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Today in SEC Basketball: January 16

After an eventful Tuesday, we now move on to Wednesday.

Vanderbilt v Kentucky Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Before we dive into what’s happening on this Wednesday evening, let’s look into Tuesday’s action.


The Tennessee Volunteers continue to dish it out. The Vols won 106-87 at home against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Tuesday. It was a full-throated effort from the Vols as they got double figures from five different players. Lamonte Turner played just 19 minutes but scored 21 points and was 6-for-8 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the FT line. Grant Williams put up 18 points and had seven boards, and was a perfect 14-for-14 (yup) from the FT line. The Vols went 35-for-39 from the line, which no doubt helped their cause in a big way.


The Mississippi State Bulldogs and Florida Gators traded baskets down the stretch. In the end, a layup+1 by Quinndary Weatherspoon wrapped up a 71-68 victory for the Bulldogs over the Gators. The Gators fell to the Bulldogs despite holding a five-point lead with 2:56 to go in the second half. Their ineffectiveness from 3-point land sticks out like a sore thumb as they shot just 32.3 percent from beyond the arc compared to State’s 58.8 percent mark from long distance.The aforementioned Weatherspoon scored nine points like Nick Weatherspoon did, but Lamar Peters was the leader in points with 16. KeVaughn Allen had a stellar showing, going for 17 points, three assists, a steal and two boards.


The Kentucky Wildcats dusted up the Georgia Bulldogs 69-49 as their defense is rounding into form. This was the second game in a row that they’ve held an opponent to under 50 points and the third time in the last five games that they held an opponent to under 60 points. Georgia’s largest lead was merely five points in the early goings of the first half, but they just couldn’t overcome the Wildcats. They were held to just 18 points in the second half including merely eight in the first 10 minutes. Ashton Hagans had 23 points as his superb play continues. It’s the third game in a row that he’s had at least 15 points and he’s shot 20-for-33 from the field over that span, as well, and 15-for-18 from the FT line.


The good vibes couldn’t be maintained for Kermit DavisOle Miss Rebels. The Rebels fell at home 83-69 to the LSU Tigers on Tuesday night. Tremont Waters was awesome yet again as he scored 20 points and had nine assists with four boards and three steals to go along with that. Terence Davis led both sides with 21 points but it took him 20 shots to get to that mark. LSU is now 13-3 on the season and 3-0 in conference play, as they’ve won their last six in a row.


(All games can be streamed via WatchESPN)

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt Commodores — 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Auburn Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies — 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Alabama Crimson Tigers vs. Missouri Tigers — 9 p.m. ET, SEC Network

The most intriguing of matchups will feature Auburn taking on Texas A&M in College Station. Auburn is a projected favorite in this one of course, as the Aggies are not quite on the level of the Tigers. It should still be a fun contest featuring the Tigers’ wide array of talent and T.J. Starks and Co. on the Aggies.

‘Bama-MIzzou could be a fun one, too. The two teams are pretty evenly matched up, and Mizzou is projected to win by just one point on KenPom at the moment. South Carolina-Vandy may be fun in some ways, but it’s the “weakest” of the matchups as far as the KP #s go at the moment.

Still, this could be another eventful night in the conference. We’ll see how things shake out.