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SEC Tournament Day 1 Open Thread

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Here's your schedule in Eastern time; all games are on your local SEC Network affiliate and on ESPN3 streaming:

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I like all the higher seeded teams to win except for Arkansas, but you never know with this event. Georgia cannot lose to Auburn and feel good about its Big Dance prospects. Ole Miss should be able to outgun South Carolina and avenge its loss in Columbia. Arkansas did beat Tennessee in their regular season matchup, but Tennessee's a better team and the Hogs now have a distraction. Vandy had no trouble with LSU in their regular season tilt, and I expect it to have no trouble now.

The two best bets for winning it all are Florida and Kentucky in that order. If I had to pick a dark horse, I'd go with Mississippi State. Rick Stansbury has done a great job of coaching in this tournament in recent years, and for all the issues that team has had this year, it still has enough talent to hang with anyone.

Here's your rooting guide for the other games of the day, assuming you're wanting Georgia and Alabama to make it to the NCAA Tournament:

UAB over East Carolina, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Wake Forest over Boston College, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Cal over USC, 3:00 p.m. ET

Kansas State over Colorado, 3:30 p.m. ET

Iowa over Michigan State, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

New Mexico over Colorado State, 5:30 p.m. ET

Indiana over Penn State, 7:30 p.m. ET

UTEP over Marshall, 7:30 p.m. ET

Georgia Tech over Virginia Tech, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Washington State over Washington, 11:30 p.m. ET