SEC Basketball Tournament 2011: Game-By-Game Schedule and Predictions
It is finally here...March Madness. With this said, the SEC Tournament starts this Thursday. Although Florida and Kentucky are huge favorites to win the whole thing, there are still a lot of good games to be played.
During the month of March there are always teams that are very pesky and try to get into the Big Dance. This is in fact the case for the SEC Tournament.
Here is a look at the SEC Tournament Schedule.
Thursday, March 10
Game 1: W5 Auburn vs. E4 Georgia
Game 2: E6 South Carolina vs. W3 Mississippi
Game 3: E5 Tennessee vs. W4 Arkansas
Game 4: W6 LSU vs. E3 Vanderbilt
Friday, March 11
Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. W1 Alabama
Game 6: Winner of Game 2 vs. E2 Kentucky
Game 7: Winner of Game 3 vs. E1 Florida
Game 8: Winner of Game 4 vs. W2 Mississippi State
Saturday, March 12
Game 9: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6
Game 10: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8
Sunday, March 13
Game 11: Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 10
Game 1: Auburn vs. Georgia
This game along with all of the others, are being played at the Georgia Dome. With that in mind, the Georgia Bulldogs have the crowd going for them.
The Bulldogs are temporarily on the bubble, and if they want to keep their tournament hopes alive, they will have a deep run in this year's SEC Tournament.
Auburn has only 11 wins this year and they will have no chance against the Bulldogs, who beat them earlier this year by nine points in overtime.
Georgia will move on to play Alabama.
Game 2: South Carolina vs. Mississippi
Although the South Carolina Gamecocks had a tough year, they managed to beat Mississippi in their only meeting, 79-73.
They also upset Florida and Vanderbilt, so they are capable of pulling off an upset.
The Gamecocks have no chance at making the NCAA Tournament, unless, of course, they win the SEC Tournament. The Gamecocks have nothing to lose in this game and they are going to burst the Rebels' bubble.
South Carolina upsets Mississippi in this game.
Game 3: Tennessee vs. Arkansas
Both Tennessee and Arkansas could use a couple of wins in the SEC Tournament to keep their hopes alive for the NCAA Tournament.
Arkansas beat Tennessee in a close game earlier this season.
With that said, this game is a toss up; however, Bruce Pearl and the Volunteers will march on to play Florida.
Game 4: LSU vs. Vanderbilt
This is by far the most mismatched game in the SEC Tournament. The Vanderbilt Commodores lost their last two games to push them down to the third seed in the East.
Vanderbilt blew out the LSU Tigers in their only matchup this season and they are going to do the same in this game.
Vanderbilt wins in a landslide.
Game 5: Georgia vs. Alabama
Moving onto the next round.
This is going to be a great defensive game and the Bulldogs will once again have the crowd on their side.
However, this is a very hungry Alabama team and they will pull off the victory in this game, bursting Georgia's bubble and keeping their own NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
Game 6: South Carolina vs. Kentucky
The Gamecocks are going to pull off an upset in the first round of this tournament; however, they will not do the same against the Kentucky Wildcats.
The Wildcats win this game with ease and move one step closer to the championship game.
Game 7: Tennessee vs. Florida
Although the Volunteers will keep this game close, the Florida Gators will be more than they can handle.
The Gators have already beat Tennessee twice this year and they are going to make it a third time. With this late in the season, the Gators are going to be on top of their game and they will be very tough to beat.
Florida wins this one.
Game 8: Vanderbilt vs. Mississipi State
Vanderbilt and Mississippi State had one meeting this year, where Vanderbilt won; however, this game was played in Nashville.
On a neutral court site, this game is very hard to predict, and either one of these teams could win.
However, Vanderbilt is going to clip Mississippi in this game and move onto the next round. This will also secure a decent seed in the NCAA Tournament for the Commodores.
Game 9: Alabama vs. Kentucky
Both Kentucky and Alabama have terrific defenses and are loaded with talent.
Although Alabama is the No. 1 seed in the West, they will be the underdog in this game. They have a good enough team to knock off Kentucky. They have already defeated Kentucky once this season.
However, Kentucky has been playing really good ball lately and they will win this game to go onto the SEC Championship.
Game 10: Vanderbilt vs. Florida
The Florida Gators have knocked off Vanderbilt twice this season. Although it is very tough to beat a team three times in one season, Florida will pull this off.
The Gators are a better team than the Commodores, and they are going to show this by beating Vanderbilt for the third time this season.
With Florida winning, it will setup the matchup that everyone wants to see in the SEC Title, the rubber match game between Florida and Kentucky.
Game 11: Florida vs. Kentucky
This is the matchup that everyone wants to see. This game will prove who is really the best team in the SEC this year.
The Gators and Wildcats have both beat each other this season and this game will be the tiebreaker.
Although the Wildcats are a very good team, their inexperience and youth is going to get to them in this game against a more experienced Florida team.
Florida will chomp Kentucky in a very good game and will secure a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.