Sunday selection for March Madness is a little over two weeks away, and some SEC schools could hear their name called onto the field — while other school seasons end. The Division I Men’s Basketball Committee unveiled its top 16 teams on the Bracket Preview Show last week. Two SEC teams, Alabama and Tennessee, found their names included. Though its not official, there is still time left for the other 12 teams to leave a mark.
Around the SEC Last Night
No. 11 Tennessee dropped their game to No. 25 Texas A&M, 68-63. That marked the Aggies sixth straight win. They improved to 21-7 overall and 13-2 in conference play. The Volunteers fell to 20-8 overall and 9-6 in the SEC. Texas A&M now has three wins over ranked opponents, including then-No. 20 Missouri and then-No. 15 Auburn.
The game was tied 31-31 at the half, but once the Aggies got ahead with 15 minuets to go in the game, they never trailed again. Taylor IV led the Aggies in scoring with 25 points and showed why he’s the SEC leader in free throws, hitting 16-of-17.
In overtime, Missouri beat Mississippi State, 66-64. Nick Honor hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds remaining in OT to secure the win for the Tigers.
It was a huge back-and-fourth game between the two clubs, and defense really stood out within the last few ticks. Honor swished his biggest basket of his Mizzou career with less than eight seconds remaining for the go-ahead basket. The Tigers defense is what tipped the edge of this game as they had a huge stop to Mississippi State’s offense that tied the knot. Neither side led the game by more than six points.
Senior forward Kobe Brown led the Tigers with 17 points with graduate guard D’Moi Hodge behind him with 16.
The last game of the slate, Arkansas cruised passed Georgia with a 30 point win, defeating them 97-65. Arkansas was up by 20 at half and never looked back. Freshman guard Nick Smith Jr. had an outstanding game with a career-high 26 points, including five three-pointers. Junior wing Ricky Council added 22 on a trio of threes to help secure the win.
Arkansas will face a tough battle this weekend when it travels to No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
SEC Basketball Standings
SEC teams have about four games left in the regular season before they’re off to Nashville, Tennessee for the conference tournament.
Alabama and Texas A&M sit at the top with 13 wins apiece. Kentucky and Tennessee are behind them with nine. Behind those top four go Auburn, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State, Georgia, South Carolina, Ole Miss and LSU.
In some predictions lists, NCAA Digital’s Andy Katz made his field of 64 list and seven SEC teams found their names on there. Alabama was at one, Tennessee at nine, Auburn at 29, Arkansas at 30, Missouri at 33, Texas A&M at 37 and Kentucky at 40.