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SEC Men’s Hoops Preview

By on January 23rd, 2013

There is plenty of men’s basketball to go around tonight in the SEC with eight of the fourteen teams participating in matchups.

LSU will host Texas A&M and is coming off four straight losses, all to SEC teams.  The Tigers most recently gave Georgia their first conference win of the season with a final score of 67-58.  LSU is currently at last place in the conference with an overall record of 9-6 (0-4 SEC), and coach Johnny Jones says his team has a lot to work on.

The Aggies are coming off an SEC loss to Alabama, bringing their record to 12-5 (2-2 SEC). With the loss still fresh, A&M coach Billy Kennedy says his team will have to handle the ball better in this game.

Tip off is set for 7 p.m. in Baton Rouge.

Up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Razorbacks will host Mississippi State, with both teams coming off SEC losses from the weekend.  Arkansas is 11-6 overall (2-2 SEC) while the Bulldogs still fall short of a winning record at 7-9 (2-2 SEC).  The Dogs have played the majority of their season without guards Jacoby Davis and Andre Applewhite, both out for the season with knee injuries since early November.  While their absence could give the Razorbacks an advantage, Arkansas coach Mike Anderson says his team needs to expect the unexpected.

The teams will face off at 9 p.m. in the Bud Walton Arena.

Play continues with Auburn heading to Vanderbilt looking to avenge last season’s 30 point loss to the Commodores.  The Tigers dropped a matchup to Kentucky over the weekend and are now 8-9 (2-2 SEC) while Vandy is coming in 7-9 (1-3 SEC) after a win in their weekend contest against South Carolina.  Vandy coach Kevin Stallings says their record could be better if the team had stepped it up in some close games.

Finally, the Gators journey to Georgia tonight in hopes of a second win over the Dogs this season.  While Florida is 14-2 (4-0 SEC), Georgia has raked in only seven wins so far, including their most recent matchup against LSU.  The Gators just took another SEC win against 17th ranked Missouri in the O’Dome, giving Gator coach Billy Donovan his 400th win.  Florida now ranks third in the nation in scoring defense, but Donovan takes note of Georgia’s impressive leadership.

You can catch live coverage of the game on ESPN Radio 850/900 starting at 7:25 p.m. with tip-off set for 8pm.


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