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Bulldogs end Vandy’s season 82-68

Bulldogs end Vandy’s season 82-68

Posted on 13 March 2014 by Allen

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Mississippi State eliminated Vanderbilt from the SEC tournament with their best performance of the year Wednesday night at Georgia Dome.

Shooting a season-best 59.3 percent from the field, Mississippi State blitzed past Vanderbilt 82-68 in an opening-round game of the Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.

No. 14 seed MSU (14-18) will now face No. 6 seed Ole Miss (18-13) at 8:30 p.m. CT Thursday in a second-round contest. The game will be televised by SEC TV and shown regionally either by local affiliates or on Fox Sports Net.

To secure Wednesday’s win, the Bulldogs not only had their best night from the field, but they also notched a season-high 21 assists. After an old-fashioned 3-point play by Craig Sword gave the Bulldogs a 9-8 lead, they did not trail over the final 36 minutes, 34 seconds of the contest.

Freshman center Damian Jones finished with 16 points and Rod Odom and Dai-Jon Parker had 15 for Vanderbilt (15-16), the No. 11 seed, which closed its season with five straight losses. With a losing record the Dore’s season is over. There will be no NIT invitation with a losing record. Coach Stallings will have to go back to the drawing board to see what he can do to get the team more competitive next year.

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Vols land two on All-SEC Team, Vandy’s Odom named to Second Team

Vols land two on All-SEC Team, Vandy’s Odom named to Second Team

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Jimmy

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The Southeastern Conference unveiled its men’s basketball coaches’ postseason awards Tuesday to cap off another exciting season of SEC basketball.

Florida’s Billy Donovan earned SEC Coach of the Year honors while Florida senior Scottie Wilbekin was selected the SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. Florida’s Patric Young earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Kentucky’s Julius Randle took home SEC Freshman of the Year and Florida’s Dorian Finney-Smith was tabbed SEC Sixth Man of the Year.

This is the second consecutive SEC Coach of the Year honor for Donovan, who led the Gators to an SEC record 18 wins in league play and a 29-2 overall record. The Gators earned their fifth SEC championship under his direction and the sixth in school history.

Wilbekin averages 12.9 points, 3.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals while usually guarding the opposition’s top perimeter player. Wilbekin becomes the second Gator in the last four seasons to earn SEC Player of the Year honors, joining Chandler Parsons in 2011.

Young earned the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for the third consecutive year, sporting a 3.38 grade-point average in Telecommunications. This year the senior from Jacksonville, Fla., added SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors to his accolades after averaging 10.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Randle has hauled in 324 rebounds which stand as the fourth most in UK freshman history. The Dallas, Texas, native has also poured in a team-high 477 points on the year and his 18 double-doubles rank third nationally.

Finney-Smith comes off the bench to average 9.4 points and team-high 6.9 rebounds for the top-ranked Gators.

First-team and second-team All-SEC honorees, All-Freshman team, All-Defensive team, along with Player, Coach and Freshman, Defensive Player, 6th Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year were chosen by the league’s 14 coaches. Ties were not broken.

A complete list of the 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball postseason awards follows:

First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Casey Prather, Florida – F, 6-6, 212, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9, 256, Jr., Cleveland, Miss.
Jabari Brown, Missouri – G, 6-5, 214 Jr., Oakland, Calif.
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.

Second Team All-SEC
Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Chris Denson, Auburn – G, 6-2, 181, Sr., Columbus, Ga.
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-5, 210, So., Alpharetta, Ga.
James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas
Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss – G, 6-3, 186, Jr., Jackson, Miss.
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri – G, 6-5, 193, Jr., San Antonio, Texas
Rod Odom, Vanderbilt – F, 6-9, 212, Sr., Central Islip, N.Y.

SEC All-Freshman Team
Shannon Hale, Alabama – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Johnson City, Tenn.
Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Jarell Martin, LSU – F, 6-9, 241, Fr. Baton Rouge, La.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina – G, 6-5, 205, Fr., Lancaster, S.C.
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt – C, 6-10, 235, Fr., Baton Rouge, La.

