Ole Miss’ trip to Nashville—along with any lingering hope of an invite to the Dance—ended on Friday night with a nail-biting loss to Arkansas. In one of the most competitive games of the SEC Tourney, the Hogs simply made more plays down the stretch, sealing the 73-72 win with a superb defensive series in the waning seconds.
For Ole Miss, a trip to the NIT is the best that can be hoped for. For the Razorbacks, it’s a date with an upset-minded Vandy team on Saturday. Shortly before Ole Miss-Arkansas tipped, the ‘Dores polished off a surprise win over No. 2 seed Florida, pulling away in overtime for a 10-point win and a ticket to the semis. Three of Vandy’s 11 made 3s fell in the OT period, and their long-ball shooting will be a challenge for the Hogs.
On the other side of the bracket, top seed Kentucky cruised past Georgia before Alabama toppled South Carolina. That gives the Tide, which lost to John Caliper’s team by 9 points in early February, another shot at the defending conference champs.
All 14 conference teams are seeded according to record and placed into a five-round bracket. The top four seeds earn byes into the quarterfinal round, the next six into the second round. The bottom four teams duke it out in the first round for the opportunity to play Alabama and Ole Miss.
Schedule and results
Wednesday, March 8 (first round)
Game 1: Mississippi State 79, LSU 52
Game 2: Missouri 86, Auburn 83
Thursday, March 9 (second round)
Game 3: Georgia 59, Tennessee 57
Game 4: Alabama 75, Mississippi State 55
Game 5: Vanderbilt 66, Texas A&M 41
Game 6: Ole Miss 86, Missouri 74
Friday, March 10 (quarterfinals)
Game 7: Kentucky 71, Georgia 60
Game 8: Alabama 64, South Carolina 53
Game 9: Vanderbilt 72, Florida 62 (OT)
Game 10: Arkansas 73, Ole Miss 72
Saturday, March 11 (semifinals)
Game 11: Kentucky 79, Alabama 74
Game 12: Arkansas 76, Vanderbilt 62
Sunday, March 12 (finals)
Game 13: Kentucky 82, Arkansas 65