SEC Basketball: Questions To Answer For Every Team From Alabama To Vanderbilt

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIFebruary 25, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 12:  Head coach Anthony Grant of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts as he coaches against the Kentucky Wildcats during the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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SEC basketball has entered the final stretch of conference play, and as things begin to wrap up, there is at least one question for each team. In some cases, more than one. One is enough for today, though.

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Alabama—Anthony Grant’s team will at least tie for the SEC West title. Will they have done enough at the end of the season to get a bid to the big dance?

Arkansas—Losing to Alabama Saturday left the Razorbacks with an SEC record of 5-7. Coach John Pelphrey has a boatload of talented recruits coming to Fayetteville next year. Will Arkansas let him return next season or cut him loose at the end of this season?

Auburn—The Tigers are 9-17 overall, but took wins over Florida State and Mississippi State. Did Auburn move the ball forward in basketball this season?

Florida—Florida has been just about what people expected this year. Will they be able to exceed those expectations in the NCAA tournament?

Georgia—When last season ended, Georgia fans were happy with Mark Fox as their head coach. Do they still think he's the man for the future of Georgia basketball?

LSU—Remember when the Tigers were one of the feature programs in the SEC? When will LSU be a player in the conference again?

Kentucky—The safe bet is that Kentucky’s top two scorers (Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight) head to the NBA at the end of the season. Most don’t believe Doron Lamb will, but the possibility remains that he could turn pro as well. Is there a point at which Kentucky basketball fans grow tired of being more like a summer travel team than the Wildcats of old?

Mississippi State—Renardo Sidney has been a difficult player for Rick Stansbury, but his coach stood beside him through all the problems. Will Sidney reward Stansbury’s loyalty and return for a second season in Starkville?

Ole Miss—Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy talked about how his team needed to relax and stop “foaming at the mouth” prior to their game with Mississippi State. After losing to the Bulldogs 71-58, do you think he might want them to start again?

South Carolina—The Gamecocks can grab offensive rebounds and block shots. How is it possible for them to be dead last in the conference in defensive rebounding?

Tennessee—Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant was suspended for the balance of a season when it was determined he lied to NCAA investigators. Why was Pearl not suspended for the season, and how did Pearl manage to not be fired by Tennessee’s leadership?

Vanderbilt—The Commodores have been ranked for five straight weeks now. Can Vandy get past the first round of the NCAA tournament this year?

Answers coming soon.