It was only the third game of the season for most SEC teams, but it was a big day as multiple conference championship contenders were settled.
This is how everything shook.
No.22 Auburn 72, No.13 Arkansas 59
Auburn, Alabama – The second Auburn came out on a zone defense and the game was over.
Missouri has proven that the Razorbacks have no shooters to fight the zone. Bruce Parr maintained the Tigers’ home winning streak even though his team hadn’t played in the zone all season, they did.
Auburn dominated most of the way as Arkansas struggled behind the arc from the free-throw line. Arkansas had a dismal record from the free-throw line where he went 16-2, 32-19 from 3.
Wendell Green Jr. scored 19 points in the physical game, and Alan Flanigan continued the decades-long tradition of Arkansas players making big games with 18 points against the Razorbacks.
Anthony Black tried to get the Hogs back in the game with a layup, cutting it to single digits with 1:27 remaining, but Auburn closed out with a 5-1 spurt and got back on the track.
Auburn 12-3, 2-1 | | Arkansas 12-3, 1-2
No. 7 Alabama 78, Kentucky 52
Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Nick Saban was at the huge SEC showdown between Alabama and Kentucky in Tuscaloosa.
That was just that for most of the first half, but Nate Oates let the Tide shut down Oskar Zibwe and take over length and athleticism in the second half.
A Savhill Wheeler jumper with five minutes remaining in the first half cut the deficit to 20-19, but Kentucky couldn’t take a second lead.
Wildcats’ Antonio Reeves led all scorers with 20 points, while freshman forward Brandon Miller led Alabama with 19 points.
Alabama 13-2, 3-0 | | Kentucky 10-5, 1-2
8. Tennessee 85, South Carolina 42
COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Tennessee jumped out to a 15-3 lead and didn’t trail as this game ended shortly after it started.
The Volunteer starters shot 3 to 50 percent, but the Tennessee bench scored 35.
Junior guard Meechy Johnson was South Carolina’s only bright spot and the only gamecock in double digits. The game was decided low despite a hot shot from behind the arc.
South Carolina only grabbed 21 rebounds, while Tennessee dominated the paint with nearly 50 boards.
Tennessee 13-2, 3-0 | | South Carolina 7-8, 0-2
No. 20 Missouri 85, Vanderbilt 82
COLUMBIA, Missouri – In a jerky game from beginning to end, Missouri had to avoid a bug upset at home after scoring 51 points in the second half and losing two free throws from DeAndre Gholston in the final four seconds. .
A Kobe Brown layup gave Missouri an 11-point lead with just under 13 minutes remaining, but Vanderbilt calmly fought back. Four minutes after that, his old-fashioned 3-pointer play by Jordan Wright put the Commodores ahead of him at 57-56.
After Ezra Manjon’s jumper leveled the score at 73-73, everyone on the Missouri floor found some breathing room in the final three minutes to keep stretching.
The Commodores had three double-digit players off the bench, led by Liam Robbins’ 16-man. Missouri had four players with 16+ points, including a pair of 18-point performances by Brown and Golston.
Missouri 13-2, 2-1 | | Vanderbilt 8-7, 1-1
Florida 85, Georgia 75
Gainesville, FL – There was a lot of hype for this game. As well as the return of former Florida coach Mike White, Georgia was out of Auburn’s upset.
Terry Roberts looked to give Georgia a 25-point win as the Bulldogs stunned Florida with a quick 23-10 start.
But Kawashee Reeves’ jumper with 33 seconds left sent the Gators into the locker room with the lead.
Alumni Kyle Roberts led Florida with 18 points, but it was Riley Kugel who nailed the Gators’ coffin with two dunks that closed the door on Georgia’s comeback in the final minutes.
Colin Caseton, who will turn 23 shortly after the NCAA Tournament, scored 12 points with 7 blocks and 8 rebounds to help Florida overcome a cold start to win.
Florida 8-7, 1-2 | | Georgia 11-4, 1-1
Mississippi 64, Ole Miss 54
STARKVILLE, Mississippi – It was a rivalry game, but more importantly for Mississippi State, it was a chance for the Bulldogs to bounce back after being set in reality following two losses to open SEC play. bottom.
Ole Miss led the first five minutes, but once Mississippi State took the lead, the Bulldogs found a way to keep the mini-runs going whenever the Rebels tried to get back on top in the first half.
That trend looked to continue in the second half after Tru Smith answered a Matthew Murrell jumper with a combined layup and free throw to tie it 27–27. However, Ole’s mistakes were followed in his next six minutes as he responded with an 11-1 run and dominated the game after building a 38-31 lead backed by a tough defense. I saw.
Unfortunately for the Rebels, Eric Reid scored all nine points in the final 12 minutes to lead Mississippi State and break the scoring drought by three.
Smith and Will McNair Jr. led the Bulldogs with 12 and 13 points respectively.
Murrell finished with 19 leading the Rebels.
Mississippi 12-3, 1-2 | | Olemis 8-7, 1-3
Texas A&M 69, LSU 56
College Station, TX – The Aggies only scored one point off the bench, but they didn’t need to as the starters dominated LSU to remain undefeated in SEC play.
Four Texas A&M starters finished with 14 or more points, while junior forward Julius Miller narrowly missed a double-double with 17 points and 9 rebounds.
LSU was looking to start SEC play by finding Moxie, who showed up against Arkansas, but struggled to find a rhythm on offense early on, allowing the Aggies to build up a large lead.
Dexter Dennis, who also scored 17 points, scored a layup two minutes into the first half to make it 32-17 in favor of Texas A&M. Tigers coach Matt McMahon was unable to make enough adjustments at halftime. Make this competitive.
Sophomore guard Adam Miller led LSU with 16.
Texas A&M 10-5, 2-0 | | LSU 12-3, 1-2
1. Alabama 3-0 13-2
1. Tennessee 3-0 13-2
3. Texas A&M 2-0 10-5
4. Auburn 2-1 12-3
4. Missouri 2-1 13-2
4. Vanderbilt 2-1 8-7
7. Georgia 1-1 11-4
8. Arkansas 1-2 12-3
8. Florida 1-2 8-7
8. Kentucky 1-2 10-5
8.LSU 1-2 12-3
8. Mississippi Avenue 1-2 12-3
13. Ole Miss 1-3 8-7
14. South Carolina 0-2 7-8
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