Football is winding to a close, and non-conference play in basketball has finally come to a halt as well. We’ve reached conference play and the first slate of SEC basketball matchups are officially in the books. With plenty more games finishing up on Tuesday night, it’s time to take a look back at the best plays from the first week of SEC hoops.
Malik Monk’s crossover layup
One of last week’s most-shared highlights came midway through the first half of Kentucky’s game against Ole Miss last Thursday. Kentucky’s Malik Monk, a player who is well-known across the nation for his scoring abilities, pulled off an amazing off-balance layup in transition that was only the beginning of what would be a long night for the Rebels.
Admon Gilder’s elevation
While last Thursday night might have proved disappointing for a Texas A&M team that lost at home to a Tennessee squad that was a 10-point underdog, the Aggies had a few highlight reel-worthy plays they can at least be proud of. The best of which involved a high-flying, one-handed dunk from Admon Gilder that caused him to lose one of his shoes in the process.
Devin Robinson’s rim destruction
Florida managed to pull off an impressive road win last Thursday in Fayetteville, all while rattling off ferocious dunks in the process. The most stunning of which involved Devin Robinson, who, after catching an inbounds pass that flew over the backboard, hung in the air for about 30 minutes—give or take—before throwing down a monster slam. This is a dunk.
T.J. Dunan’s espionage
Last week’s Georgia-Auburn game was about as entertaining as they come. In front of a sellout crowd in Auburn Arena, the Georgia Bulldogs managed to pull off an impressive comeback to steal a road win. In one of the crazier moments during the game, Auburn’s T.J. Dunan walks over to Mark Fox’s huddle, where is EMBRACED by the Georgia players.
Isaiah Briscoe’s triple-double
As if Kentucky’s win last Thursday couldn’t have gotten any better, it also featured Isaiah Briscoe putting up what was only the third triple-double in school history. Funny enough, it was actually the second triple-double of the year for Kentucky, as the first was recorded by De’Aaron Fox when the Wildcats crushed Arizona State in November. One interesting aspect of Briscoe’s triple-double is that he was in danger of not recording it unless he got a 10th rebound late in the game. Kentucky’s Derrick Willis went to the line and intentionally missed a free throw in order for Briscoe to record the 10th rebound, a fact that he discusses here.