The first night of SEC Tournament play is in the books, and as expected, there wasn’t too much excitement coming out of the opening-round matchups.
In a duo of double-digit seed matchups, neither game finished with the favorite losing against the spread, nor did either score total over 132 points. Exactly what we expected to happen, happen.
Let’s take a (brief) look at both games before looking at tomorrow’s schedule:
No. 12 Missouri vs. No. 13 Georgia
In the SEC Tournament opener, the Missouri Tigers took home a 71-61 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs.
For Mizzou, point guard Jordan Geist finished with a game-high 30 points on 9-15 shooting, five rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 36 minutes of action.
The only other player to finish in double figures for the Tigers was guard Xavier Pinson, who managed 15 points on 4-7 shooting, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 23 minutes.
For the fighting Tom Creans of Georgia, guard Jordan Harris finished with a team-high 26 points on 8-11 shooting, six rebounds, and two steals.
Forward Derek Ogbeide finished with 12 points on 4-9 shooting, eight rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.
To close out double-digit scorers for the Bulldogs, forward Nicolas Claxton managed 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, and a game-high six blocks.
Overall, Missouri shot 41.5 percent on the night and 27.3 percent from three, while Georgia converted on just 36.7 percent of baskets and 21.1 percent from three.
Georgia actually maintained a seven-point lead with 2:57 remaining in the first half, but allowed Mizzou to claw back and overtake the lead, spreading the deficit to as many as 11 (2:58 remaining in the second).
With the loss, Georgia’s season is now officially over, ending the year with a final record of 11-21 and 2-16 in the SEC.
As for Mizzou, they will take on No. 5 Auburn tomorrow afternoon.
No. 11 Texas A&M vs. No. 14 Vanderbilt
In the second game of the day, Texas A&M found an early lead on Vanderbilt and never looked back in a 69-52 victory.
For the Aggies, forward Savion Flagg finished with a game-high 29 points on 12-16 shooting, six rebounds, and one assist in 35 minutes.
Guard Jay Jay Chandler managed 13 points on 5-10 shooting and 2-3 from three to go with three rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes of action.
The only other double-digit scorer was forward Josh Nebo, who finished with 11 points on 5-6 shooting and six rebounds.
For Vanderbilt, only two players finished in double figures, with point guard Saben Lee leading the way with 19 points on 7-13 shooting and 1-2 from three.
Outside of Lee, starting center Yanni Wetzell added a ten-point, ten-rebound double-double in the loss.
Vanderbilt had the home crowd working in their favor, but it simply wasn’t enough to overcome the team’s overall lack of talent.
The team only managed 19 points in the first half and never took the lead from start to finish. They shot just 37.3 percent overall, 12.5 percent from three, and 64.7 percent from the free throw line.
Overall, it was simply a horrible performance from start to finish.
Like Georgia, the Commodores’ horrific season consisting of a whopping zero victories in SEC play is now officially over.
No. 8 Florida vs. No. 9 Arkansas – Noon CT (1:00 p.m. ET)
No. 5 Auburn vs. No. 12 Missouri – 2:25 p.m. CT (3:25 ET)
No. 7 Ole Miss vs. No. 10 Alabama – 6:00 p.m. CT (7 ET)
No. 6 Mississippi State vs. No. 11 Texas A&M – 8:25 p.m. CT (9:25 ET)
We’ll be back for all of the action tomorrow afternoon.