For those of you who haven’t been in front of your televisions tonight---no, "Justified" doesn’t count; I’m referring to sports, do you mind?---there were a couple of important results on the hardwood in the SEC this evening:
First of all, the Kentucky Wildcats went on the road and lost again, this time to the Arkansas Razorbacks. As Seth Emerson noted, the loss of some of the luster accompanying the Georgia Bulldogs’ victory over the Bluegrass State Bobcats makes the Red and Black’s victory over the Tennessee Volunteers all the more important. More immediately, Kentucky’s loss drops the Wildcats into a two-way tie with the Volunteers for fifth place in the East at 7-6. This leaves the Bulldogs all alone in third place at 7-5, a half-game behind the second-place Vanderbilt Commodores. A win over the Florida Gators on Thursday night would tie the Classic City Canines with the Music City Mariners for the runner-up spot in the division, which would be huge as teams jockey for position in the SEC Tournament.
Secondly, the woefully bad Auburn Tigers, of whom the best that can be said is that they are not the LSU Tigers, traveled to Tuscaloosa tonight and pushed the Alabama Crimson Tide to the brink before falling 51-49 following a furious comeback by the home team. Yeah, I know that Auburn took Georgia to overtime in Athens, so I’m not pointing fingers, but Alabama is as overrated a division frontrunner as may be imagined. Even if the Sunshine State Saurians prevail tomorrow evening, the Fox Hounds ought to end the regular season on a three-game winning streak. ‘Bama is utterly beatable.