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    • SEC "Fast Break": February 26

      Apparently, eight Southeastern Conference teams were having so much fun last Saturday they didn’t want it to end.
    • SEC Fast Break with Chris Dortch

      The first month of the season was largely forgettable for the Southeastern Conference by almost any barometer. Where to start?
    • November Offers Challenges for SEC Teams

      It seems like only yesterday Kentucky players were cutting down the nets in the New Orleans Superdome after winning the Southeastern Conference’s third national championship in a seven-year span. But that was more than seven months ago, and now it’s time for college basketball to crank up again.
    • One on One with Chris Dortch: Marquis Teague

      Was there ever a question Marquis Teague could take his place among the elite point guards coached the last four seasons by Kentucky’s John Calipari? We profile Teague, a likely first round pick in this week's NBA Draft.
    • Instant Reaction: Kentucky Claims Title

      About a month ago, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari asked a question of his team.
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  • 2/19/2013
    SEC "Fast Break": February 19
    Point guard Trae Golden’s fingerprints were all over Tennessee’s disappointing 3-6 start in the SEC, a stretch during which the preseason all-conference players lost his starting job and missed two games with a hamstring injury. But to be fair, if some of the blame could be heaped on Golden’s shoulders for that head-scratching first half of league play, so can he claim a good deal of the credit for Tennessee’s current three-game winning streak.  Full Story
  • 2/14/2013
    One on One with Chris Dortch: Jarnell Stokes
    The photo, posted by Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes earlier this week on his Instagram feed, speaks volumes. It’s a shot, from the Vols’ game at South Carolina on Sunday, of Stokes and Gamecock freshman Michael Carrera battling for a loose ball. Or rather, Carrera is holding on for dear life, because in the process of trying to wrest the ball away from his opponent, Stokes has lifted the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Carrera nearly two feet off the ground.  Full Story
  • 2/12/2013
    SEC "Fast Break": February 13
    ESPN numbers guru John Gassaway recently included Missouri senior forward Alex Oriakhi on a list of his most underutilized players in the country, reasoning that the big man, at the time his list was compiled, was taking just 17 percent of the Tigers’ shots. Gassaway’s numbers don’t lie, but then again, perhaps Oriakhi doesn’t need to take many shots to be effective.  Full Story
  • 2/9/2013
    One on One with Chris Dortch: Nerlens Noel
    Nerlens Noel was doomed the second he signed with Kentucky last spring, doomed to inevitable comparisons to Anthony Davis, who put together one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history in leading the Wildcats to the 2012 national championship.   Full Story
  • 2/5/2013
    SEC "Fast Break": February 6
    Every team should be lucky enough to have a go-to guy like Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He’s the first name on every opposing team’s scouting report, yet he manages to deliver every game. He leads the Bulldogs and is second in the SEC in scoring, and here’s a compelling stat the Blue Ribbon Report has never seen. Georgia’s second-leading scorer, Nemanja Djurisic, is averaging 7.5 points, 10 fewer than Caldwell-Pope.  Full Story
  • 1/31/2013
    One on One with Chris Dortch: Erik Murphy
    Florida’s game with Air Force on Dec. 29 was just two or three possessions old when the collision occurred. Gator forward Erik Murphy doesn’t recall who ran into him, but he won’t soon forget the blow to his rib cage, just under his left arm. “Sharp, sharp pain,” Murphy said. During the first timeout, Murphy gobbled a couple of ibuprofen, returned to the fray and turned in one of his best games of the season—21 points, 8-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 2 of 3 from the 3-point line, seven rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and a steal.  Full Story
  • 1/29/2013
    SEC "Fast Break": January 29
    Short of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, there’s no better authority on the process of bracket building than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. His take on the Southeastern Conference: four bids. It’s important to remember that Lunardi’s predictions aren’t intended to try and figure out what’s going to happen by March. Rather, as he likes to say, only “if the season ended today.”  Full Story
  • 1/24/2013
    One on One With Chris Dortch: Marshall Henderson
    There’s not an ounce of truth to the malicious rumor that Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson never met a shot he didn’t like. “I don’t like layups,” Henderson said. “In fact, I hate two pointers.” Follow along with Henderson here. There are two good reasons he’s the fastest gun in the South, sound logic behind the fact that, so far this season he’s launched 179 3-pointers, by far the most in the Southeastern Conference and fourth among all Division I players.   Full Story
  • 1/22/2013
    SEC "Fast Break": January 22
    After Florida’s narrow loss at Arizona and its surprising, pre-Christmas letdown against Kansas State, national pundits began backing off earlier statements that the Gators were a potential Final Four team. But Florida’s take-no-prisoners, 4-0 start in Southeastern Conference play, accomplished by an average victory margin of 26.8 points, has rekindled interest in the Gators as a team that could well turn up in Atlanta in late March.   Full Story
  • 1/17/2013
    One-On-One With Chris Dortch: Elston Turner
    Texas A&M guard Elston Turner swept national and Southeastern Conference player-of-the-week awards this week after his stunning 40-point performance in an upset at Kentucky last Saturday, but a better example of his ability as a scorer—and his confidence in that ability—came nearly two months earlier. It was a game in which, with 17.5 seconds to play, Turner had made one basket.  Full Story

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    Chris Dortch Bio

    Chris Dortch estimates he’s covered close to 1,500 college basketball games since he was sports editor of his college student newspaper back in the late ’70s. “And it never gets old,” he says. “I always get pumped up to watch college hoops.”

    Dortch came to love basketball growing up in the basketball crazy state of Illinois, watching Missouri Valley Conference and Big Ten games every Saturday and pouring over the sports section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I think I learned how to read a box score before I learned how to read,” he says.

    In college, first at George Mason and later at East Tennessee State, he came under the influence of two coaches that gave him a behind-the-scenes look at basketball from a coaching perspective. “After that I was hooked,” he says. “I knew I wanted to cover college basketball for a living.”

    And so he did, focusing on the Southeastern Conference at four newspapers and then for Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the famed “bible” of college basketball which Dortch began editing in 1996.

    In a 30-year career, Dortch has written for numerous publications and websites, served as a college basketball correspondent for Sports Illustrated, appeared on more than 1,000 radio shows and written five books, including String Music: Inside the Rise of SEC Basketball.

    Dortch has provided commentary for CSS, Fox Sports South, NBA TV and the Big Ten Network and also taught sports writing at East Tennessee State and Tennessee-Chattanooga, where his students call him “Professor D.”