SUN BELT-ARK ST-LA-MONROE
Ark. St. opens Sun Belt tournament vs. La-Monroe
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Sun Belt women's Conference champion and No. 1 seed Arkansas State is set to open the conference post-season tournament against No. 8 seed Louisiana-Monroe.
ASU and ULM are to tip off at noon Wednesday at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
The Red Wolves are 20-10 overall and went 14-4 in conference play - defeating ULM twice. ULM is 14-19 and was 7-11 in Sun Belt play.
SUN BELT WOMEN AWARDS
ASU's Gamble named Sun Belt women's player of year
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Aundrea Gamble of Sun Belt Conference women's champion Arkansas State has been named the conference women's Player of the Year.
Gamble finished the regular season second in the conference in scoring at 18.7 points per game, second in assists at 4.2 per game and third in steals at 2.2 per game.
Joining Gamble on the SBC All-Conference first-team announced Tuesday are Arkansas-Little Rock's Taylor Gault; Louisiana-Monroe's Ashleigh Simmons; Troy's Joanna Harden; and Chastity Gooch of Western Kentucky.
Arkansas State's Brian Boyer was named Coach of the Year.
Top-ranked Florida, bubble madness at SEC tourney
ATLANTA (AP) - For No. 1 Florida, it's nothing more than a warm-up for the bigger games to come.
For struggling Kentucky, it's a chance to regain a little swagger.
For everyone else, the Southeastern Conference tournament looks like the last chance to earn a spot in the NCAAs.
The Gators roll into Atlanta as a huge favorite after becoming the first team in SEC history to go 18-0 in league play. The tournament begins Wednesday night with a doubleheader among the four lowest-seeded teams: Auburn vs. South Carolina, followed by Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State.
Much of the attention will be on Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Georgia, who are all firmly on the NCAA bubble and need to shine during the final SEC tournament at the Georgia Dome.
COACHES SEC AWARDS
SEC coaches give top honors to Wilbekin, Donovan
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - No. 1 Florida nearly swept the coaches' Southeastern Conference individual awards.
The league announced Tuesday that Florida's Billy Donovan is coach of the year and Gators point guard Scottie Wilbekin is player of the year.
Coaches also selected Florida's Patric Young as the top defensive player and scholar-athlete. He's won the academic award for the past three years.
Kentucky's Julius Randle is the pick as the top SEC freshman and Florida's Dorian Finney-Smith is sixth man of the year.
It's the second straight coach of the year honor for Donovan, who led the Gators to an 18-0 regular-season SEC mark.
Wilbekin averages 12.9 points, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals for the Gators.
Randle is averaging 15.4 points and 10.5 rebounds. Finney-Smith is averaging 9.4 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds.
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