SEC Men’s Tournament-Quarterfinal results
We have played two days in the SEC Men’s tournament in Atlanta (not Catlanta) and we have narrowed the field down to the four best team in the conference. It is not often that the tournament works out this way, but I think most will agree that Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Alabama are the four best teams in the SEC this year. You could make a case for Tennessee or Georgia being solid a times, but the final four include 3 of the four top seeds and Vandy, who would have been the 4th seed had the seedings been done without regard to division membership.
Let’s do a quick recap for the day.
Alabama defeats Georgia
Georgia fans have to feel bad because this was a game they had won, but let slip away, again. It was bad enough that the Dogs
let a double-digit lead slip away, again, but coach Mark Fox hard the misfortune to call a timeout as Dustin Ware hit what would have been the game winner. The Dogs were snake bitten by a hungrier Crimson Tide five.
Kentucky defeats Ole Miss
I thought at one time earlier yesterday that Ole Miss had a chance to beat Kentucky. They beat the Cats earlier in the year at Oxford, but they shot themselves out of contention in what appeared to be a home game in Atlanta due to the large volume of UK fans there. Ole Miss is one thing, but beating Saturday’s opponent, Alabama, is totally different. We will get to that.
Florida defeats Tennessee
I also thought that UT might pull the upset over Florida, but UT ran out of gas and the Gators handled the Vols even in the face of another outstanding performance by Tobias Harris.
Harris is the future of UT basketball, such as it is. I am interested to see how the other shoe drops now in Knoxville. Will the Vols dance, or will they cha-cha in the NIT. Stay tuned to find out.
Vandy defeats Mississippi State
This Vandy team is one we have seen glimpses of at times this year and it was another example of just how potent they can be when John Jenkins
is shooting well, which is often. Jenkins ended up with 29 (not sure if his mother texted him again) and Jeffery Taylor had a stellar game also. Here’s hoping the Dores have some more gas in the tank for the rest of the weekend.
Here are the matchups for Saturday:
Kentucky vs Alabama
Paint versus guard play will tell the tail of this game. The Tide will own the lane, but need some outside shooting help. UK will have a perimeter game, but not sure what they can do to slow down
JaMychal Green and company. I think UK will prevail, but that is by the slimmest of margins. The crowd will help and their memory of the earlier loss at Tuscaloosa will also be a motivator.
Vandy vs Florida
The Gators are 2-0 versus the Dores with an overtime win at Gainesville
and a superior performance just one week ago in Nashville. On paper it will be 3-0, but I smell an upset here. Vandy looked good in their win over Miss. State and they have a balanced attack. They also have some motivation and the healthiest squad they have had for months.
I see the Dores and Cats squaring off on Sunday afternoon. More on that tomorrow (today, man it is late…)