It's looking like this could be an upset week for college basketball with Iowa State knocking off top-ranked Oklahoma and Syracuse taking down Duke last night. There are a couple of opportunities within the SEC this week, so keep an eye on the games.
South Carolina at Ole Miss, Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network
The upstart Gamecocks are one of the big stories of the conference season so far, running out to a 15-0 record before taking their first loss to Alabama last week. That loss came on the road, and now they must play the Rebels away from home.
Ole Miss is 7-1 at home so far this year, and the league's top scorer Stefan Moody will put stress on the lockdown Carolina defense. It's not a perfect matchup parallel to Bama's win. The Gamecock offense put up only 50 points in that one, and the Tide has the No. 20 KenPom defense while the Rebels have the No. 166 defense. Not every team's loss comes exactly the same way though.
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LSU at Texas A&M, Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
The Tigers are the flip side of the Gamecocks, stumbling along as one of the SEC's biggest disappointments through the non-conference season. They've gotten things on track in conference play to a degree, sporting wins over Vandy, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Arkansas with only a close loss to a decent enough Florida team.
There's nothing LSU can do now about having taken losses to Marquette (KenPom No. 105), College of Charleston (123), and Wake Forest (126), but it can get a key big win by taking out the Aggies. A&M does have a loss at No. 67 Arizona State, which is in the neighborhood of No. 61 LSU. And while this one is in College Station, where the Aggies are 10-0, Ben Simmons might be the key to delivering a victory. LSU sure could use it.
Kentucky at Arkansas, Thursday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
The hard luck Hogs have five losses by four points or less on the season, and their lack of a notable non-conference win means it's going to be an uphill slog to get into serious postseason contention. Arkansas could take the first step on that journey by logging a third consecutive home with over Kentucky on Thursday, following home court victories in 2013 and 2014.
The Razorbacks had their clocks cleaned by Texas A&M 92-69 in their SEC opener, so they're going to need to find a higher level of play to pull off this win. That said, the Wildcats have been generous lately, donating big wins for Ohio State, LSU, and Auburn (!) in the past month.
Mississippi State at Florida, Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
The Gators are at home against either the third worst (KenPom) or worst (RPI) team in the league. They'd do well to avoid any undue drama.
Alabama at Auburn, Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Can the Tigers handle prosperity after knocking off Kentucky over the weekend? Auburn has yet to win consecutive SEC games under Bruce Pearl, with the last time being wins over Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina in January and February 2014. Bama, meanwhile, is looking to pick up a second conference win with the upset over South Carolina being its only victory to date in four tries.
Georgia at Missouri, Wednesday, 7 p.m., SEC Network
The Bulldogs are aiming for their first road win of the season, while Mizzou is trying to avenge a 77-59 loss in Athens from January 6.
Vanderbilt at Tennessee, Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET, SEC Network
The Commodores have gotten back on track to a degree after losing their first three SEC games by beating Alabama and Auburn. Tennessee has hung in there despite the low expectations for the season, and helping spoil its in-state rival's season would be another nice gain.