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Today in SEC Hoops: November 29

One game on the docket tonight.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Alabama vs Villanova Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Before we get into tonight’s lone game of the night, let’s look at what happened a night ago.

The SEC went 4-0 in Wednesday night’s action. If you read our post yesterday, you’d know that’s not really a surprise. The level of competition wasn’t up to snuff, and the only ‘competitive’ game wound up being... well, the only competitive game. That was the matchup between the Ole Miss Rebels and San Diego Toreros, and Ole Miss prevailed 93-86. Isaiah Pineiro got his, scoring 21 for the Toreros, but his efforts were not enough to give San Diego the victory. Breein Tyree picked up 22 points and only had one missed shot all night. Pretty good effort.

Nick Mayo and his 23 points weren’t enough for the Eastern Kentucky Colonels to get the win over the Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols won 95-67 in a game where they trailed just 5-3 at the 17 minute mark in the 1st half. Their lead swelled to as big as 32 points at one point, and were hardly ever fazed. Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield both got 20+ points, with Williams edging Schofield with 21 of his own.

The Auburn Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats each handled their business against New Jersey schools. The Tigers defeated the Saint Peter’s Peacocks 99-49, while UK beat down the Monmouth Hawks 90-44. Tyler Herro had 16 points for the ‘Cats and eight rebounds and five steals. Five! Bryce Brown and Anfernee McLemore, meanwhile, had 19 points each in Auburn’s win. Austin Wiley had 16 points off the bench and Malik Dunbar added 14 off the bench, too.


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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. UCF Knights — 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Great news! Alabama and UCF are finally facing off!

Well. Except this is actually on the hardwood. Not the gridiron. Nevertheless, this could be pretty competitive. ‘Bama and UCF are both Top 60 teams on KenPom, with the Tide being ranked 60th while the Knights sit at 43rd. Both defenses have been strong this season, UCF’s especially, particularly so in the paint. You might want to tune into this one if you’re feeling a bit of a void from football this week.