The SEC rankings are tight with nine teams within three games of each other as we go to press. On Wednesday, two of the top teams in the conference clash as the LSU Tigers travel to South Carolina to face the Gamecocks. Tip-off is at 7 PM ET.
The Tigers (15-8 SU, 8-2 SEC) rolled to an 88-77 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs (+9.5) at home, getting 31 points off the bench from Antonio Blakeney. Probable No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals for the Tigers, who shot 52.5% from the floor. LSU has now won four of their last five to sit atop the SEC.
The Gamecocks (20-3 SU, 7-3 SEC) upset Texas A&M (-9.5) 81-78 on the road, powered by 25 points from Sindarius Thornwell. South Carolina, who had lost at Georgia in their previous game, shot 12-of-21 from beyond the arc. The Gamecocks also forced 17 turnovers out of then-No. 8 Texas A&M.
South Carolina has lost four of the last five meetings between the teams. This is the first and only regular-season meeting between these two during this season.