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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Immanuel Quickley scored 21 points and No. 10 Kentucky made a timely string of 3-pointers in a 79-76 victory over LSU. Kentucky made seven of eight 3s in the second half. That's when graduate transfer Nate Sestina hit three, including two during an 8-0 run that widened the Wildcats' lead to 15 points with 5:14 to go. Nick Richards scored 13 points and blocked six shots for Kentucky, which has won five straight and nine of 10. Skylar Mays scored 17 points and Darius Days had 13 points and 11 rebounds for LSU. The Tigers have lost four of five.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Keyontae Johnson scored a career-high 24 points, Andrew Nembhard added 17 and Florida beat Arkansas 73-59 for their 11th victory in the last 12 meetings. The Gators also extended their winning streak against the Razorbacks in Gainesville to 14. Arkansas hasn't won in the O'Connell Center since 1995. The Hogs played their fifth consecutive game without preseason All-SEC selection Isaiah Joe, who had arthroscopic debridement surgery on his right knee two weeks ago. Mason Jones led Arkansas with 21 points. The Razorbacks trailed by as many as 19 before faltering several chances to tie the game in the second half.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Longtime rivals Georgia and Clemson will open the 2021 football season by playing at a neutral site in Charlotte, North Carolina. Georgia and Clemson already had plans to play in the 2024 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The schools also have planned a home-and-home series that includes games in Clemson in 2029 and 2033 and in Athens in 2030 and 2032. Georgia coach Kirby Smart says the 2021 game in Charlotte will give Georgia fans “the opportunity for a completely new experience in a great city and top-level stadium.”

UNDATED (AP) — Xavier Pinson scored a career-high 32 points on 9-of-13 shooting and missed just one free throw in 11 attempts and Missouri beat Ole Miss 71-68 on Tuesday night. Dru Smith added 17 points for the Tigers going 9 for 10 from the foul line. In Missouri’s win last Saturday over No. 11 Auburn, Pinson and Smith combined for 56 of the team’s 85 points. Both teams led for portions of the second half leading up to a tie at 63 with less than two minutes remaining. Pinson and Smith hit eight key free throws, and the Tigers’ defense held the Rebels to just four points. Breein Tyree led the Rebels with 29 points.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan Bowden scored 17 points and clinched a victory by sinking two free throws with five seconds left as Tennessee outlasted Vanderbilt 65-61. Tennessee went on a 12-0 run to grab a 61-48 lead with 2 ½ minutes left before Vanderbilt made a furious rally. The Commodores got to within 63-61 as Saben Lee hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 22 seconds before Bowden put the game out of reach. Tennessee withstood a 23-point performance from Vanderbilt guard Jordan Wright. The freshman reserve more than doubled his previous career high of 11.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former longtime Tennessee assistant football coach Steve Caldwell is returning to the Volunteers’ athletic department as an assistant director of life skills and character development. Caldwell’s job will include forming development plans to assist incoming football players as they adapt to campus life and college athletics. He will provide guidance on academics, athletics, life skills, personal and professional growth and social responsibilities. Caldwell worked as Tennessee’s defensive ends coach from 1995-2008 and special teams coordinator from 2000-05 on a coaching staff led by Phillip Fulmer.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving toward allowing all Division I athletes to transfer one time without sitting out a season of competition. A plan to change the waiver process is expected to be presented to the Division I Council in April. If adopted, new criteria would go into effect for the 2020-21 academic year. Currently, football, men's and women's basketball, men's hockey and baseball players must sit out one season after transferring. The NCAA adjusted waiver criteria two years ago to give more athletes the chance to become immediately eligible, but that has led to complaints about inconsistency in the process. If the plan is adopted, any athlete in good academic standing and not facing a disciplinary suspension will be allowed to transfer and play immediately for the new school.

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