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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Ben Howland has received a $25,000 fine and a reprimand from the Southeastern Conference for discussing a conversation he had with the league office about the officiating in a 60-59 loss to LSU last week. SEC officials said Howland violated a league bylaw that prohibits coaches, players and support personnel from offering public criticism of officials or for making public any specific communication with the league office related to officiating. Howland said Monday he spoke with SEC coordinator of men’s basketball officials Mark Whitehead about “a number of calls” that were made in the Mississippi State-LSU game.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could be without point guard Andrew Nembhard against No. 4 Auburn on Saturday. Coach Mike White says Nembhard has the flu and he missed practice Thursday and Friday. The sophomore and Canadian national team player has started all 52 games for Florida in two seasons. White says “we all better be ready to play potentially without him.” Nembhard is averaging more than 11 points and nearly six assists this season. If he doesn't play, the Gators would start one of two freshmen: Tre Mann or Ques Glover.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jimmy Whitt Jr., is making the most of his return to Arkansas. The graduate transfer guard is averaging a career-best 13.8 points per game heading into Saturday's home game against No. 10 Kentucky. He is coming off a career-high 30-point outburst in a 75-55 win against Vanderbilt on Wednesday. He does it all for the Razorbacks. He has played four positions and often brings the ball up the floor. He signed with Arkansas initially out of high school and spent one season under former coach Mike Anderson before transferring to SMU and spending two seasons there.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Vanderbilt men’s basketball program has received a $5 million donation from Seattle-based alumnus George B. Huber and his wife Cathy. Vanderbilt officials say the money will be used to enhance facilities and support services. Huber says in a statement that “the men’s basketball program has the building blocks to become a perennial powerhouse" and hopes to "strengthen the broader Vanderbilt community throughout the program.” Huber’s son, Tyler, is a 2014 Vanderbilt graduate. Vanderbilt (8-8, 0-3 SEC) hosts Tennessee (10-6, 2-2) on Saturday.

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