Southeastern Conference Tournament Predictions

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The Southeastern Conference begins today with a single game, as the No. 13 Auburn Tigers face the No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers. The winner has to play the No. 5 Vanderbilt Commodores. I’d have to say, the SEC features plenty of bubble teams, as the Vanderbilt Commodores, LSU Tigers, South Carolina Gamecocks,  Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Ole Miss Rebels and Alabama Crimson Tide all meet that criteria. The only locks in this SEC are the No. 1 Texas A&M Aggies and No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats. So, this tournament is going to be vital to improve one’s resume, so it should be an interesting one to say the least. Just a quick note, the Missouri Tigers self-imposed a postseason ban, so they will be absent from the SEC tournament.  Anyways the Southeastern Conference Tournament schedule are as follows…

First Round: March 9 (SEC Network)
Game 1: No. 13 Auburn Tigers vs. No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers

Second Round: March 10 (SEC Network)
Game 2: No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. No. 8 Florida Gators
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. No. 5 Vanderbilt Commodores
Game 4: No. 10 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 7 Ole Miss Rebels
Game 5: No. 11 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs

Quarterfinals: March 11 (SEC Network)
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 1 Texas A&M Aggies
Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. No. 4 LSU Tigers
Game 8: Winner Game 4 vs. No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. No. 3 South Carolina Gamecocks

Semifinals: March 12 (ESPN)
Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7
Game 11: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9

Championship: March 13 (ESPN)
Game 12: Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 11

Prediction: I’m going to just say it off the bat, this is a two team race. It’s either going to be the Texas A&M Aggies or the Kentucky Wildcats. The Aggies are coming into this hot, winning six games in a row. And, that’s after they surprisingly dropped four straight games in a row. The Wildcats have been hot and cold since entering conference play, so obviously consistency hasn’t been their forte. The other teams in the SEC I just can’t see winning, as I feel that after the Aggies and Wildcats, is just a clear drop in talent. As, for my predicted winner, I’m going to side with Texas A&M Aggies. I can’t say the poor free throw percentage entices me, but the Wildcats are terrible themselves. The deciding factor here is that they are solid on both sides of the ball and I like their resilience coming back from their four game skid. I’ll take the Aggies, as they have the momentum heading in.

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