The 2013 SEC Tournament will come to a conclusion in Nashville on Sunday afternoon, as one team will propel itself into the NCAA tournament with an automatic bid to the Big Dance as SEC champion.
Sunday's pivotal matchup will pit No. 1-seeded Florida (26-6, 14-4 SEC) against Ole Miss (25-8, 12-6) in a rematch of a game last month in which the Gators won comfortably at home. Andy Kennedy's No. 3-seeded Rebels will have a shot to settle the score in Nashville however.
Here, we'll get you set with everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a minute of this weekend's championship clash in the Music City.
Where: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
When: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Start Time: 1 p.m. ET
Gators Gunning for First SEC Tournament Crown Since 2007
Top-seeded Florida won the SEC regular season title for the second time in three years this season, but the Gators won't be content heading to the Big Dance as SEC Tournament runners-up.
Billy Donovan's Gators won the conference tourney three straight years from 2005 to 2007—they won two national championships during that stretch as well. But over the last five tries, Florida has been unable to get over the hump despite boasting some talented teams.
Like the 2006 and 2007 teams Donovan had, this year's squad is capable of winning it all.
Four players, led by senior forward Erik Murphy, are averaging 10 or more points per game, and the Gators rank eighth in the nation in field-goal percentage, shooting nearly 49 percent from the field in 2012-13.
Florida will be the favorite to win its first SEC title in six years on Sunday, but it'll have its hands full against an Ole Miss team that may be playing for its season.
Ole Miss Aiming to Punch Its Ticket to Big Dance
The Rebels will be looking to win their first SEC Tournament title in over 30 years on Sunday in Nashville.
Ole Miss has had a strong season, but its possible that it could be left out of the field of 68 on Selection Sunday with a loss to Florida. That said, look for the SEC's leading scorer, Marshall Henderson, to come out looking to score from the opening tip.
The Rebels rank sixth in the nation in points per game (78.7) and are led by Henderson, who is averaging close to 20 points per game this season—he is one of the most exciting players to watch in all of college basketball. The junior guard scored 27 in Ole Miss' dramatic quarterfinal win over Missouri and poured in 23 points in the team's win over Vanderbilt in the semis on Saturday.
Unlike Florida, Ole Miss will be playing to guarantee it goes dancing this March, and that sort of inspiration can't be manufactured.
2013 SEC Tournament Bracket
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