David Cloninger

SEC Women’s Tournament Watch

South Carolina is in great position for its third straight No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament.
South Carolina is in great position for its third straight No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament. tglantz@thestate.com

The SEC is (mostly) halfway through league play so it’s time to see how the SEC tournament would stack up if it began today.

SEC WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT

March 2-6 * Veterans Memorial Arena * Jacksonville, Fla.

First Round

March 2

Game 1 – No. 12 vs. No. 13, 11 a.m. (SEC Network)

Game 2 – No. 11 vs. No. 14, 25 minutes following conclusion of Game 1 (SEC Network)

Second Round

March 3

Game 3 – No. 8 vs. No. 9, noon (SEC Network)

Game 4 – No. 5 vs. Game 1 winner, 25 minutes following conclusion of Game 3 (SEC Network)

Game 5 – No. 10 vs. No. 7, 6 p.m. (SEC Network)

Game 6 – No. 6 vs. Game 2 winner, 25 minutes following conclusion of Game 5 (SEC Network)

Third Round

March 4

Game 7 – No. 1 vs. Game 3 winner, noon (SEC Network)

Game 8 – No. 4 vs. Game 4 winner, 25 minutes following conclusion of Game 7 (SEC Network)

Game 9 – No. 2 vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m. (SEC Network)

Game 10 – No. 3 vs. Game 6 winner, 25 minutes following conclusion of Game 9 (SEC Network)

Fourth Round

March 5

Game 11 – Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

Game 12 – Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 25 minutes following conclusion of Game 3 (ESPNU)

Championship

March 6

Game 13 – Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

SEC STANDINGS (Jan. 29)

South Carolina 8-0

Texas A&M 5-2

Florida 5-3

Mississippi State 5-3

Arkansas 4-4

Kentucky 4-4

Missouri 4-4

Vanderbilt 4-3

Tennessee 3-4

Auburn 3-5

Georgia 3-5

Ole Miss 2-5

Alabama 2-6

LSU 2-6

IF THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN TODAY

South Carolina is all alone at the top of the standings and holds tiebreakers over six of the seven teams directly below it. The Gamecocks do have an intriguing matchup at Texas A&M on Sunday after they squeaked out a one-point win over the Aggies at home a week ago. They’ll also play Kentucky again, but at home, where they’ll also host Florida.

The Aggies are in second, a half-game above Florida, and the two play each other on Feb. 4. The Gators are tied with Mississippi State but the Bulldogs won the tiebreaker.

Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri are tied for fifth. The Razorbacks beat Missouri and haven’t played the Wildcats. Kentucky likewise has not played Missouri. Arkansas would be fifth with Kentucky sixth.

I still can’t believe I just wrote "Tennessee" in the ninth spot. I knew the Lady Vols were struggling this season but Thursday was a new chapter. Tennessee, with Diamond DeShields, mind you, blew a 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter and lost in overtime to Mississippi State. I know the Bulldogs have a very good defense but the Lady Vols scored eight points in the final 15 minutes. EIGHT. How does a team with that kind of talent manage eight points in 15 minutes?

I looked up historical standings and it’s only the sixth time ever Tennessee has lost four SEC games. The Lady Vols have only hit five SEC losses once, in 2008-09. They still have nine to play, with games at Texas A&M and Vanderbilt and home against USC.

Georgia thrashed Auburn and would claim the tiebreaker for 10th.

Ole Miss is in 12th while Alabama beat LSU in a tiebreaker for 13th.

First Round

March 2

Game 1 – (12) Ole Miss vs. (13) Alabama

Game 2 – (11) Auburn vs. (14) LSU

Second Round

March 3

Game 3 – (8) Vanderbilt vs. (9) Tennessee

Game 4 – (5) Arkansas vs. Game 1 winner

Game 5 – (10) Georgia vs. (7) Missouri

Game 6 – (6) Kentucky vs. Game 2 winner

Third Round

March 4

Game 7 – (1) South Carolina vs. Game 3 winner

Game 8 – (4) Florida vs. Game 4 winner

Game 9 – (2) Texas A&M vs. Game 5 winner

Game 10 – (3) Mississippi State vs. Game 6 winner

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