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Ole Miss-Saint Louis: Game time, schedule, how to watch online (June 1, 2018)

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The Ole Miss baseball team takes on Saint Louis in the first game of the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Below you can find information on the game time, schedule and how to watch the game online.

Ole Miss is the No. 4 overall seed and won the SEC Tournament last week. The other two teams in the Oxford Regional are Tennessee Tech and Missouri State.

Ole Miss-Saint Louis: Game Time

The Ole Miss Baseball-Saint Louis game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be played at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss.

Ole Miss-Saint Louis: TV

The Ole Miss Baseball-Saint Louis game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

Tennessee Tech-Missouri State: Schedule

The Ole Miss Baseball game will follow the Tennessee Tech-Missouri State game, which starts at 3 p.m. on Friday. If Ole Miss wins, the Rebels will play at 7 p.m. on Saturday. If Ole Miss loses it will play at 1 p.m.

Below is the full schedule for the Oxford Regional.

Oxford Regional

Game 1: No. 4 Ole Miss vs. St. Louis  | Friday June, 1  | 7:30 p.m.  | SEC Network
Game 2: Missouri State vs. Tennessee Tech| Friday, June 1  | 3 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |2:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:00 p.m.

Ole Miss-Saint Louis: How to watch online

The Ole Miss vs. Saint Louis game can be live streamed on WatchESPN.

Ole Miss Baseball Preview

Ole Miss enters the NCAA Baseball Tournament as the No. 4 overall seed. The Rebels dropped their first game of the SEC Tournament to Auburn, but rallied to beat Georgia, Auburn, Texas A&M and LSU on the way to winning to the conference tournament title.

The Rebels enter the NCAA Tournament with a 46-15 record. Also in the region is Tennessee Tech (46-9), Missouri State (39-15) and Ole Miss’ Friday opponent, Saint Louis (38-18).  The Billikens enter as the champions of the Atlantic 10.  Ole Miss enters having won 11 of its final 13 games.

Ole Miss is one of 10 SEC teams in the tournament. Ole Miss is also one of the four SEC teams that are hosting a regional and have the potential to host a Super Regional. The other three are Florida, Arkansas and Georgia. The winner of the Oxford Regional will meet the winner of the Austin Regional, which has Texas, Indiana, Texas A&M and Texas Southern.

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Vanderbilt Baseball-Mississippi State: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online for Friday game (June 8, 2018)

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The 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament continues on Friday, June 8 as Mississippi State takes on Vanderbilt in one of the Super Regionals. Below you can find live updates and score information.

The winner of this series will advance to the College World Series. This series is one of three All-SEC Super Regionals.

Vanderbilt Baseball-Mississippi State : Game Time

The Mississippi State baseball-Vanderbilt game will begin at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be played in Nashville.

Vanderbilt Baseball-Mississippi State: TV Channel

The Mississippi State baseball-Vanderbilt game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Vanderbilt Baseball-Mississippi State : How to watch online

The Mississippi State baseball-Vanderbilt game can be live-streamed using the WatchESPN app.

Vanderbilt Baseball-Mississippi State: Schedule

Below is the schedule for the Mississippi State Baseball-Vanderbilt schedule for the weekend series. The game will be played Friday through Sunday.

Nashville Super Regional

Game 1: Mississippi State at Vanderbilt | Friday, June 8 | 8 p.m. | ESPN2
Game 2: Mississippi State at Vanderbilt | Saturday, June 9 | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN
Game 3:(*if necessary) Mississippi State at Vanderbilt | Sunday, June 10 | 6 p.m. | ESPN2

Vanderbilt Baseball-Mississippi State: Preview

Neither team hosted a regional, but that didn’t stop either team from being one of the six SEC teams to advance to the super regionals. Mississippi State was one out from elimination after losing the first game 20-10 to Oklahoma. Trailing regional host Florida State 2-0 in the top of the ninth. Then Elijah MacNamee hit a 3-run home run to give the Bulldogs a stunning 3-2 victory. The Bulldogs then squeaked by Samford and beat Oklahoma twice to claim the regional.

