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January 31 SEC Basketball Schedule

We end the first month of 2018 with three conference matchups.

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What Happened Last Night

  • Georgia 72, Florida 60: The Florida Gators sputtered in Athens, falling 72-60 to the Georgia Bulldogs. The Dawgs were aided in a big way by Yante Maten, who put up 20 points while shooting 50 percent from the field on 14 attempts and 5-5 from the free throw line. UF was held to just nine points in the final 10 minutes of the game while UGA put up 22, which proved to be a pivotal turning point in the matchup.
  • Auburn 79, Ole Miss 70: The Auburn Tigers continue to distance themselves from the pack in the SEC. They now have a two game lead after their 79-70 win over the Ole Miss Rebels. The Tigers got 23 points out of junior Bryce Brown, who shot 9-16 from the field and committed no turnovers in 32 minutes. Mustapha Heron, Jared Harper and Anfernee McLemore chipped in double figure performances, with Heron posting 16 points. The Rebels had four players in double figures too, but their grisly mark of 5-21 from the 3-point line may have been a major difference maker.
  • Kentucky 83, Vanderbilt 81 (OT): The Kentucky Wildcats edged the Vanderbilt Commodores 83-81 at Rupp, avoiding their first loss to Vandy in Lexington in over 10 years. The Commodores had a 33-27 lead at the half and opened their lead up to 55-46 with 10 minutes to go. UK, though, went on a 25-16 run in the final 10 minutes to force OT. There, Kentucky outlasted Vandy, edging them 12-10 in the final period. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a top-tier performance, putting up 30 points in 338 minutes with only three turnovers. The Cats also got 18 from reigning Freshman of the Week, Kevin Knox, who shot 6-15 from the field and got eight boards with just one turnover in 40 minutes. A 23-point performance by Jeff Roberson, who shot 10-11 from the three throw line and had eight boards and two assists in 43 minutes, was not enough for Vandy to pick UK off.
  • Texas A&M 80, Arkansas 66: The Texas A&M Aggies got off the schneid in a big way with their 80-66 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Tyler Davis had 15 and 13 with no turnovers and a block in 34 minutes of action. T.J. Starks put up 16 points of his own with five assists and four rebounds while Robert Williams had 10 points and seven boards with four assists and three blocks. It was a complete effort for the Aggies, who at 3-6 are desperately looking to climb back up the ladder in the SEC.

Tonight’s Schedule

  • LSU Tigers (12-8, 3-5) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (15-5, 5-3): Tennessee will host Tremont Waters and LSU on Wednesday night. These two teams haven’t met yet in SEC play. UT has won six of their last seven, and last we saw them, they took down the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, 68-45. LSU, on the other hand, has not fared so well. They’ve lost four of their last five and five of their last eight dating back to their SEC opener against Kentucky on January 3. LSU is 4-4 against teams ranked in the Top 40 on KenPom, and Tennessee is ranked 10th right now, so we’ll see how they fare against the Vols Wednesday night in Knoxville.
  • Mississippi State Bulldogs (15-6, 3-5) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (13-8, 4-4): Two teams that have been skittish so far in SEC play meet in Columbia. Mississippi State is 3-5 in SEC play and have won just two of their last seven games entering play on Wednesday night. South Carolina, on the other hand, has been a little topsy turvy. Since their SEC opener, the Gamecocks are 4-5. They’ve won three of their last five games and four of their last seven. But the last we saw them, the Texas Tech Red Raiders handled them in Columbia, dishing out a 70-63 defeat.
  • Missouri Tigers (13-8, 3-5) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (14-7, 5-3): Mizzou has been mired in a three-game losing streak. Unfortunately for the Tigers, it doesn’t figure to get any easier. On Wednesday night, they travel to Tuscaloosa to face Collin Sexton and Alabama. The Tide have been rolling of late, as they’ve won five of their last six entering play on Wednesday. That includes a big 80-73 win over Trae Young and the Oklahoma Sooners over the weekend. ‘Bama is definitely gaining confidence, and it feels like these two teams are heading in opposite directions right now.