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Today in SEC Basketball: February 13

Last night proved to be a doozy. How will Wednesday fare?

LSU v Kentucky Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Before we get to today’s action, let’s look back at last night’s.

We can start by talking about what happened in Lexington. The LSU Tigers pulled off a stunner, winning at the buzzer at Rupp Arena to knock off the Kentucky Wildcats. The win came in a little bit of controversial fashion. There certainly appeared to be enough to call basket interference on LSU, which would’ve negated the bucket and instead send the game into OT. But, that call is not reviewable, so the refs gave them the bucket, and the bucket gave them the 73-71 win in the process.

Needless to say, we’ll be looking back at this one for a while, especially if it causes a stir in the standings, given the fact that this was their only matchup of the season.

LSU got 15 points from Tremont Waters, and PJ Washington showed out yet again with 20 points and nine boards for the Cats.

Meanwhile, the Missouri Tigers survived a strong effort by the Arkansas Razorbacks in the late stages of the game to win 79-78. A crucial free throw by Jordan Geist helped keep them in front even after a Daniel Gafford dunk to make it a one point game. Xavier Pinson and Ronnie Scruggs were pivotal down the stretch, as the two scored nine consecutive points between each other from the 5:52 mark to the 2:33 mark.

Jeremiah Tilmon got in on the action, as well, scoring 21 points. The aforementioned Gafford led the game with 26 points and went 12-for-17 from the field. The loss put Mike Anderson at 2-5 at Mizzou Arena with Arkansas since the Tigers joined the SEC.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs evened up things with the Alabama Crimson Tide, defeating them 81-62 on Tuesday. The Bulldogs got revenge for an earlier loss to the Tide in Tuscaloosa with this near-20 point rout. Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 20 points and missed just two shots from the floor. Lamar Peters had a game-high 22 points while Kira Lewis Jr. scored 17 to lead the Tide.

Finally, the Texas A&M Aggies cruised to a 73-56 win over the Georgia Bulldogs. The win makes it two in a row for A&M after they were in the midst of a terrible losing streak not too long ago. T.J. Starks scored 19 points to lead both sides, doing so in just 26 minutes off the bench. Christian Mekowulu put up 15 & 15, putting on a dominant showing, while Jay Jay Chandler had 18 points in 25 minutes off the bench.

Nicolas Claxton led Georgia with 18 points and had a double-double with 10 boards. Jordan Harris came close to a double-double too, finishing with 10 points and eight boards.


WEDNESDAY’S SLATE

SOUTH CAROLINA vs. TENNESSEE
6:30 p.m. ET | SEC Network | WatchESPN

In their last go-around, the Tennessee Volunteers ended the South Carolina Gamecocks’ winning ways in the SEC with a 92-70 beatdown in Columbia. The Vols will be taking aim at the Gamecocks again on Wednesday night as they look to keep the ball rolling. They’ve won an astounding 18 games in a row to this point, their lone loss of the year coming all the way back on November 23 to the Kansas Jayhawks. There’s a good chance they keep that ball rolling on Wednesday night. They haven’t lost at Thompson-Boling Arena since all the way back on January 2 of last year.

OLE MISS vs. AUBURN
8:30 p.m. ET | SEC Network | WatchESPN

While the top team in the SEC is in action tonight, two teams looking to escape the middle of the pack will face each other. The Ole Miss Rebels, 6-4 in SEC play, travel to the plains to take on the Auburn Tigers, who’re 5-5 at this point. These two faced off in their respective conference openers back on January 9, and Ole Miss ran roughshod on Auburn at The Pavilion. The Tigers will hope to do the same, but Ole Miss is certainly hungry for a season sweep of their adversaries from Alabama.

VANDERBILT vs. FLORIDA
9 p.m. ET | ESPNU | WatchESPN

Finally, the Vanderbilt Commodores’ continued quest for win #1 in SEC play this season marches on. The Commodores will travel to the O-Dome to take on the Florida Gators. Vandy is stuck in an 11-game losing streak, having not put up a single victory in the year 2019 yet. The Gators are caught in a three-game losing streak, but are pretty considerable favorites tonight for good reason. Will Vandy get their first win? It’s not too likely. But hey, anything can happen right?