Let’s take a quick glance at what happened on Tuesday first:
- Florida Gators 75, Tennessee Volunteers 49: This was a pretty shocking drubbing. Florida manhandled Tennessee and won 75-49 to end a recent slide. The Volunteers’ only lead was 2-0 in the opening seconds of the game. Florida took the ball and ran with it, leading by as many as 28 in this one. The Gators got four double-figure outputs, earning them from Noah Locke, Tyree Appleby, Tre Mann and Ques Glover. Tennessee’s John Fulkerson led all scorers though with 15 points in the losing effort.
- Missouri Tigers 81, South Carolina Gamecocks: 70: Mizzou jumped out to a huge lead on South Carolina in the opening minutes. The Tigers never wound up looking back, earning an 81-70 victory on Tuesday night. The Gamecocks never led in this one, as Mizzou kept their foot on the gas pedal from end to end. Jeremiah Tilmon, Mark Smith and Dru Smith led with 19, 18 and 16 points respectively. Tilmon had a double-double with 10 rebounds to go with those 19 points. He also had two assists, three steals and three blocks for as good an outing as you will see. South Carolina’s Keyshawn Bryant matched him with 19 points off the bench, and the Gamecocks got 17 from Trey Anderson and 10 from Justin Minaya also.
- Ole Miss Rebels 64, Mississippi State Bulldogs 46: Ole Miss pulled off an upset with a 64-46 win over State. The Rebels, 2.5-point underdogs, routed State on their home floor, winning 64-46. Devontae Shuler helped lead the Rebs to victory with a 22-point outburst on an 8-for-13 night. Jarkel Joiner dropped 12 points to join him in double figures on the night. While DJ Stewart and Tolu Smith had 18 and 10 points, that was not nearly enough for State to pick up the W on Tuesday night.
- Alabama Crimson Tide 105, LSU Tigers 75: Alabama was a mere 1.5-point favorite over LSU on the road. But the Tide rolled into PMAC and came out with a 30-point drubbing of the Tigers. The rout for ‘Bama puts them atop the SEC and they have certainly earned that recognition at this point. The Tide got 24 points out of John Petty, 22 from Joshua Primo and Jahvon Quinerly and 13 out of the great Herbert Jones. Jones shot 4-for-6 from the floor and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line, with three boards, five assists and a steal in just 24 minutes. LSU did get 21 out of freshman star Cameron Thomas, but apart from the 12 and 11 scored by Javonte Smart and Trendon Watford, they were unable to match the Tide’s prodigious production.
(All times Eastern)
This isn’t the most exciting night of basketball, but the hoops will bring attention regardless. Kentucky, mired in one of their worst seasons in recent memory — maybe ever — travels to Athens to take on Georgia. They’re a pretty hearty favorite over the Bulldogs, although it will be interesting to see how that plays out. They haven’t been road faves much at all this year, and ATS they’ve been pretty suboptimal. As far as tangible reasons on the court, Kentucky’s sluggishness shooting the ball always puts them in a bind. Especially when playing a solid defense. Georgia has a pretty decent defense, although they do have a weakness inside. But it’s one UK may struggle with exploiting, as they’ve only shot 46.7 percent on 2-point field goal attempts. Much with anything UK does, this will be intriguing for many reasons.
Then, we’ll have Auburn tango with Arkansas. This will be an intriguing matchup, given that both teams’ offenses are pretty well-rounded. Auburn does struggle shooting the ball from deep, but they are in the Top 25 in 2-point FG%. Auburn may have a tough time corralling Arkansas’ offense. Although it’s not high-powered, they may possess an ability to exploit the Tigers’ weakness. Auburn ranks 197th in in 2PT FG% allowed, and Arkansas shoots 51 percent on 2-point tries. It will be interesting to see if that winds up being the deciding factor in this one. It very well could, given that both teams have good, solid perimeter defenses.