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Friday Tournament Preview: SEC Teams

Today, the other four SEC teams in the NCAA tournament will play their first round games. Here’s a quick preview on each of their games.

1:45PM Tennessee(5) vs. Long Beach State(12)

This game is one of today’s upset picks by the CBS analysts. And, as everyone knows, that means the upset will not happen! Just look at yesterday, when Vandy was the upset special, and summarily dismissed George Washington by the largest margin of victory for the day. Long Beach State just doesn’t have any experience playing top teams, except for a 30 point defeat to UCLA at the begining of the season. UT should be too much for the 49ers, and Chris Lofton loves the big stage. 66-55 UT.

Update:  Tennessee has scored 57 points in the first half, so my score may be off slightly… 

8:40PM Kentucky(8) vs. Villanova(9)

Although Kentucky is my second-favorite team, they just haven’t been taking care of business this year. They have shown the ability to consistently lose close games, so unless Tubby has turned around the mental toughness of this team in the past week, they don’t have what is needed down the stretch. UK has lost 6 of its last 10 games. Conversely, ‘Nova has won 7 of 10, and two of their losses have come at the hands of 2 seed Georgetown (by a total of 8 points). Sadly, I think I will be saying goodbye to the Wildcats today, which could mean a goodbye to Tubby as their coach, also. 78-74 Villanova.

8:50PM Florida(1) vs. Jackson State(16)

What to say here, Florida is one of the nation’s elite; Jackson St. is not. In Jackson St.’s only game against an SEC opponent this season, they lost by 31 points to Alabama. For an upset here, it would really take a triple dose of March Magic. Florida has rebounded from their February slump, just like last year, and is storming into the tournament. Even the second and third string Gators should handle this Tiger team. 81-58 Florida.

8:55PM Arkansas(12) vs. USC(5)

This game should be an exciting matchup. Before losing to Florida in the SEC championship, Arkansas had won 5 in a row. USC has played the top members of their conference very close all season, but has also had some surprising losses, their last one being a blowout in the Pac-10 finals to Oregon. They seem similar to a Vanderbilt, who plays to the level of their competition so often. This game is being played in Spokane, so the Pac-10 crowd should give USC a loud group of supporters. One big question in this game is whether Charles Thomas will be available for the Razorbacks. He helped lead Arkansas into the SEC title game, but wasn’t available against Florida when they fell by 21. If he isn’t playing, I see about a 10 point victory for USC, but if he is healthy enough to contribute, this could become a tournament classic game. 74-71 USC.

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SEC Tourney Recap

Well, it was a tale of two teams in the SEC Tournaments. The Vandy women took care of business and won their 3rd SEC tournament championship in the past 6 years. This time was sort of a sequel from 2004 (?), and Vandy again let LSU take care of UT before using a stifling defensive performance to pull out the championship.

The men’s team however, went one and done when a three-pointer before the buzzer wouldn’t fall, and Arkansas won by one point.

After these performances, the women’s team are heading into the Big Dance with a 2 seed, while the men were given a rather generous 6. Thursday is Madness!

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Season Recap: Week 3 – ARKANSAS

To help start off this blog, I am going to do a quick recap of each game from this season, up to the present week. The third installment features Vanderbilt’s first home game of the year, against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

   

This game was also a heartbreaker for Commodore fans, as Vanderbilt used dropped interceptions, blown calls, and a missed field goal to help them achieve this defeat. 

Vandy was playing down the whole game thanks to a missed extra point at the beginning of the game.  Later, Vanderbilt had 6 points stolen from them when the now infamous Rick Loumiet ruled an incomplete pass on an obvious lateral.  Arkansas managed to score a touchdown on that drive, which resulted in a possible 14 point swing right there.  Towards the end of the game, Reshard Langford dropped an interception when he had an open path to walk into the end zone, costing the Commodores another 6 points when they were down 21-19.  The final blow came with under a minute left when Bryant Hahnfeldt’s 48-yard field goal attempt fell one yard short as the winds increased as he was kicking.

This was a hard game for the team and the fans, as Vanderbilt squandered many chances to get a win against what has turned into a high-quality opponent.  I was not at this game because I already had a ticket to Austin City Limits.  So, I watched other games on TV during lunch with another Vandy fan, a UT(Austin) fan, an LSU fan, and a Texas A&M fan.  I followed the Vandy game on my cell phone and provided my own animated commentary with each update.  This definitely resulted in some strange looks from around the bar, but you do what you have to do!

  
   Less frustrating than watching this week’s game.

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