GAME OF THE WEEKEND
This one is the first of a pair of road games for UK that will go a long way to deciding if the Wildcats will outright take the top seed in the SECT or fall back to the pack and wait on tiebreakers. UK hasn't lost at Vandy since 2011, so the raucous crowd at Memorial Gym will be hungry. So should the Commodore players, who really need a big win like this one to get their NCAA Tournament chances back on track.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
As I discussed earlier, it's still possible for Ole Miss to secure the 4-seed and final double bye in the SEC Tournament. Winning at Georgia here is a necessity.
Also as I discussed earlier, the Gamecocks are in great shape for the SEC Tournament—particularly if Vandy beats Kentucky. They're in great shape, that is, provided they win out. MSU has home wins against Vandy and Alabama this month, while Carolina has a road loss at Missouri this month too. It's not a guaranteed Gamecock win.
Texas A&M Aggies at Missouri Tigers, 4 p.m. ET, ESPNU
This is a take-care-of-business game for the Aggies before they close out with Auburn and Vanderbilt.
AU has to win a game prior to its finale against MSU to have a good shot at the final SEC Tournament bye, and sweeping rival Alabama in the process would make that sweet. The Tide, meanwhile, can't afford this loss in their quest for an NCAA Tournament at-large.
This game has plenty of importance for the Vols in their hopes to secure the final SECT bye and not have to play in the opening round game.
I almost made this one the Game of the Weekend because of how important it is for the race for the final SECT double bye. LSU also needs every win it can get as it falls down the bubble, while Florida could solidify its Big Dance seeding with a win.