Another week, another exciting adventure in the SEC.
A week ago, Kentucky looked to be on the bright side of the SEC spectrum. However, back-to-back losses to South Carolina and Florida have dropped the Wildcats to 14-5 overall and down the conference ranks (as well as the polls).
Auburn saw its nation’s-best 14-game winning streak end, thanks to the long-range shooting of freshman John Petty and in-state rival Alabama. But the Tigers didn’t stay down for long and rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit — thanks to help from revived Mustapha Heron and sharp-shooting Bryce Brown — to defeat Georgia on Saturday.
The Gators are back on top of the SEC after beating the Wildcats. The win gave Florida its first victory in Rupp Arena since 2014 and a top-20 ranking in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Alabama has been without All-SEC point guard Collin Sexton (abdominal injury) but don’t tell that to the Crimson Tide. They had a huge week with wins over Auburn and Mississippi State. Braxton Key and Petty stepped up for Tide, coming up clutch when Alabama needed a scorer.
SEC standings through Monday
3 games to watch this week
Alabama at Ole Miss (Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network)
The Tide hold the SEC’s longest win streak, winning their last four games by an average of 8.3 points. It’s unknown whether star point guard Collin Sexton will miss his third consecutive game. Can Alabama remain hot in Oxford without Sexton?
No. 22 Tennessee at Iowa State (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
Tennessee has won four of its last five games, putting the Vols back in the thick of things. The Vols will face an unpredictable Iowa State team in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Can freshman Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield keep this team afloat?
Kentucky at No. 7 West Virginia (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Many would think the sky is falling in Lexington after back-to-back losses. This week could make or break the season for UK. Can John Calipari pick up his young team and claim a statement win in Morgantown?