What Happened Last Night
- Missouri 67, Tulane 62: Missouri started the game slowly but eventually came around, erasing a 10-point halftime deficit behind 20 points from K.J. Walton, who played 19 minutes off the bench. The Tigers held the Green Wave to 27.3 percent shooting inside the arc.
- Mississippi State 61, UTEP 54: With Quinndary Weatherspoon dealing with a hand injury (he played 36 minutes but managed just 9 points on 2-of-9 shooting), the Bulldogs managed to prevail late in a back-and-forth game thanks to a career-high 18 points from Aric Holman and 13 off the bench from Lamar Peters — the first 13 points of Peters’ career.
- Ole Miss 81, St. Joseph’s 68: The Rebels improved to 4-0 and moved to the finals of the Paradise Jam, and for the first time this season Ole Miss held an opponent under a point per possession — though in fairness, St. Joseph’s shot themselves in the foot with a 10-of-22 performance at the foul line. Sebastian Saiz had 26 points and 12 boards and is now averaging a double-double on the season; Deandre Burnett had 20 points, which actually dropped his season average.
- Kentucky 93, Duquesne 59: Duquesne simply couldn’t get anything going, shooting 30 percent from the floor, and Kentucky also had a 49-32 edge on the boards. De’Aaron Fox led all scorers with 16 points to go along with 7 boards, 6 assists and 3 steals.
|Tennessee vs. Wisconsin||2:30 PM||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|Belmont vs. Florida||7:00 PM||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|Georgia vs. George Washington||7:00 PM||ESPNU/WatchESPN|
|Ole Miss vs. Creighton||8:30 PM||CBS Sports Network|
|Bucknell at Vanderbilt||9:00 PM||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|Alabama vs. Valparaiso||12:00 AM||bd Global|
Six teams are in action tonight, and since it’s Thanksgiving week, four of them are playing in holiday tournaments. Tennessee opens play in the Maui Invitational, Georgia is in Kansas City to play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Ole Miss plays in the finals of the Paradise Jam, and Alabama is in Las Vegas for the MGM Grand Main Event (and yes, you’re reading that correctly; the Alabama game isn’t on TV, only on a YouTube livestream.) Florida’s playing another “neutral-court” game in Tampa against Belmont as the first game in the SEC Network’s doubleheader; Vanderbilt hosts Bucknell in the nightcap.
Odds and Picks
Yesterday: 2-2 ATS; Season to Date: 8-14-1 ATS
(Odds are via oddsshark.com)
- Tennessee vs. Wisconsin (-14): Wisconsin’s a pretty big step up from Chattanooga and Appalachian State -- whom Tennessee went 1-1 against. Assuming the Badgers take the Vols seriously, they should cover 14.
- Belmont (+12) vs. Florida: I don’t feel strongly either way in this one, because Belmont is a team that’s capable of beating Florida if they’re going nuts from beyond the arc; they’re also capable of losing by 20 if they had a cold night. Belmont had a cold night at Vanderbilt last week, but they don’t have those very often.
- George Washington vs. Georgia (-6): GW has an interim coach and hasn’t looked impressive so far this year, beating some of the dregs of Division 1 by weak margins. While they’re 3-0, I think Georgia gives the Colonials a harsh dose of reality here.
- Ole Miss (+9) vs. Creighton: Ole Miss will come out of the Paradise Jam with, at worst, a 2-1 record and a win over a decent St. Joseph’s team; they’re playing with house money here as no one will hold a loss to a top 25 team against them and they could really bolster their case for a tournament bid later. Expect the Rebels to keep this close.
- Bucknell at Vanderbilt (-12.5): Bucknell is one of the better teams in the Patriot League, but they haven’t been competitive in two games against power conference teams, losing to Wake Forest and Butler by 20-plus. Look for Vanderbilt to coast in this one.
- Alabama (-2) vs. Valparaiso: On paper these teams look to be of a similar quality, so I’ll take the team coached by the former NBA Coach of the Year over the one coached by a rookie head coach.