COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A glimpse on the weekend action round the Southeastern Convention:
GAME OF THE WEEKEND
Powerful of the conference is taking fragment in the Pudgy 12/SEC Wretchedness this weekend. that components 10 video games between the leagues. The featured contest is No. 9 Alabama at No. 24 Oklahoma, one amongst two showdowns between ranked groups in the articulate. The Crimson Tide, at 9-0 in SEC play, have faith a three-sport lead on 2d role groups LSU and Florida. Alabama, which hasn’t been ranked this high since 2006-07, cemented its motivate on the tip with an 70-59 use over Kentucky earlier this week and might perhaps earn the possibility to display the country its abilities against an Oklahoma sport that’s obtained four straight. Alabama is led by John Petty, who’s averaging 13.9 components a sport this season. The opposite matchup of ranked groups is 15th-ranked Kansas at No. 18 Tennessee. No. 2 Baylor will host Auburn as fragment of the articulate. It’s the eighth annual difficulty and over the previous four years, every league has obtained 20 video games.
SEC vs. SEC
There are four SEC groups no longer playing Pudgy 12 groups this week with Ole Miss at Georgia and South Carolina at Vanderbilt playing Saturday.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Keyshawn Bryant, G, South Carolina: The Gamecocks junior swingman is having himself a time since strolling back from the workforce’s two COVID-19 pauses since early December. Bryant is averaging 22 components and seven rebounds over his previous four video games. He had his first double-double of the season with 19 components and 10 rebounds in South Carolina’s 83-59 victory over Georgia this previous Wednesday. That sport didn’t birth out so huge for Bryant, who early on blew an birth dunk strive. Bryant, requested his thoughts after the omit, said, “Don’t develop contact with Frank” Martin, South Carolina’s coach.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Arkansas held Mississippi to 1-of-16 capturing on 3-pointers in a 74-59 victory, its third in a row, this week. The Razorbacks came in seventh in the league in three-level defense. … Florida saved up its scorching capturing, connecting on 52% in a 78-71 use over Vanderbilt the place all 5 starters for the Gators reached double figures. It’s the third straight sport Florida has shot 49% or higher and its third straight victory. … Tennessee took tackle a watch on shut to the basket, making 12 of 20 dunks or layups to outlast Mississippi Mutter, 56-53, this previous Tuesday. … Kentucky continued its hasten this season, losing for the fourth time in final 5 video games with its 70-59 defeat to Alabama. The Wildcats are next-to-final in SEC offense at 67 components per sport and lifeless final in league capturing. …. Sharife Cooper lifted Auburn to an 889-82 victory over 12th-ranked Missouri with 28 components, eight rebounds and seven assists. Auburn hadn’t beaten a workforce ranked that high in nearly two years since an 84-80 victory over then-fifth-ranked Tennessee in 2019.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE
The weekend action for the women folk’s groups is highlighted by a Prime 25 matchup: No. 22 Georgia at No. 8 Texas A&M. For the Lady Bulldogs, its their fourth time in the final six video games they’ve confronted a ranked opponent — and to this level, so ethical. Georgia prevailed in shut video games with No. 20 Tennessee, 67-66, on Jan. 14 and with No. 19 Arkansas, 75-73, this previous Monday night. Senior Jenna Staiti leads the Lady Bulldogs with 14.7 components and 7.9 rebounds. The Aggies are the SEC’s 2d-top most likely capturing workforce at 48.3% and 2d in the league in moderate margin of victory.
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