Vanderbilt meanwhile had none of the problems that Mississippi State did, as the Commodores did not drop a game in the Clemson Regional. In the clinching game of the regional, Vanderbilt smashed Clemson 19-6.

These two teams did meet for a series during the regular season but it took place in Starkville, Miss. The Commodores dominated that series as Vanderbilt won all three games and outscored the Bulldogs 19-4 over the course of the series. Vanderbilt will enter the series with an extra day of rest, as Mississippi State had to play on Monday.

Below you can find the full results of the two regoinals that Mississippi State and Vanderbilt played in. The other two all-SEC super regionals are Florida-Auburn and Arkansas-South Carolina.

Tallahassee Regional

Game 1: Oklahoma 20, Mississippi State 10 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: Samford 7, No. 7 Florida State 6  | FINAL  | Box score
Game 3: Mississippi State 3, Florida State 2 | FINAL | Box score  | Florida State eliminated
Game 4: Oklahoma 4, Samford 0 |FINAL | Box score
Game 5: Mississippi State 9, Samford 8 |FINAL  | Box score  | Samford eliminated.
Game 6: Mississippi State 13, Oklahoma 5 | FINAL | Box score
Game 7: Mississippi State 8, Oklahoma 1 | FINAL |Box score  | Mississippi State advances to Super Regional | Oklahoma eliminated.

Clemson Regional

Game 1: Vanderbilt 2, St. John’s 0 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: Clemson 4, Morehead State 3  | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: St John’s 11, Morehead State 5 | FINAL  | Box score  |  Morehead State eliminated
Game 4: Vanderbilt 4, Clemson 3  | FINAL | Box score
Game 5: Clemson 9 , St John’s 8 | FINAL |Box score |  St. John’s eliminated
Game 6: Vanderbilt 19, Clemson 6 | FINAL | Box score| Vanderbilt advances to Super Regional | Clemson eliminated

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Mississippi State Baseball-Vanderbilt: Game Time, TV Channel, how to watch online for Friday game (June 8, 2018)

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The 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament continues on Friday, June 8 as Mississippi State takes on Vanderbilt in one of the Super Regionals. Below you can find game time, TV Channel and online stream information.

The winner of this series will advance to the College World Series. This series is one of three All-SEC Super Regionals.

Mississippi State Baseball-Vanderbilt: Game Time

The Mississippi State baseball-Vanderbilt game will begin at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be played in Nashville.

Mississippi State Baseball-Vanderbilt: TV Channel

The Mississippi State baseball-Vanderbilt game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Mississippi State Baseball-Vanderbilt: How to watch online

The Mississippi State baseball-Vanderbilt game can be live-streamed using the WatchESPN app.

Mississippi State Baseball-Vanderbilt: Schedule

Below is the schedule for the Mississippi State Baseball-Vanderbilt schedule for the weekend series. The game will be played Friday through Sunday.

Nashville Super Regional

Game 1: Mississippi State at Vanderbilt | Friday, June 8 | 8 p.m. | ESPN2
Game 2: Mississippi State at Vanderbilt | Saturday, June 9 | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN
Game 3:(*if necessary) Mississippi State at Vanderbilt | Sunday, June 10 | 6 p.m. | ESPN2

Mississippi State Baseball-Vanderbilt: Preview

Neither team hosted a regional, but that didn’t stop either team from being one of the six SEC teams to advance to the super regionals. Mississippi State was one out from elimination after losing the first game 20-10 to Oklahoma. Trailing regional host Florida State 2-0 in the top of the ninth. Then Elijah MacNamee hit a 3-run home run to give the Bulldogs a stunning 3-2 victory. The Bulldogs then squeaked by Samford and beat Oklahoma twice to claim the regional.

Vanderbilt meanwhile had none of the problems that Mississippi State did, as the Commodores did not drop a game in the Clemson Regional. In the clinching game of the regional, Vanderbilt smashed Clemson 19-6.

