College basketball conference play started this past week and every Thursday I will bring you the SEC Basketball Report.
Looking back on opening weekend Alabama won at Georgia 74-59. Vanderbilt would not let Auburn score and routed them in Nashville 65-35. LSU won their home conference-opener 81-55 against Ole Miss while #16 Miss State lost at Arkansas 98-88. Another ranked team went down as #14 Florida lost at Tennessee 67-56.
Possibly the biggest story from Saturday was in Lexington where #2 Kentucky beat South Carolina 79-64. The headline was not made by the Wildcats continued strong play but by Vincent Swope, a University of Kentucky freshman that hit a half-court shot at halftime to win $10,000. Video and pictures later showed Swope stepped on the half-court line when he released the ball causing the sponsor of the contest, supermarket chain Kroger, to not pay. However after a short-lived public outcry, the grocer stepped up and did the right thing by following through with their sponsorship of the made basket.
On Tuesday SEC play continued with #19 Florida beating Georgia 70-48 in Gainsville and Vanderbilt knocking off South Carolina in Columbia 67-57, no surprise there as the Gamecocks are going to be hanging around the bottom of the SEC all season.
Wednesday night’s action featured six teams with winning overall records as Ole Miss won at home against Arkansas 71-63, Alabama continued to make their case for a top 25 ranking with a 69-53 home victory against LSU, and #2 Kentucky won at Auburn 68-53.
This week’s action will showcase #20 Miss St. hosting Tennessee tonight. On Saturday the marquee match-ups include #2 Kentucky traveling to Knoxville to face Tennessee, #19 Florida going to Columbia to take on South Carolina, and #20 Miss St. hosting Alabama. On Tuesday SEC leader Kentucky returns home to play Arkansas. With an additional 6 conference games between now and next Wednesday this week looks to be an interesting one.
Conference Leaders: John Jenkins, Vanderbilt 19.9 points per game. Arnett Moultrie, Miss St. 11.3 rebounds per game. Trae Golden, Tennessee 5.4 assists per game. Meanwhile Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is top is field goal %, blocks, and second in rebounds.
Current Standings: Kentucky 2-0, Alabama 2-0, Vanderbilt 2-0, Tennessee 1-0, LSU 1-1, Ole Miss 1-1, Florida 1-1, Arkansas 1-1, Miss St. 0-1, Auburn 0-2, Georgia 0-2, South Carolina 0-2.
Box Score Line of the Week: Justin Hamilton of LSU 9-12 shooting, 23 points, 16 rebounds, & 2 blocks in 81-55 home victory over Ole Miss.
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