If the SEC Tournament started today, the double-byes would go to No. 1 seed Florida, No. 2 seed Kentucky, No. 3 seed Georgia, and Tennessee getting the fourth bye thanks to its win over Arkansas 81-74 on Jan. 22.
The hottest team in the league right now is Arkansas, which has won five straight and seven of its last eight games. After the 71-67 overtime win at Kentucky on Thursday, the Razorbacks came right back with an impressive 87-75 win over third-place Georgia.
OK, so Florida is the hottest team in the league, considering the Gators are 16-0 with just two regular-season games left. Florida made quick work of LSU with a 79-61 victory. Dorain Finney-Smith has led Florida in scoring each of the last two games.
Aside from South Carolina’s win over UK, the most surprising score in the conference was Tennessee’s 76-38 thumping of Vanderbilt. It was the lowest point total ever by a team at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Ole Miss continues to struggle. The Rebels have lost five of their last six games, including the 71-60 loss at Texas A&M on Saturday.
Mississippi State has now dropped 11 in a row, most recently an 85-66 loss at Missouri on Saturday. The Bulldogs have not won a game since Jan. 22.
Meanwhile, after his team’s 73-57 loss at Alabama, Auburn coach Tony Barbee walked out of the post-game press conference after getting a question about his job security.
SEC men’s basketball games this week
- Tuesday – Florida at South Carolina 7:00 PM ESPNU
- Tuesday- Alabama at Kentucky 9:00 PM ESPN
- Wednesday – Mississippi St. at Georgia 7:00 PM CSS
- Wednesday – Texas A&M at Missouri 8:00 PM
- Wednesday – Ole Miss at Arkansas 8:00 PM
- Wednesday – Tennessee at Auburn 8:00 PM SEC TV
- Thursday – LSU at Vanderbilt 7:00 PM ESPN2
- SEC game-by-game results and leaders in Excel
- For Kentucky, a bad combination near season’s end
- Calipari absent from comeback and media obligation