These two teams did meet for a series during the regular season but it took place in Starkville, Miss. The Commodores dominated that series as Vanderbilt won all three games and outscored the Bulldogs 19-4 over the course of the series. Vanderbilt will enter the series with an extra day of rest, as Mississippi State had to play on Monday.

Below you can find the full results of the two regoinals that Mississippi State and Vanderbilt played in. The other two all-SEC super regionals are Florida-Auburn and Arkansas-South Carolina.

Tallahassee Regional

Game 1: Oklahoma 20, Mississippi State 10 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: Samford 7, No. 7 Florida State 6  | FINAL  | Box score
Game 3: Mississippi State 3, Florida State 2 | FINAL | Box score  | Florida State eliminated
Game 4: Oklahoma 4, Samford 0 |FINAL | Box score
Game 5: Mississippi State 9, Samford 8 |FINAL  | Box score  | Samford eliminated.
Game 6: Mississippi State 13, Oklahoma 5 | FINAL | Box score
Game 7: Mississippi State 8, Oklahoma 1 | FINAL |Box score  | Mississippi State advances to Super Regional | Oklahoma eliminated.

Clemson Regional

Game 1: Vanderbilt 2, St. John’s 0 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: Clemson 4, Morehead State 3  | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: St John’s 11, Morehead State 5 | FINAL  | Box score  |  Morehead State eliminated
Game 4: Vanderbilt 4, Clemson 3  | FINAL | Box score
Game 5: Clemson 9 , St John’s 8 | FINAL |Box score |  St. John’s eliminated
Game 6: Vanderbilt 19, Clemson 6 | FINAL | Box score| Vanderbilt advances to Super Regional | Clemson eliminated

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2017 SEC Football Countdown: 5 teams that could beat Alabama, freshmen to watch and news links

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In just 34 days, Arkansas will host Florida A&M in what amounts to the soft opening of the 2017 SEC football schedule. The real action begins two days after that, with a tantalizing 11-game slate set for Saturday, Sept. 2.

College football is close. So, so close.

As we inch through fall camp and toward Week 1, SEC Country will post a weekly round-up every Friday packed with news, storylines, players to watch, game previews and plenty more that’ll interest football fans.

Here’s what you need to know this week:

Rank ’em: Teams that could topple Alabama

Perhaps more than any other year, 2016 showed just how wide a gap exists between the Crimson Tide and their conference brethren. Nick Saban has built a juggernaut in Tuscaloosa, and in 2017, the biggest important question for the SEC is whether any team can stand in the fiery coach’s way.

Alabama is not unbeatable; we know this. On paper, however, only a few teams seem to have any real shot at pulling off the upset.

No. 5, Mississippi State: Dual-threat quarterbacks have given Saban defenses trouble before, and Nick Fitzgerald — for better or worse — received plenty of offseason attention after his breakout sophomore campaign. Fitzgerald could very well be an All-SEC quarterback, but his offensive teammates need to give him support. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, meanwhile, inherits a unit that confounded MSU fans all too often last year.

No. 4, Florida: Jim McElwain is 0-for-2 against his former boss. Unless Malik Zaire or Feleipe Franks are actually the second coming of Tim Tebow, don’t expect Florida to have enough firepower to snap its six-game Alabama losing streak. The defense should be good once again, even with several high-profile departures, but can the real Gators quarterback please stand up?

No. 3, LSU: The Tigers haven’t beaten the Tide since Nov. 5, 2011. That’s six long years for the LSU faithful. Ed Orgeron might be more motivator than master strategist, but he has two of the country’s top coordinators on staff in Dave Aranda and Matt Canada. That Derrius Guice guy is pretty good, too. And yet, many say this about LSU every year. The Tigers still lack a threat at quarterback. Elite pass-rusher Arden Key underwent offseason shoulder surgery. The receiving corps features DJ Chark and … who else?

