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SEC Tournament Day 2 Review

John Jenkins had 29 in Vanderbilt's win over Mississippi State.
John Jenkins had 29 in Vanderbilt's win over Mississippi State.


Georgia should have won this game on a couple of accounts. The Bulldogs ran up a 14-point lead in the second half, but the Tide stormed back over the last seven minutes to tie it. Dustin Ware hit a running three pointer to give UGA the win, or at least it would have if coach Mark Fox hadn't called a timeout about half a second before he shot it (with .8 seconds on the clock, no less). The game went into overtime where the Bulldogs couldn't recover.

The overtime nature of the loss helps soften the blow to Georgia's Big Dance chances, but with other bubble teams winning, they could be in doubt. Alabama needed this win badly, so they're still alive.


This was one of those games where you knew one team was clearly better, but the other kept fighting and scrapping enough to stay in it throughout. It looked like the Rebels had a shot to win it late with several UK starters in foul trouble, but they just couldn't get over the hump. Kentucky's defense was the real difference in the game, only allowing Ole Miss to make about one in three shots.

Kentucky gets to keep its fairly good NCAA seeding with the win, while Ole Miss is headed to the NIT.


It was a tale of two halves in this game. Tennessee was up by five at intermission after a 21-4 run that saw Florida go scoreless for almost the last seven minutes of the half. The Gators caught fire in the second half though, making all but three shots and scoring a season-high 56 points. It was UF's third consecutive win over the Vols, something that would have seemed improbable not that long ago when it seemed like Bruce Pearl had Billy Donovan's number,

The Gators preserve their projected 3-seed with the win, and Tennessee is probably still going to March Madness despite its 19-14 record thanks to a number of big wins.


Vandy rested John Jenkins during Thursday's win over LSU, and it paid off Friday as he went for 29 in the Commodore's shootout win over MSU. He was quiet in the first half, only contributing seven points, but so was State's Renardo Sidney, who was on the bench for much of it in foul trouble. The Bulldogs had a two-point lead at the half, but Vandy came out with a 9-0 run to counter it before the teams returned to the back-and-forth nature of the game. Jenkins converted a three-point and a four-point play down the stretch to help seal the game for Vandy.

Vanderbilt is still in the running for a 5-seed, while MSU is potentially off to the NIT.