Mississippi State 66 – South Carolina 51
– Junior Shakeel Moore was the story in this game for the Bulldogs. The NC native finished with a new career-high against the Gamecocks with 22 points. Moore has been playing much better as of late, as he has scored in double-digits in five of his last seven games. Moore was incredibly effective and efficient in this game, allowing his defense to turn into offense, excelling well out in transition and scoring so smoothly around defenders, knocking down shots from outside, but also creating and finding ways to get into the defense.
– Though it wasn’t the best overall showing from freshman GG Jackson, it is so easy to see why he is going to be a big-time target for NBA teams when it comes to Jackson. Though he can work on some areas still, as well as mature as an overall player and limit turnovers, Jackson still is a 6’9 fluid prospect that shows big-time flashes of what he could be as he continues to develop and get stronger. A forward that has an elite skillset, has guard-like skills, can make plays off the bounce and finish over defenders, can knock down shots with his jumper and has range, and just how versatile he can be used on the floor. He is going to be a wild card in the NBA Draft in where he goes, but for sure one of the top prospects with so much upside still there.
Duke 75 – Wake Forest 73
– The guard play was strong in this game for sure. Junior Jeremy Roach had a very good game in leading the charge for the Blue Devils, and when it seems like he s clicking, Duke is clicking. The veteran really stepped up… but what has been interesting to me has been the play of freshman guard Tyrese Proctor. He started out a little slow but has really played well in the month of January. Proctor seems to really be elevating his play offensively and showing that he can not only be an effective scorer but also dish out and find his teammates. In his last six games, Proctor has scored in double figures in five of six games and has also recorded 25 assists and only nine turnovers. You add those two, along with Filipowski, the Blue Devils have something going.
Alabama 101 – Vanderbilt 44
– This wasn’t much of a game to watch, as the Crimson Tide was able to get back on track with an easy win in SEC play. They shot the ball exceptionally well through the game and they were feeling it from behind the arc in this one. Vanderbilt… not so much as they struggled throughout the entire game. But again, the one takeaway from this game was freshman Brandon Miller, as the 6’9 continues to raise eyebrows with his play and shot-making. On the season, Miller has been shooting nearly 45 percent from behind the arc, averaging 3.1 made threes a game. In this game, he finished in leading the charge with 22 points, going 6-for-13 from behind the arc, and 8-for-15 overall, while also adding eight rebounds. There is a lot to like about this young man and his shot-making ability.