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Three SEC teams in action Saturday in NCAA Tournament

Alabama, LSU, and Mizzou look to punch their tickets to the second round!

NCAA Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament-Press Conference Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The First Round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament continues Saturday and just like Friday, three SEC teams are in action.

Let’s take a closer look at who each of the SEC squads will be up against, and how you can see the games.

#8 LSU vs. #9 St. Bonaventure

Time: 12:45 p.m. ET


Streaming: March Madness Live

The Tigers face a very tough mid-major squad in St. Bonaventure, a team that went 16-4 and falls in the top 40 in both offense and defense on KenPom. The fascinating thing to watch will be SEC leading scorer Cameron Thomas, as is so often the case. Thomas has been so consistent this season for the Tigers and is the best scorer St. Bonaventure has faced, so he will put their defense to the test.

#2 Alabama vs. #15 Iona

Time: 4 p.m. ET


Streaming: March Madness Live

Between having already seen a 15-seed take down a 2-seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, plus Iona head coach Rick Pitino’s return to the Big Dance, it may start to creep into your head that the Gaels could stun the Crimson Tide. While we’ve seen that anything can happen, that would be a true shock. Alabama is where they are for a reason. They have the best defense in the entire field of 68, and guard/forward Herbert Jones was the SEC Player of the Year. It’s tough to find a flaw with this Alabama team, which makes them contenders to make a deep run, starting with a win over Iona.

#9 Missouri vs. #8 Oklahoma

Time: 7:25 p.m. ET


Streaming: March Madness Live

The Tigers round out the SEC’s Saturday, looking for their first NCAA Tournament victory since March 19, 2010, when Mike Anderson’s Tigers beat the Clemson Tigers. Mizzou has had three coaches since Anderson, and has lost five straight tournament games. As is often the case in 8/9 games, the Tigers match up very well with Oklahoma, and the Sooners are without second-leading scorer De’Vion Harmon due to COVID-19 protocols.

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