A special Sunday edition of the WFNZ Weekly SEC Basketball Report! This weeks report is packed with 10 days of great SouthEastern Conference action.
RECAP: Last week got started with Vanderbilt winning at Alabama 69-59 to go to 4-0 in the conference on Thursday. Saturday saw a slew of games with #2 Kentucky beating Alabama 77-71, #14 Florida 76-64 over LSU, and Ole Miss going on the road to win at Georgia 66-63. In an important conference game #15 Miss St. won an overtime thriller at Vanderbilt 78-77, while South Carolina lost at Auburn 63-52. Arkansas and Tennessee both hosted ranked non-conference teams and won. The Razorbacks beat # 19 Michigan 66-64 and the Volunteers beat #11 Connecticut 60-57. On Tuesday now #1 Kentucky handled Georgia 57-44 and Vanderbilt got back on track with a 65-47 victory at home against Tennessee. Wednesday saw #16 Miss St. dispose of LSU 76-71, Arkansas beat Auburn 56-53, and South Carolina got their first conference win of the season with a 56-54 victory over Alabama. #13 Florida took care of Ole Miss 64-60 on Thursday. Yesterday most of the home teams took care of business as 5 of the 6 games were won by the host. Ole Miss defeated South Carolina 66-62, Tennessee beat Auburn 64-49, Alabama knocked off Arkansas 72-66, while Vanderbilt stepped out of the conference and played in-state Middle Tennessee and survived 84-77 giving the Blue Raiders only their third loss of the season. The main attractions were #13 Florida hosting #16 Miss St. while LSU invited #1 Kentucky to Baton Rouge. The Gators were not gracious hosts and took care of the Bulldogs 69-57 as the Tigers were dominated by the Wildcats 74-50.
PREVIEW: A short week as we will be back on Thursday gives us 4 SEC games. #1 Kentucky welcomes Tennessee into Rupp for what should be a Tuesday night massacre while Vanderbilt travels to Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks. Wednesday’s lone game gives us the exciting match up between Georgia and Auburn, teams that are a combined 22-19 overall. On Thursday South Carolina has the chance to go to Gainsville and knock off #13 Florida… hahaha… ok I tried to say that with a straight face.
CONFERENCE LEADERS: John Jenkins – Junior – Guard - Vanderbilt – 20.0 points per game. Arnett Moultrie – Junior – Forward – Miss. State – 11.3 rebounds per game. Erving Walker – Senior – Guard – Florida – 5.0 assists per game.
CURRENT STANDINGS: Kentucky 7-0, Florida 5-1, Vanderbilt 5-1, Ole Miss 4-3, Miss St. 4-3, Arkansas 3-3, Alabama 3-4, Tennessee 2-4, LSU 2-5, Auburn 2-5, Georgia 1-5, and South Carolina 1-5.
BOX SCORE OF THE WEEK: Arnett Moultrie for Miss St. has been on fire lately and his last 3 games show it. 21 points, 14 rebounds, & 4 steals in a 78-77 overtime victory against Vanderbilt was followed by a 28 point, 12 rebound effort in a home win over LSU 76-71. The junior forward also had 12 points and 13 rebounds in a loss at #13 Florida.
MY THOUGHTS: I have received some hate mail recently for my criticism of the South Carolina basketball program. You guys need to understand two things: 1) I am a Gamecock fan, so I’m not just hating because I don’t like them. 2) They Suck! Yes their coach is a nice guy and all, but he has a young team (9 of the 13 kids are underclassmen) that isn’t talented enough. They are 278th overall in points per game, 286th overall in rebounds per game, and 324th in assists per game. With a schedule that includes North Carolina, Ohio State, 2 games vs. Kentucky, and 2 games vs. Florida, stats like that just won’t cut it. I will always wear my garnet and black proudly, but this Gamecocks basketball team isn’t going to make it past the first round of the SEC tournament and probably won’t be invited to the NIT. It’s the truth people, not hate, so don’t get mad at me, get mad at the lack of production.
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