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Bruce Pearl, Logan Gray, And The NBA Playoff Race: Around The Perimeter

SEC: Rocky Top Talk has an outstanding post on Bruce Pearl and Tennessee basketball, in which it's argued that the program should hang on to the man who put it on the map if it's at all possible. Before Pearl, Tennessee basketball was nothing special, and it could be argued that Pearl and Florida coach Billy Donovan are responsible for the SEC East's sudden interest in basketball, which has spread to Georgia.

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If Pearl can't hang on and would like a low-profile program to build up for his next act, I know of one that's near a lake. We know Bruce Pearl likes lakes.

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Also, Football Study Hall, our new college football stats site, breaks down the birth of SEC SPEED: Florida's 2006 BCS title game obliteration of Ohio State.

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Also, former Dawg Logan Gray is reportedly interested in transferring to Colorado.

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Hawks: Liberty Ballers wonders whether the Sixers could catch the Hawks in the NBA playoff race. They lament that the team would need "a Baby Jesus-sized miracle" to catch Atlanta, though I think they're overstating the infant deity that would be required to stir up a Hawks collapse. Baby Menthu, Egyptian hawk god of war, could probably get it done.

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Baseball: Joe Posnanski on advanced stats for baseball nerds and Chipper Jones' supposed status as the creator of the mother's-basement cliche.

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This has been your daily-ish circling of the Atlanta sports blogosphere and more. If you have anything that belongs here next time, holler. To ride with us again tomorrow or so, follow @SBNAtlanta on Twitter.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.