Let’s go over last weekend’s proceedings, shall we?
Mississippi State Bulldogs 67, Kansas State Wildcats 61: Mississippi State bounced back from their loss to Louisiana Tech with a 67-61 win over K-State. It was nothing if not ugly, but the Bulldogs still pulled off a win on a neutral floor against a pretty solid team. Considering that they were down 12 over halfway through the first half, it was a reedeeming win for the Bulldogs. Abdul Ado led the way with 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, and missed just one field goal attempt all day.
Arkansas Razorbacks 98, Tulsa Golden Hurricane 79: Arkansas may have suffered defeat for the first time on December 7, but they leapt back into the win column this past Saturday. They won 98-79 over Tulsa, dominating the Golden Hurricane from start to finish. Despite the fact that Tulsa got four double-figure performances, they could not corral Mason Jones . Like, at all. Jones scored 41 points, went 12-for-18 from the floor and 12-for-13 from the free throw line. He committed just one turnover in 39 minutes, and accounted for six rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block. It was an unfathomably great performance and one that’s going to be tough to top for ANYBODY in the nation.
Penn State Nittany Lions 73, Alabama Crimson Tide 71: For the second time this year, Alabama was clipped by an opponent. This time it was Penn State who did the clipping, as the Nittany Lions defeated the Crimson Tide 73-71. ‘Bama held a 52-43 lead with 14:53 to play in the game. PSU then proceeded to outscore them 30-19 the rest of the way. While they certainly battled (Penn State’s largest lead was five points), the Nittany Lions were able to avert danger while the Tide slipped and fell again. They’re now 4-5 on the year, as things are not looking great for Nate Oats in his first season in T-Town.
Memphis Tigers 51, Tennessee Volunteers 47: Tennessee was held down by in-state adversary Memphis at home in Knoxville on Saturday. The Tigers defeated the Vols 51-47, this after posting just five points in the first 10 minutes of the game. They outscored the Vols in the next two 10-minute segments, and fell into a 13-13 dead heat in the final 10 minutes. Tennessee wasn’t able to scrape a W together though, as they fell to 7-2 on the season with the loss.
Ole Miss Rebels 82, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 64: Ole Miss boat-raced Middle Tennessee 82-64 on Saturday afternoon. Thanks in large part to dropping 30 points in the first 10 minutes of the game, the Rebels pulled off their seventh win of the season with ease. Breein Tyree scored 34 points and made eight 3-pointers en route to the win.
Auburn Tigers 67, Saint Louis Billikens 61: There are four teams who are undefeated through this point in the season. Auburn is still one of them after defeating SLU 67-61 over the weekend. Auburn handled their business at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, especially J’Von McCormick. McCormick scored 20 points and had seven rebounds and six assists, as it was quite the night for the senior guard. Isaac Okoro had a big day with 12 points, five rebounds and an assist and a block.
Kentucky Wildcats 67, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 53: Kentucky picked up their sixth win in a row as they defeated Georgia Tech in Lexington. Ashton Hagans led the charge with 21 points in 35 minutes of action, while Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards chipped in 16 and 12 on their own. Georgia Tech couldn’t muster up as much on offense, and while they made more 3-pointers (5) than Kentucky did (4) their percentage of 27.8 percent from beyond the arc fell short of UK’s 33.3 percent. As did their six FT attempts to UK’s 18, which the Wildcats made 15 of.
Arizona State Sun Devils 79, Georgia Bulldogs 59: While UGA played ASU close for much of the game, things unraveled for the Dawgs out of the break in the second half. Georgia allowed the Sun Devils to put up 25 points to their 16 in the first 10 minutes of the second half, which ultimately led to their 79-59 demise. Georgia didn’t get much production out of their starters besides Anthony Edwards, as Edwards’ 13 points were just one point less than the output from Tyree Crump, Rayshaun Hammonds and Donnell Gresham Jr. While they got 15 from Tye Fagan and eight from Sahvir Wheeler, that was just not nearly enough.
Liberty Flames 61, Vanderbilt Commodores 56: Vanderbilt couldn’t piece together two wins in a row after their big win over the Buffalo Bulls on December 3. The layoff they had did not aid them to victory, as Liberty defeated the Commodores 61-56. The game was a bit back and forth and Vandy led by as many as nine and held a 35-27 edge in the beginning of the second half. But the Commodores soon unraveled and could not keep up. They scored nine points in the first 10 minutes of the second half and the 17 they scored the rest of the way did not best the 20 Liberty scored and 34 total points they had in the second half. Aaron Nesmith and Saben Lee had 19 and 16 respectively.