When the AP Top 25 comes out on Monday, the Florida Gators will be the new No. 1 team in the nation.
As top-ranked Syracuse dropped a home game to Boston College and a road game at Duke, Florida survived Auburn at home on Wednesday, then won 75-71 at Ole Miss on Saturday.
Marshall Henderson scored 22 points for the Rebels in the first half, but Florida held the Ole Miss guard scoreless in the second half. Meanwhile, Scottie Wilbekin scored 18 points and dished seven assists. Michael Frazier added 17 for the winners.
With four games to go in the conference race, Florida holds a three-game lead over Kentucky, which beat LSU 77-76 in overtime.
In other SEC games Saturday, Texas A&M knocked off Tennessee in overtime 68-65. Fabyon Harris came off the bench to score 13 points for the Aggies.
Kenny Gaines scored 27 points to lead Georgia to a 73-56 win at South Carolina. The game was tied 34-34 at the half. Georgia is 9-5 in the league.
In a tuneup for its Thursday trip to Rupp Arena, Arkansas beat Mississippi State 73-69 in Starkville.
Michael Qualls led the Razorbacks with 15 points. Anthlon Bell led the Razorbacks with 19 points. Mississippi State has lost nine straight games.
Vanderbilt rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to win 67-59 at Auburn. Dai-Jon Parker scored 21 points for the Commodores.
And Missouri’s NCAA chances took a hit with an 80-73 loss at Alabama. Levi Randolph scored an eye-popping 33 points off the bench for the Crimson Tide, which shot 57.4 percent from the floor.
Looking at the SEC standings, half of the 14 teams are at a .500 with a 7-7 record.
This week’s SEC games
- Tuesday – Florida at Vanderbilt 7:00 PM ESPN
- Tuesday – Missouri at Georgia 9:00 PM ESPNU
- Wednesday – Texas A&M at LSU 8:00 PM SEC TV
- Wednesday – Alabama at Ole Miss 8:00 PM
- Wednesday – Tennessee at Mississippi St. 8:00 PM SEC TV
- Wednesday – South Carolina at Auburn 9:00 PM FSN
- Thursday – Arkansas at Kentucky 7:00 PM ESPN2