A few thoughts from around the SEC as of tonight.
The East Losses Momentum. With a chance to improve to 9-6 in the conference and stay in contention for a first round bye and, more importantly, a big showdown saturday @ Florida in what could become a March Madness Elimination Game (As I've heard it no SEC team has been left out of the dance after finishing the regular season at 10-6) .. they lost. 90-85 to, of all teams, Georgia (at home!). Florida answered the bell by falling 80-71 on the road against
Ole MissMississippi State, dropping both the Wildcats and Gators to 8-7 in SEC play. According to Joe Lenardi's most recent Bracketology update Kentucky was a 10 seed and Florida was on the 'last four out' bubble. Now for either of these teams to even hold a reasonable hope for playing in the big dance they'll have to win their last game and win two or three games in the SEC tourney. My money? Definately on Kentucky, as they've got the sweep of Tennessee and a win against West Virginia to bank on.
- LSU @ Auburn is super important right now for the Blue Tigers. Auburn has gone on a tear since beating Tennessee, winning 7 of their last 8 with their lone loss coming on the road by 7 to the other Tigers. The 1 and 2 seeds for the west are already wrapped up so you'd have to think Auburn, playing for an at-large NCAA tourney birth, has more to play for (and they are playing at home.) As hot as this team is an upset victory over LSU should get them into the tournament at 21-11 (10-6).
- Thursday Night's Game is for a first round bye in the Tourney. This should be obvious, of course, but with Florida and Kentucky both losing whoever wins the game will have a bye game. If Tennessee wins we will be the #1 seed no matter what happens in the 'Bama game. If the Gamecocks win and then lose at Georgia I don't know what would happen as we'd both have 3 losses in divisional play.