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jbcarol

Wednesday Night SEC Basketball Action
« on: January 15, 2020, 09:24:49 am »

Hope the Columbia game does not go to OT
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Re: Wednesday Night SEC Basketball Action
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2020, 09:43:36 am »

Auburn looks for first back-to-back wins in Tuscaloosa in 40 years



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Auburn is going for its first set of consecutive wins in Tuscaloosa since 1969-1971. It got the job done last year, but it was a close game and Alabama’s team is better this year than last year.

“Their record doesn't reflect that, but truly, they are,” coach Bruce Pearl said.

The Crimson Tide is 8-7 overall and 1-2 in the SEC, but its last three losses were close road games — two of which were against ranked opponents. While the Tigers have not yet played a ranked team, they will be Alabama’s fourth ranked opponent, its second in a row. On Saturday, the Tide lost 76-67 to Kentucky after shrinking a 15-point deficit to three late in the game. Pearl believes that Alabama easily could have been 9-0 in its last nine games instead of 6-3.

Pearl sees the threat Alabama presents in the success its offense has found. The Tide is ranked seventh in the nation and first in the SEC in scoring offense. It is averaging 83.2 points a game, and it can score those points fast. Alabama is speedy — ranked third in the country in tempo.

“They’re playing with great freedom,” Pearl said. “They’re hard to guard because of it.”

On top of that, it’s not afraid to shoot the three, which has paid off in a big way. Alabama leads the league with 10.7 three-pointers a game. It’s 80 spots above Auburn in the national rankings for three-point shots. Junior guard John Petty Jr. has scored 53 of those three’s and is just 62 away from becoming the program-leader in three-point shooting. He and sophomore guard Kira Lewis Jr. are two of Alabama’s biggest offensive weapons. Together, they are the third-best scoring duo in the SEC with 493 combined points.

Considering Auburn lost some of its biggest offensive weapons, who helped pull out the close 66-60 win last season in Tuscaloosa, beating Alabama is going to come down to defense and rebounding. Pearl said they need to keep Alabama’s three-ball from going in, and they have to stop them from getting offensive rebounds, since they “do a great job chasing down second-chance points.”

Defense has been Auburn’s specialty so far this year. The Tigers are allowing just 66.3 points per game. The most any opponent has scored on them has been Vanderbilt’s 79 points. However, rebounding has been a strength for both teams. They’re ranked one and two in the SEC and seven and 10 in the country for rebounds per game, with Auburn ranked above by 0.33 rebounds a game. However, all of Alabama’s strengths will be even more dangerous considering the game will be in Tuscaloosa.

“They play with great elevation at home,” Pearl said.
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jbcarol

Re: Wednesday Night SEC Basketball Action
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2020, 09:48:05 am »

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COLUMN: Tuesday’s eligiblity ruling in favor of 7-footer Uros Plavsic changes the game for #Vols hoops this season: http://bit.ly/2tluBka



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Tennessee basketball season suddenly looks a lot more promising, and the SEC just got more interesting.

Tuesday’s news that Uros Plavsic finally has his immediate-eligibility waiver means the Vols just got significantly larger, deeper, tougher and better — all thanks to one message from the NCAA's Committee for Legislative Relief, which did what the NCAA should have done in the first place and allowed the young man play to basketball this season.

“We appreciate the committee's work as this process ran its course,” Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said in a statement confirming Tuesday’s news. “We’re thrilled that Uros will receive his opportunity to compete and that he no longer stands to lose a year of his eligibility. Our compliance staff put a great deal of work and persistence into achieving this outcome.

“This is the right decision.”

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Re: Wednesday Night SEC Basketball Action
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2020, 11:16:47 am »

With Tennessee in town, Georgia needs to grow up and how

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Georgia returns to the friendly confines of Stegeman Coliseum to take on Tennessee Wednesday night (7 p.m., ESPNU), and the hope is that the Bulldogs’ good habits return with them.

