Friday, March 11, 2011

Vols, 'Dogs, Rebels, 'Dores Advance to Day 2

The first day of the SEC tournament is in the books and hopefully day two will be much more competitive.  These first four games were basically just getting rid of the girl schools, now it's time for some man ball.  Here's a quick recap of the games from yesterday.

Tennessee 74, Arkansas 68
After creating a pretty big cushion of a lead in the first half, Tennessee almost flushed their championship hopes down the crappa as Arkansas mounted an impressive comeback.  But freshman Tobias Harris hit 20 points and Tennessee held on the beat Arkansas 74-68 on Thursday night in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.  Who does Tennessee move on to play you ask?  Only the number 12 ranked all mighty Florida Gators with SEC Coach and Player of the year, Billy D and Chandler P.  Tip off is 7:30, it's going to be a bloodbath.  The only thing more obnoxious than Phil Fulmer is Bruce Pearl, so let's go Gators.

Vanderbilt 62, LSU 50
In the generic sluggish, low scoring game of the day, Vanderbilt held on for an ugly win over LSU 62-50.  Top guard John Jenkins, who is averaging more than 19 points a game, missed the game after tweaking his left foot against Florida last weekend.  That didn't matter as Jeffery Taylor nailed 21 points while leading the black and gold Commodores to victory.  Vandy is set to face Mississippi St. in the late game tonight at 10pm.

Ole Miss 66, South Carolina 55
Chris Warren scored 20 points and Mississippi won a game of spurts, pulling away from the Cocks 66-55 Thursday in the opening round of the SEC tournament.  The final run was definitely the decisive one for the Rebels, who came into Atlanta knowing their only shot at the NCAA Tournament was to win four games in four days in this tournament. After South Carolina closed to 50-45 with 9½ minutes to go, Ole Miss put it away with an 11-1 run.  They advance to play Kentucky today at 3:30pm.

Georgia 69, Auburn 51
Trey Thompkins scored 22 points as the Bulldogs cruised past Auburn 69-51 in the opening game of the tournament.  This came just the day after he announced that he is "more healthy than I've ever been."  How cute.  Georgia has a chance to again bolster its NCAA tournament hopes when it faces Alabama, the Western Division's No. 1 seed, Friday at 1pm in the opening game of the SEC quarterfinals.  I guess there's no way both teams can lose, but we can still hope.