The second round of the 2016 SEC men’s basketball tournament takes place today at Bridgestone Arena.
Sports and Entertainment Nashville will be live for all four games on the day, and we will also have continuous updates throughout all of the games.
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Here’s a look at today’s schedule:
No. 8 Florida 68 vs. No. 9 Arkansas 61
No. 5 Vanderbilt 65 vs. No. 12 Tennessee 67
No. 7 Ole Miss 73 vs. No. 10 Alabama 81
No. 6 Georgia 79 vs. No. 11 Mississippi State 69
You can check out our SEC tournament preview for more information on this week’s tournament.
Florida advances despite big game from Hannahs
The first game of the second round slate lasted about a year. But despite a lot of whistles, the game finally saw eighth-seeded Florida hold off Arkansas for a 68-61 win.
Although the Gators got the victory, the big performance of the day went to Razorbacks guard Dusty Hannahs.
He exploded for 33 points on 12-of-23 shooting from the field and at least gave Arkansas a puncher’s chance down the stretch.
After a slow start, Florida managed to shoot the ball much better, and get back on track to keep its NCAA tournament chances alive for another day.
The Gators still remain firmly on the bubble and will likely need to win a few more games in Nashville this week in order to feel good about their chances at hearing their name called on Selection Sunday.
Vandy suffers crushing loss to Tennessee
Vandy felt good about it’s NCAA tournament chances entering the day. But when Friday rolls around, it won’t feel as good.
That’s because the Commodores were on the losing end of the biggest upset of the SEC tournament thus far, as No. 12 Tennessee won its second game in as many nights in a 67-65 victory.
It’s the first time that Tennessee has won multiple games in the SEC tournament in six years.
The Vols led for the most of the way, but a late Vandy rally made it seems as though the higher seed had finally gotten it together.
A 19-6 run by the Commodores closed the Tennessee lead to 50-49 with under 10 minutes remaining. However, every time Vandy would try to pull away and capture the lead for good, the Vols had an answer.
But it was Vandy’s last second chance that everyone would be talking about.
Wade Baldwin’s potential game-tying layup as time expired was ruled after the buzzer, Kevin Stallings saw his team’s tournament hopes take a huge hit.
Vandy will now wait for Sunday to see what its NCAA tournament fate will hold.
Meanwhile, Tennessee will move into Friday’s quarterfinals to take on LSU in an unlikely No. 4 vs. No. 12 matchup.
The Vols won the lone meeting between the two teams during the regular season, as Rick Barnes led his team to a surprising 81-65 win in Knoxville.
Of course, the key for Tennessee will be to stop Ben Simmons, who had 21 points and nine rebounds off the bench in that game.
Alabama finds momentum with win over Ole Miss
After initially looking like a team that was in the NCAA tournament a few weeks ago, Alabama moved out with a couple of bad losses.
And while it’ll take winning the SEC tournament this week to regain that spot, the Crimson Tide took a step in the right direction with a 81-73 win over Ole Miss.
While it was an upset seed-wise, few could be shocked that Alabama got the victory.
Avery Johnson’s squad had to overcome a phenomenal night from Ole Miss senior guard Stefan Moody, who fouled out late in the game with 39 points. It was the kind of performance that drew a standing ovation from pretty much everyone in Bridgestone Arena after he went to the bench.
But Moody’s excellent game wasn’t enough to overcome a night of balance from Alabama.
Four Crimson Tide players scored between 15 and 17 points, with Retin Obasohan’s 17 setting the pace.
Alabama will now prepare for Friday’s quarterfinal showdown with tournament favorite Kentucky. The Wildcats won both regular season meetings convincingly.