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Better Bring It All Against High-Powered, Relentless, 3rd-ranked Vols
Chris Harry / Senior Writer UF
Florida has lost 15 straight games, dating to the 2009-10 season, against teams ranked in the Associated Press top five, with Saturday night's crack at No. 3 Tennessee the Gators' latest chance to end the skid.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The three members of the Florida freshman class got to talking among themselves about what they could expect when the Gators (9-5, 1-1) host third-ranked Tennessee (13-1, 2-0) Saturday night in what looms as the biggest game on the Exactech Arena/O'Connell Center schedule this season.
The Volunteers, defending Southeastern Conference co-champions, have all five starters back from the 2017-18 squad that won 26 games. Every game they've been in this season has ended in double-digit victory, except for the two times they played the nation's top-ranked team. UT lost to then-No. 1 Kansas in overtime and later defeated then-No. 1 Gonzaga, with both games played at neutral sites. The Vols won their first two SEC games by — get this — a combined 70 points.
The UF players know how big the game is and, obviously, so do the Florida fans, who have done their part by selling out the O'Dome for the first time this season. Which brings us back to that conversation between the trio of freshmen, guards Noah Locke and Andrew Nembhard, and backup forward Keyontae Johnson. Of the three, only Nembhard has been in the house for a fever-pitched, maxed-out environment. He was here for the big regular-season finale and victory over No. 23 Kentucky last March, a festive occasion that doubled as the senior day sendoff for popular point guard Chris Chiozza. It was madness that night, to be sure.
The best reference point to date for Locke and Johnson was a visit earlier this season from Michigan State. The joint was jumpin' that day, as well. This one, however, will be different.
"We asked Andrew, 'Will it be like that? Will it be like Michigan State?' " Locke said. "He was like, 'No, man, not at all. It'll be way, way more crazy than that.' "
And it'll need to be.
Better Bring It All Against High-Powered, Relentless, 3rd-ranked Vols - Florida Gators
Bulldogs Visit The Plains, Auburn
Complete Game Notes (PDF)
The Starting 5...
Georgia has already sold out 7 games this season, the most sellouts for the Bulldogs since they had 8 during the 2002-03 season.
Nicolas Claxton is the only SEC player to lead his team in points, boards, assists, blocks & steals in a game this season...and he's done it twice.
Derek Ogbeide joined UGA's top-10 career rebounding leaders during the Vanderbilt game. He's now 33 from the No. 9 mark.
UGA's bench has outscored it counterparts in 11 games, with nine of those being by +10 or more. UGA's bench has a +172 scoring margin.
UGA's coaching staff sports a combined 80 seasons of D-I experience (Crean-28, Scott-27, Dollar-23, Abdur-Rahim-12) with 38 postseason bids
The Bulldogs improved to 9-5 overall and 1-1 in the SEC with an 82-63 decision over Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
Sophomores Rayshaun Hammonds and Nicolas Claxton lead the Bulldogs.
Hammonds averages a team-high 14.2 ppg, which ranks No. 15 among league statistical leaders. He also is No. 3 in field goal percentage, No. 6 in free throw percentage and No. 12 in rebounds.
Claxton, last week's SEC Player of the Week, is contributing 12.4 ppg and paces the SEC in both rebounding (9.9 rpg) and blocks (3.1 bpg). In national stats through games of Jan. 9, he ranked No. 22 in boards and No. 6 in blocks.
Tyree Crump and Derek Ogbeide also are scoring at a double-digit pace for Georgia, adding 10.6 ppg and 10.3 ppg, respectively.
Auburn slipped to 11-3 overall and 0-1 in the SEC with a midweek setback at Ole Miss.
Bryce Brown's 15.9 ppg scoring average paces the Tigers on the offensive end, while Jared Harper adds 14.5 ppg, Austin Wiley chips in 11.5 ppg and Chuma Okeke puts up 10.3 ppg.
Bulldogs Visit The Plains, Auburn - University of Georgia Athletics
No. 11 Tigers look to get back on track in SEC home opener
AUBURN, Ala. – The message was very clear in the build-up to the Southeastern Conference home opener for No. 11 Auburn in what is promising to be an electric atmosphere inside Auburn Arena Saturday afternoon. The Tigers have to play better.