No. 2, Georgia: The Bulldogs are the last SEC East team to actually give the West a run for its money in Atlanta, where they nearly upset Alabama in 2012. Now, in just Kirby Smart’s second season at the helm, the media has picked Georgia win its first division crown since that loss. The big concern here: Offensive line overhauls don’t happen overnight. Smart has recruited some big bodies up front, but it’s anyone’s guess how many of them are game-ready. Still, there’s undeniable star power on this roster (see: Nick Chubb), and if QB Jacob Eason taps into his 5-star potential, Georgia can make a run.

No. 1, Auburn: Hugh Freeze’s resignation leaves Gus Malzahn and Kevin Sumlin as the only SEC coaches to have beaten Saban, and the Gus Bus needed a miracle to make that happen. Yet there’s little doubt at this point that Auburn looks like the conference’s clear No. 2. The offense returns serious difference-makers like Kamryn Pettway, Kerryon Johnson, Braden Smith and several promising wideouts. The defense loses Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams, but has potential stars to replace them. The only missing piece last year was quarterback. If Jarrett Stidham can be the guy, Alabama should watch out.

Opening week spotlight: LSU-BYU

  • Kickoff time: 9:30 p.m. ET (Sept. 2)
  • Location: NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas)
  • Last meeting: Never

LSU player to know: Devin White. With Duke Riley and Kendell Beckwith both gone, White, the sophomore linebacker, is an obvious choice to start. He’s listed at 255 pounds, has a 4-star pedigree and sounds like an absolute thumper — which is just what LSU needs.

BYU player to know: Tejan Koroma. The 6-foot, 290-pound center joined the Cougars as a 3-star recruit, but he emerged as one of the best linemen in the FBS last year, when Pro Football Focus named him one of the country’s four best centers.

Key matchup: BYU O-line vs. LSU D-line.

Quote of note: “Let me say this about BYU — 24-, 25-, 26-year-old guys. A lot of them married. Don’t have to worry about curfew. They’ll have 4-year-old sons walking into the game. Have a lot of respect for them.” — Ed Orgeron, via The Advocate.

2 true freshmen to watch: OL

Isaiah Wilson, Georgia: You remember when we mentioned Smart was recruiting big bodies? Enter Wilson, the 6-7 behemoth from Brooklyn who showed up on campus around 350 pounds (he has since shed some weight). He is a 5-star, the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2017 class, and should factor into the competition at right tackle. Which, by the way, is a position where Georgia desperately needs some help.

Trey Smith, Tennessee: Butch Jones may claim to want “5-star hearts,” but he’s probably OK with signing a regular ole’ 5-star, too. Smith, the top-rated recruit from Tennessee’s home state, enrolled early and could also start at tackle for the Vols this fall. Jones has been effusive in his praise of the 17-year-old — yes, he can’t even vote yet — and with the way UT’s O-line struggled last year, fans must be eager to see him succeed.

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SEC BBQ spot of the week: Fargo’s Pit BBQ

Fargo’s, located about four miles down the road from Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, is a wonderful little stop if you’re in College Station. When I ate there last November, a line had already stretched out the door just 15 minutes after Fargo’s opened. The wait was worth it: Fargo’s brisket was some of the best I’ve had.

RELATED: The best BBQ restaurants in each SEC town

 

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Missouri basketball-Georgia: Game time, TV channel, watch online for SEC Tournament game (March 8, 2018)

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The Missouri basketball team begins SEC Tournament play on Thursday as the Tigers take on the Georgia Bulldogs. Below you can find a game time, TV schedule and how to watch the game online.The Tigers trail early in the game.

Missouri enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed after going 10-8 in conference play during the season. Missouri won the lone regular season matchup between the teams 68-56. The game will be played in St. Louis.

Missouri basketball: Game time for SEC Tournament game against Georgia

Missouri basketball takes on Georgia 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Alabama-Texas A&M game, which tips at 1 p.m. ET. The Missouri-Georgia game should roughly begin at around 3:30 p.m. ET.

Missouri basketball: TV channel for SEC Tournament against Georgia

The Missouri-Georgia game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

Missouri basketball: How to watch the SEC Tournament game against Georgia online

The Missouri-Georgia basketball game will be broadcast online using the WatchESPN app.