SEC All-Defensive Team
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 196, Jr., Edmond, Okla.

SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year:  Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: Julius Randle, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Patric Young, Florida

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2014 SEC Tournament Bracket Revealed

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2014 SEC Tournament Bracket Revealed

Posted on 09 March 2014 by Allen

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After the dust settled and after a few big matchups yesterday the SEC has revealed the bracket for the 2014 men’s basketball tournament that will be held in Atlanta beginning on Wednesday. Alabama upset Arkansas yesterday afternoon to move Alabama into the 10th seed bumping Vanderbilt to the 11th spot where they will face Mississippi State.

Vanderbilt made a run last year all the way to Saturday with upsets over Arkansas and Kentucky. This year they will get Mississippi State, then Ole Miss, and Georgia if they can keep winning.

The Vols get the toughest side of the bracket with a likely matchup against Arkansas and potentially Florida if they can keep winning.

Florida got the #1 seed followed by Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee who all get byes until Friday.

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Vanderbilt falls to Ole Miss in Oxford will play Wednesday against Miss. State in SEC Tournament

Vanderbilt falls to Ole Miss in Oxford will play Wednesday against Miss. State in SEC Tournament

Posted on 08 March 2014 by Allen

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Marshall Henderson came alive in the second half to lead Ole Miss back to beat Vanderbilt on Senior Day in Oxford 66-63. The brash Rebel scored 11 in the last twenty lead minutes and finished with 18 to bring back Ole Miss from a 12 point deficit.

The Dores are now in a tailspin after dropping their fourth straight. Earlier this week they let a lead slip away against LSU and today in Oxford it was the same thing.

Rod Odom never could get things going and was 1 of 5 from 3 point range. Dai-Jon Parker scored 25 for Vandy in the loss. The Dores stayed in foul trouble and finished with 25 fouls called against them. James Siakim fouled out while Damian Jones, Carter Josephs, and Parker finished the game with 4. Ole Miss on the other hand, only had 15 fouls called on them. Kevin Stallings tried to point out the discrepancy in the second half but it seemed to fall on deaf ears.

With the loss and an Alabama win over Arkansas the Commodores fall to the #11 seed in the conference and will play Mississippi State on Wednesday. Should Vandy come out on top they will get Ole Miss again on Thursday.

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Vanderbilt blows 16 point lead and falls to LSU on Senior Night

Vanderbilt blows 16 point lead and falls to LSU on Senior Night

Posted on 06 March 2014 by Allen

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LSU men’s basketball team overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to win at Memorial Gymnasium for a 57-51 win against Vanderbilt Thursday night.

LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant III was dominant, scoring 25 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Andre Stringer was the only other Tiger in double figures with 11 points.

The Dores lost their third straight and fourth in five games with the two senior starters struggling to shoot on Senior Night. Rod Odom was 4 of 18 and finished with 15 points. Point guard Kyle Fuller missed his first seven shots and wound up 2 of 15 with seven points.

The Tigers made more free throws than field goals (19-18) and overcame a 2-for-15 night from three-point range to come away with the victory.

LSU trailed 28-12 with less than three minutes to play in the first half before cutting the deficit to 32-24 with a 12-4 run to end the half. The Tigers kept the game close throughout the second half before finally tying the game on a pair of free throws by O’Bryant with 3:22 to play. The shots started a 10-2 LSU run to end the game.

Vanderbilt closes out the regular season Saturday in Oxford against Ole Miss.

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Breaking down 2014 SEC Tournament

Breaking down 2014 SEC Tournament

Posted on 03 March 2014 by Allen

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Next week March Madness kicks off in the SEC. While the regular season hasn’t given fans a lot to cheer for unless you are a Gator the SEC tournament will give teams that are on the bubble a chance to prove they belong in the big dance. We know for sure that Florida and most likely Kentucky are locks for the NCAA tournament but after that it gets a little fuzzy.

