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Big Blue Links: Texas A&M remains unbeaten in SEC

Texas A&M's Alex Caruso, top, and LSU's Jalyn Patterson scramble for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in College Station, Texas.
Texas A&M's Alex Caruso, top, and LSU's Jalyn Patterson scramble for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in College Station, Texas. The Associated Press

Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

Kentucky’s opponents say Cats are not as dominant, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. “What Cinmeon Bowers said was not all that different from Calipari has said again and again this season. UK is not the dominant team of last season. So, the Cats must play in a desperate way to stay close and give themselves a chance to win. Every game in the Southeastern Conference, Calipari said, will have a single-digit margin in the final minutes.”

Kentucky football great Lou Michaels dies, reports the Herald-Leader. “Michaels blossomed into a consensus All-American as a junior and senior in 1956 and ’57 at a time when only 11 players were recognized on the national teams. He was voted SEC Player of the Year by the league coaches as a senior and finished fourth in balloting for the Heisman Trophy. He was chosen as the Outstanding SEC Lineman by the Birmingham Touchdown Club in 1956 and the Outstanding SEC Lineman by the Atlanta Touchdown Club in 1957.”

Freshmen help Texas A&M beat LSU, reports Richard Croome of the Bryan/College Station Eagle. “There is little doubt the LSU men's basketball team has the best freshman in the nation. Texas A&M made a case for having the best freshmen Tuesday at a packed Reed Arena. A&M's freshman trio of Tyler Davis, Admon Gilder and DJ Hogg outdueled LSU's young phenom Ben Simmons, scoring more than half of the 10th-ranked Aggies' points in a 71-57 victory before an arena-record 13,888 fans.”

Poor shooting dooms LSU, reports Sheldon Mickles of The Advocate. “LSU was 9-of-28 from the field in the second half for 32.1 percent and the Tigers finished 22-of-59 for 37.3 percent for the game. They cooled off considerably after making five of their first seven shots from the field coming out of the locker room.”

South Carolina steals one at Ole Miss, reports David Brandt of AP. “Ole Miss led 64-53 with 5:17 remaining in regulation, but USC slowly fought back, tying the game at 66 with 43 seconds left on a layup by Michael Carrera. Carrera also made the most important play in overtime, hitting a layup while getting fouled. He converted the free throw to give USC a 75-72 lead with 29.3 seconds left.”

Florida hangs on to beat Mississippi State, reports Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun. “John Egbunu made four straight free throws in the final minute, including two with 41.7 seconds to give the Gators a one-point lead, and Florida held on for a wild 81-78 win over Mississippi State before an announced 8,250 at the O’Connell Center.”

Auburn takes two steps forward with win over Alabama, writes Duane Rankin of the Montgomery Advertiser. “I thought that we had great effort and energy again,” Pearl said. “The building was incredible. The building was incredible. This is as good of an environment as there is in college basketball. Who wouldn’t want to play in that game in front of that intensity?”

Two UK junior college football players added as early enrollees, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “As expected, Kentucky announced the enrollment of two new junior college signees who will join the team for spring practice in quarterback Stephen Johnson II and defensive lineman Naquez Pringle. Both Johnson and Pringle come in at positions of need for the Cats.”

Report says UK assistant Chad Scott headed to North Carolina, reports Smith. “The national coaching carousel website Football Scoop has Scott headed to UNC to join Larry Fedora’s staff there as tight ends coach. A spokesman said UK cannot confirm the report.”

Rick Pitino cuts off UNLV question at press conference, reports Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal. Reports say the Louisville coach is potentially interested in the Rebels’ opening for a head basketball coach.

Indiana rolls over Illinois 103-69, reports Inside the Hall. “The second half numbers are gaudy: The Hoosiers scored 61 points and hit 10-of-15 from distance. Nine different Hoosiers scored. Max Bielfeldt (16 points) scored 10 straight for Indiana, including two 3-pointers. His performance tonight (and really all season) has mostly made you forget about the losses of Emmitt Holt and Hanner Mosquera-Perea. Troy Williams (21 points) worked on and off the ball to great effect and went a perfect 4-of-4 from the field with no turnovers.”

SEC men’s basketball standings

Team

W

L

W

L

Texas A&M

6

0

16

2

South Carolina

4

1

17

1

Florida

4

2

12

6

LSU

4

2

11

7

Kentucky

3

2

13

4

Arkansas

3

2

9

8

Auburn

3

3

9

8

Georgia

2

3

9

6

Vanderbilt

2

3

10

7

Tennessee

2

3

9

8

Ole Miss

2

4

12

6

Missouri

1

3

8

9

Alabama

1

4

9

8

Miss State

0

5

7

10

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