SEC Tournament 2014: Day 2 Schedule, Live Stream Info and Bracket Predictions

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SEC Tournament 2014: Day 2 Schedule, Live Stream Info and Bracket Predictions
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One day is officially in the books in Atlanta at the SEC tournament, with No. 14 seed Mississippi State and No. 13 seed South Carolina registering the first victories of the event.

Although No. 1 seed Florida and No. 2 seed Kentucky won’t take the floor until Day 3 on Friday, Day 2 brings plenty of intrigue. In particular, it will be the first time fans get to see some of the bubble teams in action in the form of Missouri and Arkansas.

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports pointed out that the performance of the bubble teams are the most important things to look out for in Atlanta:

Florida, in my opinion, has a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament on lock no matter what happens in Atlanta. So the bubble teams are what matter at the Georgia Dome -- specifically Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas. All of them are in contention for an at-large bid, at this moment. But does Missouri need two wins ... including one over Florida? And is a possible quarterfinal game between Tennessee and Arkansas going to amount to a play-in game? That's where the real drama lies in Atlanta. 

Here is a look at what the overall bracket looked like heading into the tournament, via Tennessee Sports Radio:

With Thursday's bubblicious table now set, let’s look at the entire Day 2 schedule and then dig into some predictions for how the action will unfold.

 

No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 9 Texas A&M

Time: 1 p.m. ET

TV: SEC TV 

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 13 South Carolina

Time: 25 minutes after the conclusion of the first game

TV: SEC TV 

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

No. 7 LSU vs. No. 10 Alabama

Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV: SEC TV 

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

No. 6 Mississippi vs. No. 14 Mississippi State

Time: 25 minutes after the conclusion of the third game

TV: SEC TV 

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

Thursday Predictions

Arkansas Dominates

The thought here is that one bubble team will cruise to an easy victory on Thursday.

Gareth Patterson/Associated Press

Arkansas already beat South Carolina by seven points earlier in the regular season and will post a repeat performance in the tournament. While beating the lowly Gamecocks certainly won’t be enough to lock up a spot in the Big Dance, a loss for the Razorbacks would all but eliminate them.

Arkansas won eight of the last 10 contests, including a game at Kentucky in overtime, but finished the year by being blown out by Alabama.

Rashad Madden and Bobby Portis form an impressive inside-outside combination that will give South Carolina trouble all game long.

Looking forward, a Razorbacks win would set up a monumental quarterfinals showdown against No. 4 seed Tennessee with bubble implications.

The Vols won the first matchup in Knoxville, but they won’t have the luxury of playing at home in the SEC tournament. Tennessee, which doesn’t play on Thursday, would be slightly fresher, but the Razorbacks would have the momentum from the decisive victory over Auburn.

 

Missouri Keeps the Big Dance Dreams Alive

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Missouri beat Texas A&M 57-56 in one of the more nerve-wracking games of the SEC season back on March 5, but the Tigers were blown out of the water by Tennessee in the season finale and lost three of the last five games.

However, Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown (who both average better than 18 points a night) will be too much for the Aggies to handle in Atlanta.

Missouri’s win would set up a showdown with Florida. The Tigers were actually leading in Gainesville at the half in the regular-season matchup until the Gators caught fire, as coach Frank Haith said in his postgame press conference via ESPN.com:

We knew it was going to be a slugfest. We were OK with that. ... Our game plan was good, and we were executing. Then they got going. They got it in the paint, they got to the free throw line and got aggressive there in the second half, and that was the difference in the game. 

Florida wasn’t challenged much in conference play, so this would be an intriguing quarterfinal showdown.

 

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