SEC Tournament Results: Scores From Day Two Include SEC Tournament Upsets
SEC tournament results from day two included two big upsets. The 2016 SEC tournament brackets put a huge test in front of the Tennessee Volunteers and the No. 12 seed has gone 2-0 so far. On Thursday, March 10, Tennessee went up against No. 5 seeded Vanderbilt. The Volunteers raced out to a 34-22 lead by halftime and held on to win the game 67-65. After beating the Auburn Tigers in a first-round game, the Volunteers may have now burst the Vanderbilt postseason bubble as well.
Other SEC tournament results from the second round include No. 8 Florida beating No. 9 Arkansas 68-61. With the win, Florida advances to play No. 1 Texas A&M in the SEC tournament quarterfinals. It’s a very tough match-up, but also a game that Florida needed on its schedule to possibly sneak into the 2016 NCAA Tournament. At 19-13 overall now, Florida needs one more victory to stand a good chance at an at-large bid.
The SEC tournament results from the bottom half of the bracket also yielded an interesting upset. No. 10 Alabama beat No. 7 Ole Miss to move into the quarterfinals. The loss for Ole Miss drops the school to 20-12 on the season and at risk of not quite having a strong enough resume to make the NCAA tournament field. Alabama improved to 18-13 on the season and gets a tough game against Kentucky in the quarterfinals.
The final game from day two of the SEC tournament brackets had No. 6 Georgia beating No. 11 Mississippi State. Georgia improved to 18-12 with the much-needed victory, giving the school an even stronger case for an at-large big into the NCAA Tournament. The school likely needs one more win in the SEC Tournament, though, and has a tough opponent in the quarterfinals. That game comes against No. 3 South Carolina as the late game on Friday, March 11.
The newest bracketology report for the 2016 NCAA Tournament has already been released by Joe Lunardi at ESPN.com. It isn’t kind to the conference, even as the SEC tournament results present some interesting games. Lunardi has only Texas A&M, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt making it into the field. Vanderbilt is considered to be squarely on the bubble now, though, with Florida joining them on that bubble. LSU and Georgia aren’t on the list.
This may be considered a down year for the SEC, especially if the conference only puts three or four schools in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Having Vanderbilt get upset in the second-round was not a good start, as a 19-13 record might just not be good enough to get an invitation from the NCAA Selection Committee. How the rest of the SEC tournament results look will now dictate whether the conference can secure a fourth or fifth bid that doesn’t include Vanderbilt.
The quarterfinal games of the SEC tournament brackets all take place on Friday, March 11. The games are now No. 1 Texas A&M vs. No. 8 Florida at 1 p.m. ET, No. 4 LSU vs. No. 12 Tennessee at 3 p.m. ET, No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 10 Alabama at 7 p.m. ET, and No. 3 South Carolina vs. No. 6 Georgia at 9 p.m. ET. All four games will be broadcast on the SEC Network and there is a lot on the line for all eight schools taking the court.
The school to watch in the SEC Tournament is still Texas A&M. The Aggies finished the regular season with a 24-7 record and could have an outside shot at becoming a No. 1 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Two other teams have good odds at making it to the SEC Championship Game as well and they are Kentucky (23-8) and South Carolina (24-7). Will the double-byes help out the top seeds when they finally play in the quarterfinals? Can the SEC tournament results from day three help get the conference more than just three NCAA tournament bids?
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