Here is how we see the tournament shaking out and each team’s chances of winning.

Florida 45%
The Gators are going to the NCAA tournament and are just trying not to screw up their #1 seed. If the season ended today Florida would play the winner of Texas A&M and Ole Miss on Friday. Billy Donovan’s squad had trouble with Ole Miss last week but pulled it out in the end. The Aggies played Florida last month and got blown out 69-36. If Marshall Henderson gets hot the Gators could be in trouble but Florida could run the table and is the favorite to be cutting down the nets on Sunday afternoon.

Kentucky 20%
Kentucky started off the season with a ton of hype and some people thought they could go undefeated. When reality set in a few weeks into the season we saw a talented team that had some chinks in their armor. Last week the wildcats lost two straight in conference play and lost their second game to Arkansas. At 11-5 in the conference and 21-8 overall Kentucky should be in the NCAA Tournament but need to win a game or two to shore up a 3-5 seed in the big dance. But with the way Coach Cal’s squad has been playing who knows if they can last past Thursday. If the season ended today they would play the winner of Missouri-Vanderbilt. The Cats had trouble with both teams earlier this season but put them away late in the second half. But as we all know, Missouri and Vandy could get hot and give teams fits.

Tennessee 15%
The Vols have been up and down all season. They blew out Georgia and Vanderbilt at home but struggle against Texas A&M. UT has all the talent to win the tournament but they also have shown that they could lose on Thursday and not even get in the NCAA Tournament. Cuonzo Martin knows his job is in jeopardy and the team responded against Vanderbilt on Saturday. If the Vols play with that intensity and get guys like Antonio Barton to step up alongside Jarnell Stokes and Jordan McRae we could see Tennessee playing on Sunday. But as of now they are on the bubble and need to win a game or two in the tournament to get to the NCAAs.

Arkansas 10%

Arkansas has become the team that no one wants to play in the conference. They play with a lot of intensity and have brought back the 40 minutes of hell on defense that stifles their opponents. Last month against Vanderbilt on the road the Hogs had 11 takeaways in the first half alone. Michael Qualls, Rashad Madden, Bobby Portis, Coty Clarke can all score and they can get up and down the floor and play defense. Arkansas struggled early in conference play but have won now 7 out of their last 8 including a win in Lexington last month over the Wildcats. With 20 wins on the season Arkansas is sitting on the bubble alongside UT and need at least a win on Thursday to solidify their resume.

The Field 10%

Missouri and Georgia both could wind up with a bye until Friday but neither team shows the consistency to be considered for the top tier. The Bulldogs dominated in February but beat up on middle of the pack teams like Ole Miss, A&M, and Mississippi State. Missouri lost two of their last three against Georgia and Alabama. Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson have shown they can score and put up points averaging almost 40 a game. But the Tigers need to win at least two in the SEC Tournament to show the selection committee they can put it together in the postseason. Missouri will have a leg up on Georgia since they already have 20 wins but a run in Atlanta is crucial to both teams. Ole Miss ran the table last year in Nashville and won the tournament but after losing four straight in February the Rebels need to make it to at least Sunday to have a shot at the Big Dance.

The Darkhorse
Vanderbilt, don’t laugh. Last year the Dores had a losing record coming into the tournament and won games on Thursday and Friday, taking out Arkansas and Kentucky. Kevin Stallings does his best coaching job when the odds are against him and I could see Vandy making another run like they did last year. Back in January the Commodores had a four game winning streak with wins over UT and Georgia in Athens. Last week they took Florida to the buzzer. They did get blown out in their last game in Knoxville but if there is one team that is flying under the radar that could shock everyone it is Vanderbilt.

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UT smacks Vandy around 76-38

UT smacks Vandy around 76-38

Posted on 01 March 2014 by Allen

KNOXVILLE, TN - Vanderbilt Commodores vs Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee destroyed Vanderbilt, 76-38, on Saturday afternoon with a record-setting defensive effort at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols moved to 18-11 overall and 9-7 in the SEC, as UT makes a push for a Top 4 seed in the SEC Tournament which begins in Atlanta on March 12.

