How bad has the SEC East become? According to S&P efficiency ratings by SB Nation's Bill Connelly, the Mountain West's Mountain Division is stronger than the SEC East in 2016.
That's not a misprint. A division with Wyoming, Boise State, New Mexico, Colorado State, Air Force and Utah State is considered better than a division with Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
If that doesn't set the SEC East's hair on fire, I don't know what will. Every time we think the SEC East can't get any worse, the bar drops lower.
Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason pointed to his team’s seven-point loss at Auburn as evidence the divisions aren’t as lopsided as some believe.
"We’re building programs (in the East)," Mason said. "Those programs are established on the other side. A lot of these programs have new coaches or guys who have cycled through players trying to get to where they want to be."
"Programs are in different evolutions in their development," Jones said.
Jon Solomon asked me to pull division averages a couple of days ago, and obviously I assumed the SEC East would grade out worse than any other power conference division, even with Florida hanging on to not-awful averages. I did not, however, expect it to have fallen beneath the MWC-W.
SEC East S&P+ rankings
86. South Carolina
Mountain West Mountain S&P+ rankings
19. Boise State
41. Colorado State
59. Air Force
76. New Mexico
78. Utah State
The worst part about this: Florida and Missouri are overrated. They're both as high as they are because of what they did in September. Perhaps Tennessee, too. A weighted average would be unkind to all three. Then again, a weighted average would be bumping Kentucky, SC, and Vandy up a bit, too. So maybe it's not worse! Hooray!
Man oh man, this would have been a great year for Missouri to at least be mediocre. The Tigers would be in the hunt.
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Roberts is official
Mizzou Men's Basketball has signed future student-athlete C.J. Roberts (North Richland Hills, Texas) to the program's 2017 recruiting class, head coach Kim Anderson announced on Wednesday. A 6-0, 180-pound combo guard, Roberts possesses impressive shooting range and scoring ability. He led his Richland High School squad to a Texas 6A State Championship Playoffs appearance as a junior in 2015-16.
"It's really special to have C.J. join our Mizzou Basketball Family," Anderson said. "C.J. has game-changing ability and is a high-level scorer from the combo guard position. He comes from an outstanding family and basketball program in Richland, Texas, where he has been a standout on the court and in the classroom. We look forward to him getting to Columbia for next season and becoming a part of our program."
PowerMizzou: Roberts makes it official with Mizzou
The Trib: C.J. Roberts signs letter of intent for MU hoops
Post-Dispatch: Four-star Texas guard signs with Missouri
KC Star: Mizzou basketball team officially lands four-star Texas point guard C.J. Roberts
And a trio on the women's side
Mizzou Women's Basketball head coach Robin Pingeton announced a trio of signings for the program's 2017 recruiting class. Future Tigers Elle Brown (Columbia, Mo.), Nadia Green (Homewood, Ill.) and Kelsey Winfrey (Lebanon, Mo.) all inked National Letters of Intent to play for Mizzou on Wednesday.
"We are really excited to have Elle, Nadia, and Kelsey join our basketball family," Pingeton said. "They are athletic and talented perimeter players that all bring their own unique skill set. Not only have they had great success on the court but they are also high character young ladies that will excel in the classroom and be great representatives of our women's basketball program."
The Trib: Three guards sign letters of intent for MU women's basketball team
Post-Dispatch: MU's Pingeton addresses backcourt with signing class
The Missourian: Missouri women's basketball nets three early signees
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Former star recruit makes good
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