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College basketball on television: South Carolina tries to stay in SEC title race

South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) hits a layup over Tennessee’s guard Derrick Mostella (15) during the Gamecocks’ 84-58 win over the Vols on Feb. 24, 2016.
South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) hits a layup over Tennessee’s guard Derrick Mostella (15) during the Gamecocks’ 84-58 win over the Vols on Feb. 24, 2016. The State

A game out of first place in the loss column, South Carolina will be trying to keep its hopes of sharing the SEC regular-season title alive when it welcomes Georgia to Colonial Life Arena in a 7 p.m. game Thursday on ESPN2.

Kentucky and Texas A&M are tied atop the SEC with 12-5 marks. LSU and Vanderbilt are 11-6. Then comes South Carolina at 10-6. A win over the Bulldogs and South Carolina pulls into a three-way tie for third place with one game separating the top five teams.

Kentucky finishes up at home against LSU on Saturday. Texas A&M plays host to Vanderbilt. South Carolina travels to Arkansas (9-8).

Let’s say South Carolina wins Thursday. If LSU beats Kentucky, Vanderbilt beats Texas A&M and South Carolina beats Arkansas, then Kentucky, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, LSU and South Carolina would all finish with 12-6 records and tie for the regular season title.

It probably won’t happen, but it could.

Here is the list of college basketball games on television for Thursday:

Thursday, March 3

▪ 7:00 - Georgia at South Carolina (ESPN2)

▪ 7:00 - Memphis at Temple (ESPNU)

▪ 7:00 - Illinois at Maryland (ESPN)

▪ 7:00 _ UMass at Rhode Island (CBS Sports)

▪ 9:00 - Connecticut at SMU (ESPN2)

▪ 9:00 - Northwestern at Penn State (ESPNU)

▪ 9:00 - California at Arizona (ESPN)

▪ 11:00 - Stanford at Arizona State (Fox Sports 1)

How Top 25 fared Wednesday

  • No. 2 Michigan State beat Rutgers 97-66
  • No. 7 Miami beat Notre Dame 68-50
  • No. 9 Oregon beat UCLA 76-68
  • No. 10 West Virginia beat Texas Tech 90-68

Ken Pomeroy’s SEC rankings

  • 11 Kentucky
  • 23 Texas A&M
  • 24 Vanderbilt
  • 46 Florida
  • 55 South Carolina
  • 65 Arkansas
  • 71 Miss State
  • 75 LSU
  • 77 Georgia
  • 84 Ole Miss
  • 85 Alabama
  • 109 Tennessee
  • 173 Missouri
  • 194 Auburn

Source: kenpom.com

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