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UM Upsets UK; UF Tops Vandy

Wanted to knock out some news before diving into our signing day coverage this morning.  For those who weren’t watching SEC basketball last night, the West pulled yet another upset over the East and Florida inched a bit closer toward the East Division title.

Last night in Oxford, Kentucky dropped its third SEC road game in four contests.  The Ole Miss Rebels “battled and wanted it more” according to John Calipari.

Credit Rebel guard Chris Warren who capped a 22-point night with a 25-footer with 2.9 seconds remaining to give UM the 71-69 victory.  For Ole Miss, it was just the second win in seven SEC games overall. 

The win was also just the 13th all-time for UM against the Cats in 109 games.  And it was the West’s fourth win over the East since Saturday.

In the nightcap, Florida took care of business at home with a 65-61 win over Vanderbilt.  The Gators’ Kenny Boynton knocked down a corner jumper with just over one minute to play in overtime to put the Commodores ahead for good in the back-and-forth game.

Vandy’s John Jenkins got a good look on the other end of the floor but put up an air ball.  Kevin Stallings made it clear that he thought the refs missed a foul on the play.

“He doesn’t shoot many air balls.  I’ve watched him play for a long time and I haven’t seen many air balls come off that kid’s hand.”  VU’s coach likely avoided a fine with his careful wording.

Indeed, there did appear to be contact on the play, but it’s not often the road team gets a call like that in the game’s final seconds.  (It should be noted that Vandy sent the game into overtime when they were given foul shots with less than 25 seconds to play in regulation)

In the East race, Florida is now in first place with a 6-2 record trailed by Tennessee (4-2), Kentucky (4-3), South Carolina (3-3), Vandy (3-4) and Georgia (3-4).

The Commodores have now dropped two games in a row following a Saturday loss at home to Arkansas.  For the Gators, last night’s win was its third overtime victory over an East rival on the season.

 




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