SEC Tournament: Round Three

Jonathan FravelSenior Analyst IMarch 13, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 12:  John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts in the second half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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There were no surprises in round two. Alabama fought hard to stay in the tournament but ultimately yielded to the great Kentucky team.

Tennessee handily ousted Ole Miss and Mississippi State eliminated the pesky Florida Gators. The final game pitted east against east, No. 2 seed Vanderbilt defeated the Georgia Bulldogs by a score of 66-78.

Today's matchups are more interesting and both games will be fun to watch. Kentucky last tasted defeat at the hands of the Tennessee Volunteers and they are set to play again at noon. The 74-65 win in Knoxville was indeed a beat down of the Kentucky Wildcats. The Vols led the entire second half and most of the first half.

UK mounted a late rally in the second half but the crowd energized the Vols, holding on to the lead the entire way to the closing seconds. JP Prince had 20 point while Scotty Hopson had 15 in the win against the Wildcats.

This game has more on the line. A chance to play for the SEC Championship would mean a lot to both programs. UT would get a boost in the ratings prior to the NCAA championship while UK will be a No. 1 seed regardless. But the Wildcats will want to exact revenge on the Vols for the loss at the end of the regular season.

In the second game, Mississippi State will take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. Vandy is favored and should have no problem disposing of the Bulldogs. Having said that, Stansberry and his pack of Dogs would like nothing more than a repeat performance of last year and delivering a back to back championship to the Starkville fans.

If the Bulldogs make it to the final, they will be a very likely contender in the NCAA tournament. A loss will keep them on the bubble.


UK by 10 and Vandy by six