Missouri basketball: Will Michael Porter Jr. play against Georgia?

According to his coach, Cuonzo Martin, yes. Martin told Paul Finebaum on Wednesday that Michael Porter Jr. will play for the first time since having back surgery in November. Porter Jr. was the No. 2 recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings for the 2017 class and is widely expected to be a top-10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Missouri basketball: Preview for game against Georgia

While the world wants to watch Porter Jr., it’s the younger Porter brother who might be more important to a Missouri victory. Freshman Jontay Porter stifled Georgia’s Yante Maten in the first meeting between the two, as Maten was held to a season low in points and rebounds. Maten, the AP’s SEC Player of the Year, led the conference in scoring at 19.4 points per game while also grabbing 8.8 rebounds a game.

The Bulldogs are coming off a big win over Vanderbilt in the first round of the SEC Tournament, as Georgia won 78-56 in a game that was never close. The Bulldogs are better than what their record indicates, as they’ve lost a handful of close games. Factor in the Mark Fox seems to be on thin ice with regards to his job security, this Georgia team will be looking to extend its season.

If Missouri is able to go on a run in the NCAA Tournament with Porter Jr. looking like the player everyone thinks he can be, Missouri could get a big bump in its seeding for the NCAA Tournament. As of Wednesday morning, Joe Lunardi has the Tigers as an 8 seed. But if the Tigers can knock off Georgia and then Kentucky and possibly Auburn en-route to the SEC title game, the Tigers would be in a much better position this week for Selection Sunday.

The winner of the Missouri Georgia game will take on Kentucky on Friday, with tip-off around 3:25 p.m. ET on ESPN. Missouri split the regular season series with Kentucky, as each team won on its home court.

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South Carolina’s 2019 QB targets; Gamecocks seniors to watch in 2018

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Welcome to SEC Country’s Chicken & Waffles, your daily dish for all things South Carolina Gamecocks football, basketball and more. Miss a previous edition? Find every edition of SEC Country’s South Carolina Gamecocks Chicken & Waffles right here.

Looking forward

The South Carolina Gamecocks have their eye on a number of quarterbacks in the 2019 recruiting cycle, including 3-star signal callers Ryan Hilinski and Garrett Shrader.

“Among the offered prospects, Shrader could be most likely to end up with South Carolina, but Mississippi State is certainly in the mix, too. But Hilinski is set to get his first look at the school this weekend,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan writes.

South Carolina has offered six 2019 quarterbacks thus far, with 4-star prospect Taisun Phommachanh being the highest rated of the bunch, tabbed No. 107 overall in the 247Sports composite.

Eyes open

As South Carolina prepares for spring football, who are the Gamecocks upperclassmen that fans should track? The Big Spur’s John Del Bianco picks five seniors to watch, including cornerback Keisean Nixon.

“Nixon didn’t play much on defense as a junior college transfer last season, but when he did, he found the football,” Del Bianco writes. “The California kid had a pick-six against Arkansas and another pick against Clemson.”

The junior college transfer finished 2017 with 8 total tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 2 interceptions, returning 1 for a touchdown.

‘A great coach’

Class of 2020 defensive end and South Carolina target Jacolbe Cowan was among those prospects in Columbia in January for the Gamecocks junior day.

“With coach [Will] Muschamp, he’s a real good coach, a great coach, actually … South Carolina’s real cool,” Cowan told The State’s Matt Connolly. “Lance Thompson, the defensive line coach, we have a great relationship. We talk all the time, not just about football, but about things outside the field, academics, family, things like that. He’s a really great coach.”

The Charlotte, N.C., native already has offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU and more.

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Weekend finale

After winning the first two games in the series by a combined score of 21-2, the South Carolina baseball team dropped the series finale 4-2 against Charleston Southern on Sunday.

The Gamecocks are 6-2 overall, with a game against Furman on Tuesday, then the annual three-game set against Clemson starting Friday.

