Tuesday's primetime matchup between the 11-2 Kentucky Wildcats and the 8-5 LSU Tigers turned out to be must-see T.V., as the Tigers were able to pull off the upset blowout win.  The game featured some of the top freshman talents the class of 2015 has to offer, including Ben Simmons (No.1), Skal Labissiere (No.2) and Jamal Murray (No.10).

Jamal Murray of Kentucky has been having a solid season averaging 16.8 PPG and 4.6 RPG, but the freshman that entered the game with the most hype is LSU star, Ben Simmons. Simmons came into Tuesday night's game leading the Tigers in points (20.5), rebounds (13.1), assists (5.4), steals (2.1), blocks (1.4) and in shooting percentage from the field (57.4).

Both teams struggled to score early on. With LSU star Ben Simmons sitting on the bench for most of the first half due to foul trouble, the Kentucky Wildcats were not able to take advantage as they found themselves down 27-37 at the half. Kentucky had a terrible offensive half being held to their second-lowest first-half total of the season (27 points) while shooting an abysmal 32.1% from the field. Tyler Ulis seemed to be the Wildcats only reliable offensive option, as he scored 9 first half points on 3-8 shooting from the field.

In the second half is was more of the same for the Wildcats, as they never seemed to gain control of the game. They were able to cut the lead to 5 with about 11:30 remaining to play, but a 3 by Tim Quarterman and a converted and-one by Craig Victor II quickly stopped the Wildcats momentum.

LSU never looked back from that point as they went on to defeat the Wildcats by a score of 85-67. The Tigers are now 9-5 on the season. With LSU hoping to earn a tourney bid at the end of the season, an impressive win like this will definitely help their case.

 

Kentucky will look to bounce back against the Crimson Tide and the LSU TIgers return to action against the Florida Gators on Saturday.




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Florida's resurgence on the field this fall is continuing to pay dividends on the recruiting trail, too.
 
The Gators, whose list of 2016 commits already ranked among the nation's top 25, added another nice piece to its collection last Wednesday, securing a pledge from three-star prospect Jachai Polite (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland).
 
The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Polite is ESPN's 94th-ranked defensive end prospect for 2016. 
 
Other SEC schools that had offered Polite included Auburn, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
 
Davis Visits LSU: One of the most coveted defensive players in the South for 2016 -- four-star prospect Ben Davis (Gordo, Ala./Gordo) -- was in Baton Rouge, La., over the weekend, checking out LSU and its game-day atmosphere.
 
LSU lost to Arkansas, but, no doubt, LSU head coach Les Miles hopes the Tigers gained some traction with Davis over the weekend -- Saturday's scoreboard notwithstanding.
 
The 6-foot-4, 237-pound Davis is ESPN's No. 5-ranked outside linebacker prospect for 2016. 
 
Davis holds offers from several SEC schools, including LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
 
Davis' father, Wayne, is a former Alabama standout. 
 
Little Delays Announcement: One of the nation's top recruits was expected to announce his commitment last Friday but ended up postponing his decision.
 
Five-star prospect Greg Little (Allen, Texas/Allen) said the decision to delay was a 'family choice.''
 
The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Little is ESPN's No. 1-ranked offensive tackle prospect and No. 2-ranked prospect overall. He, not surprisingly, has offers from all over, but most expect him to end up at an SEC institution. 
 
Top RB target Walker Slated To Visit Auburn: Multiple reports have indicated that ESPN's No. 1-ranked running back prospect, Kareem Walker (Wayne, N.J./DePaul Catholic) will visit Auburn next Saturday when the Tigers host Alabama in the Iron Bowl. A couple of week ago, Walker visited Alabama for its home tussle with LSU.
 
The 6-foot, 200-pound Walker holds numerous offers, including those from SEC members Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee. He had previously been committed to Ohio State.
 
Latest Team Rankings: In ESPN's latest team recruiting rankings, the SEC teams near the top of the top 25 remained unchanged, while some of the SEC schools on the lower end of the top 25 did some moving. The biggest jumper over the past week was Texas A&M, which shot up five spots to No. 13. Two other climbers were Florida, which rose two spots to No. 12, and Arkansas, which rose one spot to No. 21. 
 
Tennessee was the lone SEC school in the top 25 to experience slippage over the past week, dropping three spots to No. 15.
 
Holding steady at their respective spots in the top 25 were No. 1 LSU, No. 5 Alabama, No. 6 Ole Miss, No. 7 Georgia and No. 16 Auburn. 
 
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By Erik Stinnett

It was a big weekend for Alabama. 

Not only did the Crimson Tide notch a pivotal and convincing victory over visiting LSU on Saturday, it also hosted a number of recruits who, no doubt, came away impressed with what they saw at Bryant-Denny Stadium. And then a few days later Alabama reeled in a key commitment for its 2017 class -- a hometown kid.
 
Perhaps the next Derrick Henry.
 
Running back Brian Robinson (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Hillcrest) announced on his Twitter account that he'll be suiting up in crimson and white in 2017.
 
"I would like to announce that I am officially committed to the University of Alabama. Roll Tide Roll," he tweeted on Monday.
 
