SEC Tournament 2012: Predicting Remainder of New Orleans Showdowns

David DanielsSenior Writer IMarch 9, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 09:  Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the LSU Tigers during the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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NOLA is failing to disappoint.

The SEC Tournament has had its share of exciting moments thus far as Georgia upset Mississippi State in Round 1.  Florida also just got away from Alabama by a score of 66-63.  LSU even pushed Kentucky to the limit.

There are only a handful of games left to be played, but the stoppage of the thrill is nowhere in sight. Here is the schedule and predictions for the remaining matchups.

No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 7 Ole Miss—March 9th at 7:30 p.m. EST

In their only regular meeting of the season, Tennessee took care of Ole Miss handily 73-60.  A repeat performance is likely despite the Rebels coming in hot.

No. 3 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 GeorgiaMarch 9th at 10:00 p.m. EST

Georgia shocked the other Bulldogs, but their magic has run out.  John Jenkins, Jeffery Taylor and company beat them twice in the regular season and are too talented not to complete the sweep.

GAINESVILLE, FL -  NOVEMBER 11:  Guard Bradley Beal #23 of the Florida Gators listens to coach Billy Donovan during play against the Jackson State Tigers November 11, 2011 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messersch
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No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 4 FloridaMarch 10th at 1:00 p.m. EST

Bradley Beal, Patric Taylor and the Gators are a strong team, but the Wildcats are on another level.  Kentucky beat Florida this season twice to be a combined total of 25 points—no hope.

No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 3 VanderbiltMarch 10th at 3:30 p.m. EST

Tennessee and Vandy split their regular season series at a game a piece so the in-state showdown is sure to be a memorable one.  The Commodores just lost to the Volunteers on March 3rd, though, and UT is the hotter team.

No 1. Kentucky vs. No. 2 TennesseeMarch 11th at 1:00 p.m. EST

Tennessee has more hope against the Wildcats than Florida did, but not enough to pull off the W.  Kentucky swept the Vols in the regular season as well and will send a message to the rest of the NCAA by entering the Big Dance on an insane winning streak.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.