Through eight games, junior infielder LT Tolbert leads the Gamecocks at the plate, batting .500, with 2 home runs, 1 triple, 9 runs scored and 8 RBI.

Still climbing

On the other diamond, the No. 24-ranked South Carolina softball team extended its winning streak to 12 games on Sunday with a 15-0 win over Lehigh.

The highlights were two Gamecocks grand slams, hit by senior Tiara Duffy and freshman Jana Johns.

South Carolina improved to 15-1. The Gamecocks return to Columbia on Wednesday to play Duke for the first time in program history.

Count me in

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is the latest to request an apology from Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk for his comments about South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley.

Staley filed a defamation lawsuit against Sterk last week for comments he made about her following an incident between the two programs during a game on Jan. 28.

Ending on a low note

With senior forward A’ja Wilson out with vertigo, the No. 7 South Carolina women’s basketball team fell to No. 15 Tennessee 65-46 in the team’s regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Gamecocks finished the regular season 23-6 and enter the SEC Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The tournament begins Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.

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Kentucky-Alabama basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 17, 2018)

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Kentucky basketball will play Alabama on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online below.

John Calipari had never lost three straight games at Kentucky and now he’s lost four in a row. He hadn’t done that since 2004-05 at Memphis. And if he loses Saturday against a dangerous Alabama team, it’ll be five consecutive defeats, matching a career high set twice at Massachusetts more than 20 years ago.

Calipari knows that six Elite Eights, four Final Fours, two title games and a national championship in his first eight seasons at UK don’t mean much right now to a fickle faction of his fan base. He’s trying not to worry about that growing rumble of discontent.

“I would hope we have established enough of a relationship — I have, this program has — with the vast majority of the fans that they trust the program is in good hands,” he said Friday. “This is one of those things that obviously I haven’t gone through in a long time and this program hadn’t gone through in a long time. But guess what? You go through it, and other programs are. Looking around the country, everybody is getting beat.

“I just have to get this team right. And if I’m worried about fans or all the other clutter, I can’t do my job, which is: How do I get these guys to understand, first of all, how bad they need each other?”

Increasing danger of missing the NCAA Tournament should help with that sense of urgency.  The Wildcats’ opponent Saturday, however, won’t make for an easy get-well game. The Crimson Tide own five RPI top-50 wins — No. 4 Auburn, No. 6 Rhode Island, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 17 Texas A&M and No. 23 Oklahoma — plus a victory at Florida two weeks ago.

Alabama also has three sub-100 losses, muddying the water a bit, but it is solidly in the NCAA field according to ESPN’s latest bracketology, which has the Tide a No. 6 seed and the Wildcats a No. 8. That rare five-game skid is a very real possibility for Calipari and Kentucky.

“I really believe if we can win one, this thing starts changing for us,” he said, “but you have to win one.”

Kentucky-Alabama game time, details

  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.
  • Records: Kentucky 17-9, 6-7 SEC; Alabama 17-9, 8-5 SEC
  • Favorite: Kentucky by 4 1/2

What TV channel is Kentucky-Alabama on? 

You can watch Kentucky vs. Alabama on CBS. Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas will be on the call.

How can I watch Kentucky-Alabama online?

Stream Kentucky vs. Alabama online (if you are an eligible subscriber) via the CBS Sports Network site.

How can I listen to Kentucky-Alabama on the radio? 

Kentucky and Alabama will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 190 and Sirius channel 137.

