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Today in SEC Hoops: December 16

It was busier yesterday than today, but there’s still games to be played.

NCAA Basketball: Mississippi at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s recap the busy day that was Saturday in a pinch, yes?

  • The Tennessee Volunteers are really impressive. We knew that already, but they took it to Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers on Saturday. Although the Tigers climbed back in the game, the Volunteers eventually were able to celebrate a 102-92 victory. It capped off a week in which they started it by defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs. While they’ll probably stay at the No. 3 position, there’s no denying that this team is legit.
  • The Kentucky Wildcats very much bounced back with their 88-61 win over the Utah Utes. They were primarily aided by a 24-point outburst by Keldon Johnson, and got 17 points from Tyler Herro.
  • The Georgia Bulldogs had a huge opportunity to take down the 20th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils. But, UGA fell apart at the end and lost 76-74 in Athens. Luguentz Dort propped them up with a layup with 11 seconds to go and then hit a free throw four seconds later following a steal. It will certainly be a game that they’re going to kicking themselves about for a while.
  • Although they were challenged, the Auburn Tigers were able to survive a strong test from the UAB Blazers. They defeated UAB 75-71 in overtime and will likely hold their ground in the rankings this week. They have a firm test coming up in Raleigh this week against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, which should prove to be a fun one.
  • The Mississippi State Bulldogs should continue to climb in the rankings after their 70-59 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats. State got 14 points from Lamar Peters who also dished out nine assists and picked up two steals, as well. Quinndary Weatherspoon got 14 points and got 12 points apiece from Reggie Perry and Tyson Carter off the bench.
  • The LSU Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies both picked up victories at neutral sites. The Aggies defeated the Oregon State Beavers in Portland, while LSU defeated the Saint Mary’s Gaels in Las Vegas.

The lone game of the day pits the Chattanooga Mocs up against the SEC’s Ole Miss Rebels. Ole Miss is looking to make it five wins in a row after taking down the Southeastern Louisiana Lions earlier in the week. The Rebels have looked quite strong and Chattanooga isn’t exactly a top-tier team out in the SoCon. They are 5-6 at this point and have one of the worst offenses in the nation.

You can find this game at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT on the SEC Network. It will be available via WatchESPN.