A week after knocking off No. 9 Memphis on the road, Georgia (10-5, 0-2 SEC) was dismantled by No. 5 Auburn at Auburn Arena. That blowout followed a close loss at home to No. 14 Kentucky, one that was also borne of fundamental breakdowns at critical moments.Enter the Volunteers (10-5, 2-1), who seem to have found their footing after an uneven start in non-conference play. The Christmas-holiday addition of a midseason enrollee Santiago Vescovi of Uruguay (14.3 ppg) has helped.

Tough stretch

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Re: Wednesday Night SEC Basketball Action
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2020, 12:24:29 pm »

Auburn looks for first back-to-back wins in Tuscaloosa in 40 years





Here is to some good old Auburn failure. We need some of these teams to lose some SEC games.
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Re: Wednesday Night SEC Basketball Action
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2020, 10:02:22 pm »



If you could find a little smaller picture of that man I'd appreciate it.  He's hard on the eyes.

I love seeing them down by 11

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Re: Wednesday Night SEC Basketball Action
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2020, 09:05:49 am »

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COLUMN: Tuesday’s eligiblity ruling in favor of 7-footer Uros Plavsic changes the game for #Vols hoops this season: http://bit.ly/2tluBka




It sure looked like it.
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Re: Wednesday Night SEC Basketball Action
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2020, 09:08:06 am »

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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2020, 09:19:29 am »

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Re: Wednesday Night SEC Basketball Action
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2020, 09:33:41 am »

Wes Rucker
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COLUMN: There’s still hope for a #Vols basketball team again trying to remake itself following yet another roster change, but there’s no excusing Wednesday’s performance at Georgia: http://bit.ly/2FW5De5


Tom Crean: Tennessee is one of the tougher teams you’ll see. That’s why they’ve won so much the past few years. We had to match that toughness tonight, and we did. I hope we do it more often.
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Re: Wednesday Night SEC Basketball Action
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2020, 11:46:05 am »



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Alabama handed Auburn, one of two remaining undefeated teams in the country, its first loss Wednesday night at Coleman Coliseum.

The Crimson Tide never trailed in front of a sellout home crowd. They won, 83-64.

“That’s the kind of environment you want to play in front of,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said. “I told our players before the game, I think we’ve worked hard enough over the last nine months to deserve to play in an environment like this. Let’s go out there and give it everything we’ve got.”

Auburn, ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll this week, is the highest-ranked team Alabama has defeated since it upset then-AP No. 1 Stanford during the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

Auburn is also the highest-ranked team Alabama has defeated at Coleman Coliseum since then-No. 1 Arkansas, the eventual national champions, in January 1994.
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Re: Wednesday Night SEC Basketball Action
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2020, 01:45:46 pm »



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Junior guard Saben Lee did not score in the first half, but he finished with 17 points and five assists.

Max Evans scored all of his career-high 16 points in the first half. Freshman Scotty Pippen Jr. had 11 points, six assists and six rebounds. Freshman Dylan Disu led with 10 rebounds.

Jimmy Whitt Jr. led Arkansas with a career-high 30 points.

Vanderbilt led for less than four minutes. The Commodores fell behind midway through the first half and stayed in catch-up mode the remainder of the night.

In the first half, Evans made two 3-pointers and two three-point plays. He paced Vanderbilt during an early 12-4 run, which countered Arkansas’ hot start.

The Razorbacks led 34-28 at halftime. Lee’s first basket was a three-point play on a thundering dunk and free throw early in the second half. It cut Arkansas’ lead to 37-33, but the Commodores never got any closer.

Vanderbilt will host Tennessee (10-6, 2-2) on Saturday (5 p.m., SEC Network). Vols have won four straight in the series. Commodores haven’t beaten UT at Memorial Gym since March 1, 2016.

Vanderbilt will play Alabama (Jan. 22) at home and then they're on the road at South Carolina (Jan. 25) and No. 12 Kentucky (Jan. 29) to finish out the month.
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