Kentucky-Alabama preview

  • In addition to sophomore Dazon Ingram (10.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg) and junior Donta Hall (11.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg), the Tide have a pair or prized freshmen. Former UK recruit John Petty (10.8 ppg) averages nearly four made 3-pointers per game and hit eight in a win over SEC-leading Auburn. McDonald’s All-American Collin Sexton (18.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg) has dropped 40 on Minnesota, 30 on Arizona and 20-plus 10 times this season. “He gets to the rim. He’s good in pick-and-rolls. He’ll run downhill but he could be a pass-first point guard,” Calipari said. “He’s good.”
  • Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt has played nine games since making his delayed debut because of a foot injury. “I don’t think people realize how tough it is” jumping into the mix 17 games into the season, Vanderbilt said, “but I’ve embraced it. I made the decision to come back, so I’m all-in, whatever happens this season.” After snagging 10 rebounds in 21 minutes at Auburn on Wednesday, he’s averaging 11.5 points, 18.2 boards, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per 40 minutes. He’s played 20-plus minutes each of the last two games and says his conditioning is steadily improving so that he can carve out a larger role.
  • Calipari said he failed these Cats after the Auburn loss. The players disagreed Friday and took responsibility for not listening to and trusting their coach. Freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander offered a strong pitch for why his teammates should do as Calipari says down the stretch.
  • Despite less-than-ideal timing, the new weekly all-access UK basketball documentary on Facebook debuts Saturday. Calipari and his players say they’re ignoring the cameras, but can they? Especially as they’ve imploded in under the watchful eye of a film crew?

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Watch Nick Saban’s National Signing Day news conference as Alabama addresses needs with 2018 class

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The moral of Nick Saban’s National Signing Day news conference was simple: you win some, and you lose some.

After seven straight years of signing the nation’s top class, Alabama finished outside of the top five with the 2018 group being ranked No. 6 by ESPN and No. 7 nationally by 247Sports.

“You can’t look at a puppy dog and look at his feet and know how big he’s going to be one day,” Saban said.

To be fair, you actually can sometimes tell how big a puppy is going to be by looking at its paws, but that was Saban’s way of saying that no matter how highly touted a prospect is or isn’t right now, they’ll still need time to develop.

Alabama’s class features 20 players, with five signing on Wednesday. Alabama will have five early enrollees.

Overall, Alabama’s class featured two 5-star prospects in defensive end/outside linebacker Eyabi Anoma and cornerback Patrick Surtain, Jr.

Surtain Jr., the No. 1 cornerback in the country, was the lone big fish of the day. At 6-foot-2, 192 pounds, Surtain Jr. has the potential and pedigree to step into a depleted secondary and contribute from Day One.

His father, Patrick Surtain Sr., spent 11 years in the NFL as a defensive back, making the Pro-Bowl three times.

A late addition to the class on Wednesday, 4-star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is an electric playmaker who is quick and runs well after the catch. Saban called him an outstanding young man.

The other three signees on Wednesday were linebacker Jaylen Moody (Conway, S.C.), tight end Michael Parker (Huntsville, Ala.) and defensive back Eddie Smith (Slidell, La.). Both Moody and Smith are considered late bloomers at their positions. With Alabama missing out on some of its targets, Parker avoided a grey shirt.

Watch Nick Saban’s news conference below:

December signees

  • Stephon Wynn Jr., 4-star DT (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • Jordan Davis, 4-star Jack LB (Memphis, Tenn.)
  • Jalyn Armour-Davis, 4-star CB (Mobile, Ala.)
  • Emil Ekiyor, 4-star C (Indianapolis)
  • Eyabi Anoma, 5-star Jack LB (Baltimore)
  • Josh Jobe, 4-star CB (Miami) — signing on Wednesday
  • Jerome Ford, 3-star RB (Seffner, Fla.) — signing on Wednesday
  • Cameron Latu, 4-star Jack LB (Salt Lake City)
  • Xavier Williams, 4-star WR (Hollywood, Fla.)
  • Christian Barmore, 4-star DT (Philadelphia)
  • Tommy Brown, 4-star OT (Santa Ana, Calif.)
  • Saivion Smith, 4-star CB (Perkinston, Miss.)
  • Slade Bolden, 3-star ATH (West Monroe, La.)
  • Skyler Delong, 3-star P (Nation Ford, S.C.)
  • Jarez Parks, 4-star OLB (Originally a member of 2017 class)

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WATCH: Nick Saban updates status of injured players, talks importance of Alabama-Auburn rivalry

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football coach Nick Saban spoke to reporters on Monday afternoon to open Iron Bowl week.

