For the first time in a couple of years, there won't be an SEC team going undefeated in conference play after the Arkansas Razorbacks shocked the Texas A&M Aggies 74-71 in Fayetteville last night.
The Hogs never trailed in the first 26 minutes of the game after breaking the seal with an Anthlon Bell triple 18 seconds in, holding a slim and variable edge throughout with a couple of short ties. It wasn't until Tavario Miller made a layup to put the Aggies ahead 47-46 with 13:33 to go that A&M got on the right side of the scoreboard. Moses Kingsley took the lead right back with a tip in, and the only other lead TAMU would have was a similarly short lived one-point edge at 60-59 with six minutes to play.
Still, Arkansas wasn't able to run out to much of a lead either. It ended up a free throw shooting contest late, with the final made field goal coming with just over two minutes to go. The Razorbacks made 5-of-8, while the Aggies made 4-of-5. Texas A&M also turned it over twice in the final minute, just a pair of their 21 giveaways on the night. Even so, it took a DJ Hogg three pointer at the buzzer going awry to keep the game out of overtime and give the victory to the home team.
Meanwhile, the Kentucky Wildcats blew away the Missouri Tigers 88-54 in an all-around dominant victory. John Calipari seems to have found what he's looking for, with his Cats' past three wins coming by 14 over Arkansas, 19 over Vanderbilt, and now 34 over Mizzou. Pick a category, and UK won it easily. Kentucky shot 52.3%; Missouri shot 31.6%. The Wildcats grabbed 47 rebounds, 15 of the offensive; the Tigers corralled just 28 misses, nine of them offensive. UK won blocks 11 to two, turnovers 11 to 15, and steals six to four. This was about as thorough a whipping that one Power 5 team can give to another.
In the other game of the evening, the Ole Miss Rebels rode the return of Stefan Moody to an 80-63 win over the Auburn Tigers. Moody was the player of the game after missing his team's last contest with a bum hamstring, pouring in 24 points with all but two coming after the half. The Rebels also welcomed back Martavious Newby, who missed the past two games, and he contributed seven points and nine rebounds. Marcanvis Hymon also had a double-double with 19 and 10 for Ole Miss, while TJ Lang's 19 points and Tyler Harris's 16 paced the Tigers in defeat.