Florida takes advantage of a great opportunity against Kentucky No. 7 on Saturday


Here are a few things to watch this week in Southeast Conference basketball:


Kentucky No. 7 (17-3, 6-1) in Florida (12-8, 4-3). Kentucky has a run of seven straight wins and plays pretty much anyone in the country. The Wildcats are one game behind the No. 1 Tennessee and the 19th LSU in the SEC standings. Florida has occasionally struggled this season, but has won three of its last four games, including an overtime win over Ole Miss on Wednesday. A win against the Wildcats would greatly enhance the resume of the Gators in the playoffs. Another game to watch: Alabama (13-7, 4-3) at Auburn (14-6, 3-4). The Crimson Tide has a strange resume with victories over Kentucky, Mississippi State and Ole Miss (when all three schools were ranked), but a loss against Texas A & M Auburn had lost three times in a row before a win glowing against Missouri on Wednesday.


How will the conference center be run? The SEC split into three levels at the start of the competition. No. 1 Tennessee, LSU and Kentucky have split as three top contenders for the title. The bottom of the league is also set with Vanderbilt winless conference and with Missouri, Georgia and Texas A & M, each 1-6. That leaves South Carolina (10-10, 5-2), Ole Miss (14-6, 4-3), Alabama (13-7, 4-3), Florida (12-8, 4-3), No 22 Mississippi State (15-5, 3-4), Auburn (14-6, 3-4) and Arkansas (12-8, 3-4) are all stuck in the center. Next month is expected to determine which teams on the midfield will earn an NCAA nomination, although South Carolina's poor non-conference performances are particularly difficult to overcome.


The series of 15 consecutive wins in Tennessee is the longest in its history. The Volunteers also won 15 straight victories from February 1915 to January 1917. … LSU defeated Missouri 86-80 in overtime on Saturday despite a 14-point deficit and a time remaining of 2:14 in regulation time. Since that 70-56 lead over LSU, Missouri has been beaten 122-68. Missouri continued the loss against LSU by bowing 92-58 against Auburn. … Arkansas has engaged only four turnovers and blocked 14 shots Tuesday in a 70-60 victory over Georgia. This represented the third lowest business figure in Arkansas and the fourth largest total in the history of the school. … Alabama 's 83-79 victory over the Mississippi State, number 22, marked Tuesday' s seventh straight Crimson Tide home win against a Top 25 team. Alabama is 9-4 overall against the top 25 teams. .


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On the women's side

Missouri's Sophie Cunningham climbed to third spot on the scorers' list with 30 points in a 74-65 win over Auburn on Sunday. Cunningham also scored six three-point goals in the game and became the third Missouri player to score 200 career goals by three points … The 74-65 win over Tennessee against LSU ended a six-game losing streak. the longest skid of Lady Flights since 1970.

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