Before we go to Wednesday’s schedule, let’s banter about last night.
First and foremost... Mizzou, what was that? I know that you lost to Butler and Oklahoma back to back in KC. But Charleston Southern? At home??? That’s really bad. The Tigers shot just 15.4 percent from long range, a ghoulish mark to say the least. Especially considering that Charleston Southern was able to connect on 10 of their 22 3-point shots (45.5 percent) in the game. Mizzou is going to have to figure things out... and quickly, because otherwise this could turn into a full-fledged disaster. In short order.
The Ole Miss Rebels, meanwhile, fell into what was an expected trap against Butler. The Rebels fell 67-58 at home to the visiting Bulldogs, who remain unbeaten with an 8-0 record after Tuesday’s win. The Rebs could not stop Kamar Baldwin, who went off for 31 points in the W. No other Bulldog eclipsed double figures, but it simply didn’t matter because of Baldwin’s performance. Ole Miss’ Breein Tyree scored 22 points off the bench and Khadim Sy had 12 in 29 minutes.
The biggest and perhaps best performance of the night came from the Vanderbilt Commodores. Jerry Stackhouse’s Commodores dismantled the Buffalo Bulls to the tune of a 90-76 victory. The ‘Dores got four double figure performances, including a 25-point outing off the bench by Saben Lee. Aaron Nesmith led all starters with 16 points, while Clevon Brown had 14 and Maxwell Evans dropped 13. At 6-2, Vandy certainly appears to be on the right pathway under Stackhouse, and a win like this over one of the better mid-major teams in the nation will only help boost their confidence.
The LSU Tigers bowled through the New Orleans Privateers elsewhere. The Tigers won 90-54 in a game they controlled from end to end. The Tigers got five double figure performances from their players in the win. Trendon Watford and Emmitt Williams each scored 18 points in the win, and Charles Manning Jr. had 13. Javonte Smart and Darius Days, meanwhile, dropped 12 points apiece on the Privateers.
Finally, the Arkansas Razorbacks were able to stay within the ranks of the unbeaten, as they defeated the Austin Peay Governors 69-61. The game was pretty tight down the stretch, but the Hogs were able to stave off the upset-minded Governors. Jimmy Whitt Jr. led all scorers with 17 points, while Isaiah Joe and the great Mason Jones each had 16 points in the win. Terry Taylor of Austin Peay led all scorers with 20, but did so in a losing effort.
(All times Eastern)
Florida A&M Rattlers vs. Tennessee Volunteers (-29.5) — 7 p.m., SEC Network
NC Central Eagles vs. Georgia Bulldogs (-22.5) — 7 p.m., SEC Network+
South Carolina Gamecocks (-1.5) vs. UMass Minutemen — 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network
This is a pretty dry slate, all things considered. The most intriguing game is between the Gamecocks and Minutemen, which will happen out in Amherst. It is obviously the closest point spread of them all, and is the closest on KenPom too (SC is projected to win by three points). South Carolina best beware T.J. Weeks, who’s probably been UMass’ best player to this point in the season.
Other than that? Anthony Edwards will probably do rude things to NC Central to help UGA pick up a win, and Yves Pons and Tennessee should likely roll against FAMU.