Kentucky: The same label will probably be placed on the Wildcats before the NCAA tournament next week.
Florida: Billy Donovan’s team in full-retreat mode, however, losing three straight heading into tournament.
Vanderbilt: Commodores got much better when center Festus Ezeli returned from knee injury.
Tennessee: Volunteers tied for third in SEC under new coach Cuonzo Martin, who took over scandal-ridden program from Bruce Pearl.
5 PLAYERS TO WATCH
Anthony Davis, Kentucky, C, 6-10, Freshman | Possible national player of the year has had dominant season (14.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg), also leads league in field-goal percentage (66.3) and blocks (4.7).
Dee Bost, Mississippi State, G, 6-2, Senior | Concord (N.C.) High grad leads SEC in assists (5.3 per game).
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt, G, 6-4, Junior | SEC’s leading scorer (20.0) recenty had six 3-pointers in victory against Florida.
Malik Cook, South Carolina, F, 6-6, Senior | Averages 12.5 points for Gamecocks, who finished last in the league.
Doron Lamb, Kentucky, G, 6-4, Soph. | Wildcats sharpshooter makes 48.0 percent of his 3-pointers, averages 13.3 points.
-- Kentucky vs. the field, who are you taking?
-- How secure is South Carolina coach Darrin Horn’s job after the Gamecocks’ season ends? He returns some talented players, including Anthony Gill and Damontre Harris.
-- Vanderbilt has the league’s top two scorers in Jenkins and forward Jeffery Taylor (17.1).
-- Mississippi State (21-10) is on the NCAA tournament bubble and needs to win at least one game – including today’s opener against Georgia – to keep its hopes alive.