Let’s take a quick glance at what happened on Tuesday first:
- Ole Miss Rebels 52, Tennessee Volunteers 50: Ole Miss caught Tennessee napping in Oxford on Tuesday. The Rebels scored a massive upset win, defeating the #11 Vols 52-50. Tennessee locked down defensively for the most part, but could hardly get their offense generated at all. As a result, the Rebels were able to take advantage and pulled off a stunner to say the very least. The win by Ole Miss snaps a two-game winning streak that Tennessee was riding into town.
- Georgia Bulldogs 91, Auburn Tigers 86: Georgia kept the upsets going on Tuesday night. The Dawgs stunned the Auburn Tigers 91-86 out in Auburn, knocking the Tigers right on their heels. Toumani Camara scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and he was one of six players on the Bulldogs to get into double figures. Auburn had five double-figure scorers, including Jaylin Williams who put up 21. But that was not enough to prevent UGA from pulling off the big upset win, as the Tigers tumbled to 4-6 in SEC play. Georgia, meanwhile, bounced up to 4-6 in SEC play.
- Arkansas Razorbacks 61, Mississippi State Bulldogs 46: Arkansas was the only favorite to pull off an outright win. Despite being down 18-5 at one point, the Hogs stormed back to outscore the Bulldogs 56-28 the rest of the way. Arkansas got four double-figure outputs, with Connor Vanover and Moses Moody leading with 13 points apiece. Davonte Davis and Justin Smith each scored 10 points, as they accounted for as many points as State scored... entirely.
(All times Eastern)
Three ranked teams from the SEC are all in action tonight, and all of them happening to b playing at home.
Florida will host South Carolina to start the night. The Gators have been playing great basketball of late and will hope to keep that trend rolling right along. This is a mismatch in quite a lot of ways, as SC’s defense may not have the strength to combat Florida’s rock solid offense. The one area of weakness that they could take advantage of is in the turnover battle. SC’s TO% ranks 36th in the nation, while UF has had trouble taking care of the basketball. But on the flip side, SC has had trouble holding onto the ball, and Florida’s defense has forced turnovers at a pretty good rate as well. I’d more than likely expect Florida to win, but then again, I thought the same of Tennessee yesterday.
A half hour later, two games will begin. One will see Alabama face LSU. ‘Bama is hoping to rebound after their 10-game win streak was snapped over the weekend against the Oklahoma Sooners. They’re currently favored to defeat LSU, but I do find this game to be very intriguing. LSU’s offense is one of the best in the nation, while Alabama’s defense is one of the best in the country. On the flip side, Alabama’s offense in general ranks well, but LSU’s defense has been pretty decent. Is it decent enough to take down the Tide? I’m not certain, but what I do know is I do have confidence in their offense. The last time ALabama allowed at least 75 points was to, you guessed it, LSU back on January 19. They’ve also only done that three times all year.
Finally, Mizzou will play Kentucky. Off the bat, I am not expecting points to be scored in bunches here. Both teams possess pretty good to great defenses, and neither team can shoot the 3-ball well. Mizzou’s interior offense is really good, but UK’s interior defense is probably good enough to get stops too. This game has rock fight all over it, but I have quite a bit of confidence in Mizzou to win. Which is saying a lot, considering who they’re facing and who Kentucky typically is. But this is just not the Wildcats team we’ve come to be accustomed to. They have been horrific at times offensively and given that they’re facing a pretty strong defense, I’d expect that trend to continue.