Let’s recap the night that was in SEC basketball:
Kentucky scored their fourth win in a row against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Wednesday night. The Cats won 71-62 over a feisty Vandy squad that wound up covering the mountainous spread that was laid down for this game. Saben Lee’s 21 points, along with three other double-figure scorers, were almost enough to take down UK at Rupp. But the Wildcats held strong and were able to slide out with a win. Tyrese Maxey and Nick Richards combined for 32 points, as Richards had 15 of those 32 points along with 11 rebounds.
LSU Tigers 90, Alabama Crimson Tide 76
LSU had been squeaking out wins lately, but such was not the case on Wednesday night. The Tigers triumphed 90-76 over rival Alabama at the PMAC for what was their ninth win in a row dating back to December 29. LSU got strong contributions out of their starting lineup, as all five were able to get into double figures. Emmitt Williams scored a game-high 23 points and collected 11 rebounds, one assist and a block with two turnovers in 31 minutes. Skylar Mays scored 18 points, while Trendon Watford dropped 17, Ja’Vonte Smart scored 12 and Darius Days chipped 12 in as well. Jaden Shackelford led Bama with 21 points of his own. LSU, now 7-0 in conference play, will face the Ole Miss Rebels this Saturday at PMAC.
Arkansas had an opportunity to rip the game away from South Carolina late. But a failed 3-point attempt gave the Gamecocks a huge road victory. Mason Jones’ 34-point performance wasn’t simply enough for the Hogs to get a W, as SC picked up their fourth conference win in the process, while Arkansas collected their fourth loss. Isaiah Joe gave Arkansas 16 points off the bench, but the starters’ scarce scoring was likely part of their undoing. A.J. Lawson scored 19 points and was one of four players — Maik Kotsar (10), Jair Bolden (12) and Trae Hannibal (11) — who got into double figures.
LOOKING AHEAD TO SATURDAY...
- Kentucky (16-4, 6-1) will face the Auburn Tigers (18-2, 5-2) in a pivotal showdown
- Reggie Perry and the Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-7, 4-3) play the Tennessee Volunteers (12-8, 4-3) in a matchup that could provide some shakeup in the middle of the conference
- Alabama (12-8, 4-3) faces Arkansas (15-5, 3-4) in another major middle-class matchup