Florida guard Ques Glover (0) puts up a shot at some level of an NCAA college basketball recreation in opposition to Missouri, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Gainesville, Fla. (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun by approach to AP)
A stare upon the final weekend in the Southeastern Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEKEND
Florida (13-7, 9-6) at Tennessee (16-7, 9-7). Sunday’s rematch, rescheduled from Feb. 10 in Knoxville, concludes the SEC peculiar season on a weekend left open to upward thrust up postponed video games. A Volunteers victory claims a major-round bye, while the Gators could presumably have the No. 3 seeding with a consume and a LSU loss at Missouri. Florida objectives to rebound from Wednesday’s final-second, 72-70 loss to Missouri. Tennessee also looks to be like to leap help after falling out of the rankings with a 5-level loss at Auburn final weekend. The Volunteers relish lost two of three but remain the league’s stingiest defense, allowing factual 63.1 aspects per recreation general and 67.1 in SEC play. Florida beat then-No. 6 Tennessee 75-49 in the season’s first assembly in Gainesville, beginning a Vols accelerate in which they lost three of 5.
LSU visits Missouri on Saturday, postponed from Jan. 9, while Auburn hosts Mississippi Recount after being at the beginning scheduled on Feb. 16. Texas A&M, which had all eight video games postponed final month, travels to No. 12 Arkansas to upward thrust up a Feb. 20 assembly. South Carolina visits Kentucky to upward thrust up a Dec. 29 recreation.
No. 8 Alabama at Georgia and Vanderbilt at Mississippi are unusual, added final month to reflect the set up of previous matchups and attend steadiness groups’ home and away schedules. Vandy and Ole Miss are assembly on consecutive Saturdays, per week after the ‘Dores’ 75-70 avenue consume in Oxford despite lacking main scorer Scotty Pippen Jr.
Alabama clinched its eighth SEC peculiar season title and first since 2002 with Saturday’s 64-59 consume at Mississippi Recount. It’s the first time since the 1975-76 tutorial yr the college has won conference titles in men’s basketball and football. The top-seeded Crimson Tide earned a double bye into subsequent Friday’s SEC Tournament quarterfinals, two years after being the No. 10 seed.
Moses Changeable, Arkansas. The freshman guard and Razorbacks’ main scorer (17.0 aspects per recreation) tied a occupation excessive with 28 in Tuesday night time’s 101-73 rout at South Carolina. He has averaged 20.0 aspects over his previous 5 outings. Changeable became 10 of 15 taking pictures in opposition to the Gamecocks, including 4 of 9 from long vary, and made all four free throws to region a program freshman document with 120 made. Two video games earlier, he made 16 of 19 from the line for 24 aspects on the solution to incomes freshman of the week honors. The No. 12 Razorbacks (20-5, 12-4) enter Saturday’s peculiar season finale in opposition to Texas A&M having won their previous 10 SEC video games and final seven general, including a consume over Alabama.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Three LSU gamers posted triple doubles in Tuesday’s 83-68 consume over Vanderbilt, led by Cameron Thomas’ 23 aspects and 10 rebounds. Trendon Watford’s season-excessive 13 boards helped the Tigers dominate the Commodores 51-29 on the glass. … Kentucky became a season-worst minus-14 in rebounding margin in a 70-62 loss at Ole Miss that ensured its first shedding SEC carry out since 8-10 in 1988-89. … Alabama guard Jahvon Quinerly has scored in double digits the previous eight video games, including 19 aspects off the bench at Mississippi Recount final weekend.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE
High-seeded and No. 2 Texas A&M (22-1, 13-1) opens SEC Tournament play on Friday in Greenville, South Carolina, in opposition to No. 8 seed LSU. The Aggies relish won 10 in a row, including Sunday’s 65-57 victory over No. 2 seed South Carolina that clinched their first-ever SEC peculiar season championship. … No. 6 seed Arkansas (19-7, 9-6), which confronted No. 11 Mississippi behind Thursday, enters as the league’s second-most well liked workforce with 5 consecutive wins.
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