Following a disappointing loss in its first game in 11 days at Ole Miss, Auburn has an opportunity to get back on track when it welcomes the most familiar foe in program history in Georgia.
Auburn will have the chance to do something it hasn't done in 19 years when it hosts Georgia at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday.
"We have an opportunity, if we can beat Georgia, it'll be three straight [wins] and we haven't done that since 2000," Pearl added. "From a standpoint of trying to make history in one of the longest going rivalries, it would be good."
"They have a little bigger guard play, so that could give us a challenge. We could probably play a little faster against them because of that and get the game speed sped up. I feel like that will catch them off-guard. I still feel like they're a pretty good team because of how aggressive they are on the glass. That will be a thing for us, keeping them off the glass and forcing them to not use their size over us."
The Bulldogs are second in the country in blocked shots (6.4) and sixth in defensive rebounds per game (31.1). Meanwhile, the Tigers are third in offensive rebounding, averaging 15.4 boards per contest.
Not only will Saturday provide a great matchup on the court, but it will also be a chance for Auburn fans to celebrate its history as the Tigers will honor the 1999 SEC champions on Auburn Basketball Lettermen Day.
No. 11 Tigers look to get back on track in SEC home opener - Auburn University Athletics
Kentucky Basketball Previews Vanderbilt
UK ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
Assistant Coach Joel Justus
On if the staff knew Jemarl Baker Jr.'s potential …
"For our staff, probably I was the only one just because I had seen him play there on the grassroots circuit he played on, which was the Under Armor circuit. You saw a guy who is a basketball player. He's a guy that can guard multiple positions. He's a guy who can play multiple positions on the offensive end. I think for us, when we're recruiting backcourt guys, you always want someone that can create for themselves but first and foremost create for others because of what we're going to have here. And the type of guys that we're going to have and they type of players that have the type of dreams that they do, you need guys that can create for other people first but are also a threat that they have to be guarded."
On if he's nudging people about Baker since he saw his potential …
"No, no. And we all watched him eventually. With the technology that you have now with Synergy and all the other types of ways you can watch grassroots or high school basketball, we all cosigned on Jemarl. We all were excited about Jemarl. I don't think anyone here is surprised that Jemarl is having some good moments and flashes. I think he's aware, as well as everybody else, that this is still a process for him. Part of that is getting him in the best shape of his life, which has been hard because he has been hurt. We talked even a little bit the other day, this has been a really good time for Jemarl. When he got fully healthy was right there at the beginning of December when we got into that period where we had practices, game on Saturday, practices, game on Saturday. That allowed him to put in some extra work. Was at the end of the semester where classes were kind of tailing off and you just had to study and he could put in some extra work, which he did. Now you kind of get into a different rhythm with the conference play and you're going to have a day off on Wednesday, which you need to take advantage of, have a really good practice like he did, we did on Thursday. Now you get into game prep again on a Friday, or Monday, whatever day the game is. I think we're excited for him, but I think that we're still seeing the beginning and scratching the surface of what he can become."
On how the team is as a whole …
"I think it's the same thing we always say: I think we want to be our best version tomorrow night. That's basically who we're striving to become today in practice. Both as individuals and collectively, we need to be our best today and then carry that over to tomorrow. I think Coach (John Calipari) is really working with the guys with their roles and making sure that he's continuing to be clear with them that their continuing to understand what's being asked of them. Also, that he is clear with the team on how he sees our best version tomorrow night, then Tuesday, then Saturday, and so on and so forth as the weeks go on. As it is here, these parts of our teams change. They evolve. Guys step up. Maybe some guys step back for a little bit. For us, the strength of who we are is that we do have depth and we have guys that are continuing to work. I think you see that with a guy like Jemarl. I think you see that with a guy like Ashton (Hagans). You see it with a guy like Immanuel (Quickley). They had some periods where they were so-so, and then they have times they were OK and now they are playing really well. I think the great thing for us, and our coaching staff thinks, 'OK, who's going to be the guy that steps up today in practice, or who's going to be the guy that steps up tomorrow in the game?' That's the exciting part about the process, as you asked, is you're just kind of waiting to see who's next."
