No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 9 LSU
This may not be a game of high profile, but it will be one of the best we see all season. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Anthony Hickey are the reasons why.
The conference tournament is made for stars to rise and Caldwell-Pope is that type of scorer. Unfortunately, Caldwell-Pope is the only player on the Bulldogs that averages double-figure scoring.
In 2012, Hickey played 40 minutes and came up with five steals against Kentucky during the SEC tournament. This season, Hickey leads the nation in steals.
Between his ability to force turnovers and Johnny O'Bryant III's interior presence, LSU wins late.
LSU 75, Georgia 70
No. 5 Tennessee vs. No. 12 South Carolina
Unlike the NCAA tournament, there won't be a No. 12 upsetting a No. 5 seed.
Jordan McRae is an explosive scorer, and Jarnell Stokes is a nightly double-double threat. Trae Golden, meanwhile, is a dynamic playmaker that South Carolina simply will not have an answer for.
They'll make it interesting, but the Gamecocks lack the firepower to win this one.
Stokes will dominate the interior, as Golden and McRae work the perimeter. Look for Skylar McBee to find his three-point shot as well, as the senior looks to make one more magical run.
Vols win a tough one by a comfortable margin.
Tennessee 67, South Carolina 58
No. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Vanderbilt
This is not the same Vanderbilt squad that won the 2012 SEC tournament. With that being said, Kedren Johnson is an excellent playmaker who knows how to get to the line.
That will keep Arkansas at bay as the Commodores attempt to make a run towards defending their crown. Unfortunately, the Razorbacks have something that Vanderbilt does not: BJ Young.
Young will remind everyone why he was once the top point guard prospect in the nation and put on a show for the fans in attendance. Behind his monster performance, the Razorbacks will advance.
Just don't think it'll be easy.
Arkansas 73, Vanderbilt 67
No. 6 Missouri vs. No. 11 Texas A&M
Texas A&M will be in any game as long as Elston Turner is playing. Matched up against Missouri, however, they'll need something special to pull out a victory.
Did we mention that Turner guy?
The last time these two teams met, Turner scored 15 points en route to a 70-68 Aggies victory. That's something that will instill confidence in Texas A&M as they pursue the upset.
Unfortunately, Phil Pressey is a stud at point guard and Laurence Bowers is getting hot at the right time. Even as Turner has the Aggies thinking upset, the Tigers possess the superior players.
In turn, they escape. Barely.
Missouri Tigers 82, Texas A&M 78