What Happened Last Night
Chaos, that’s what happened.
The SEC now has a three-way tie for first place after Alabama beat South Carolina, 90-86, in quadruple overtime. Note that there were 100 total possessions in this game if you think this was high scoring: The offenses didn’t fare too well but scored a lot of points in basically a game and a half. Sindarius Thornwell scored 44 points ... on 9-of-25 from the floor, and he also had 21 boards. Avery Johnson Jr. led the Tide with 23 points and ArMond Davis had 19, both off the bench.
So now, Kentucky and Florida are both in a tie for first place with the Wildcats beating LSU 92-85 (Note: this is not impressive given how bad LSU is right now) and Florida fought off Georgia in Athens, 72-60. Chris Chiozza is suddenly a scoring machine, dropping 15 on the Bulldogs.
Meanwhile, Arkansas is suddenly falling off the bubble. After losing to Missouri on Saturday, the Razorbacks fell behind Vanderbilt 25-4 in the first ten minutes — at home! — and ended up falling 72-59 in a game that wasn't even that close. And Auburn beat Mississippi State 98-92; both teams are now 5-6 in SEC play and Auburn is recovering from a slow start.
Both games tonight will be televised on the SEC Network and can be streamed on the WatchESPN app.
Ole Miss at Tennessee (6:30 PM ET): The fringes of the bubble meet in Knoxville tonight. Both teams are 5-5 in the SEC and while Tennessee has a decent resume, they’re also 13-10 overall and just lost to Mississippi State. Ole Miss has won two in a row and while they’re short on quality wins, they’ve largely avoided bad losses. In short both teams could use a win here and I will take Ole Miss (+7) as I think the Rebels can at least keep this game close.
Missouri at Texas A&M (8:30 PM ET): Well, Missouri at least knows they won't be going 0-18. Can they build on that? Doubtful, but they haven't given up on the season and I will take them (+13) because I don't think Texas A&M should be a 13-point favorite against any team with a pulse right now.