The final Saturday in January saw Avery Johnson’s Alabama Crimson Tide play one of their best games of the season in an 80-73 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in front of a sold out Coleman Coliseum crowd.

In addition to Alabama, the SEC won six of the 10 games against the Big XII over the weekend. It marked the first time that the SEC enjoyed a winning record over the Big XII since the inception of the Big XII-SEC Challenge.

To kick off the week, Cecil Hurt looked back at the SEC’s big weekend on Inside the Locker Room.

In addition to Alabama’s triumph over Oklahoma, Kentucky stormed back from a 17-point second half deficit on the road to upend West Virginia 83-76. Hurt gave his reasons why the Wildcats pulled

“They started really dominating on the boards, and West Virginia is not a great half-court offensive team. They really need to rebound and score in transition a little bit, and Kentucky just shut that down and Knox really shot the ball well.” Hurt said.

Another team that caught Cecil Hurts’ eye was the Tennessee Volunteers who throttled the Iowa State Cyclones 68-45 in Ames, IA. The 45 points scored for Iowa State was their worst output of the season.

The veteran Tuscaloosa News sports editor also touched on Coleman Coliseum’s 50th anniversary along with Nick Saban’s process for hiring assistant coaches.

Catch Inside the Locker Room every weekday from 7-9 AM on Tide 102.9/100.9 and the Tide 102.9 app.