Vanderbilt’s 38 points are the fewest scored by an opponent in TBA history. The previous low was 40 set by MTSU in 2007 and ETSU in 1996.

The Tennessee win by +38 points was the largest in the 185 meetings with Vanderbilt, dating to 1922. The previous largest margin was +35, in a 56-21 Vol win on Feb. 22, 1947.

In holding Vanderbilt to just 38 points, it was the fewest points scored by the Commodores in the series since that game in 1947, when they had 21.

The Commodores — who beat Tennessee in Nashville, 64-60 on Feb. 5 — fell to 15-13 overall and 7-9 in the league. Vanderbilt did not have a player score in double-figures.

The win was an important one for the Vols, who are also making a statement for a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee has two regular-season games remaining: at Auburn on Wednesday and vs. Missouri at home next Saturday.

Senior guard Antonio Barton netted a season-high 21 as he made a career-high tying 5-of-7 from 3-point range. The Vols are now 6-0 this season when Barton made three of more 3-pointers.

Junior Jarnell Stokes notched his 17th double-double of the season, third most in the nation as he had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior Jordan McRae added nine points to move to 20th on the Vols’ career scoring list (1,389), passing JaJuan Smith (1,384). Next on the chart at No. 19 is Jimmy England (1,407).

The Vols scored the first six points of the game and never looked back. Tennessee raced to a 24-6 lead in the game’s first 10 minutes as Barton was red hot from 3-point range, making three trifectas early on.

The win was the 10th wire-to-wire win this season for the Vols and eighth at home.

Tennessee played a stellar first half on both ends of the floor as the Vols led 41-18 at intermission. UT equaled its best defensive first half in terms of fewest points allowed. The 18 points were also the fewest scored by Vanderbilt in the first half this season.

The Vols shot 57.7 from the floor including 58.3 from 3-point range (7-of-12). On the defensive end, Tennessee limited Vanderbilt to 31.8 percent and forced the Commodores into eight turnovers. Tennessee committed just two miscues in the first 20 minutes.

All eight Vols to see action in the first half scored as Tennessee received nine bench points and held Vanderbilt without a point from its reserves.

The second half saw the Vols continue their domination of the Commodores. A Stokes dunk and Barton’s fourth 3-pointer of the game put Tennessee ahead 49-22 less than four minutes into the second half.

Any hopes for a Vanderbilt comeback pretty much vanished when starting center Damian Jones picked up his second, third and fourth fouls in the first 80 seconds of the second half. Jones’ foul trouble tested the depth of a Vanderbilt team that has only seven healthy scholarship players.

The lead ballooned to 35 points on a free throw by Jeronne Maymon with 7:36 left in regulation, making it 61-26.

Barton’s fifth 3-pointer moved the margin to 40 with 1:26 left in regulation.

Rod Odom, who scored a career-high 26 points in Vanderbilt’s Feb. 5 victory over Tennessee, scored just four points and shot 1 of 7 today.

Tennessee retired the #14 jersey of the legendary Dale Ellis prior to the game. Ellis was a two-time All-American for the Vols during his career on Rocky Top from 1979-83.

The Vols play their final regular-season road game of the season on Wednesday, March 5 as Tennessee travels to Auburn. That game airs on SEC TV and can be heard on the Vol Network with an 8 p.m. ET tip.

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Damian Jones named SEC Freshman of the Week

Damian Jones named SEC Freshman of the Week

Posted on 24 February 2014 by Allen

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Vanderbilt’s Damian Jones, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound freshman center from Baton Rouge, La., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds against Missouri and Auburn. Jones tied a career-high 19 points against Missouri on a career-best nine made field goals. He has scored in double figures in 18 games this season.

