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East Beats West In Basketball Battles

What we know:

* The SEC East is better than the SEC West.

* Any team in the SEC West needs to win its games against higher RPI-ranked SEC East teams

And what happened last night:

* The SEC West went 0-2 against the SEC East.

Arkansas built a lead in Columbia and held onto it for much of the game, but John Pelphrey’s club simply couldn’t close the door on the Gamecocks.  A nine-point comeback in the game’s final 10 minutes sent the contest to overtime where Sam Muldrow took over with five of his 20 points.  The 81-74 win pushes Darrin Horn’s squad to 3-1 in the East where they sit all by their lonesome in first place this morning.

In Nashville, a game of streaks ended with Vanderbilt knocking off Ole Miss 84-74.  The Rebels held a halftime lead, but that was erased by a 12-3 Vandy run to start the second half.  Ole Miss then went on a 14-3 run of its own.  But with the Rebels leading 66-65 with just under seven minutes to play the Commodores went on an 18-9 run to close out the game, nail down the victory, and even their SEC record at 2-2.  Ole Miss fell to 0-4 in league play, the Rebs’ worst start in SEC play since 2000.

The SEC West is just 3-6 against the East at this point with Auburn and Florida squaring off on The Plains tonight.  All three of the West’s wins have come on Alabama’s and Arkansas’ home courts:

Alabama 2-0 vs the East (wins over South Carolina, Kentucky)

Mississippi State 0-0 (begin three-game stretch versus East Saturday)

LSU 0-1 (loss at Kentucky)

Arkansas 1-1 (win over Tennessee, loss at South Carolina)

Ole Miss 0-3 (losses at Florida, to Georgia, at Vanderbilt)

Auburn 0-1 (loss at Kentucky)

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SEC Headlines 12/12/2010 Part Two

1. Mike Hartline’s career at Kentucky is officially over.

2. Virginia tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster couldn’t meet with Vanderbilt because of a recruiting trip.

3. Tennessee 83 – Pittsburgh 76.  Undefeated Vols make a statement in Big East territory.

4. Kentucky 81 – Indiana 62.  Cats hold Hoosiers to one basket in finall 9:39.

5. Providence 82 -Alabama 70.  Tide now 0-5 away from Coleman Coliseum.

6. Rutgers 63 – Auburn 54.  Tigers shoot 33 percent from the field.

7. LSU 59 – Central Michigan 55.  Tigers have to rally late to win.

8. East Tennessee State 63 – Mississippi State 62.  Buccaneers upset Bulldogs.

9. Ole Miss 84 – Arkansas-Little Rock 70.  Rebels now 5-2 on the season.

10. South Carolina 64 – Wofford 53.  Double-double for Sam Muldrow.

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Gamecocks Defeat Western Kentucky In Double OT Thriller

Ramon Galloway came off the bench and had seven of his 22 points in the second overtime to give South Carolina an 87-85 double-overtime victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday night. The Gamecocks (4-1) were down by as many as 12 points in the first half but came back in the second. A 3-pointer by Bruce Ellington with 20.7 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 67 and forced the first overtime. In the second overtime, Sam Muldrow hauled down a rebound and made a midrange jumper with 5 seconds left for South Carolina to tie the game at 75 and force another overtime.

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Gamecocks Defeat Kentucky Wesleyan in Exhibition, 71-58

Led by 23 points from freshman Bruce Ellington and a double-double by senior Sam Muldrow, South Carolina pulled away late in the second half to defeat Kentucky Wesleyan 71-58 in an exhibition game Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena.

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Gamecock 360: Sam Muldrow

Check out Wednesday’s Gamecock 360 with men’s basketball senior forward Sam Muldrow.

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