Look at Saturday’s SEC results:
Florida 64, Alabama 52: The Gators clinched at least a tie for the SEC title by rallying from an eight-point deficit in the second half to beat the Crimson Tide. Anthony Grant is now 0-5 against his mentor, Billy Donovan. The game signaled the return of Will Yeguete, the important Florida reserve who missed six games after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his right knee. Yeguete played 11 minutes with just one rebound a turnover. He told Donovan he was “petrified” going back out on the floor. Florida can clinch its fourth outright conference basketball title by beating visiting Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
Mississippi State 73, Ole Miss 67: State snapped a 13-game losing streak and struck a crushing blow to Ole Miss’ tournament hopes. Andy Kennedy’s club has now lost to both South Carolina and Mississippi State. Marshall Henderson can shoot the Rebels in or out of a game and this one he shot the visitors right out of it. Henderson was four-of-19 from the floor, including three-of-18 from behind the three-point line. A technical foul on Reggie Buckner with 10 minutes left appeared to kill Mississippi’s momentum as well. State got a boost from Roquez Johnson, who scored 10 points in his first action since a three-game suspension.
Georgia 78, Tennessee 68: Tennessee had won six straight games since losing to Georgia 68-62 at home, then lost to the Bulldogs again, this time in Athens. Not even a 35-point performance from Jordan McRae could save the Vols. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia with 25 points, but the key was Charles Mann, who made 12 of 14 free throws to finish with 18 points. Georgia welcomes Kentucky to Athens on Thursday.
Missouri 87, LSU 76: Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey scored a career-high 22 points in part by making a career-high six three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to save LSU. Laurence Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Mizzou, which if not for a two-point loss at Arkansas and an overtime loss at Kentucky would be riding a seven-game win streak right now.
Vanderbilt 62, Auburn 55: Vandy has now won four of its last five. Kedren Johnson had 16 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the Commodores. Auburn has now lost 20 games for the second time in Tony Barbee’s three seasons. You have to wonder if the former John Calipari player and assistant is going to make it to a fourth year on the Plains.
Texas A&M 74, South Carolina 56: Elston Turner scored 28 points to continue the misery that is Frank Martin’s first year in the SEC. South Carolina lost for the ninth time in 10 games. The Gamecocks actually led by two points early in the second half in College Station before remembering, oh yeah, we’re the Gamecocks.