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Auburn upset by Georgia

The Tigers are now two games back in the race for the SEC.

Auburn v Georgia Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Kentucky Wildcats now have a stranglehold on the SEC.

It began Tuesday when the Wildcats invaded Baton Rouge and beat the LSU Tigers, 79-76. That put UK two games ahead of LSU, while the Auburn Tigers were temporarily a game and a half back.

That’s now two full games after Auburn was upset by the Georgia Bulldogs, 65-55. Anthony Edwards led the way with a team-high 18 points, as the potential No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick scored what could go down as his biggest win as a collegiate athlete.

After Bruce Pearl’s squad was upset Saturday by Missouri, they suffered arguably a bigger upset Wednesday, falling to a Georgia team that was 2-10 in SEC play and had lost eight of its last nine games.

Now, UK holds a two-game lead over LSU, Auburn and Florida for first place in the SEC. LSU will be hard-pressed to get back in the race, but Auburn will have a chance to make up ground when they face UK in Rupp Arena on February 29th.

Florida actually gets two matchups with the Wildcats, the first being in Rupp this Saturday. So outside of UK, the Gators probably have the best chance of winning or earning a share of the league title.

UK hasn’t won or shared a regular-season SEC title since 2016-17. The 2019-20 Wildcats are in position to end that drought.