Kentucky Basketball Previews Vanderbilt - University of Kentucky Athletics
Vandy Men's Basketball
Wildcats Await Commodores Saturday in Lexington
Commodores and Wildcats to tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, game will air on SEC Network.
Vanderbilt men's basketball heads to Rupp Arena on Saturday evening to take on the Kentucky Wildcats for their second consecutive road contest. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on the SEC Network. Commodore fans can also tune into the game on the Vanderbilt IMG Radio Network with Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson on WLAC 1510 AM and 98.3 FM, and online on vucommodores.com and the vucommodores app.
Vanderbilt dropped to 9-5 on the season and 0-2 in league play after an 82-63 defeat at the hands of Georgia on Wednesday night in Athens, Ga. Sophomore guard Saben Lee led the Commodores with 12 points, while freshman Simisola Shittu and sophomore Maxwell Evans each added 10 points. Shittu also notched 14 rebounds to garner his third double-double of his career.
Vanderbilt Basketball Quick Hitters
Shittu was named the conference's Freshman of the Week last week after averaging 19 points, nine rebounds and 3.5 assists against UNC Asheville and Ole Miss. Shittu is the Commodores' second Freshman of the Week selection, joining Darius Garland, who won the honor in the first week of the season.
Shittu's 21 points was the most by a Vanderbilt freshman in an SEC opener since A.J. Ogilvy scored 25 points in an 80-73 win over South Carolina at Memorial Gym on January 9, 2008.
Vanderbilt, an inaugural member of the Southeastern Conference, are in their 86th season of SEC competition. Vanderbilt has won two SEC Tournament titles (1951, 2012) and three regular season titles in 1965, 1974, and 1993. This will be the 67th SEC season in Memorial Gym for the Commodores.
The Commodores enter the game as the 303rd-most experienced team in the country according to KenPom.com.
Nine Commodores have scored in double figures in a game so far this season.
Kentucky will be the second ranked team Vanderbilt has faced this season. The Commodores won their only other meeting with a ranked opponent this season when they defeated Arizona State on Dec. 17 at Memorial Gym. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak to ranked opponents, dating back to a 72-62 overtime win over 17th-ranked Florida at the 2017 SEC Tournament (3/10/17) at Bridgestone Arena. The Sun Devils went on to defeat Kansas later in the month.
Vanderbilt's average height is 78.5 inches (6 feet, 5 inches) and ranks 17th nationally according to KenPom.
The Commodores have marched to the charity-stripe 372 times this season, which tops all SEC schools and ranks 32nd nationally. Vanderbilt is second in the SEC and is 27th nationally in free throw makes with 266.
Vanderbilt also ranks in the top five in the SEC in 3FG Attempts (4th, 335), Defensive rebounds per game (3rd, 28.86), Fewest Fouls (4th, 243), Fewest Turnovers (3rd, 178), Scoring Offense (5th, 80.6), 3FG% Defense (5th, 32.2), 3FG Made per game (5th, 8.1), Total 3FG made (5th, 113), Total Rebounds (3rd, 561), Rebounds per game (4th, 40.07), and Turnovers per game (3rd, 12.7).
Individually, Lee is ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in assists per game (9th, 3.7), free throw attempts (2nd, 93), and free throws made (2nd, 68), and assist-to turnover ratio (10th, 1.53). Ryan is ranked in 3FG attempts (5th, 90), 3FG per game (7th, 2.4), and total threes made (6th, 34), while Shittu is ranked in defensive rebounds per game (3rd, 6.4), double doubles (8th, 3), free throw attempts (5th, 83), free throws made (6th, 56), rebounds per game (5th, 8.3), and total rebounds (4th, 116).
Freshman point guard Darius Garland, a five-star recruit and a 2018 McDonald's All-American, was lost for the season after suffering a meniscus injury in his left knee against Kent State on November 23. He suffered the injury two minutes into the game against the Golden Flashes.