The Dores came up just short at Missouri but came roaring back after an early double digit defect against Auburn on Saturday to improve to 7-7 in conference play. Vanderbilt will host #1 Florida tomorrow night at Memorial Gym.

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Vandy overcomes huge deficit to win at Auburn

Vandy overcomes huge deficit to win at Auburn

Posted on 22 February 2014 by Allen

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They didn’t have much success in the first half shooting them, but Vanderbilt found the range in the second half with its 3-point shots — and did it ever — to beat Auburn 67-59 Saturday in Auburn Arena.

Vandy hit 10 3-pointers in the second half after making just one in the first half as it overcame a 7-point halftime deficit.

Auburn fell to 12-13 overall and 4-10 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt improved to 15-11 overall and 7-7 in the league.

Auburn started fast, streaking to a 16-point lead. The Tigers’ halftime lead would be short-lived. Vandy, which hit just 1-of-8 3-point tries in the first half, opened the second half by hitting four 3-pointers in short order and adding a fifth for a 40-38 lead barely 4½ minutes into the second half.

The teams traded baskets after that for awhile. One the stops was a 47-47 tie with 11:51 remaining. Auburn did have balanced scoring: KT Harrell and Chris Denson scored 13 each; Allen Payne and Asauhn Dixon-Tatum had 11 each.

Vanderbilt hit just 4-of-24 3-point tries. Vandy hit 11-of-26 3-point tries.

Freshmen Damian Jones added 14 points and Luke Kornet had 10 for the Dores.

Vanderbilt (15-11, 7-7 SEC) will return home to host No. 2 Florida Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT. For ticket information, click here.

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Vanderbilt falls to Missouri 67-64

Vanderbilt falls to Missouri 67-64

Posted on 20 February 2014 by Allen

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The Mizzou men’s basketball team used a late second-half surge to grind out a 67-64 win over Vanderbilt in a tale of two halves at Mizzou Arena. Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross combined for all of Mizzou’s points in a convincing 11-2 run that helped the Tigers pull ahead for good in the final minutes.

Clarkson led all scorers with 21 points behind a perfect 11-for-11 output from the free throw line and senior Earnest Ross hit four 3-pointers en route to 16 points. The win is the third straight victory for Missouri (19-7 overall, 7-6 SEC).

Both teams experienced shooting woes in the first half, combining for only 41 total points. While the Tigers struggled from the field offensively, they made up for it on the defensive end. Missouri held the Commodores (14-11, 6-7) to just 40-percent shooting from the floor, including 31 percent from long range. Vanderbilt clung to a 19-15 lead with 4:50 remaining in the initial frame.

Reserve forward Torren Jones ended a three-minute Tiger scoring drought with a transition layup and Ross banged in a corner three to pull the Tigers ahead by one. For the second straight game, Jones’ hustle provided a lift off the bench for head coach Frank Haith. The 6-foot-8 freshman posted four points, four rebounds and three steals in 18 efficient minutes of the bench. A buzzer-beater by the Commodores off a baseline inbounds play gave them a 21-20 lead at the half.

The game stayed close throughout the second half, though both offenses quickly found their shooting touch. Mizzou grabbed momentum when freshman Jonathan Williams III beat the shot clock with his second 3-pointer of the season, but Vanderbilt answered swiftly and clawed back to regain a 46-44 lead at the 9:00 mark.

Mizzou’s game-winning run came with just under six minutes left. With the Commodores holding onto a 51-48 lead, Clarkson weaved through the lane and converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to knot things up. On the ensuing Vanderbilt possession, Tiger center Ryan Rosburg drew a charge and Ross followed with a deep 3-pointer to give Mizzou a lead it would never surrender.

After a Commodore dunk, Clarkson slashed to the basket again for an easy layup and Ross tossed in another 3-pointer to extend the Tigers’ advantage to 61-53. Missed free throws down the stretch allowed Vanderbilt to climb back in the closing moments of the game, but Missouri held on for its third straight victory by five points or less.

