Thursday, March 13, 2008

SEC Tournament First Round

AP/Yahoo
E5 South Carolina vs W4 LSU 1:00 PM
Previous Meeting: LSU (Away) 62-5
LSU has played better down the stretch since the firing of John Brady, including an earlier win over South Carolina on the road. The Gamecocks have one of the better backcourts in the conference led by Devan Downey and Zam Frederick. LSU always seems to fair well in Atlanta in SEC Tournaments/Championships. I like LSU and their new found energy.
Prediction: LSU

E3 Vanderbilt vs W6 Auburn 3:15 PM
Previous Meeting: Vandy (Home) 78-71
Vanderbilt, despite its lofty national ranking, failed to secure a first round bye and now must face a dangerous Auburn team. The Commodores struggled a bit with Auburn at home earlier this year winning by just 7. But Vandy should have too much inside/outside with AJ Ogilvy and Shon Foster for the Tigers.
Prediction: Vanderbilt

E4 Florida vs W5 Alabama 7:00 PM
Previous Meeting: Florida (Away) 90-83
Florida and Alabama have not squared off since way back in January; back when we thought Florida was going to struggle (which they ended up that way but started out the SEC hot) and had no idea Alabama would struggle as much as they did. Florida needs this win desperately to have a shot at the NCAA Tournament. I like Florida in this one with their 3 point shooting ability.
Prediction: Florida

E6 Georgia vs W3 Ole Miss 9:15 PM
Previous Meeting: Ole Miss (Away) 76-62
These two teams just met last Saturday with Ole Miss coming away with an impressive road win. The Rebels also really need this one and at least 1 more win to have a shot at the NCAAT. It seems like Georgia has fallen apart in the second half of the season and is not buying into Dennis Felton's system. Could this mean Felton is on his way out? I don't think so, but a loss here doesn't help. I like Ole Miss to win again.
Prediction: Ole Miss

Season: 70-22 (76%)
SEC: 34-9 (79%)

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