Joe Toye scored in double figures in three straight games for the first time of his four-year career in the first three games of the 2018-19 season and has double-digit points in nine games this season, including four of his last six.
Vanderbilt won their 800th career game at Memorial Gym against Arizona State on December 17. Memorial Gym, which opened in 1952, is the oldest basketball arena in the SEC.
Vanderbilt won its first road game of the season at USC, the first time the Commodores have had a season-opening road win since a 72-70 win over St. Mary's on November 20, 2009.
Wildcats Await Commodores Saturday in Lexington - Vanderbilt University Athletics
Bama Men's Basketball 1/11/2019 3:07:00 PM
Alabama Men’s Basketball Hosts Texas A&M on Saturday Afternoon
Crimson Tide and Aggies will square off at 2:30 p.m. CT in the first of two games played between the teams this season
Coach Avery Johnson Press Conference
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama returns to Coleman Coliseum for its only home game in the current four-game stretch when it hosts Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon. It marks the first of two games between the teams this season, as the Tide will play the return game on Feb. 19 in College Station, Texas (8 p.m. CT on SEC Network).
The Crimson Tide owns a 12-6 edge in the all-time series against the Aggies heading into Saturday's showdown. The two teams have played some exciting games, as 11 of the 18 contests in the series have been decided by single digits. In fact, five of the last six games between the two teams have been decided by a single possession, highlighted by last year's SEC Tournament quarterfinal contest in which Collin Sexton's floater at the buzzer gave the Tide a 71-70 victory.
Alabama had its five-game winning streak snapped with an 88-79 loss at LSU last Tuesday night. The Tide managed to score 51 points in the second half and whittle a double-figure deficit down to four points late in the contest, but could not pull off the victory. As a result, the loss snapped Alabama's five-game winning streak in the series, which included three straight victories at LSU.
Alabama Men’s Basketball Hosts Texas A&M on Saturday Afternoon - University of Alabama Athletics
Preview: at Alabama
By: Texas A&M Athletics Communications
COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M men's basketball team will round out a week of conference road games at Alabama Saturday afternoon. The Aggies are looking to get back on track after falling at No. 18 Kentucky on Tuesday night, 85-74. Four Aggies reached double figures in one of the team's best shooting performances of the season, but turnovers plagued A&M throughout the night. Alabama recently snapped a five-game winning streak with a 88-79 loss at LSU earlier this week, after opening league play with a win over Kentucky at home.
Texas A&M Quick Hits
• TJ Starks followed up a 23-point performance in the conference opener to help lead the way with 18 points at Kentucky. He has led the Aggies in scoring four times.
• Jay Jay Chandler shot 78-percent from the field to help pace A&M with 18 points at Kentucky.
• Savion Flagg followed up his second double-double of the season with 13 points, going 3-4 from beyond the arc, and nine rebounds at Kentucky.
• A&M had one of its best shooting nights of the season at Kentucky, shooting 47.1 percent from three and 92.3 percent from the free throw line.
• Wendell Mitchell matched a season high with five assists against the Wildcats, also notching his first double-digit scoring game of SEC play.
• Five of the nine Aggies that saw the court against Arkansas made their SEC debut.
• A&M saw seven different Aggies lead the team in scoring through 11 non-conference games to start the season.
• The Aggies notched a pair of milestones with the victory over South Alabama, as Coach Kennedy earned the 350th win of his career and the program reached 250 wins in Reed Arena.
Two For 20
• A&M started conference play seeing two Aggies score 20-plus points in the same game for the second time this season, as sophomores Savion Flagg and TJ Starks led the team in the opener.
• Flagg recorded his second double-double of the season, finishing with 20 points and 15 boards, while Starks matched his career high with 23 points, 17 coming in the second half.
• The first time two Aggies put up 20 points in the same game was when Brandon Mahan and Christian Mekowulu set season highs with 20 points apiece in the win over Valpo.
• Mahan knocked down four of his seven attempts from beyond the arc in the game, while Mekowulu went 8-for-9 from the field.
