SEC Tourney Second Round Preview: Will Bubbles Be Burst?

The ACC and SEC BlogSenior Analyst IMarch 13, 2009

No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats (East) vs No. 1 LSU Tigers (West)

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

No. 3 Mississippi State Bulldogs (West) vs No. 2 South Carolina Gamecocks (East)

Friday 3:15 PM
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

No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide (West) vs No. 1 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

No. 3 Florida Gators (East) vs No. 2 Auburn Tigers (West)

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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