Friday, March 14, 2008

SEC Tournament Second Round Previews

E5 South Carolina vs E1 Tennessee 1PM
Previous Meetings: Tenn (Away) 80-56, Tenn (Home) 89-56
The Volunteers invade Atlanta fresh off their SEC regular season title and will face a South Carolina club they have beaten twice most recently last Saturday by 33 points. South Carolina's Dave Odom is retiring after this season and is very likely staring at his last game. The Vols should win this one easily.
Prediction: Tennessee

E3 Vanderbilt vs W2 Arkansas 3:15PM
Previous Meetings: Arkansas (Home) 78-73
Since losing 4 of 5 in the middle of the season, Vandy has ripped off 8 wins in their last 10. Meanwhile, Arkansas has lost 5 of their last 8 and is squarely on the NCAA bubble. The Razorbacks won the only meeting of the year in Fayetteville. I think this one could be the best game of the day and will come right down to the wire. I like Vanderbilt's inside/outside combo to be the difference.
Prediction: Vanderbilt

W5 Alabama vs W1 Mississippi State 7:30 PM
Previous Meetings: Miss St (Away) 66-56, Miss St (Home) 73-66
The Crimson Tide were easily the biggest surprise of day 1 not because they beat Florida but how they jumped out so big early on and maintained the lead the entire game. Miss State will have too much defense for Alabama and will fend off the Tide for a third time this season.
Prediction: Mississippi State

E6 Georgia vs E2 Kentucky 9:45 PM
Previous Meetings: Kent (Away) 63-58, Kent (Home) 61-55
The Bulldogs were able to avenge last weeks loss to Ole Miss in the first round on Thursday in OT. Now they face a "bubble team" in Kentucky (how is a 12-4 SEC team on the bubble?). The Wildcats beat Georgia twice this year, but neither one came easy. The Wildcats Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford have picked up the slack left by Patrick Patterson who is out for the year. The two seniors will carry Kentucky to a third victory over Georgia in Atlanta.
Prediction: Kentucky

Season: 74-26 (74%)
SEC: 35-12 (74%)

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