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SEC Offering Combo Tournament Hoops Tickets

SEC Offering Combo Tournament Hoops Tickets

Posted on 17 February 2014 by Allen

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SEC fans will get a double-dose of Southeastern Conference basketball in the Atlanta area in March, and a special ticket offer is making it easier for them to enjoy all the excitement of the SEC version of March Madness.

The SEC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will play out in 26 games over a fortnight of hoops action as the women’s tournament is played from March 5-9 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth before men’s teams battle from March 12-16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

A special combo ticket offer for admission to all 26 games is available for $350 until Feb. 28. That is $50 off the regular price of $100 for a women’s tournament book and $300 for a men’s tournament book. Tickets purchased through the combo offer will be located in the second level of both arenas. Combo tickets can be purchased by calling (800) 732-4849 or by visiting SECsports.com (click on “Tickets”).

This is the fourth time The Arena at Gwinnett Center has hosted the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, with previous trips in 2007, 2010 and 2013. The Arena at Gwinnett Center seats 10,309 for the SEC Tournament. It is located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, Georgia, 30 minutes north of downtown Atlanta.

The women’s tournament ticket book contains seven tickets, one for each session, which allows one person to attend all 13 games. The Wednesday and Thursday sessions will be all general admission seating, first-come, first-served.

The SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament is being played at the Georgia Dome for the 11th time. The site of the 2013 NCAA Final Four, the Georgia Dome first hosted the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament in 1995. The city of Atlanta hosted the first SEC Tournament in 1933 and this season’s tournament will mark the 14th time Atlanta has hosted the event.

The men’s tournament ticket book contains seven tickets, one for each session, which allows one person to attend all 13 games. The Wednesday evening session will be all general admission seating, first-come, first-served. Therefore, fans will receive a general admission ticket in their book for Wednesday evening and a reserved ticket for all other sessions.

The winner of each 13-game tournament will receive the SEC’s automatic bid to their respective NCAA Basketball Tournaments.

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Breaking down the tie-breaker scenarios for the upcoming SEC tournament

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Breaking down the tie-breaker scenarios for the upcoming SEC tournament

Posted on 14 February 2014 by Allen

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With the SEC basketball tournament coming up in a few weeks it’s pretty obvious that Florida will likely be the #1 seed and Kentucky will be #2. After that it gets pretty confusing with Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and a few others including Vanderbilt all bunched together competing for the coveted 3rd and 4th seed that gets a bye until Friday.

There could likely be a tie for the fourth seed and it can get a little confusing now there is no East and West anymore and it’s just 14 teams. According to the league office here is the tie-breaking scenarios for the SEC

1. Two-Team Tie.
The following procedure will be used in the following order until the tie is broken:
A. Won-lost results of head-to-head competition between the two teams.
B. Won-lost record of the two teams versus the No. 1 seed (and proceeding through the No. 14 seed, if necessary).
C. Coin flip by the Commissioner.
2. Three-Team Tie (or more).

When three or more teams are tied, the following procedure will be used in the following order until the tie is broken. If two teams remain tied after a tiebreaker provision, the two-team tiebreaker
formula will be used.

A. Best winning percentage of games played among the tied teams (Example: Team A is 3-1, Team B is 2-2 and Team C is 1-3 – Team A would be seeded highest, Team B second-highest and Team C lowest of the three).
B. Best winning percentage of the tied teams versus the No. 1 seed (and
proceeding through the No. 14 seed, if necessary).
C. If two teams remain, coin flip by the Commissioner.
D. If three or more teams remain, draw by the Commissioner.
For the purpose of seeding, if an institution is precluded from participating
in the tournament, such institution will automatically be seeded last. The No.
5 seed with the best record will then receive a bye. However, for the purpose
of breaking ties, that team will remain where it finished in the regular-season
standings BEFORE being seeded last

There you go. It’s about as clear as mud.

