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NCAA Basketball Standings: Alabama Leads SEC, Duke & North Carolina Headed For Showdown In The ACC

Alabama coach Anthony Grant is making an early push for SEC coach of the year with his team off to a 7-1 start in the SEC. They aren't just beating up on western division teams either having gone into Knoxville and defeated Tennessee 65-60 this past Saturday. Florida has taken control of the SEC East by defeating Vanderbilt in overtime, and Kentucky last week. The Gators have a game and a half lead over Tennessee in the standings with a showdown with the Vols looming on Saturday. Georgia went 2-0 last week to pull itself over the .500 mark at 5-4 in the standings.

Duke has a half game lead over North Carolina in the ACC standings heading into Wednesday's match-up at Cameron Indoor. The Blue Devils defeated Maryland and N.C State this week to run their conference record to 8-1 on the season. The Tar Heels are red hot as well having won five in a row after dispatching Florida State 89-69 Sunday. Both teams have had point guards in the news this past week. Duke's freshman sensation Kyrie Irving had his cast removed and is now in a walking boot while recovering from a serious toe injury while North Carolina announced that Larry Drew II had left the team and will transfer. Drew II is the son of current Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew.  

Southeastern Conference Standings

(updated 2.6.2011 at 2:30 AM EST)

East Conf Overall
Florida Gators 7 2 18 5
Tennessee Volunteers 5 3 15 8
Georgia Bulldogs 5 4 16 6
Vanderbilt Commodores 4 4 16 6
Kentucky Wildcats 4 4 16 6
South Carolina Gamecocks 4 4 13 8
West Conf Overall
Alabama Crimson Tide 7 1 15 7
Mississippi St. Bulldogs 4 4 12 10
Arkansas Razorbacks 4 5 14 8
Mississippi Rebels 3 5 15 8
LSU Tigers 2 6 10 13
Auburn Tigers 1 8 8 15


Atlantic Coast Conference Standings

(updated 2.7.2011 at 1:40 AM EST)

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