No. 1 Alabama plays at No. 6 Auburn on Saturday. Kickoff has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The winner of the Iron Bowl will claim the SEC West Division, and earn the right to play Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 2.

Among other things, Saban updated the status of several injured players and discussed the importance of the Iron Bowl.

Saban has been coaching in the Iron Bowl since 2007, and owns a 7-3 record while at Alabama.

“I’ve been in the middle of it for a long time so for a long time I’ve had a great appreciation for it. To be honest with you, 11 years ago, I can’t necessarily remember what I was thinking. I was thinking they were pretty good and we weren’t so good and we needed to get better. I know I was thinking that. But I’ve always had a lot of appreciation for this rivalry, even before being here. But I don’t think that you really understand the significance of a rivalry until you’re involved in it, whether it’s Ohio State-Michigan, Michigan-Michigan State. Whatever rivalry it is. To the people in that rivalry, that game is as important as it is to anybody else. I think the significance of this game probably adds a lot to it, and the game has been significant as mentioned before for seven out of the last eight years. To our fans, regardless, and to our players and to the coaches and the people who work so hard around here, I think that this is always a game of significance. This particular year, there’s a lot on the line for both teams and that should make it a great game.” — Saban

Watch Saban’s full news conference below.

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Kentucky Wildcats podcast: Watch out for Vermont (or some other early upset loss), Gary Parrish warns

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — It has felt lately like John Calipari is bracing Kentucky basketball fans for an unusually bumpy road. That is not without good reason.

As the Wildcats prepare to launch the 2017-18 season with three games in five days, all eyes are on the last one in that stretch: No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Kansas at the Champions Classic in Chicago next week. But don’t sleep on Sunday’s game at Rupp Arena.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if Vermont were able to knock off Kentucky,” CBS Sports analyst Gary Parrish said on the latest episode of Wildcat Country, a daily UK podcast presented by SEC Country. “I don’t think I’ll predict it, but it wouldn’t be the craziest thing in the world. Because if you’re going to catch them, the time to catch them early when they’re still trying to figure some things out.”

The Catamounts went 29-6 and made the NCAA Tournament last season — and they return four starters. The Wildcats lost 93 percent of their scoring from last season and have nine scholarship players available: six freshmen and three sophomores.

“Vermont is a top-80 KenPom team and they’re not going to be relying on a bunch of freshmen who’ve never played. Kentucky is going to be doing that,” said Parrish, who joined the podcast to preview the start of the college basketball season. “If [the Wildcats]get out of the non-league portion of the schedule without losing a game to an unranked team that Kentucky fans are going to flip out about, I’ll be surprised.”

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Parrish said getting freshman-heavy teams isn’t as easy as Calipari has often made it look at Kentucky — and that Texas’ Shaka Smart and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo both earned new respect for that last season while struggling with their own youth movements.

“Even though all [Calipari’s] teams end up good, the teams that rely this heavily on freshmen, they struggle. Not struggle like normal programs, but they struggle relative to Kentucky/John Calipari expectations,” Parrish said. “When you’ve got a nice mixture there of sophomores or juniors, that’s when they absolutely roll through the whole schedule and look something close to unbeatable. But when the roster is but like this, there are some bumps in the road.”

On the bright side, Parrish (like this writer) can already see the makings of another Kentucky super team in 2018-19, when several of this year’s players could return and join forces with a handful of elite freshmen, a la 2014-15. If he was betting on whether this year’s Cats or next year’s will be better, Parrish said, he’d take the latter.

That isn’t to say he believes the current season is a lost cause even before it starts. Kentucky is still one of the most talented teams in America and if anyone can turn it into a Final Four contender by March, it’s Calipari.

Listen to the full 30-minute podcast with Parrish, where he talks about the dark cloud of scandal hanging over this college basketball season and breaks down which of the Wildcats he’s most excited to see. Oh, and a little fun making fun of his former colleague, Jeff Goodman, and ESPN’s absurd list of the nation’s top 50 players that excludes Kevin Knox.

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