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SEC Basketball Saturday recap

Here’s what went down on an eventful day

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Another Saturday of hoops is in the books. Let’s take a look back at what happened, shall we?


The Florida Gators ended their two-game losing streak with a 62-52 win over the Georgia Bulldogs. The Gators got 13 points out of KeVaughn Allen, as Allen made three 3-pointers on the afternoon. Noah Locke dropped two 3-pointers, as they shot 37 percent as a team. Locke finished with 10 points as the lone other Gator to get into double figures. Georgia got 10 points from Jordan Harris but no one else got into double figures.


It wasn’t easy, but the Tennessee Volunteers extended their winning streak to 12 on Saturday. The Vols edged the Alabama Crimson Tide 71-68 as they picked up their fifth SEC win on the season. The Vols trailed by three with 4:58 to go in the game, but still managed to pick up the victory. It would’ve been a bit tumultuous had they lost, seeing as they held a lead as large as 15 at one point. Admiral Schofield had a tough day at the office. Despite going for 12 & 11 he shot 4-for-17 from the field. They got 21 from Grant Williams but he was 8-for-17 from the field. Jordan Bowden and Jordan Bone, meanwhile, were both terrific, as they scored a combined 22 points and shot a combined 10-for-17 from the floor. The best player on the floor was arguably Alabama’s John Petty, who had 30 points in 32 minutes and was 11-for-18 from the field, including a robust 6-for-10 day from beyond the arc.


The game of the day on Saturday was arguably at Auburn Arena. The Kentucky Wildcats came away with an 82-80 victory over the Auburn Tigers in a hotly contested battle. Bryce Brown and Tyler Herro made big shot after big shot down the stretch, as did Jared Harper and Keldon Johnson. In the end, Kentucky was able to escape with a huge victory but make no mistake: Auburn showed a tremendous effort and displayed why they’re one of the best teams in the conference even though they were on the losing side of things here.


The Mississippi State Bulldogs have made it two in a row after starting off 0-2 in SEC play. After defeating Florida earlier in the week, State knocked off the Vanderbilt Commodores 71-55 in Nashville. They can thank Quinndary Weatherspoon, as he went off for 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Weatherspoon committed no turnovers despite playing 32 minutes. They also got 10 points from both Aric Holman and Tyson Carter. Saben Lee and Aaron Nesmith got 13 and 11 respectively for the ‘Dores, but everyone else was held to seven or less.


The Missouri Tigers picked up their first conference win of the season as they went down to College State and put on an impressive defensive display against the Texas A&M Aggies. The 43 points allowed were the fewest by a Mizzou opponent since Mississippi State scored just 36 against the Tigers in 2013. Jordan Geist had a strong game with 17 points and five assists, and Kevin Puryear finished just shy of a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. For A&M, Josh Nebo led the way with 12 points. The Aggies finished the game with the same number of made field goals (13) and made free throws (13). Texas A&M is now 1-4 in SEC play.


For the first time since 2005-06, the LSU Tigers are 4-0 to start SEC play. Naz Reid led the way with 15 points against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Kavell Bigby-Williams also chipped in with a double-double (12 points and 11 rebounds). AJ Lawson had 18 points in the loss for South Carolina, who are now 4-1 in SEC play.


Kermit Davis’ first year as head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels continues to be a smashing success as Ole Miss improved to 4-1 in SEC play and 14-3 on the season. SEC second-leading scorer Breein Tyree led the Rebels with 22 points, and Terence Davis flirted with a triple-double, finishing the night with 18 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Arkansas has now lost four straight SEC games, putting them at 1-4 on the year.