It will be a busy afternoon and evening at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena as eight teams will hit the floor today in the second round of the SEC women's basketball tournament. For the South Carolina Gamecocks, one game will be of immediate interest: in fact, it's the first one of the day. Auburn and Missouri will get things going at noon ET, with the winner playing the Gamecocks tomorrow at noon.
Thirteenth-seeded LSU and 11th-seeded Vanderbilt were the winners yesterday and clinched their spots in today's second round. The Tigers got past Alabama 59-48 before the Commodores marched to a 74-59 victory over the Rebels in a relatively drama-free first day.
Here's what's on tap for Thursday at the SEC Tournament. All games will be televised by the SEC Network and live-streamed on WatchESPN.com.
Day 2 Schedule
When: 12:00 pm
Who To Watch: Auburn - Brandy Montgomery (14.2 ppg), Katie Frerking (12.3 ppg), Tra'Cee Tanner (12.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg); Mizzou - Sophie Cunningham (13.8 ppg), Jordan Frericks (12.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg)
Regular season matchup: Mizzou had the edge in the regular season, a 69-55 win on February 21.
Winner plays: (1) South Carolina at noon ET on Friday. The Gamecocks, of course, defeated both teams in the regular season - routing Mizzou 83-58 on January 10 before topping Auburn 74-58 on January 21.
When: TBA following Auburn/Mizzou
How LSU got here: The Tigers got past Alabama 59-48 behind Alexis Hyder's 20 points.
Regular season matchup: The Cats defeated LSU, 70-58, on February 7.
Who to watch for Kentucky: Makayla Epps (16.3 ppg); Janee Thompson (12.4 ppg); Evelyn Akhator (11.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg)
Winner plays: (4) Florida after the South Carolina vs. Auburn/Mizzou game tomorrow. The Gators beat both teams in the regular season, grinding out a 53-45 victory over LSU on January 17 before getting past the Wildcats 85-79 two weeks later.
(10) Arkansas Razorbacks (12-17, 7-9 SEC) vs. (7) Tennessee Lady Vols (17-12, 8-8)
When: 6:00 pm
Who To Watch: Arkansas - Jessica Jackson (16.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg), Melissa Wolff (7.4 rpg); Tennessee - Diamond DeShields (13.4 ppg); Bashaara Graves (10.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg)
Regular season matchup: The teams split the season series. The Hogs beat the Lady Vols in Fayetteville, 64-59, on January 14, but Tennessee returned the favor and protected their home court with a 75-57 victory on February 4.
Winner plays: (2) Texas A&M. The Aggies slipped past Tennessee in a 76-71 overtime win in College Station on February 7, but lost at Arkansas, 67-61, on January 7.
When: TBA following Arkansas/Tennessee
How Vandy got here: Behind a 21-point performance by Christi Reed - including four three pointers - the Commodores knocked out the 14th-seeded Ole Miss Rebels by a count of 74-59.
Regular season matchup: The Dawgs got past the Commodores in Nashville, 64-58, on January 31.
Who to watch for Georgia: Tiaria Griffin (14.9 ppg), Shacobia Barbee (12.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg)
Winner plays: (3) Mississippi State. The Bulldogs went 1-1 against UGA and Vandy, losing a defensive battle against Georgia by a 47-43 score on January 21 in Athens before a 66-61 road win over the Commodores a week ago.