The Kentucky Wildcats cruised past the Arkansas Razorbacks 80-66 last night, closing out the midweek action. John Calipari may still be, in his own words, figuring out what his team is, but moving Derek Willis into the starting lineup worked for one game at least. Willis contributed 12 and seven to back up Tyler Ulis's 24 points and Jamal Murray's 19 for the Cats.
We now turn towards Saturday, where one game stands out above the rest.
GAME OF THE WEEKEND
Vanderbilt at Kentucky, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN
If UK found something against Arkansas, that something is now going to have to deal with the stiff test of a visit from the Commodores. Kentucky and Vandy are Nos. 26 and 27, respectively, in the KenPom ratings heading into this one. VU is sporting the No. 14 overall defense, while the Cats boast the No. 28 overall offense. It's a game of contrasts in that sense, and the result will likely be a key one when it comes to SEC Tournament seeding.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23
South Carolina at Tennessee, noon ET, SEC Network
The Gamecocks squeezed past Ole Miss on Tuesday to remain in sole possession of second place in the league standings. After facing the conference's leading scorer earlier in the week, Carolina now has to deal with the No. 2 guy in the Volunteers' Kevin Punter. If the Rebels could push South Carolina to the limit, there's no reason why Tennessee isn't capable of the same.
LSU at Alabama, 2 p.m. ET, ESPNU
The most outstanding unit in this one is the Crimson Tide defense, whereas LSU's offense and defense are both OK and Bama's offense is not so great.
Ole Miss at Mississippi State, 2 p.m. ET, SEC Network
As with VU-UK, these teams are next to each other in the KenPom standings. It's just that the Bulldogs are No. 104 and the Rebels are No. 105. Ben Howland's MSU has been more competitive even while going winless in SEC play, with four of its five losses coming by no more than two possessions—including a one point loss to league leader Texas A&M. State would love to pick up its first conference win in this one against their arch rivals.
Missouri at Texas A&M, 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network
If the Aggies are sleeping in this one, the feisty Tigers could challenge for a while. It's hard to see the road team winning, though.
Arkansas at Georgia, 6 p.m. ET, SEC Network
This is another game where the outcome will probably be important for SEC Tournament seeding, although neither will likely be in line for a bye of any kind.
Auburn at Florida, 8 p.m. ET, SEC Network
If the Gators put forth the kind of effort they did on Tuesday when they barely held off Mississippi State, Auburn could spring a second straight Saturday surprise after knocking off Kentucky a week ago.