What Happened Yesterday
There was quite a LOT that went down on Friday in the SEC.
Let’s start with the Missouri Tigers, who proved that they can win without Michael Porter Jr. again. Mizzou took down the St. John's Red Storm 90-82 in the AdvoCare Invitational down in Orlando. Despite 31 from Shamorie Ponds, the Tigers won with balance as five players finished in double figures. Jordan Barnett led with 19, Kassius Robertson put up 17, Jontay Porter racked up 16, Kevin Puryear amassed 15 while Jordan Geist finished with 11.
Also, the Florida Gators won a doozy of a game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 111-105 in double OT in the PK80. Jalen Hudson led with 35 points in 31 minutes of action, while Chris Chiozza and KeVaughn Allen had 26 and 23 respectively. UF will get a crack at the high-powered Duke Blue Devils in their bracket’s finale on Sunday. Speaking of the PK80, the Arkansas Razorbacks unfortunately didn’t have a similar fate. The Hogs were bounced 87-68 by the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Vanderbilt Commodores didn’t find much luck in Brooklyn, as they were taken down 72-59 by the Seton Hall Pirates. Jeff Roberson led all Vandy players with 20 points, but the efforts of Desi Rodriguez, Angel Delgado and Myles Powell were far too much. The Georgia Bulldogs didn’t fare so well in their Wooden Legacy agame agaisnt the San Diego State Aztecs, falling 75-68 out in Fullerton.
The Tennessee Volunteers salvaged their trip to Atlantis, winning 67-58 over the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The now 4-1 Vols were powered to victory by the efforts of Grant Williams, who scored a team-high 14 points. Jordan Bowden and Jordan Bone added 10 and 13 each.
Lastly, the Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide each picked up wins. The Tide defeated the BYU Cougars 71-59 in Brooklyn, while the Tigers defeated the Winthrop Eagles 119-85 down in their home dwelling.
There is just one game today. The aforementioned Crimson Tide will battle Jordan Murphy, Reggie Lynch and the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Brooklyn. The game will be aired on... Facebook Live at 4 p.m. CT.