Preview: at Alabama - Texas A&M University Athletics
Men's Basketball 1/11/2019 8:08:00 PM
@MizzouHoops' Matchup at South Carolina Tentatively Rescheduled to Sunday
Tip off is set for 12 p.m. CT at Colonial Life Arena
COLUMBIA, S.C. –
The Mizzou vs. South Carolina men's basketball game, originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, but postponed due to weather related travel issues for the Tigers, has been
TENTATIVELY rescheduled for Sunday, Jan. 13, at 12 p.m. CT, at Colonial Life Arena, pending the weather permitting Missouri's travel to Columbia, S.C., on Saturday. Both South Carolina and Missouri have worked alongside the SEC office in working to reschedule the contest.
A final determination on the tentative rescheduled matchup will be announced on Saturday afternoon.
Should the game be played on Sunday, original tickets for the matchup will be honored. There will be no ticket refunds.
' Matchup at South Carolina Tentatively Rescheduled to Sunday - University of Missouri Athletics
Men’s Basketball Game Versus Missouri Tentatively Rescheduled For Sunday
Men's Basketball | 1/11/2019 10:02:00 PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina versus Missouri men's basketball game, originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, but postponed due to weather related travel issues for the Tigers, has been TENTATIVELY rescheduled for Sunday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. ET, at Colonial Life Arena, pending the weather permitting Missouri's travel to Columbia, S.C., on Saturday. Both South Carolina and Missouri have worked alongside the SEC office in working to reschedule the contest.
A final determination on the tentative rescheduled matchup will be announced on Saturday afternoon.
Arkansas Welcomes LSU
Mike Cawood Razorback Sports
FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas (10-4) returns to Bud Walton Arena Saturday (Jan. 12) to host LSU (11-3). Game time is set for 5 pm and the contest will be televised on the SEC Network.
The first 5,000 fans to enter Bud Walton Arena will receive a free commemorative poster, celebrating the 1994 NCAA Championship. Also, prior to the game, recent National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and Razorback great Sidney Moncrief will be honored prior to the game as well as be recognized during a timeout during the game.
This will be the 66th meeting between Arkansas and LSU. The Razorbacks own a 35-30 advantage in the series, including a 31-25 advantage in games since Arkansas joined the SEC in 1991-92. Arkansas is 19-7 in games played in Fayetteville.
Arkansas ranks among the NCAA top 10 in home wins with 117 since Mike Anderson took over in 2011-12. The Razorbacks have not dropped back-to-back home games since falling to Florida (Feb. 18) and Alabama (Feb. 23) in Coach Anderson’s first season.
Arkansas is 47-16 (75%) in SEC games played at Bud Walton Arena under head coach Mike Anderson.
For the second straight year, Arkansas will play five Saturday games in Bud Walton Arena, including each of the Razorbacks’ last four home games of the regular season. Arkansas is an impressive 25-5 in Saturday SEC home games under head coach Mike Anderson, including a streak of nine consecutive wins.
Mason Jones is coming off a career-high 30-point performance versus Florida. Isaiah Joe also broke the 30-point plateau this season, getting 34 versus another school from the Sunshine State, Florida International. Jones’ performance versus the Gators marked the 119th time a Razorback has scored at least 30. Jones was the 47th Razorback to accomplish the feat
Arkansas Welcomes LSU
Tigers On Road To Face Arkansas
Kent Lowe (@LSUkent) LSU Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE – Having won its opening Southeastern Conference home game, the LSU men’s basketball team hits the road for the first of two straight difficult contests beginning Saturday at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Tigers (11-3, 1-0) will face the Arkansas Razorbacks (10-4, 1-1) at 5 p.m. Saturday in the third game of four games televised by the SEC Network (Kevin Fitzgerald and Dane Bradshaw) and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates with Chris Blair and former LSU head basketball coach John Brady (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge; 92.7 FM in New Orleans).
