COLUMBIA -- Saw a note on Twitter the other day asking who is the Southeastern Conference's best dunker.

Please. Can we skip on to the second-best dunker? Georgia's Travis Leslie has No. 1 sewn up.

Need evidence? Start typing his name into Google.

As soon as you type the "s" in Leslie's last name, "Travis Leslie dunk" is the second automatic fill-in option.

If that doesn't alone sell you, search "Travis Leslie DeMarcus Cousins" on YouTube to find Leslie leaping virtually over the 6-10 Cousins, who might be the country's best freshman.

Scary part? Leslie, a sophomore from Atlanta, is just getting started. In addition to becoming the league's most prolific dunker, by several miles, Leslie might also be its most improved player.

Leslie looked and played like a freshman last year. He was having to pay as much attention to getting his grades up as getting up in the gym.

With his mind on basketball, he's been an athletic maniac this year. He's certainly made Georgia a must- watch team in the league.

Who was saying that a year ago?

Thumbs up

Mark Fox

Not to be redundant, but who expected Fox to have Georgia competitive this year? And now Bulldogs are starting to win some of those close games. Athens has been particularly tricky for teams from Tennessee. UGA stomped both UT and Vanderbilt inside Stegeman. Dawgs are best under-.500 team in country.

Florida posts

Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker have played a bit unevenly in recent weeks for the Gators, but Alex Tyus, Vernon Macklin, Chandler Parsons and Dan Werner have really picked it up for Billy Donovan's team. UF appears to be getting much better as we go.

Bruce Pearl

Many wrote Tennessee off after sending off star Tyler Smith. But, somehow, Pearl kept the Volunteers together and they're still performing at a very high level. (UT is ranked No. 12 this week.) Pearl's the only guy that has a chance to knock John Calipari off SEC coach of the year podium.

Thumbs down

Miss(ing) State

The Bulldogs of Mississippi State had better be careful as they head down the stretch. The schedule is tough and seven losses are more than many expected by early February. Keep it up, and MSU will have to win the SEC tourney again to get in Big Dance. Unlike last year, that would make this season a disappointed. Loss to Arkansas was inexcusable.

Rocky Flop on Rocky Top

South Carolina has done well to be competitive in every game until the Gamecocks' flop Saturday at Tennessee. The Vols played well, but that might've been the worst USC showing since the Dave Odom era.

Florida's guards

Got to praise the big men, got to lay on the little guys. Boynton and Walker are having to play a lot of minutes, and maybe that's part of the problem. But Donovan's going to need more consistency out of these guys if Florida's going to make any noise in March.

By the numbers

5 -- Number of Florida scorers in double figures

49 -- Total margin of victory in three games since Kentucky lost at South Carolina. (The Wildcats have bounced back rather well.)

16 -- First-half points by Gamecocks at Tennessee. That's not going to win you too many games.

Trav's take

--Don't forget to take stock of how impressive Jarvis Varnado's career at Mississippi State has been. He's one of the best shot-blockers we'll ever see stay in college this long.

--LSU has some talent for how many lumps it's taking right now. The Tigers should be more competitive than this.

--Curious to see how Wayne Chism plays in March. When he's on one of his hot streaks, the Vols are hard to stop, with or without Tyler Smith.

--I'll go ahead and put this out there: We're going with Vanderbilt to win the SEC Tournament.

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