Today’s Hoops Slate
|Tennessee vs. South Carolina||1 p.m.||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|Florida vs. Kentucky||2 p.m.||CBS||N/A|
|Mizzou vs. Ole Miss||3:30 p.m.||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|Mississippi State vs. Vanderbilt||4 p.m.||ESPNU||WatchESPN|
|LSU vs. Georgia||6 p.m.||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|Alabama vs. Texas A&M||8 p.m.||ESPN2||WatchESPN|
|Arkansas vs. Auburn||8:30 p.m.||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
The schedule today is interesting because there are two pretty big games and then three games that... aren’t so big.
For starters, Florida/Kentucky is a defacto SEC title game. Both teams are tied atop the conference at 13-2 going into play, and the winner will be one game up with two games to play. If you look at the two opponents for each side after this game (Florida gets Arkansas and Vanderbilt, Kentucky gets Vandy and A&M), it’s unlikely either side will drop another game. The Gators were the last non-Kentucky team to win the SEC regular season title, doing such in 2013-14 when they went 18-0 in SEC play.
The other significant game today is Tennessee/South Carolina. Following a 10-2 start to conference play, the Gamecocks suddenly find themselves at 10-5 after a three-game losing streak. While they don’t have to worry about missing the NCAA Tournament (they’re on all 117 of the brackets featured on BracketMatrix), too many losses will put the Gamecocks closer to a double-digit seed than a six or seven seed. That part is significant because, remember, the 8/9 winner plays the 1-seed in the second round.
Tennessee, meanwhile, could use a victory to keep their slight glimmer of hope alive on the bubble. BracketMatrix has the Vols in the NEXT FOUR OUT right now, so they certainly have some work to do.
Due to outside circumstances, Tom wasn’t able to write this post. He did, however, send along his picks for today:
- South Carolina (-6.5) vs. Tennessee
- Florida (+5) vs. Kentucky
- Ole Miss (-11) vs. Missouri
- Vanderbilt (-7.5) vs. Mississippi State
- Georgia (-11) vs. LSU
- Alabama (+3.5) vs. Texas A&M
- Auburn (+1.5) vs. Arkansas