LSU is one of four remaining unbeaten teams in the SEC after two playing dates with LSU at 1-0 and Ole Miss (Tuesday’s LSU opponent in Oxford), South Carolina and Tennessee at 2-0. The Tigers defeated Alabama, 88-79, in the school’s seventh straight SEC victory in the Maravich Center and the 16th consecutive overall win in the building, both dating back to last year.
Arkansas lost on Wednesday night in the late league game, 57-51, at Bud Walton after winning on the road in its league opener, 73-71 at Texas A&M one Saturday ago. Arkansas will be trying to avoid losing back-to-back home games for the first time since Coach Mike Anderson’s first season, eight years ago.
But the Razorbacks have also been good in Saturday home games, posting a 25-5 record in SEC home games under Coach Anderson, including a streak of nine consecutive wins.
Tigers On Road To Face Arkansas
Rivalry Renewed as Rebels Head to Starkville Saturday
Ole Miss Takes Nine-Game Winning Streak and 2-0 SEC Start on the Road
Ole Miss Sports
- Ole Miss faces top 15 teams in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
- The Rebels and the Bulldogs are the SEC's most-played rivalry, having met 258 times.
- Ole Miss has won eight of the last 10 matchups against MSU, which is the Rebels' best streak against the Bulldogs since winning eight straight from 1980-83.
- The Rebels have won nine straight games for the first time since winning nine straight in 2012-13, when Ole Miss captured the SEC Tournament title.
- Ole Miss is coming off an 82-67 victory over No. 10 Auburn, its first victory over a top 10 team since 2013.
- The Rebels begin SEC play 2-0 for just the fourth time in the last 20 seasons.
- Ole Miss is the only team in the country to rank top 25 in field goal percentage (13th-50.2 percent), free throw percentage (16th-76.1 percent) and rebounding margin (25th-+7.1).
- Breein Tyree is the only player to rank in the SEC's top 10 in scoring (3rd-17.4 ppg), field goal percentage (5th-51.0), three-point field goal percentage (6th-42.0) and free throw percentage (9th-80.9).
- Tyree is the reigning SEC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 31 points in the win over Vanderbilt, the most points scored by an SEC player to open up conference play and the most by a Rebel this season.
- A Preseason Second Team All-SEC selection by the coaches, Terence Davis recorded a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Rebels to victory over No. 10 Auburn.
- Making 138 three-pointers over his career, Terence Davis ranks 10th in school history; Davis also ranks 25th in Ole Miss history with 1,235 career points and has 19 career 20-point games.
- Kermit Davis, a native of Leakesville, Mississippi, is in his first year at Ole Miss after spending the past 16 seasons at Middle Tennessee and becoming the winningest coach in school history as well as Sun Belt Conference history.
Rivalry Renewed as Rebels Head to Starkville Saturday - Ole Miss Athletics
Gameday: Five Things to Know About Ole MIss-No. 14 MSU
Tiger Sports by Matt Dunaway, Associate Director/Communications
STARKVILLE – The SEC's most-played basketball rivalry will take one of the nation's biggest stages when No. 14 Mississippi State and Ole Miss meet on Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE
1. Mississippi State played one of the nation's toughest non-conference schedules which featured nine teams from the 2017-18 postseason who finished among the top three in their respective conferences. The Bulldogs head into Saturday's action as one of nine teams nationally to have earned at least five non-conference Quad 1 and Quad 2 victories. The Bulldogs are among four teams in the country joined by Florida State, Kansas and Nevada to secure three of those wins on the road or on a neutral floor.
2. Aric Holman has racked up 19.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game over his last four appearances. He has garnered 20-point performances in back-to-back games for the first time during his career with the Maroon and White. Holman is ranked among active players in the SEC's Top 10 in points (893 – 10th), rebounds (603 – 4th) and blocks (180 – 2nd). He has secured three or more blocks in eight games which includes four of his last five outings. Holman is four blocks shy of moving past Kalpatrick Wells (1980-81-82-83) for fourth place on the program's all-time list.
3. Quinndary Weatherspoon continues his assault moving into the MSU scoring list.
Gameday: Five Things to Know About Ole MIss-No. 14 MSU - Mississippi State University Athletics
Ole Miss has been a nice surprise so far.