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Today in SEC Hoops: November 27

Where Mizzou-Temple is the best game of the night.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Missouri vs Florida State Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

So, we’ve been a little bit slow lately (no thanks to the holidays) so we apologize for the delay on some of these posts we try to do frequently. Nevertheless, let’s get cracking. Here’s the slate for tonight’s round of SEC hoops:


(All games available via WatchESPN)

Florida Gators vs. North Florida Ospreys — 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Kennesaw State Fighting Owls — 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Savannah State Tigers — 8 p.m. ET, SEC Network+
Missouri Tigers vs. Temple Owls — 9 p.m. ET, SEC Network

The Big Ten-ACC Challenge will have all the attention tonight. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that a lot of these games are attractive watches, because let’s face it: They’re not. We’ve got three games with matchups featuring sub-200 KenPom teams and two in the high 300s. These should all be blowouts. Although since Texas Southern just upset the Oregon Ducks last night out in Eugene, anything’s possible, I guess.

The best matchup of the night features Mizzou squaring off with Temple. These two teams are ranked 86th and 88th on KenPom as of writing. The Tigers haven’t been doing things too particularly well on offense, as they’ve been hovering between 60-70 points per game this season. Their highest output was 69 against the Oregon State Beavers, which ought to tell you a lot. Defensively, they’ve been fine, although they gave up 82 to the Kansas State Wildcats the last time we saw them. Luckily, Temple’s offense hasn’t been too great, although they’ve at least hit the 80-point threshold three times.

Vanderbilt, meanwhile, goes into their game against Savannah State without Darius Garland. This will be a theme, of course, as he is unfortunately out for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. We will have to see how they play without him, as he was their leading scorer through the first five games of the season.

Other than that? This slate’s pretty dry. Won’t sugarcoat it. Tune in if you want to.