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Vandy falls to Gamecocks on the road 65-59

Vandy falls to Gamecocks on the road 65-59

Posted on 13 February 2014 by Allen

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Despite the game being postponed nearly 24 hours due to winter weather across the region, South Carolina (9-15, 2-9 SEC) came out and led for much of the game as the Gamecocks knocked off Vanderbilt (13-10, 5-6 SEC) 65-59 this evening at Colonial Life Arena.

Freshman guard Sindarius Thornwell led Carolina, filling up the stat sheet with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. Senior guard Brenton Williams added 14 points and freshman guard Duane Notice was also in double-figures with 10. Vanderbilt guard Kyle Fuller led all scorers with 20 points.

In a close contest throughout the first half, the Gamecocks held the lead for nearly the entire 20 minutes. Carolina saw its largest lead of the early going at five points, 20-15, with 7:15 on the clock after Laimonas Chatkevicius tipped in a missed attempt from Thornwell. The Commodores were able to trim the deficit to down one with under five minutes after a long jumper from leading-scorer Rod Odom.

Williams, though, responded for Carolina with his first 3-pointer of the game to make it 25-21.

Vanderbilt’s Fuller was able to go the length of the court in the final seconds of the half to lay it in as South Carolina took a one-point advantage into the break at 28-27.

The Gamecocks were only able to push the lead to three in the early in the second half before back-to-back buckets from Fuller and Damian Jones gave the Commodores their first lead of the game at 33-32 with 17:25 to go.

With the game tied at 38-38 with 14:46 remaining, Notice stepped up and regained the lead for the Gamecocks with a 3-pointer from the right side. A jumper from Fuller brought it back to one, but with just under 12 minutes showing and the shot clock winding down, Thornwell hit a deep 3 to push the lead back up to four.

After Odom cut Carolina’s lead back to two with a pair from the foul line, the Gamecocks upped their intensity on the boards and began fighting for ever loose ball which turned into a 7-0 run, capped off by Williams connecting from beyond the arc to give Carolina a 51-42 lead that forced Vanderbilt to call a timeout with 9:14 left.

Out of the timeout though, Odom knocked down a 3-pointer for the Commodores from the right corner to end the run.

Thornwell extended the lead to 55-45 after cutting into the lane and hitting a floater. The lead continued to grow as sophomore forward Mindaugas Kacinas added a free throw, before a steal from Notice led to a fast break and lay-in for sophomore forward Brian Steele with four minutes left on the clock.

The Gamecocks’ lead quickly dwindled though as the Fuller scored four points for the Commodores before Odom sunk a 3 from the top of the key to cut it to 58-52.

After adding one more to its lead, Carolina pushed its advantage to nine as Thornwell went hard to bucket, missed his attempt but corralled the rebound and was able to convert on his second attempt with 1:13 remaining.

Carolina was able to hold on to the lead in the final minute to earn its second conference victory of the season, 65-59.

Vanderbilt (21-48, 43.8 percent) out-shot South Carolina (24-64, 37.5 percent), but the difference for the Gamecocks came on the glass where they out-rebounded the Commodores 45-31, while grabbing 26 offensive rebounds. Kacinas led the charge on the boards with seven, while Michael Carrera, Demetrius Henry and Thornwell each recorded six.

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Vanderbilt vs South Carolina postponed

Vanderbilt vs South Carolina postponed

Posted on 12 February 2014 by Allen

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The men’s basketball game between the University of South Carolina and Vanderbilt University will tip at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, February 13, it was announced today.

The Southeastern Conference game was originally scheduled for tonight but was postponed due to wintery weather across the state of South Carolina. The safety of the participating teams, staff and fans was considered in postponing the game.

There will be no television broadcast of the game Thursday night, and the availability of a live stream online is still being determined by South Carolina officials.

Joe Fisher and Tim Thompson will have the call across Middle Tennessee on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network, and in Nashville on 1510 AM, 560 AM, and 95.9 FM.

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Scores

Temple 37 Vanderbilt 7 F
Alabama 33 West Virginia 23 F
Arkansas 21 Auburn 45 F
LSU 28 Wisconsin 24

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