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SEC Tourney Brackets Are Set

Here is how the SEC Tourney will play out starting next Thursday in Atlanta's Georgia Dome:

FIRST ROUND - March 8 (Thursday)

Game 1 [W5] Alabama vs. [E4] Kentucky [LFS] 1:00 p.m.
Game 2 [E6] South Carolina vs. [W3] Arkansas [LFS] 3:15 p.m.
Game 3 [E5] Georgia vs. [W4] Auburn [LFS] 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 [W6] LSU vs. [E3] Tennessee [LFS] 9:45 p.m.

SECOND ROUND - March 9 (Friday)

Game 5 Game 1 Winner vs. [W1] Miss. State [LFS] 1:00 p.m.
Game 6 Game 2 Winner vs. [E2] Vanderbilt [LFS] 3:15 p.m.
Game 7 Game 3 Winner vs. [E1] Florida [LFS] 7:30 p.m.
Game 8 Game 4 Winner vs. [W2] Ole Miss [LFS] 9:45 p.m.

SEMIFINALS - March 10 (Saturday)

Game 9 Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner [LFS] 1:00 p.m.
Game 10 Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner [LFS] 3:15 p.m.

FINALS - March 11 (Sunday)

Game 11 Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner [CBS] 1:00 p.m.

So the Gators will get either Georgia or Auburn in their first matchup of the tournament, two teams that were beaten with relative ease this season.

I really don't have the slightest clue as to who will come out of the rist round, although I'd think that Tennessee would be the most dangerous team of that group.  They have hit their stride at a very good time, and Chris Lofton continues to be their man who can score a ton of points.

On that same note, Vanderbilt and the explosive Derrick Byars will be a tough matchup as well for anyone who ends up facing them in the second round and beyond.

Finally, who would have thought at the beginning of the season that Ole Miss and Mississippi State would be the top two seeds out of the western division?  The West's two preseason top teams, LSU and 'Bama, will both need to win this whole tournament just to make it into the field of 64. What a crazy season in that division.

Go Gators!