Before we talk about what happens tonight, let’s go into Wednesday:
- Alabama Crimson Tide 81, South Carolina Gamecocks 78: Alabama fought in a back-and-forth battle and emerged victorious Tuesday night. The Tide escaped Columbia with an 81-78 win over upset-minded South Carolina. The game came down to the final possession, but the Tide were able to outdo their adversary and pull off the much-needed win. It was a bounce back performance after absorbing a loss to Mizzou over the weekend, and will hopefully spur some confidence for them going forward.
- Arkansas Razorbacks 81, Kentucky Wildcats 80: Arkansas sent Kentucky further into their deep spiral on Tuesday with their 81-80 win. While the Wildcats made it very interesting down the stretch, the Hogs were able to escape Lexington with a W anyway. The Cats lost despite having five players in double figures and two others with nine points apiece. That has to be frustrating, but in the end it was just not enough to pull off the win. The Hogs were led by Moses Moody, who scored 14 and added seven rebounds with zero turnovers.
- Auburn Tigers 73, Vanderbilt Commodores 67: Auburn won a battle with Vanderbilt on Tuesday night to float over the .500 mark. The Tigers held the Commodores off and won 73-67. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Auburn, as they scored their first win since knocking Mizzou off back on January 26. Vandy is now entrenched in a two-game losing streak, this after a six-game losing streak to start off SEC play.
(All times Eastern)
Georgia Bulldogs vs. #16 Tennessee Volunteers — 8 p.m., ESPN2
#10 Missouri Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels — 9 p.m., SEC Network
LSU Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs — 9 p.m., ESPNU
Tennessee will get us started this evening at a late start time of 8 p.m. Eastern. The Vols host the Georgia Bulldogs, as UT will look to get the ball rolling again. They were tripped up last week by Ole Miss, but now have a chance to reel off two in a row. When we last saw them, they knocked off Kentucky, and now will hope to do the same to UGA. The Dawgs will have to hope for similar results for the Vols from last week’s loss to Ole Miss. AKA, hope for an off night offensively. Granted, statistically speaking that could be the expectation. But it will be interesting to see if Georgia can crack the code of one of the best defenses in the entire country.
Later, Mizzou will travel to aforementioned Ole Miss. Can the Rebels pull it off again? Technically, the Rebs are small favorites in this one. So, it won’t be marked down as an upset if they are to get it done. There’s a very good chance that not a lot of points are scored in this game. Neither team is great at 3-point shooting, and both teams have strong offenses. The one thing that will be interesting though? While Mizzou’s perimeter play has been poor, Ole Miss has not shown they can defend the arc well either. All it may take is a few makes and it could provide a strong difference.
Finally, we’ll see LSU take on Mississippi State. The Tigers have hit a bit of a snag lately, having lost two in a row coming into play. Granted, those losses were to Texas Tech and Alabama, two of the best teams in the country. But offensively they’ve been struggling. Typically great on offense this year, they’ve failed to score more than 75 points in four of their last five games. Not so coincidentally, they are 1-4 in those five games, with their one win coming over A&M when they scored 78. State has reeled off two wins in their last three games, and are a slight favorite in this game. State has a solid defense, but their offense may meet their match in this game. The Tigers pose a solid threat, especially on the perimeter, which is where the Bulldogs’ strength is statistically.