|Mizzou coach Frank Haith will have his eye on Illinios senior guard Brandon Paul. (US Presswire)|
Here are some SEC storylines to follow this weekend:
Auburn freshman Jordan Price has drained 11 straight 3-pointers over three games, tying the SEC record set by Vanderbilt's Kevin Anglin in 1992. Price is four 3-pointers away from the Division I record set by Norhtwestern's Todd Leslie in 1990. It's something to watch when Auburn hosts Winthrop on Saturday. For the season, Price is 19 of 34 from beyond the arc.
When No. 12 Missouri (9-1) faces No. 10 Illinois (12-0) in St. Louis in Saturday's 32nd annual “Braggin' Rights” game, the Tigers will be focused on Illini senior guard Brandon Paul (18.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists.) "I think Paul is playing like a national player-of-the-year guy right now," Mizzou coach Frank Haith said. "He's playing with such confidence." Illinois averages 10 3-pointers a game, but the Tigers are holding opponents to 31.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc and have been killing opponents on the glass (+13.3). Mizzou has won three straight in the series.
Kentucky goes for its fourth straight win when it hosts Marshall on Saturday. Freshman Archie Goodwin (15.8 ppg) is leading the way. He's scored in double figures in every game except the loss to Notre Dame, and had dished out at least four assists in seven straight games. So far, freshmen are contributing 63 percent of Kentucky's scoring -- the highest percentage through 10 games in coach John Calipari's four-year tenure.
As No. 8 Florida (8-1) prepared to face Kansas State (8-2) in Kansas City on Saturday, the Gators were focusing on late-game situations. Florida is 2-6 in its last eight games decided by five or fewer points, according to the Gainesville Sun. There is no single culprit, with turnovers, missed free throws and defensives lapses all playing a role. “When you play against good teams, you've got to play all the way through for 40 minutes,” coach Billy Donovan told the paper. Last Saturday at Arizona, Florida blew a six-point lead in the final minute and lost 65-64.
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