Monday, March 7, 2011
The SEC's best fourth-quarter teams
By ESPN.com staff
Four of the five best fourth-quarter teams in the SEC last season were Auburn, LSU, Alabama and Mississippi State, in that order.
Any coincidence that they also happened to be four of the best teams in the league?
The exception was Florida, which was historically strong in the fourth quarter under Urban Meyer. And even though the Gators didn’t have a great season last year, they were still lights out in the fourth quarter, which says a lot about the job head strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti has done there.
One of the best decisions Will Muschamp made was to retain Marotti.
Here’s a look at how all 12 SEC teams fared in the fourth quarter (including overtime) last season:
1. Auburn: 131-56, plus-75
2. LSU: 112-79, plus-33
3. Florida: 102-72, plus-30
4. Alabama: 69-45, plus-24
5. Mississippi State: 85-61, plus-24
6. Kentucky: 95-78, plus-17
7. Arkansas: 105-103, plus-2
8. South Carolina: 89-97, minus-8
9. Ole Miss: 105-123, minus-18
10. Georgia: 68-95, minus-27
11. Tennessee: 70-99, minus-29
12. Vanderbilt: 48-84, minus-36