COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Highly regarded, five-star defensive tackle Jordan Burch has ended the suspense and joined South Carolina. The school says it has received Burch's letter of intent to play football for the Gamecocks. The announcement ends a drama-filled time for the highest prospect in coach Will Muschamp's five recruiting classes with the Gamecocks. Burch committed to South Carolina in December, but did not officially sign. He was part of a signing ceremony with several teammates at his high school Wednesday, yet again had not officially sent in his letter of intent to South Carolina.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Aliyah Boston had 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 1 South Carolina to an 86-65 win over No. 25 Arkansas. The 6-foot-5 freshman also had seven blocked shots for the Gamecocks in their 16th straight win. South Carolina got a game-high 25 points from Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, who was 11-of-19 from the floor and added five rebounds and five assists. South Carolina grabbed an early 9-0 lead and was never really threatened after that. It was much different than the first meeting between the teams, when Arkansas rallied from a 20-point deficit before losing 91-82.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rickea Jackson had 14 points and nine rebounds as No. 8 Mississippi State defeated No. 23 Tennessee 72-55 for its fifth straight win. The Lady Vols were playing without leading scorer Rennia Davis. Tennessee officials said Davis was recovering from the flu and hadn’t participated in any team activities since playing in a 69-48 loss at No. 1 South Carolina on Sunday. Davis averages 18.1 points to rank second in the Southeastern Conference. Rae Burrell made her first start of the season in place of Davis and collected 20 points and 10 rebounds.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Sabrina Haines scored 14 points with four 3-pointers, Chasity Patterson added 11 points and No. 15 Kentucky beat Alabama 66-62. Jaida Roper had 10 points for Kentucky, which scored 21 points off 17 Alabama turnovers. The Wildcats were without Rhyne Howard, averaging a team-best 23.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. Howard tied a school record with 43 points at Alabama on Jan. 9. Jasmine Walker led Alabama with 17 points and seven rebounds.