) were among the 11 finalists.
  • Oscar Robertson Trophy: Three SEC players were among the 16 announced finalists for the 2010 Oscar Robertson Trophy, to be presented to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s national player of the year. Included among the SEC’s candidates are: Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins, South Carolina’s Devan Downey and Kentucky’s John Wall.

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

All SEC teams and awards[edit]

The following individuals received postseason honors after having been chosen by the SEC coaches:

2010 SEC Men's Basketball Individual Awards[6]
Award Recipient(s)
Player of the Year John Wall, KENTUCKY
Coach of the Year Kevin Stallings, VANDERBILT
Defensive Player of the Year Jarvis Varnado†, F., MISS STATE
Rookie of the Year DeMarcus Cousins, C., KENTUCKY
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Ray Shipman, G., FLORIDA
Sixth Man Award John Jenkins, G., VANDERBILT
2010 All-SEC Men's Basketball Teams[6]
First Team Second Team All-Defensive Team All-Rookie Team
Trey Thompkins†, F., GEORGIA
DeMarcus Cousins†, C., KENTUCKY
Patrick Patterson, F., KENTUCKY
John Wall†, G., KENTUCKY
Jarvis Varnado, F., MISS STATE
Devan Downey†, G., SOUTH CAROLINA
Wayne Chism, F., TENNESSEE
Jermaine Beal†, G., VANDERBILT
Mikhail Torrance, G., ALABAMA
Courtney Fortson, G., ARKANSAS
Erving Walker, G., FLORIDA
Tasmin Mitchell, F., LSU
Chris Warren, G., OLE MISS
Dee Bost, G., MISS STATE
AJ Ogilvy, C., VANDERBILT
Jeff Taylor, F., VANDERBILT
Patrick Patterson, F., KENTUCKY
Jarvis Varnado†, F., MISS STATE
Devan Downey, G., SOUTH CAROLINA
Sam Muldrow, F., SOUTH CAROLINA
Jeff Taylor, F., VANDERBILT
Tony Mitchell, G., ALABAMA
Marshawn Powell†, F., ARKANSAS
Kenny Boynton, G., FLORIDA
Eric Bledsoe†, G., KENTUCKY
DeMarcus Cousins†, C., KENTUCKY
John Wall†, G., KENTUCKY
Reginald Buckner, F., OLE MISS
John Jenkins†, G.,VANDERBILT
- denotes unanimous selection

All-Academic[edit]

USBWA All-District team[edit]

References[edit]