LEXINGTON, Ky. — The story on Georgia’s 66-60 loss to Kentucky — and the story basically was that Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie had dismal days — can be found by clicking here.
Elsewhere in the SEC on Saturday, things got pretty interesting, with the Eastern Division going 1-3 against the much maligned Western Division. Florida lost at Mississippi State. South Carolina lost by 15 points at home to Auburn, which previously was winless in the league. And Vanderbilt lost by 11 at home to Arkansas, the Commodores’ first home loss of the season. In the other East-vs.-West game, Tennessee won at Ole Miss.
The day’s results left the East closely bunched, with Florida still in first place and Georgia still in last. Here are the standings through Saturday:
South Carolina 3-3
“I knew we would take our lumps in the conference because we have a great conference,” Thompkins said Saturday night. “I’d definitely like to be on the other end of things, but we’ve got a lot more games to play and we’ll see how it turns out.”
Georgia has lost four of six games since a Jan. 8 victory over Kentucky in Athens extended the Bulldogs’ winning streak to nine games and briefly put them in the nation’s Top 25. The Dogs are 1-4 vs. East teams, with a split against Kentucky and losses to Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Florida. They are 2-0 vs. the West, beating Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Georgia’s next two games are against the Western Division -– at Arkansas on Wednesday and at home vs. Auburn on Saturday. The Arkansas trip looks a lot tougher after the Razorbacks beat No. 19 Vanderbilt 89-78 in Nashville, where Georgia lost 73-66 on Jan. 12. Arkansas is 4-3 in SEC play, second in the West behind Alabama.
– Tim Tucker, UGA blog