SEC tourney, Day 3: Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri eliminated
Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:31 p.m.
-Florida vs. Alabama, 1 p.m., ABC, 103.7 FM, AM-850/900
-Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Vanderbilt 64, Kentucky 48 What it means: A bad loss like this could knock the Wildcats out of the NCAA Tournament at 20-11. Vanderbilt pulls to .500 with the win at 16-16 and will play in the semifinals Saturday. In a rematch of last year's SEC Tournament Championship game, the Commodores continued their torrid shooting to build a 21-point halftime lead before the Big Blue rally started. But Kentucky could never get any closer than 11 points after an Archie Goodwin dunk that fired up the crowd of predominantly Kentucky fans. Player of the game: There wasn't one. Vandy had several heroes and nobody had big numbers. So let's give it to a Commodore defense that limited Kentucky to 48 points and 35 percent shooting. Inside the box score: Vanderbilt came into the game ranked last in the conference in free-throw shooting but made 10 of 11. Kentucky not only struggled from the field but missed half of its 16 free-throw attempts. Mississippi 64, Missouri 62 What it means: Ole Miss advanced to the semifinal against Vanderbilt and may have secured an NCAA bid in the process. The Rebels trailed by 14 in the second half but rallied to win the game with the aid of a botched inbounds play by Missouri's Laurence Bowers. Missouri's seeding was hurt by the loss but not too badly. Player of the game: Derrick Millinghaus came off the bench to score 11 points in the last six minutes of the game including the game-winner on a floater in the lane with a little more than a second to play. Inside the box score: Ole Miss won despite getting killed on the offensive boards. Missouri had 16 offensive rebounds in the game but couldn't convert enough of them.
At Bridgestone Arena
Mississippi State 70, South Carolina 59
Texas A&M 71, Auburn 62
LSU 68, Georgia 63
Tennessee 69, Mississippi State 53
Vanderbilt 75, Arkansas 72
Missouri 62, Texas A&M 50
Florida 80, LSU 58
Alabama 58, Tennessee 48
Vanderbilt 64, Kentucky 48
Mississippi 64, Missouri 62
Florida vs. Alabama, 1 p.m.
Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi, 3:30 p.m.
Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.