Before we talk about what happens tonight, let’s go into Tuesday’s action:
- Georgia Bulldogs 91, LSU Tigers 78: Georgia scored a big-time upset over the LSU Tigers. The Dawgs won 91-78 over the Fighting Tigers, sending them reeling a bit and propping themselves up to 14-9 on the year. Georgia netted a double-double from Toumani Camara, who scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and added three blocks and two steals. They got 21 points off the bench from KD Johnson as well, and 18 and 14 from Tye Fagan and Sahvir Wheeler, apiece.
- Florida Gators 74, Auburn Tigers 57: Florida reeled off their second win in a row with a 74-57 defeat of Auburn. The Gators earned the win thanks to great play from Tre Mann, who scored 19 and had 13 rebounds. Mann also had three assists and two steals, as he did it all down on the plains. Tyree Appleby gave Florida 11 points, while Scottie Lewis came off the bench and dropped 16. Auburn lost despite having four double-figure scorers, and were sent further into their tailspin, as they’re 5-10 in conference this season.
- Ole Miss Rebels 60, Missouri Tigers 53: Mizzou has now lost twice to Ole Miss this season after their 60-53 defeat Tuesday night. The Rebels scored one of their best wins of the season, and they’ve now won three road games in a row. Luis Rodriguez had 10 points, three boards and three assists, while Devontae Shuler led with 14 points. Jarkel Joiner and Romello White joined them in double figures with 10 points each. Mizzou got 12 from Kobe Brown, 11 from Mark Smith and 10 from Jeremiah Tilmon, but were unable to pick up the W.
(All times Eastern)
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs — 7 p.m., SEC Network
#25 Tennessee Volunteers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores — 9 p.m., SEC Network
#6 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #20 Arkansas Razorbacks — 9 p.m., ESPN2
The action tips off with South Carolina tackling Mississippi State. State’s a pretty solid 5.5-point favorite in this game, if you’re interested in that sort of thing, and that lines up with KenPom’s projection of a five-point win on Wednesday night. Neither team has been that impressive this year, but I would think that State gets the win here. South Carolina’s offense has been putrid and hasn’t improved all that much in conference play. The Bulldogs possess the fourth-best mark from 3 in SEC play, and I suspect that will be the key difference in the game.
Then at 9, we’ve got a two-pack of intriguing games. In Nashville, Tennessee takes on Vanderbilt. While Vandy is 6-12 on the year, they’ve been playing teams very close lately in losses. They haven’t had a double-digit loss since January 23rd, when they were drubbed 92-71 by Arkansas. Since then they’ve had losses of seven, three, six, four and four. Tennessee ought to be careful here, I think. They are 8-point favorites, but Vandy has been holding serve and playing competitively. I won’t say they’ll win, but if the Vols we’ve seen of late show up again, this game will be a close one.
And we’ve got a big time, Top 25 matchup coming your way in Fayetteville. Arkansas hosts Alabama in one of the biggest games of the SEC season. Arkansas is three off the lead for Alabama, and a win tonight would in give them the regular season title. But a loss for the Tide would make things rather interesting down the final stretch. Given how well Arkansas and Alabama have played going into this game, we could have ourselves a real doozy here. You’ll want to tune into this one, we promise.