Can't Spell Undefeated Without SEC

By Jeff Lippman - December 09, 2007


While grammatically that is the opposite of being true - for those who don't realize, "undefeated" has no "s" or "c" in the word anywhere - in women's college basketball, if you are still undefeated, chances are you play in the Southeastern Conference.

As of Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3:26 p.m. and 22 seconds (now 23...you get the point...) there are only 10 undefeated Division I teams remaining, and a whopping 40 percent of them come from the nation's best conference - and none of them are LSU, who has been to the last four Final Fours and has already lost twice this year.

No. 1 Tennessee (7-0), No. 7 Georgia (8-0), No. 14 Auburn (9-0) and unranked Arkansas (9-0) have all managed to stay unbeaten well into the season's second month.

The nation knows all about Tennessee and Georgia, and is learning quickly about what Auburn can do, but Arkansas is a bit of a surprise.

The Lady Razorbacks were picked to finish ninth in the conference by the media in the preseason. First-year coach Tom Collen has done an excellent job since coming over from Louisville, a team he turned into a Top 25-caliber program.

Arkansas has yet to play a ranked opponent - and they'll get plenty of opportunity in the SEC where five teams are ranked inside the Top 20 - but have beaten major conference teams like Clemson and Missouri convincingly.

Leading the way for the Lady Backs is senior forward Lauren Ervin, who was named last week's SEC Player of the Week, and who is averaging 15 points and almost 11 rebounds per game to go with almost two blocks and 3.2 assists.

Also playing well is junior Whitney Jones, who is averaging almost 13 points and eight rebounds, and Ayana Brereton, also a junior, is averaging 11.4 points per game.

Don't expect Arkansas to stay undefeated much longer, but if they can hold out until their Jan. 10 game against LSU, taking a 14-0 record into a home game against the No. 8 Tigers would make for a pretty good matchup.

The other remaining undefeated teams around the country are No. 2 UConn and No. 15 DePaul from the Big East, No. 10 Baylor and No. 25 Oklahoma State from the Big 12, Virginia Commonwealth from the CAA and Florida A&M from the Mid-Eastern Conference.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 03:21 PM on December 09, 2007
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