With Selection Sunday just three weeks away, the SEC basketball picture is beginning to take firm shape. Yesterday had 5 of the 7 games finish with margins of 10 points or less. If you were all set in preparing for the Florida game, you may have missed some of the bigger storylines from yesterday’s action.
Cats next opponent, Texas A&M, wins third straight
Kentucky’s next opponent, Texas A&M, is playing their best basketball of the season. Tell me where I have heard this story before. Welcoming in SEC Player of the Year candidate Reggie Perry and Mississippi State, the Aggies shot 59.6% from the field and 9-17 from beyond the arc en route to a 12 point victory over the Bulldogs.
Buzz Williams’ team has now won three straight games with home wins against Georgia and the aforementioned Mississippi State while also picking up a road win over Alabama.
Josh Nebo leads the way for A&M and has averaged higher scoring totals at home than playing on the road and is also averaging nearly 3 blocks a game.
On John Calipari’s postgame show last night, he mentioned the zone defense that the Aggies are playing this season. Anytime zone comes out, you look immediately towards players like Immanuel Quickley and Johnny Juzang to step up and hit some threes.
Georgia beats Vandy at the buzzer
To say Tom Crean’s Georgia team has been a major disappointment this season would be an understatement. With presumably the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft, Georgia has limped to a 4-10 record in SEC play.
Yesterday, they made a trip to Vanderbilt and found themselves in another battle. After the ‘Dores missed a free throw that would have given them a two-point lead with 5.1 seconds left, Tyree Crump got the rebound and nailed a 35-foot shot to win the game.
GEORGIA FOR THE WIN! ?
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 23, 2020
To me, the biggest part of the game is Jerry Stackhouse’s turtleneck. If there is one man in college basketball that could make a turtleneck look good, it would be Stackhouse, but I can’t tell how I feel about his look.
Great or no?
Alabama rolls Ole Miss; Fan wins New Car
If there is one backcourt in the SEC that could potentially match up with Kentucky’s, it would be Alabama. The combination of John Petty, Kira Lewis, and Jaden Shackelford combined for 46 points in the Tide’s blowout win over Ole Miss.
Alabama might not make the NCAA tournament, but if they do, I would see them in one of the “First Four” games. If I was a team sitting on the #5/#6 line, drawing the Tide would absolutely terrify me. The team scores at a high level with multiple players that can have a big game at any time.
The best part of this game though was definitely this moment though…
94 Feet? No problem.
— Ole Miss Athletics (@OleMissSports) February 23, 2020
Auburn stays in SEC hunt with win over Tennessee; Fan ejected takes headlines
We are officially six days away from the rematch with Auburn. The Tigers welcomed Tennessee to the Plains yesterday and came away with a 73-66 victory over the Vols. Samir Doughty was the only player that finished in double figures finishing with 22 points.
During the game, an Auburn student was ejected from the arena after a TV camera picked up a comment directed towards Tennessee play Santiago Vescovi. The student said, “Go back to Uruguay! This is America!”
After the game, Bruce Pearl said, “that is not who we are at all… we are diverse and welcoming. I’ve got nothing but respect for Santiago and his game.”
According to Auburn, the student will face a disciplinary hearing.
Updated SEC Standings
As we reach the final two weeks of the regular season, here are the updated SEC Standings. Kentucky is in the driver’s seat with a two-game lead in the conference, but the middle of the pack could shake up a lot over the next four games.