The SEC tournament is set to begin on March 12 from the Georgia Dome, and each team will be looking to hand No. 1 Florida its first conference loss. Well, that will be easier said than done.
Florida went 18-0 in SEC action over the regular season, and the team is riding a 23-game winning streak. The Gators reasserted their dominance during the season finale on Saturday, trouncing Kentucky by a score of 84-65.
After that game, Florida enters the tournament as the sole top-25 team.
Still, Kentucky figures to be a factor, and Tennessee ended the regular season with a flourish. This tournament figures to bring plenty of action and a star-studded cast as March Madness gets underway.
Let's take a look at the tournament seeds, odds and matchups as well as predictions regarding how this event could eventually shake out.
What: 2014 SEC tournament
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
When: March 12-16
Live Stream: ESPN3
|SEC Tournament Seeds and Projected Odds|
|Sean O'Donnell's Projected Odds|
The full tournament bracket can be found on SECDigitalNetwork.com.
|SEC Tournament Schedule|
|Time (ET)||Team 1||Team 2||TV Info|
|Wed., March 12|
|7 p.m.||No. 12 Auburn||No. 13 South Carolina||SEC TV|
|Following Game 1||No. 11 Vanderbilt||No. 14 Mississippi State||SEC TV|
|Thurs., March 13|
|1 p.m.||No. 8 Missouri||No. 9 Texas A&M||SEC TV|
|Following Game 3||Game 1 Winner||No. 5 Arkansas||SEC TV|
|7 p.m.||No. 7 LSU||No. 10 Alabama||SEC TV|
|Following Game 5||Game 2 Winner||No. 6 Ole Miss||SEC TV|
|Fri., March 14|
|1 p.m.||Game 3 Winner||No. 1 Florida||ESPNU|
|Following Game 7||Game 4 Winner||No. 4 Tennessee||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||Game 5 Winner||No. 2 Kentucky||SEC TV|
|Following Game 9||Game 6 Winner||No. 3 Georgia||SEC TV|
|Sat., March 15|
|1 p.m.||Game 7 Winner||Game 8 Winner||ABC|
|Following Game 11||Game 9 Winner||Game 10 Winner||ABC|
|Sun., March 16|
|3:15 p.m.||Game 11 Winner||Game 12 Winner||ESPN|
In the first round, we have Vanderbilt against Mississippi State. These teams have not me this year; however, expect Vanderbilt to emerge victorious, as the Bulldogs haven't been able to get anything going over the back half of the regular season.
Auburn has had South Carolina's number this year, beating the Gamecocks twice during the regular season. That trend will continue as the Tigers advance.
In Round 2, we have a late-season rematch. Missouri barely notched a win the last time it played Texas A&M, defeating the Aggies 57-56. But Texas A&M has put together some nice wins of late and will move ahead here.
LSU has looked strong and figures to be one of the tournament's dark horses. The Tigers will continue their winning ways against Alabama in the second round. Both Ole Miss and Arkansas should advance without much of a problem as well.
Texas A&M's tournament comes to an end in the quarterfinals, as it runs into dominant Florida. Tennessee will continue its hot streak and take care of Arkansas in a close game. LSU had some nice showings against Kentucky earlier this year, and it gets the upset in the tournament. Finally, Georgia squeezes past Ole Miss in a close contest.
In the semifinals, Tennessee's hot hand gets cold, as Florida is simply too much to handle. Georgia ends LSU's Cinderella run, defeating the Tigers for a third time this season.
That brings us to the final of Florida against Georgia.
The Bulldogs will come out firing, as they relish playing in their home state; however, Florida's defense is far too stout, and points will become tough to come by for Georgia. Florida completes its conference sweep here in decisive fashion.
Tournament Winner: Florida
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