SEC men’s basketball hits the floor tonight and tomorrow with several games.
Tonight, the newly crowned number one Florida Gators will be heading to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt. This marks the first time the Gators have been on top of the polls since the 2007 season when they won the second of their back-to-back national titles.
Florida head coach Billy Donovan isn’t reading to much into the new ranking though.
“We don’t have control over the rankings. Someone could easily say ‘you know Florida’s not number one in the country, it’s Wichita State,’ that’s great. We’ve still got to get prepared to play Vanderbilt. We’ve still got to practice. We’ve still got to do the things that we do,” he said.
The Gators come in hot after winning their 19th straight this weekend against Ole Miss, beating the Rebels 75-71. Vanderbilt comes in having won two of their last three games, with their latest victory seeing them overcome a 16-point deficit.
You can catch tonight’s game on Country 103.7 the Gator, with coverage starting at 6:25, with the tip set for 7.
To round out Tuesday’s action, Missouri (19-8, 7-7 SEC) will be taking on Georgia (15-11, 9-5 SEC) on the road. Both teams have done well lately, with Missouri winning three of their last four, and Georgia winning five of their last six. These two teams have met once before this season, with Georgia winning the game in overtime, 70-64.
Georgia coach Mark Fox said this about the previous match-up.
“To open up league play with a win, and a road win versus a terrific team was critical for us because it allowed for us to have a winning record out of the gate.”
Missouri coach Frank Haith says that Georgia is “a really good rebounding team on both ends of the court. They get to the free throw line 30 times a game. They have their length, they bother you on the defensive end.”
On Wednesday Alabama (11-16, 5-9 SEC) will head to Oxford to take on Ole Miss (16-11, 7-7 SEC). The Crimson Tide come in having just stopped a two-game skid by beating Missouri 80-73. Ole Miss comes in having lost four straight with their latest loss coming against Florida. In a previous match-up this season, Alabama came out on top 67-64. .
Mississippi State (13-14, 3-11 SEC) will host Tennessee (16-11, 7-7 SEC). Mississippi State will be looking to climb out of the basement of the conference, while also trying to win its first game since January 22nd. Tennessee, on the other hand, will be looking to break their way out of a seven-way tie for fourth place in the conference.
Texas A&M (16-11, 7-7 SEC) and LSU (16-10, 7-7 SEC) will also play tonight. The Aggies will be looking to win their third straight, coming off a 68-65 overtime win against Tennessee. LSU will be looking to change their luck after a devastating overtime loss to Kentucky on Saturday, 77-76.
The last game of the night will feature South Carolina (10-17, 3-11 SEC) and Auburn (12-13, 4-10 SEC), two teams looking to climb out the cellar in the conference. Auburn will be looking to change their luck after losing four of their last five, and the Gamecocks will be trying to end their current two-game skid.
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