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January 3 SEC Basketball Schedule: Time, TV channel, watch online, odds, picks

Kentucky takes the floor in Baton Rouge. Plus, Ole Miss takes on Georgia while Mizzou faces South Carolina.

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What Happened Last Night

  • Auburn 94, Tennessee 84: The Auburn Tigers’ 13-1 start looks even better now following their 10-point win over the Tennessee Volunteers. The Tigers answered the bell on the road to earn their first conference win of the season. Five Auburn players got into double figures, including Mustapha Heron, who scored 16 points. Bryce Brown and Jared Harper chipped in 18 each, while Chuma Okeke scored 11 and Horace Spencer dropped 10. Grant Williams and his 22 points for the Vols were not enough, and neither was Lamonte Turner’s 25.
  • Vanderbilt 76, Alabama 75: The Vanderbilt Commodores survived a rush from the Alabama Crimson Tide to win 76-75 on Tuesday. Collin Sexton was terrific in the loss, scoring 24 points while shooting 8-14 from the field and 7-7 from the free throw line. However, Sexton’s efforts were not complemented well. Only junior forward Donta Hall joined him in double figures with 14 points, while the rest had nine or less. The Commodores, meanwhile, got great output from most. Saben Lee had 23 points, while Jeff Roberson dropped 17. Riley LaChance had 10 and Matthew Fisher-Davis had 11 points while shooting 4-7 from the field.
  • Mississippi State 78, Arkansas 75: Like Auburn, the Mississippi State Bulldogs jumped out to a 13-1 record on the year with their win on Tuesday. The Bulldogs triumphed 78-75 over the Arkansas Razorbacks in Starkville to win their first conference game of the year. Nick Weatherspoon and Quinndary Weatherspoon combined for 44 of State’s 78 points. With no other players getting into double figures, that effort by the Weatherspoons was more than enough for them to win. Arkansas got 24 points out of Daryl Macon and 17 from Daniel Gafford. However, they simply couldn’t stop the Weatherspoon brothers, so they wound up on the losing end.
  • Florida 83, Texas A&M 66: The Florida Gators jumped all over the Texas A&M Aggies on Tuesday. The Gators won 83-66 in College Station to send the 11th-ranked Ags into a spin. UF got 19 points from Egor Koulechov and 18 from Keith Stone. Chris Chiozza added 12 while Jalen Hudson had 11 points off the bench. The aforementioned Chiozza also had nine assists and four rebounds AND four steals, too. Robert Williams had 12 points from the Aggies and freshman Jay Jay Chandler scored 17. The fact is, though, the Aggies are quite banged up, and could see their terrific start go up in smoke soon.

Tonight’s Schedule

  • Ole Miss vs. Georgia (6:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network): The Ole Miss Rebels and Georgia Bulldogs will square off in Athens, where the vibes are pretty good these days. Yante Maten, arguably the best player in the SEC, will be in action, so this will be worth your attention for that reason alone.
  • Kentucky vs. LSU (8:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network): The nightcap of tonight’s SEC Network doubleheader pits the Kentucky Wildcats against the LSU Tigers. The Cats will be trekking down to the PMAC in Baton Rouge, where the 9-3 Tigers await. This could be interesting, given LSU’s early hot start, and their potency on offense.
  • Missouri vs. South Carolina (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2): For the first time since December 23, the Missouri Tigers are in action. Mizzou hits the road to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks. It’s been... a long time since the Tigers earned a road conference win. The last time it happened was January 28... 2014. They defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 75-71 at Bud Walton Arena that night. Will the streak be snapped? We’ll see.

Tom’s Picks

  • Georgia -4
  • Kentucky -2.5
  • Mizzou +2