SEC links for Saturday:
– Jesse Simonton of the Miami Herald on Florida’s 67-41 win over Tennessee:
Saturday’s good ole fashion whippin’ was punctuated by alley-oop dunks, fastbreak layups and Michael Frazier 3-pointers, as the Gators avenged a three-game skid against the Volunteers. But Florida’s win — in Donovan’s 600th career game — was ignited by a relentlessly suffocating — and desperate — defense. “Coach [Donovan] had a reoccurring theme of being desperate — desperate as if this was the national championship game,” senior center Patric Young said.
– David Brandt of the AP on Ole Miss’ 82-63 win over Mississippi State:
Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers both scored 19 points to lead Ole Miss over Mississippi State 82-63 on Saturday afternoon. Summers scored on the game’s opening possession, driving to the basket for a layup, and Ole Miss (14-5, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) never trailed in front of a raucous crowd at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels had a double-digit lead the entire second half.
– Andrew Gribble of the Birmingham News on Alabama’s 82-80 win over LSU:
Anthony Grant wasn’t worried about what caused such a nail-biting result in the moments after Alabama’s most dramatic win of the season. That could wait. Instead, the Crimson Tide basketball coach’s response was a mix of joy and relief. How Alabama let a 19-point second-half lead disappear against LSU didn’t matter as much as how the Crimson Tide regathered itself, hit big shots, played tough defense and finally finished on the right end of a close finish.
– Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star on Missouri’s 82-74 win over South Carolina:
The crowd of 12,033 really seemed to enjoy the first 38 minutes, which saw the Tigers lead by as many as 20 points and featured 11-0 and 16-0 scoring runs during a dominant first half. Things got tense late after the Gamecocks, 7-12 and 0-6 in the SEC, whittled that lead to only six points with 1:18 remaining, but Missouri kept South Carolina at bay by going nine of 12 at the free-throw line in the final 67 seconds.
– Richard Croome of the Bryan/College Station Eagle on Vanderbilt’s 66-55 win over Texas A&M:
Confidence may be the biggest obstacle the Aggies and Kennedy face if they are to turn around their fortunes. The Aggies shot only 33 percent from the field and 22 percent on 3s — during A&M’s 3-0 start in conference, it made 22-of-48 3s. “We’ve just got to bounce back,” Kennedy said. “We’ve got to have some guys grow up fast, get in the gym and get some shots up and get their confidence back. Ultimately, … when you’re open, you’ve got to be able to make a shot and you’ve got to shoot it.”
– Robbie Neiswanger of the Arkanas News on Arkansas’ 86-67 win over Auburn:
Arkansas enjoyed its biggest conference win of the season, defeating Auburn 86-67 in front of an announced crowd of 17,034. Guard Ky Madden scored a career-high 24 points — including 19 in the second half — to lead the Razorbacks. Forward Bobby Portis fell one shy of his best with 18 points. The duo helped Arkansas avoid falling even further into an SEC hole while improving to 7-0 against Auburn under coach Tony Barbee. It also was Arkansas’ largest win in the series since dating back to an 84-64 win in 2006.
– Photo of Florida’s Patric Young dunking against Tennessee by Phil Sandlin/AP
– Florida guard Michael Frazier after win over Tennessee:
– Alabama coach Anthony Grant after win over LSU:
SEC men’s basketball games this week
- Tuesday – Missouri at Arkansas 7:00 PM ESPNU
- Tuesday – Kentucky at LSU 9:00 PM ESPN
- Wednesday – Texas A&M at South Carolina 7:00 PM
- Wednesday – Vanderbilt at Georgia 7:00 PM CSS
- Wednesday – Alabama at Auburn 8:00 PM SEC TV
- Wednesday – Ole Miss at Tennessee 8:00 PM SEC TV
- Thursday – Florida at Mississippi St. 7:00 PM ESPN/2
Links of interest
- Mark Fox: “They don’t need any more pats on the back”
- John Calipari: “My job is to teach them that”
- Follow John Clay on Twitter
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