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Kentucky winning at Rupp Arena is nothing new. After the 68-51 win over Texas A&M, Kentucky has now won 20 straight games at home and is 79-2 at Rupp Arena under John Calipari. The last time the Wildcats lost at home was against these same Aggies. It wasn’t the case in this game. Alex Poythress had a season-high 16 points and super frosh Julius Randle had yet another double-double. Here is how Kentucky has scored and shot at home under the current coach compared to on the road.
- 2013-14: Home – 82.2 points/game, 47.5 FG pct. – Road – 74.7 points/game, 46.5 FG pct.
- 2012-13: Home – 80.2 points/game, 50.0 FG pct. – Road – 63.5 points/game, 44.2 FG pct.
- 2011-12: Home – 82.0 points/game, 49.5 FG pct. – Road – 73.6 points/game, 48.1 FG pct.
- 2010-11: Home – 81.9 points/game, 49.0 FG pct. – Road – 70.3 points/game, 43.8 FG pct.
- 2009-10: Home – 82.8 points/game, 49.3 FG pct. – Road – 76.1 points/game, 46.5 FG pct.
In a game that changed leads frequently in the second half, it was LSU that won in a battle of Tigers as it defeated Missouri 77-71 on Tuesday. Overall there were eight ties and six lead changes. Statistically, Shavon Coleman led LSU with 19 points, but it was Jordan Mickey who had an all-around great game. The freshman had 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. It was his fifth double-double of his young career. Through Tuesday night’s games, Mickey is tied for fourth in the nation with five double-doubles by a freshman. Here are the leaders in this category by first-season stars.
- Julius Randle (Kentucky): 11
- Noah Vonleh (Indiana): 8
- Sean Obi (Rice): 6
- Jordan Mickey (LSU): 5
- Aaron Gordon (Arizona): 5
- Ryan Taylor (Marshall): 5
- Devin Williams (West Virginia): 5
Georgia is now 4-1 in conference play after defeating South Carolina 97-76. That makes the first time since the 2002-03 season that the Bulldogs have started 4-1 in the SEC. Georgia has now won seven of its last eight games against South Carolina. Five Bulldogs scored in double figures and the team was 33-for-50 in free-throw attempts. The 97 points is the second most by the Bulldogs under Mark Fox. Here are the top five:
- 2011 vs. Ole Miss: 98 points
- 2014 vs. South Carolina: 97 points
- 2010 vs. Vanderbilt: 94 points
- 2011 vs. Winthrop: 92 points
- 2011 vs. Florida: 91 points
The Ole Miss Rebels were the men of steal this Wednesday as they had a season-best 14 steals in their 63-52 win over Vanderbilt. Jarvis Summers had four and Aaron Jones had three to lead the team. The total of 14 steals was tied for the most by an SEC team in conference action this season. In any games, Ole Miss has three of the top 10 most steals by an SEC team this season. Under Andy Kennedy, this mark is tied for fourth for the highest amount of steals in a game by the Rebels. Here are the top five:
- 2012 vs. Lipscomb: 20 steals
- 2007 vs. Louisiana: 18 steals
- 2009 vs. Alabama State: 17 steals
- 2014 vs. Vanderbilt: 14 steals
- 2009 vs. Arkansas-Little Rock: 14 steals
The Bulldogs of Starkville were led by their bench on Wednesday. If you look at the points scored by starters, Auburn outscored Mississippi State 74-54. To the joy of the maroon faithful, Mississippi State’s bench outscored Auburn’s 28-0. So overall, the Bulldogs won 82-74. Here is a breakdown on how the two benches played in this game.
Mississippi State: 28 points, 7-for-13 FG, 2-for-3 3-point FG, 12-for-19 free throws, 59 minutes
Auburn: 0 points, 0-for-3 FG, 0-for-3 3-point FG, 0-for-0 free throws, 34 minutes
Jordan McRae came within one point of his career-high as he scored 34 in Tennessee’s 81-74 win over Arkansas on Wednesday. The senior was 9-for-18 from the floor and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc including a three with just fewer than three minutes left to give the Vols a lead they would not let go. He added 12-of-14 from the free-throw line to give him his 34 points. In this win, McRae also did a little bit of everything. He added seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Since the 2000-01 season only one other SEC player has had at least 30 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two block shots in a game. That was Tasmin Mitchell of LSU with his performance back in 2009 against Mississippi State.