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Takeaways from this week in the SEC

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We all saw Kentucky finally get the monkey of their back and pick up a win in Knoxville yesterday afternoon for the first time since 2015. Let’s take a look at some of the other takeaways from around the Southeastern Conference this week.

1. Vandy is BACK baby!!

Well, sort of. When Kentucky knocked off Vanderbilt almost two weeks ago, a lot was said about how the Commodores hadn’t won an SEC game in an unheard of amount of time. The last regular season conference win for Vandy was back on March 3rd of 2018, nearly two full calendar years ago. In that time, they had racked up 26 straight regular season SEC losses, the most in the history of the conference. However, that all changed this week, as winless in conference Vandy knocked off SEC unbeaten LSU, by the score of 99-90.

It was celebration time in Nashville, and rightfully so. Upsetting a ranked team is big for the psyche of any team, but even more so that it was over the undefeated first place team in the SEC. The Commodores had two different players score over 30 points in the victory.

Kentucky will have to avoid coming out flat this Tuesday night, as they did in the first match up with Vandy this season to try to avoid the Memorial Magic that seems to accompany the wacky set up in that arena. For now, let’s let the Commodores enjoy it, before the Cats try to spoil the fun this week.

2. Three-way tie

Speaking of LSU dropping that game to Vanderbilt, the Tigers had their worst week of conference play this past week. Just seven days ago, Will Wade had the Tigers out to two-game first place lead in the Southeastern Conference standings, with Auburn and Kentucky tied for second. Kentucky took care of business this week, going 2-0, and Auburn narrowly escaped at Arkansas earlier in the week. Leaving the Saturday showdown of LSU at Auburn being crucial to the SEC standings. If LSU had won, they’d stay in first place, Kentucky would remain in second, and Auburn would fall to third.

After blowing an eight-point lead with 1:26 on the clock to force the game into overtime, LSU fell down seven with 1:51 left in the extra time. The Tigers battled back to bring it within 1 with 17 seconds remaining, quickly followed by a steal and another bucket to go up a point with 9 seconds left. One LSU timeout later, below is how Auburn took home the win, giving LSU their second loss of the week.

Going from undefeated to 8-2 in just a few days, LSU now finds themselves in a three-way tie with Auburn and Kentucky for first place in the SEC. Auburn currently has the tie breaker, having beaten both teams head-to-head. However, Kentucky still has to play LSU, as well as another match up with Auburn. The Cats are in a great spot to control their own destiny going forward, but work is still to be done.

Here are the SEC standings heading into this week.

3. Florida still hasn’t figured it out

The most confusing team in nation, in my opinion, is the Florida Gators. Coming into this season, Florida was projected to be one of the best teams in the country. A preseason top-5 ranking, Final Four projections, and even one of the favorites to win the title, Florida hasn’t shown the ability to utilize the talent they have on their roster. Four losses before Christmas were cause for concern, and five losses since then is even more startling.

A roster loaded with prized recruits and key returning pieces was bolstered by the late addition of Virginia Tech transfer Kerry Blackshear, but they’ve rarely shown they can live up to the extremely high potential they have. Earlier in the season, they knocked off #18 ranked Xavier, and just recently they knocked off #4 Auburn by 22 points. However, there’s been far more bad outweighing the good so far this season. Most notably, this week, the Gators dropped to 14-9 on the season with a 17-point loss to an 11-11 Ole Miss team. Florida was listed earlier this week as an 11-seed in the most recent bracketology, but will surely fall out of the field after this loss.

If you want to know how the Gator faithful is reacting to this season’s struggles, go ahead and read the responses to the above tweet. They are calling for Mike White to get fired, sooner rather than later. Kentucky still has to play Florida twice this season, so for the sake of the Big Blue Nation, let’s hope this skid gets extended for a few more weeks.


Article written by Brett Bibbins

Graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2015. Spend my free time watching sports, The Office or Harry Potter. Three-word phrases to live by: For The Kids and Cats by 90 @BrettBibbinsKSR

2 Comments for Takeaways from this week in the SEC

  1. UKsuperdave
    8:15 am February 10, 2020 Permalink

    Bruce Pearl and Mike Krzysdafjliewnocvaoerjkaski had to have made a deal with Satan or something. Those teams always end up wining somehow. Guess it’s cause they are so though, physical and blah blah blah.

    Nope it’s the devil.

  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    10:09 am February 10, 2020 Permalink

    Pearl must have threatened the Auburn players with a shirtless cookout if they lose.