SEC Tournament 2017: Round 1 Scores, Updated Bracket and Round 2 Schedule

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 08:  Detailed view of the SEC logo at midcourt prior to a game between the LSU Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first round of the SEC Basketball Tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 8, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The 2017 SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, started Wednesday with two first-round showdowns.

Before Final Four contenders Florida and Kentucky take the floor during Friday's quarterfinals and bubble darling Vanderbilt puts its resume on the line Thursday, Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU and Missouri looked to keep their NCAA tournament dreams alive Wednesday.

With that in mind, here is a look at the first-round scores, second-round schedule and a full bracket. The scores, schedule and bracket are courtesy of SECSports.com.

                 

Round 1 Schedule and Results

Wednesday's Scores
MatchupResults
No. 12 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. No. 13 LSU Tigers79-52, Mississippi State
No. 11 Auburn Tigers vs. No. 14 Missouri Tigers86-83, Missouri (OT)

 

                  

Round 2 Schedule

Thursday Schedule
MatchupTime (ET)TV
No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs vs. No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers1 p.m.SEC Network
No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 12 Mississippi State3 p.m.SEC Network
No. 7 Vanderbilt Commodores vs. No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies7 p.m.SEC Network
No. 6 Ole Miss Rebels vs. No. 14 Missouri9 p.m.SEC Network

                   

Bracket 

First RoundSecond RoundQuarterfinalsSemifinalsChampionship
 No. 8 Georgia   
 No. 9 TennesseeTBD  
No. 12 Mississippi State No. 1 KentuckyTBD 
No. 13 LSU   TBD
 No. 12 Mississippi StateTBDTBD 
 No. 5 Alabama No. 4 South Carolina  

 

First RoundSecond RoundQuarterfinalsSemifinalsChampionship
 No. 7 Vanderbilt   
 No. 10 Texas A&MTBD  
No. 11 Auburn No. 2 FloridaTBD 
No. 14 Missouri   TBD
 No. 14 MissouriTBDTBD 
 No. 6 Ole MissNo. 3 Arkansas  

 

 

Wednesday's Games

Mississippi State 79, LSU 52

Wade Payne/Associated Press

The SEC tournament started with a blowout, as Mississippi State extended its season with a commanding 79-52 victory over LSU.

Quinndary Weatherspoon led the way with 19 points, while Tyson Carter added 18 points off the bench.

Despite the scoring from Weatherspoon and Carter, Mississippi State's perimeter defense set the tone in the victory. The Tigers shot an abysmal 1-of-22 from three-point range and committed 19 turnovers. They never appeared comfortable against Mississippi State's ball-hounding.

LSU did score eight of the game's first 10 points and held a 25-24 lead with less than five minutes until halftime. However, the Bulldogs finished the first half with a 13-0 run and never looked back. The Tigers pulled within single digits multiple times early in the second half, but the game was never in doubt in the final 10 minutes.

Mississippi State will play No. 5 seed Alabama in Thursday's second round.

                

Missouri 86, Auburn 83 (OT)

There was much more drama in Wednesday's second game, as Missouri ended regulation and overtime in thrilling fashion to earn an 86-83 victory over Auburn.

The two teams went back and forth for the majority of the game, but Jared Harper's free throw with 27 seconds remaining in the second half gave Auburn a seemingly insurmountable 78-72 lead. However, Cullen VanLeer drilled a three, Auburn committed an offensive foul and Frankie Hughes drilled a three to force overtime, as the SEC Network shared:

The drama wasn't over then, as Kevin Puryear connected on a game-winning three in overtime to preserve Missouri's season, which the SEC Network captured:

Puryear finished with 30 points on the evening and spearheaded what was an important win for head coach Kim Anderson, as Adam Amin of ESPN noted:

Puryear and Missouri will play No. 6 seed Ole Miss in Thursday's second round.