You want to be playing your best basketball at the season. Luckily for the much-maligned SEC, two conference members are clearly playing their best basketball at the end of this season.
Arkansas is one. The Razorbacks smashed Ole Miss 110-80 last night in Fayetteville for their sixth straight win and eighth victory in their past nine games. Arkansas had not won six consecutive conference games since 1997-98.
“Freight train, buzz saw, whatever space you’ve got to fill,” said Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy of the Razorbacks.
Anthlon Bell came off the bench to score a career-high 23 points. Arkansas made 17 three-point shots and Bell accounted for 10 of those. The Razorbacks also made 19 of 20 free throws for 95 percent. It is understating the case to say Mike Anderson’s club is playing with supreme confidence.
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The same can be said of Tennessee. The Vols followed Saturday’s 38-point steamrolling of Vanderbilt with an 82-54 rout of host Auburn last night.
Jarnell Stokes scored 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished seven assists for the Vols, who have won three straight. Tennessee led 44-20 and (just like Arkansas) Cuonzo Martin’s team made 19 of 20 free throws.
Georgia, now 11-6 in league play, kept a game ahead of the Vols and Razorbacks, thanks to a 66-45 win over lowly Mississippi State. MSU has lost 12 straight games. Rick Ray’s club missed all 15 of its three-point attempts.
Missouri squeezed out a 57-56 win over visiting Texas A&M. The winners trailed by 10 at the half and did not take the lead until the final points of the game, which came on Earnest Ross’ two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining.
Photo of Arkansas coach Mike Anderson by Danny Johnston/AP
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