If yesterday was the appetizer, today is the first part of the main course. The second round of the SEC Tournament gets underway with four games at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, starting with Florida/Arkansas at 1pm ET and ending with Georgia/Mississippi State. The last game will be of interest to the South Carolina Gamecocks as they are set to take on the winner of that one in the nightcap of Friday's quarterfinal session.
How To Watch and Live Stream
All four second-round matchups will be shown on the SEC Network and available via live stream on WatchESPN.com and on mobile devices via the ESPN app. Brad Nessler and Sean Farnham will call the two early games, while John Saunders and Jon Sundvold will work the night session. Kaylee Hartung will be the sideline reporter for all four contests.
Here's a look at the updated bracket over at SECSports.com.
Second Round Preview
Who To Watch: The Gators hope that Dorian Finney-Smith's college career continues past this afternoon. He leads the team with 15.0 points a game and follows that with 8.2 boards and outing, fifth in the conference. This game, in fact, will be a battle between two of the top rebounders in the conference as the Gators will look to contain the league's third best in that department in Moses Kingsley (9.2 rpg). They'll also need to handle the scoring trio of Kingsley, Dusty Hannahs, and Anthlon Bell, who combine for 48 points a game.
Winner plays: Top-seed Texas A&M in the first quarterfinal tomorrow afternoon at 1pm ET.
Who To Watch: Vandy will likely lean on Wade Baldwin IV and Damian Jones (combined 28.5 ppg) to carry the scoring load, but it's big man Luke Kornet that will cause a major matchup problem for the Vols. Kornet averages 7.2 rebounds per game and leads the conference in blocks (three per game) - including a ten-block performance against Auburn earlier this year. For Tennessee, they'll need a repeat of their strong offensive and defensive showing against the Tigers yesterday.
Winner plays: Fourth-seeded LSU in the second quarterfinal tomorrow afternoon around 3pm ET.
Who To Watch: What can Stefan Moody do in his SEC tournament curtain call? A victory against the Tide would be a good start. The Rebels actually beat Bama 74-66 on January 7, a game in which Moody and Sebastian Saiz teamed for 21 points a piece. Saiz, the league's fourth-ranked rebounder at 8.9 a contest who added 16 boards in that aforementioned January 7 game, will need to force the issue on the glass once more to help the Rebels move on. Bama counters with Retin Obasohan, an all-defensive pick that adds offense (17.7 ppg, fifth in the league) to his arsenal.
Winner plays: Third-seed Kentucky to open the evening session tomorrow at 7pm ET.
Who To Watch: UGA will need their stars, J.J. Frazier and Yante Maten, to shine against Mississippi State in the nightcap. Georgia likely needs two wins at the very least to get themselves back in the faint tournament discussion. Meanwhile, for Mississippi State, it's survive and advance as they hope to earn a date with South Carolina tomorrow, and they'll need their own star, Gavin Ware, to come up big himself to keep his college career from ending.
Winner plays: The third-seeded Gamecocks tomorrow night after the third semifinal, approximately 9pm ET.