Battle to see who would face the Wildcats Goes to Georgia
It wasn’t easy by any stretch, but the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Tennessee Vols 59-57 to get the opportunity to play the Tournaments number one seed, the UK Wildcats. Georgia would bounce out in front with a 5-0 lead but Tennessee would battle back eventually tying the game and then taking a brief lead at the 9:37 mark of the first half. Both teams would battle back and forth until halftime where Tennessee would hold on to a 27-26 lead.
Early in the second half, it was much like the start of the game as the Georgiawould ease out to a 5 point lead at 32-27. The Bulldogs however could not hold the lead and the Volss would battle back to tie the game at 37. The Bulldogs would control the lead until late in the game before the Vols would tie it back up at 47 with 6:48 to go in the game. Georgia would not be denied though and held the lead until the final buzzer. Tennessee did however have a chance at the win but their desparation three bounced off the rim to seal the Georgia win.
Fans may remember the Bulldogs giving UK all they could handle in Athens and in Lexington. Cat fans nervously await the matchup hoping the Wildcats can make it a trifecta over the Bulldogs. A daunting task indeed.
Alabama drops the hammer on Mississippi State.
In a game that was never in question, The Alabama Crimson Tide rolled all over the Mississippi st. Bulldogs 75-55. The game was tied at 2 early and from there it was all down hill for Miss. St. Alabama would push the lead out steadily until halftime where they went to the locker room with a 34-22 lead. Alabama shot 46% while Miss. St. hit on 33% in the half.
In the 2nd half, Alabama would continue to expand on their lead by as much as 30 points. from there the rest of the game was never in doubt and the Crimson Tide would eventually win by 20 points. Alabama had 4 players in double figures led by Dazon Ingram with 17. Alabama will now face South Carolina in a game that should be very exciting to watch.
Vandy launches three bomb on Texas A&M
Game three was tight early on as both teams traded shots and neither team could find the bottom of the net. At the 18:40 mark of the first half, TAM led 4-3. Noone would score again until the 13:00 mark when Vandy hit a three for a 6-4 lead. the drought would continue as the next points would not come until the 10:06 mark when Vandy hit a FT for a 7-4 lead. Vandy would take a hard fought 23-20 lead in to the half. Texas A&M shot a woeful 33.3% while Vandy didn’t fair much better shooting 39%. Vandy was 3 for 15 from downtown while T A&M was 2 or 7 from long range.
The second half was nothing like the first as Vandy came out raining threes from everywhere and opened up a huge lead that texas A&M would never recover from.Toye from Vandy would finish the game going 5 for 8 from distance to help the Commodores roll to a 66-41 victory and advancing on to the next round of the SEC Tournament.