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Today in SEC Basketball: January 9

We continue rolling along this week.

Murray State v Auburn Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The first set of weeknight SEC basketball is in the books. Let’s take a quick glance at what happened on Tuesday.

  • The Tennessee Volunteers made easy work of the Missouri Tigers, soundly defeating them 87-63. Kyle Alexander had 14 points and 17 rebounds on the night. Grant Williams only scored four points and they still won by 20+. That should tell you everything. Jordan Bowden had 20 points off the bench.
  • The Kentucky Wildcats bet the Texas A&M Aggies 85-74. Ashton Hagans scored 18 points and had five assists and five steals. Tyler Herro put up 21 points of his own, which led both sides. Despite the Aggies having four double figure scorers, they were not able to get it done.
  • Down in Baton Rouge, the LSU Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 88-79. LSU got 14 & 13 out of Kavell Bigby-Williams and 19 from Tremont Waters. Freshmen studs Ja’Vonte Smart and Darius Days had a combined 29 points off the bench. Alabama got 15 out of Kira Lewis, 10 from Herbert Jones and 12 from Alex Reese, but they could not stop the productivity the Fighting Tigers got.
  • Lastly, the South Carolina Gamecocks pulled off another stunner. The Gamecocks defeated the 14th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs 87-82 in overtime. This was a wild game that went back and forth and actually had no scoring in the last 1:50 of regulation. The efforts of Hassani Gravett, Maik Kotsar and A.J. Lawson aided them heavily in OT as State couldn’t stop that trio at all. Kotsar finished with 20 points and nine boards on the night. State got five double figure scorers from their starting five but just two points off the bench.


(All games can be streamed via WatchESPN)

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Georgia Bulldogs — 6:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Auburn Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels — 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Florida Gators vs. Arkansas Razorbacks — 8:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Auburn-Ole Miss is arguably the game of the night on Wednesday. It features the 11th- and 42nd-ranked teams on KenPom as of now and The Pavilion at Ole Miss is sure to be a fun environment. This is Auburn’s SEC opener, while Ole Miss already has a win under their belt, having defeated Vanderbilt last Saturday.

Elsewhere, Florida and Arkansas do battle in Fayetteville. The Hogs come into this game 1-0 in SEC play after defeating Texas A&M. UF, on the other hand, is 0-1 after losing by two to South Carolina. UF is hoping for better results and they’re a small favorite on KenPom in this game. But Bud Walton has always been a tough place to place.

Finally, Vanderbilt and Georgia look to avoid 0-2 starts in SEC play as they face off with each other. Stegeman Coliseum will play host to this one, and UGA is obviously hoping for better results than when they got blown out by Tennessee over the weekend. Vandy, of course, lost to Ole Miss by 10 back on Saturday, so they too are hoping things shake out better.