By Tim Letcher
SEC Digital Network
Week two of the SEC basketball season is in the books, and conference teams are off to a fast start. Here's a look back at last week and a look ahead to this week's hardcourt action.
What We Saw
Elston Turner scored a career-high 26 points as Texas A&M thumped Troy, 83-65 in the CBE Classic. A&M had 21 assists and only eight turnovers in the game.
On Thursday night, A&M got another win, beating Prairie View A&M 81-59. Five Aggies scored in double figures, led by Fabyon Harris with 18.
LSU had an easy time with McNeese State on Tuesday night, winning 73-48 in Baton Rouge. Ten different Tigers scored in the game, as LSU moved to 2-0 on the season.
Rick Ray picked up his first win as Mississippi State head coach on Tuesday as the Bulldogs topped Florida Atlantic, 78-58. MSU forced 27 turnovers in the game.
Missouri blitzed Alcorn State, 91-54 behind 21 points from Phil Pressey. The Tigers led by only seven at the half before blowing out the Braves in the second stanza.
Missouri downed Nicholls State, 74-54 on Friday night. UConn transfer Alex Oriakhi had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the game.
Ole Miss moved to 2-0 with a 90-72 win over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday. Marshall Henderson had another big game for the Rebels, scoring 27 points, including six-of-13 from three-point range.
The Rebels won again, on Friday, topping Arkansas-Little Rock, 92-52. Ole Miss outscored UALR 45-19 in the second half to blow a close game wide open.
Kentucky suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday night, falling to Duke 75-68 in the Champions Classic at the Georgia Dome. Kentucky played without point guard Ryan Harrow, who did not make the trip due to flu-like symptoms.
Kentucky was able to take out its frustrations on Lafayette on Friday night in Rupp Arena. Kyle Wiltjer hit seven three-pointers en route to 23 points as Kentucky drilled the Leopards, 101-49.
Georgia got a career-high 27 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but is wasn't enough as the Bulldogs lost to Youngstown State, 68-56. Caldwell-Pope was the only Bulldog in double figures.
The Bulldogs were unable to bounce back on Thursday, falling to Southern Miss 62-60 in overtime. Caldwell-Pope again led the Dawgs in scoring with 17.
Florida got an impressive win on Wednesday, beating No. 22 Wisconsin 74-56 in Gainesville. Forward Erik Murphy had a night to remember, hitting all 10 of his shots, including a pair of three-pointers, en route to scoring a game-high 24 points.
The Gators were able to avoid a letdown on Sunday, topping Middle Tennessee, 66-45 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Kenny Boynton scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, including the Gators' last 13 points of the game. Boynton passed Dwayne Schintzius for sixth on Florida's all-time scoring list in the game.
Alabama won in thrilling fashion on Thursday night, beating Oregon State 65-62 in the 2K Sports Classic in New York City. Sophomore Guard Rodney Cooper hit a three-pointer with 13 seconds remaining to provide the final margin.
The next night, Alabama claimed the title at the 2K Sports Classic, thumping Villanova 77-55. Trevor Releford scored 25 points, including a perfect five-of-five from behind the arc.
South Carolina moved to 2-0 on the season with an 87-71 win over Morgan State on Friday. Junior guard Eric Smith had 17 points to lead the Gamecocks.
Auburn took one on the chin, falling to Murray State 79-59 in Charleston, S.C. Asauhn Dixon-Tatum paced the Tigers with 12 points.
Auburn bounced back on Friday, topping College of Charleston, 55-51. Frankie Sullivan scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half to lift the Tigers to victory.
However, Auburn lost again on Sunday, falling to Dayton, 73-63. Sullivan again led the Tigers, this time with 20 points.
Vanderbilt fell at Oregon, 74-48 on Friday night. Kyle Fuller scored 17 points, but Oregon proved too much for the Commodores.
Tennessee beat UNC-Asheville 75-68 in the first of the Puerto Rico Tipoff. Trae Golden, Kenny Hall and Jarnell Stokes each had 14 points for the Vols.
In the second round of the event, Tennessee lost to Oklahoma State, 62-45. The Vols shot only 26 percent from the floor in the game. Golden was the only Vol in double figures, with 11.
Tennessee was able to bounce back and claim third place in the event, beating UMass 83-69 on Sunday. Stokes scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win.
In its only game of the week, Arkansas blasted Longwood, 112-61. B.J. Young had 23 points for the Hogs in only 20 minutes of action.
What We'll See
Georgia faces a tough task, taking on top-ranked Indiana at the Legends Classic in Brooklyn. Win or lose, the Bulldogs will face Georgetown or No. 13 UCLA in their second game.
Mississippi State heads to the Maui Inviational, where they will face No. 9 North Carolina on Monday. Marquette, Texas and USC are among the other teams in the field.
Texas A&M could have a matchup with No. 11 Kansas on Tuesday, if both teams win their Monday night games in the CBE Classic in Kansas City.
No. 7 Kentucky welcomes former point guard Sean Woods and his Morehead State Eagles to Rupp Arena on Wednesday. Woods was a member of Kentucky's "Unforgettables" in the early 90's.
On Thanksgiving Day, No. 14 Missouri faces Stanford in the Battle for Atlantis in the Bahamas. Also in the stacked field are No. 2 Louisville, No. 5 Duke, No. 17 Memphis and Minnesota.
Vanderbilt will also be playing on Turkey Day, facing Davidson in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. Also in the field are No. 16 Gonzaga, Oklahoma, Clemson and West Virginia.
Arkansas battles Arizona State on Friday in the Las Vegas Invitational. The Razorbacks will face No. 24 Wisconsin or No. 12 Creighton in the second game of the event.
South Carolina takes on Missouri State on Saturday in the Hoops for Hope Classic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Gamecocks will face SMU or Arkansas-Little Rock in the second game of the event.
LSU's Shavon Coleman got his first start in Tuesday's win over McNeese State, and he made the most of it. Coleman scored 23 of his career-high 25 points in the first half.
Alex Poythress had a big game for Kentucky in a losing effort Tuesday night against Duke. The 6-7 freshman had 20 points and eight rebounds, both career highs. He followed that with another career high, 22 points, on Friday against Lafayette.
J'Mychal Reese had 15 points for Texas A&M as the Aggies in the Thursday victory over Prairie View A&M.
Ole Miss freshman Derrick Millinghaus scored a career-high 19 points in the Rebels' 92-52 win over UALR on Friday.
Anthlon Bell came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points for Arkansas in the lopsided win over Longwood.
They Said It
"I should get migranes more often," said Florida forward Erik Murphy on Wednesday night after his 24-point performance in the Gators' win over Wisconsin. Before the game, Murphy was suffering from migrane headaches that had knocked him out of practice for two days.