Postcards from Pat: March 16, 2013

Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:53 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Who would have thought the SEC's most valuable player this year would be Derrick Millinghaus?

If you missed his game-winning shot last night to cap an 11-point spurt by the Ole Miss guard, you missed the best game of the tournament. And a saving grace for the league.

I don't think Ole Miss is in yet. A loss to Vanderbilt today would be crushing. And I'm still not convinced Kentucky is all the way out. And Alabama could still burst some bubbles by beating Florida today.

But Millinghaus' shot came on a day when the SEC's bubble teams were saying no thank you to March Madness. Kentucky was awful. John Calipari said his team laid an egg. It was a rotten egg. The Wildcats played with no fire. Tennessee played hard but without purpose. The Vols seem like they want to beat you up more than they want to beat you.

There is still a chance the league will only get two teams into the tournament, which would be embarrassing for a power conference. You know that SEC officials are rooting for Ole Miss and Alabama today. But they can't play for the two teams.

-- Pat Dooley

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