No. 6 Alabama aims to clinch SEC against Mississippi State

February 26

A look at the weekend action around the Southeastern Conference:


No. 6 Alabama visits Mississippi State on Saturday night still trying to lock up at least a share of the SEC regular season title. The Crimson Tide can clinch outright with a win or an Arkansas loss. It would the first league championship since 2002 for the Tide, which has a three-game lead over Arkansas in the win column. The


Georgia's diminutive point guard Sahvir Wheeler. Wheeler recorded the first triple double in the program's 116-season history during a


Mississippi moved to 3-0 against Top 25 teams with a 60-53 win over No. 24 Missouri. It's the first time the Rebels have beaten the same ranked opponent twice in a season since 1998-99. ... The win over Alabama was the first at home for Arkansas in a matchup of Top 25 teams in 23 years. The Tide committed a season-high 32 fouls. The Razorbacks were 27 of 43 from the free throw line; Alabama was 3 of 8. ... No. 25 Tennessee's Victor Bailey Jr. has scored 68 points over the last three games, the best three-game scoring stretch of his career. ... LSU shot just 26.7% from the floor (8 of 30) and 16 of 27 from the free throw line (59.3%) in a loss to Georgia. ... Auburn's offense floundered against Florida without injured point guard Sharife Cooper. The Tigers made just 18 of 51 shots (35.3%) and 7 of 31 3-pointers (22.6%) while committing 21 turnovers.


The SEC saved the best — and biggest — for last. No. 5 South Carolina visits No. 3 Texas A&M in the regular season finale between the league's top women's teams. The Aggies entered the week as the hottest team, riding an eight game win streak. They're also 8-0 at home. South Carolina, which once stood atop the polls, is 7-2 on the road. The Gamecocks lead the series 7-3, having won the last seven meetings after losing the first three. The Gamecocks are led by guard Zia Cooke and Aliyah Boston. The Aggies are paced by Aaliyah Wilson and N'dea Jones. Both Jones and Boston are averaging double doubles as two of the league's top rebounders.


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Questionable vs. Spurs Kleber (lower leg) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Spurs, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact Kleber remains bothered by right lower leg soreness, and he's at risk of missing his third game in five tries. If he ends up sidelined, more minutes should be in store for Nicolo Melli.
Probable vs. Spurs Cauley-Stein (COVID-19 protocols) is probable for Sunday's game against the Spurs, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact Cauley-Stein has been in protocols since March 19, so we should be surprised if his minutes are limited as he's eased back into the rotation. This season, he's averaged 5.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17.1 minutes.
Out Sunday Redick (heel) went through a full practice Saturday but is out for Sunday's matchup against the Spurs, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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