What lies ahead for the SEC on Tuesday evening? Let’s take a look!
(All times Eastern)
Off the heels of their first conference loss of the season, Alabama looks to get back on track against a South Carolina team that has been marred by inconsistency this season. The Gamecocks are just 5-7 this season due to a COVID shutdown costing the team nearly a full month of action. The past two weeks have been a roller coaster for the Gamecocks, going 2-2 with wins over Florida and Georgia and losses to Vandy and Mississippi State
As noted, Alabama’s loss to Missouri marked the Tide’s first conference defeat of the season. They should be able to bounce back against the lowly Gamecocks. Alabama comes into the game boasting the nation’s second-best defense per KenPom, behind just conference foe Tennessee.
Elsewhere in the conference, the season-long struggle of the Kentucky Wildcats continues, as Kentucky hosts Arkansas, looking to avoid its second 4+ game losing streak of the season. This whole season is uncharted territory for John Calipari, as he has already tied his highest loss total at Kentucky and is projected to lose 15+ games for the first time since 2004 at Memphis.
Arkansas has been one of the most well-rounded teams in the conference this season, really pulling things together after a tough start to pull to 6-4 in SEC play. The Razorbacks have won four straight conference games, and even with a non-conference loss to Oklahoma State mixed in there, they are returning to the form that got them to the 9-0 start to the season.
Auburn and Vanderbilt round out the evening’s action. The Commodores have struggled in SEC play, coming into the game at 1-7 on the season. Auburn has had their share of struggles of late, as well, dropping games to Georgia and Mississippi. The Tigers have looked a bit shaky on defense throughout conference play, but have been one of the SEC’s best offenses, which should be enough to lead them past Vandy.