Friday, March 13, 2009

SEC Tournament Second Round Previews and Predictions

I realize I am getting this preview up super late and just the action tips off but I thought I had to follow up because of my 4-0 performance yesterday, including the Alabama drubbing of the hot pick Vanderbilt.

#4 East Kentucky Wildcats vs #1 West LSU Tigers
Friday 1:00 PM
TV: Raycom

LSU will be trying to snap a two game losing streak by beating Kentucky on Friday. Ironically, the Wildcats were LSU's last win clinching the SEC regular season title. Kentucky has much more to play for, but LSU needs to get back on a winning track before the NCAA Tournament starts. Jodie Meeks will have to have a great game for Kentucky to pull it out.

Pick: LSU

#3 West Mississippi State Bulldogs vs #2 East South Carolina Gamecocks
Friday 3:15PM
TV: Raycom

Two teams that both need this game with Miss. State probably needing it more. The Bulldogs beat the Gamecocks about a month ago in Starkville 75-70. Neither team shot the ball very well but South Carolina was not able to force their normal number of turnovers from Rick Stansbury's Miss State team. I think this will be another close one with Miss State pulling it out at the end.

Pick: Miss State

#4 West Alabama Crimson Tide vs #1 East Tennessee Volunteers
Friday 7:00 PM
TV: Raycom

These two met just last Sunday with the Tide winning on 30 foot buzzer beater in Knoxville. Alabama beat Vandy just like I thought they would with superior athleticism. But they won't have that advantage tonight against Tennessee. I think the Vols want to atone for the home loss last weekend and take care of Alabama.

Pick: Tennessee

#3 East Florida Gators vs #2 West Auburn Tigers
Friday 9:15 PM
TV: Raycom

This is the best game of the day. Both Florida and Auburn may be just one win away from the NCAA Tournament and the committee may only take the winner of this one (if they even take either of them). The Tigers have been red hot down the stretch and their lack of size (no player taller than 6'7") will not be exposed against another small team like Florida. Nick Calathes has to put the Gators on his back if they are to win as the favorites. I think Florida wins on a last second shot.

Pick: Florida

Season: 25-22 SU through 3/8

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