The second day of the 2014 SEC tournament featured plenty of intensity. Each game was highly contested, and we witnessed some dramatic finishes. If Thursday's action is any indication of what is to come on Friday, we are certainly in for a treat.
We now have just eight SEC team remaining, and each is vying for the coveted tournament title. If Thursday's matches proved anything, it is that anything is possible and anything can happen. Florida may still be the favorite here, but the conference's other remaining teams have been playing some stellar basketball of late.
Now that the dust has settled following Day 2 of tournament action, let's take a look at Friday's schedule and viewing information. I'll also predict what may transpire over the four games set to take place.
Day 3 Schedule
|Time (ET)||Team 1||Team 2||TV Info|
|1 p.m.||No. 1 Florida||No. 8 Missouri||ESPNU|
|3:25 p.m.||No. 4 Tennessee||No. 13 South Carolina||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||No. 2 Kentucky||No. 7 LSU||SECTV|
|9:25 p.m.||No. 3 Georgia||No. 14 Mississippi State||SECTV|
All tournament games can be live streamed on ESPN3.
Full tournament bracket can be viewed on CBSSports.com.
Day 3 Predictions
Missouri defeated Texas A&M by the score of 91-83 after two overtime periods on Thursday. Guards Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross were fantastic, scoring 26 points and 24 points, respectively. However, they will find trouble on Friday against Florida's sixth-ranked defensive unit.
After going 18-0 in conference play over the regular season, Florida simply looks unstoppable. Missouri had a good deal of trouble putting away the Aggies on Thursday and will find it all the more difficult against the Gators on Friday. Florida will advance to the semifinals here.
No. 13 South Carolina had the most shocking upset on Thursday, defeating Arkansas by a score of 71-69. The Gamecocks' depth was on display, as the team's starters and bench produced in solid fashion.
Unfortunately, they run into a streaking Tennessee team on Friday. The Volunteers are riding a four-game winning streak and have been blowing away competition of late. The last time these teams met, the Volunteers came away with a 19-point victory. Expect more of the same on Friday.
LSU handled a sloppy Alabama team rather easily on Thursday, coming away with a decisive 68-56 victory. However, it will be playing a tough Kentucky team that must be reeling after being manhandled by Florida in its season finale. Expect the Wildcats to come out strong and pour it on in this one, advancing to the semifinals.
Georgia will face Ole Miss on Friday after the Rebels came from behind late to beat Mississippi State by a score of 78-66. The win was not encouraging for Ole Miss, as it should have been able to dispose of the Bulldogs—who went just 3-15 in SEC play over the regular season—with greater ease. Georgia will prove to be a much more worthy opponent and will send the Rebels packing.