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2016 SEC Tournament Semifinals Schedule, Preview, TV Times, and How to Watch

It's the final four of the league tourney.

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

We're three games away from crowning the SEC Tournament champion, and the number of possibilities for that halves today.

1 Texas A&M vs. 4 LSU

1 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Aggies took care of business against a Florida team playing for its NCAA Tournament life yesterday. It'll be doing the same today, as LSU can't make the Big Dance without the SEC's auto-bid ticket. Like in so many SEC two-game series this year, A&M won the home game and lost the road game. They won bigger at home than they lost on the road, so maybe that hints at a close Aggie win on the neutral floor.

The LSU Tigers, meanwhile, did display some real fight yesterday after losing Ben Simmons to foul trouble early. They probably can't afford that today going up against the talented A&M bigs, especially given how Tyler Davis has come on strong in the last few weeks. The Bayou Bengals have already been written off as a disappointment by a lot of people, but they still can make the NCAA Tournament. Winning today gets them halfway there.

2 Kentucky vs. 6 Georgia

3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Kentucky Wildcats put any concerns about rust or focus to bed yesterday by blowing Alabama off the court. Next up for them is a team they beat in a, "did they forget to count points for one of the teams in the second half?" 82-48 win back in early February. UK is easily the better team here, and it just has to play like it. That's not usually a problem, but there have been a few times this year when it has been.

The Georgia Bulldogs should be able to just relax and let it rip today. They're playing with house money. No one expects them to win, and getting to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the third straight year is something only Kentucky can also boast. The inside-outside game of Yante Maten, J.J. Frazier, and Kenny Gaines can be a potent one, so the Bulldogs can cause some problems. If they can get their 26th rated defense better set this time, perhaps they can make UK work for it a bit harder this time.