Here are a several issues to view in Southeastern Convention basketball this weekend:
Sport OF THE WEEKEND
Florida (17-9, 9-4) at No. 10 Kentucky (21-5, 11-2): The host Wildcats have won five in a row and stand on your own atop the standings with a two-recreation edge on Florida, Auburn and LSU – the latter two of which have missing consecutive games. Meanwhile, Florida has regrouped from a 17-level decline at Mississippi to gain its very last three by an normal margin of sixteen.3 points. The Gators have won five of six in general because a three-recreation slide and appear to bolster their quest to gain one particular of the best 4 seeds and a double bye for next month’s meeting tournament in Nashville. Kentucky has won the past two matchups because dropping three of 4. The educational facilities will satisfy all over again on March seven in the common-season finale in Gainesville.
Considering that receiving waxed eighty three-58 by rival Mississippi very last 7 days, Mississippi Point out (17-9, 8-5) has gutted out consecutive wins by a full of 4 points to tie for third with South Carolina and manage NCAA Match hopes. The Bulldogs’ rebound involved Wednesday’s 79-seventy six gain more than the Gamecocks in the 1st of two conferences concerning the educational facilities more than the next 11 days. In the meantime, MSU can maintain rolling with impending road matchups at Texas A&M and Missouri sandwiched all-around Tuesday’s property recreation against Alabama. All three educational facilities are just beneath MSU in the standings. The Bulldogs purpose to avenge their 21-level decline to ‘Bama throughout an -3 begin to SEC perform they have set behind them by winning 8 of 10.
Alabama has gone fifty one of 138 from 3-level selection (37%) the past three games. Towards Texas A&M, the Crimson Tide was sixteen of forty four on 3s and 8 of fifteen from two-level selection. The Aggies, the SEC’s worst 3-level taking pictures team (27%), converted a season-ideal forty six% (11 of 24) in that 74-68 victory more than the Tide. … Tennessee freshman guard Santiago Vescovi has at least five helps in six of his past seven contests, including seven in Tuesday’s sixty five-sixty one gain against Vanderbilt. … Kentucky shot 74% in the final twenty minutes Tuesday at LSU, its ideal 50 percent because earning 84% against Alabama in the 2018 SEC Match. … LSU shot 39% against the Wildcats, the 1st time in 11 games the Tigers failed to shoot at least forty two%. They continue to guide the SEC in discipline goal percentage at forty seven.3.
Arkansas guard Mason Jones has averaged 25 points throughout the Razorbacks’ five-recreation slide because No. 2 scorer Isaiah Joe underwent arthroscopic debridement medical procedures on his appropriate knee. The 6-foot-5 junior potential customers the SEC in scoring (twenty.8 for every recreation) and the nation in totally free throws (179) and attempts (218). He has converted fifty three of 67 (79%) from the line throughout that span to aid Arkansas (sixteen-10, 4-9) continue to be close in three of those losses, including two in time beyond regulation. Joe has practiced this 7 days and warmed up with the Hogs in advance of Tuesday’s decline at Florida.
ON THE WOMEN’S Aspect
Kentucky forward Rhyne Howard became the program’s next-quickest player to crack one,000 points with 26 in the No. 14 Wildcats’ seventy three-sixty two victory Sunday more than then-No. 6 Mississippi Point out. The sophomore obtained the milestone in fifty three games despite just lately lacking three contests with a damaged remaining pinkie. Valerie However, the school’s job scoring leader with 2,763 points, obtained the milestone in forty four contests. Howard has scored forty six points the past two games because returning and was named SEC player of the 7 days for the fourth time this season on Monday. Kentucky hosts No. one South Carolina on Sunday.
AP Sports activities Writer John Zenor in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, contributed to this report.
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