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Around the SEC: Match Day 1

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SEC play starts with mostly expected results.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia at Memphis Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Today, we review the action from around the SEC this weekend — where the most consequential result was not one of the five conference games, but from the SEC/AAC scheduling arrangement.

LSU 78, Tennessee 64: Since Lamonte Turner decided to call it a career, Tennessee has played two home games and lost both in unimpressive fashion. This was the debut of Uruguayan point guard Santiago Vescovi, who had 18 points — and 9 turnovers. So, that needs some work. Javonte Smart led LSU with 21.

Georgia 65, Memphis 62: This was supposed to be a matchup of two future top five picks; instead, James Wiseman has already thrown a tantrum about being ruled ineligible (for taking money from then-Memphis booster Penny Hardaway), and Anthony Edwards was unimpressive in this one. Still, Georgia got a road win over a top-10 team. That’s something.

Kentucky 71, Missouri 59: You can tell things are changing in college basketball when Kentucky gets 21 and 12 from junior Nick Richards, and 23 from sophomore Immanuel Quickley. Upperclassmen? What are those?

Wichita State 74, Ole Miss 54: Ole Miss shot 16-of-52 from the floor, which is bad. Also, Gregg Marshall is somehow still the coach at Wichita State.

Auburn 80, Mississippi State 68: I thought Auburn would take its first loss at the Hump and I was wrong because Mississippi State had an awful shooting day. J’Von McCormick has 28 points, which was probably a career high.

Florida 104, Alabama 98 (2OT): Florida continues to be disappointing; they got 24 and 16 from Kerry Blackshear and still needed overtime to beat Alabama.

Arkansas 69, Texas A&M 59: God, A&M sucks.