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Robinson, who was in attendance at the Alabama-LSU game, rushed for 447 yards in one game this season, and it came against pretty salty competition -- defending 6A state champ Clay-Chalkville. In addition to Alabama, other SEC schools that offered him included Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina.
 
One of the biggest names among recruits present for the Tide-Tigers showdown was five-star linebacker Lyndell "Mack" Wilson (Montgomery, Ala./Carver). Wilson is uncommitted right now, but seemed impressed with his experience in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
 
"This was the best Alabama game I've been to since I've been getting recruited," the 6-foot-2, 236-pounder tweeted Saturday.
 
Another big-name Alabama-LSU attendee was five-star offensive lineman Greg Little (Allen, Texas/Allen). A former Ole Miss commit, the 6-foot-5, 318-pound Little is looking at a number of schools, and it appears Alabama might be his leader now.
 
Dawgs, Vols, Gators Win In Front of Recruits: Georgia, Tennessee and Florida all had victorious home game showings on Saturday as well and all hosted several key recruits. Offensive lineman E.J. Price (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer) was one of the key recruits who took in the Georgia-Kentucky game.
 
"Great game today and glad I got to enjoy it with my teammates," Price tweeted.
 
Four-star defensive end Emmit Gooden (Brownsville, Tenn./Haywood) and four-star offensive tackle Marcus Tatum (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) took in the Tennessee-South Carolina game and tweeted out from Neyland Stadium. Jermaine Eskridge (Tampa, Fla./Thomas Jefferson) was at the Florida-Vanderbilt game and tweeted out a photo from The Swamp.
 
Eskridge is a 2018 Kentucky commitment.
 
Rambo Checks Out Aggies: Four-star receiver Charleston Rambo (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill) got to take in the Texas A&M-Auburn game Saturday, but his host school came out on the losing end.
 
"On the road to College Station," Rambo tweeted.
 
Latest Team Rankings: In ESPN's latest team recruiting rankings for 2016, a couple of SEC teams in the top 25 saw movement in the last week, but most of them remained where they were. LSU still tops the rankings at No. 1, and Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia still occupy spots Nos. 5-7. Tennessee moved up one spot to No. 12, while Florida moved up one spot to No. 14.
 
Auburn remains at No. 16, and Texas A&M remains at No. 18. Arkansas is continuing to hold steady at No. 22.

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By Erik Stinnett

With several SEC teams on byes last Saturday, the recruiting news coming out of the weekend was a little on the sparse side. 

One SEC squad, however, that was in action and did add to its list of 2016 pledges was Arkansas. The Razorbacks hosted UT-Martin, winning easily 63-28, and there to take in the win and the Arkansas home football atmosphere was Jordan Carmouche (Manvel, Texas/Manvel).

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Don't miss the best part "Can you pass me that bowl of sour grapes..."  LOL

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It's one of those annual clashes that needs no juiced-up pregame pep talk from the head coaches.

It's Florida. It's Georgia. And it's often for SEC East midseason supremacy. 
 
This year is one of those typical Florida-Georgia matchups. Sure, Missouri is the two-time defending SEC East champ, but it looks like it's gonna be one of the traditional SEC East powers -- either Florida or Georgia -- is gonna be representing the East in the Georgia Dome this year come December.

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By Erik Stinnett

Arkansas seems to have a thing for these overtime instant classics.

The latest installment came last Saturday in Fayetteville when, in a battle of 2015 disappointments, Arkansas outlasted Auburn 54-46 in not one, not two, not three, but four overtimes. Brandon Allen's 25-yard TD pass to Drew Morgan on the first play of the fourth overtime and the ensuing successful two-point conversion proved to be the difference for the host Hogs.

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By Erik Stinnett

If ever a team needed to be on upset alert, this weekend is most certainly it for Alabama.

Since self-imploding against Ole Miss on Sept. 19, the Crimson Tide have been rolling. And picking up steam fast. Alabama has gone 4-0 the past four weeks with its most impressive, dominating victories coming on the road against undefeated, top 10 competition.
 
Alabama upset (yes, it did classify as an upset) Georgia, 38-10, on Oct. 3. Two weeks later it went back on the road and walloped Texas A&M, 41-23. The other two wins in the last month were home wins over not-as-imposing competition -- 34-0 over Louisiana-Monroe and 27-14 over Arkansas.
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It's decision week for ESPN's No. 1-ranked wide receiver prospect Kyle Davis (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer).
 
Davis, who checks in at No. 31 in ESPN's overall individual prospect rankings for the 2016 class, is expected to choose between Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn on Friday. Most feel Georgia is in best position to land the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder.
 
Last May, Davis decommitted from South Carolina after being a Gamecock pledge for about 10 months.

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The first reverberations from Steve Spurrier's resignation at South Carolina have begun.

Spurrier, whose legendary SEC coaching career is well-documented, stepped down from his head coaching job at South Carolina Monday night, and it didn't take long for the effects to hit the recruiting trail.
 
P.J. Blue, one of the Gamecocks' six four-start commits for their 2016 recruiting class, changed his mind about making Columbia, S.C., his home for the next three or four years.

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