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The LSU Tigers did something they haven’t done in a long time. LSU defeated a ranked Kentucky for the first time since the 1999-2000 season as the Tigers defeated the Wildcats 87-82 on Tuesday. One of the stars for LSU was Johnny O’Bryant III. The junior had 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting. The 29 points were one shy of his personal best of 30 that he did against South Carolina last season. The 29 points were also the most he has ever had against a ranked team in his career. In fact the 29 points were more than the second and third point total combined. Last season he did have 21 against Kentucky, but the Wildcats weren’t ranked at the time. Here is O’Bryant’s best scoring outputs against ranked teams during his career at LSU.
- 2014 vs. No. 11 Kentucky: 29 points
- 2013 vs. No. 17 Missouri: 14 points
- 2013 vs. No. 21 Memphis: 14 points
- 2012 vs. No. 1 Kentucky: 12 points
- 2013 vs. No. 13 Florida: 8 points
Sure two Missouri Tigers each scored 24 points in the 75-71 win over Arkansas. Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown delighted the fans back in Columbia, Mo. But this stat is about freshman Johnathan Williams III. He scored just four points and was 1-for-8 from the field. But he did the little things, the tough hard-noised things that got my attention. He had 12 rebounds and three blocked shots in the game. Here is a list of SEC players that have scored less than five points in a game, but had 10 or more rebounds and two or more blocked shots in that same game this season.
- Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky vs. North Carolina): 5 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks
- Sebastian Saiz (Ole Miss vs. Mercer): 4 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks
- Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky vs. Louisville): 2 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks
- Johnathan Williams III (Missouri vs. Arkansas): 4 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks
You can put up a win in conference play for the Gamecocks. South Carolina defeated Texas A&M 80-52 at home which moved the Gamecocks to 1-6 in the conference. They already matched the worst SEC start in team’s history, so a win was much needed. They got a great balanced attack with 19 points from Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice and 18 points from Brenton Williams. Obviously a major factor in the win was their shooting. Look at how they shot in this past game compared to their first six SEC games this season.
- Field Goal Pct: 52.2% – First 6 games - 42.0%
- 3-pt FG Pct: 40.0% – First 6 games – 38.0%
- Free-Throw Pct: 81.3% – First 6 games – 69.9%
The Volunteers put up two strong halves and earned an 86-70 victory against the Rebels. Jordan McRae led all Tennessee scorers with 26 points. Jarnell Stokes was the Vols fourth leading scorer, but he did post a double-double. He had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. It was his 29th double-double of his career. He had two as a freshman, 16 last season and 11 this season so far. Since the 2000-01 season he has the two most double-doubles by a Tennessee player in a season. Here are the best Volunteer players in that category.
- 2012-13: Jarnell Stokes: 16 double-doubles
- 2013-14: Jarnell Stokes: 11
- 2011-12: Jeronne Maymon: 9
- 2009-10: Wayne Chism: 8
- 2003-04: Brandon Crump: 8
- 2010-11: Tobias Harris: 8
Vanderbilt battled the weather and got to Athens, Ga. and then battled Georgia and won 59-54. The Commodores were led by Rod Odom who had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He also had four of the team’s eight 3-point field goals. The four 3-pointers gave him 56 on the season. He had 55 total last season and has 154 in his career. The Vanderbilt record for most 3’s in a career is 367 by Shan Foster, so that looks out of reach. Through Wednesday’s games, his 56 is good for third in the conference. Here are the top five in the SEC:
- Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss): 75
- Jabari Brown (Missouri): 59
- Rod Odom (Vanderbilt): 56
- Michael Frazier II (Florida): 52
- James Young (Kentucky): 47