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UK And UM Win, Bama Tops LSU Again

Just a quick catch-me-up for those of you who didn’t watch all the SEC roundball action last night…

Kentucky 68, Auburn 53

The final score may look like a rout, but Kentucky wasn’t able to pull away from Auburn until the second half.  In fact, UK trailed 47-45 before finishing on a 23-6 run.

AU’s Tony Barbee was happy that his team hung tough for so long.  “I found a style that I think is going to work for this team.  It is to shorten the games and grind it out.”

John Calipari, well, he wasn’t as enthused.  “They wanted it worse than we did.  They played with desire we didn’t have.”

Reminder: Kentucky won by 15. 

Ole Miss 71, Arkansas 63

Maybe it’s too soon to write the coaching obituary of Andy Kennedy just yet.  Last night his Rebels welcomed back Murphy Holloway the forward responded with 19 points and 14 rebounds.  He had been out for a couple of weeks with a high ankle sprain.

It was Ole Miss second win in its past six games.  “Sometimes you lose four of five games and you think, ‘What’s wrong?’” Kennedy said.  “(Holloway) wasn’t playing.  That’s what was wrong.  Good players make good coaches and when he’s back we dominate the glass.”

The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for Arkansas.

Alabama 69, LSU 53

It wasn’t as important as Monday night’s BCS Championship Game, but Alabama notched another win over rival LSU last night.  The Tide cruised for much of the game, using an 18-5 second half run to pull way for good.

“We simply didn’t play well tonight,” LSU’s Trent Johnson said.  “We weren’t able to execute most of our plays.  For some reason, we weren’t able to play like we’re capable of, and that’s my fault.”

Alabama deserves a little credit too.  The Tide hit 50% from the floor and held the Tigers to just 35.8% shooting.  Bama also outrebounded LSU by 10 and blocked five shots on the night.

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