By Tim Letcher
SEC Digital Network
Another week of the 2012-13 SEC basketball season is complete, and the conference keeps making news in non-conference games. Here's a look back at last week and a look ahead to this week's hardcourt action.
What We Saw
Tennessee got a strong defensive effort to beat Oakland 77-50 on Monday night in Knoxville. Jarnell Stokes hit 7-of-8 from the floor and scored 19 points for the Vols.
Texas A&M downed Northwestern State 78-65 on Monday night in College Station. Elston Turner had 17 points and J'Mychal Reese had 15.
On Saturday night, Texas A&M won at Houston, 70-59. Turner matched his career high with 26 points in the game.
On Tuesday night, Alabama ran its record to 6-0 with a 75-47 win over Lamar. The Alabama bench scored a season-high 35 points in the game.
The Crimson Tide suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, falling at No. 17 Cincinnati 58-56. Trevor Lacey had 16 points and seven rebounds for Alabama.
Mississippi State bounced back from a rough trip to Hawaii by beating Alcorn State 60-42 on Tuesday night in Starkville. Fred Thomas had 14 for MSU.
The Bulldogs rallied on Saturday, but fell at Providence, 73-63. Mississippi State trailed 59-33 with 10:54 left, and actually cut the lead to five with 46 seconds left before the Friars sealed the game at the free throw line.
LSU continued its hot start on Thursday, beating Seton Hall 72-67 in the SEC/Big East Challenge. Shavon Coleman had 18 points for the Tigers, and Johnny O'Bryant had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Florida blasted Marquette, 82-49 on Thursday in the SEC/Big East Challenge. Patric Young, coming off the bench, had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Kentucky had its first true road game on Thursday, and the Wildcats were not up to the challenge, falling at Notre Dame 64-50. Julius Mays led Kentucky with 16 points. The 50 points were the lowest total in the John Calipari Era at UK.
On Saturday, Kentucky saw its 55-game home winning streak come to an end, as Baylor won in Rupp Arena, 64-55. The Wildcats shot only 29 percent in the game. Archie Goodwin had 17 points for Kentucky.
South Carolina lost at St. John's 89-65 on Thursday in the SEC/Big East Challenge. Michael Carrera had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
On Sunday, South Carolina lost at home to intrastate rival Clemson, 64-55. Brenton Williams paced the Gamecocks with 16 points.
Georgia fell to South Florida 64-53 on Friday night in the SEC/Big East Challenge. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 19 points to lead the Bulldogs.
Tennessee fell to No. 20 Georgetown, 37-36 (yes, 37-36) on Friday night in Washington, D.C. Neither team scored over the last 4:09 of the game. The 36 points were the second-lowest for Tennessee in the shot clock era. Tennessee had only 35 points in a 43-35 loss to Auburn in 1997.
Arkansas drew a crowd of 19,259 for Friday's matchup with No. 6 Syracuse, the largest crowd at Bud Walton Arena since 2009. The Razorbacks hung tough, but lost 91-82, despite 25 points from B.J. Young.
Auburn lost a tough one, 80-76 to DePaul on Friday in the SEC/Big East Challenge. Frankie Sullivan continued his hot start to the season with 28 points. Rob Chubb added a season-high 17 points for the Tigers.
Ole Miss pushed its record to 6-0 with an 80-67 win over Rutgers on Saturday in the SEC/Big East Challenge. Senior Murphy Holloway had another big game for the Rebels, with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Missouri beat Appalachian State, 72-56 on Saturday. Laurence Bowers tied a career-high with 23 points, 21 of which came in the first half.
Vanderbilt lost to Villanova, 62-52 on Saturday in Nashville. Rod Odom had 14 points for the Commodores, while Kedren Johnson added 12.
What We'll See
Arkansas welcomes Oklahoma to Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday.
Georgia visits arch rival Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
No. 5 Florida makes the trip to Tallahassee to face Florida State on Wednesday.
Tennessee visits Virginia on Wednesday.
Vanderbilt travels to Cincinnati to face Xavier on Thursday.
Arkansas visits No. 3 Michigan on Saturday in a nationally-televised network game (CBS, Noon ET).
Craig Sword had a career-high 14 points for Mississippi State in a 60-42 win over Alcorn State.
Alabama freshman guard Retin Obasohan had 13 points in the Crimson Tide's win over Lamar.
Florida's Michael Frazier had 17 points, including 5-of-8 from three-point range, in the Gators' big win over Marquette.
Vanderbilt freshman Kevin Bright had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the Commodores loss to Villanova.
They said it
Kentucky coach John Calipari after Baylor snapped the Wildcats' 55-game home winning streak, dropping UK to 4-3 on the season. "I'm not fazed, I knew we weren't very good. What I need our players to understand is, that we are not a very good team right now and we are not individually very good."