David Cloninger

SEC Women’s Tournament watch

The fans that pack Colonial Life Arena could experience another home-court atmosphere in Jacksonville if South Carolina continues to win.
The fans that pack Colonial Life Arena could experience another home-court atmosphere in Jacksonville if South Carolina continues to win. tglantz@thestate.com

The SEC is in its second half of the league season 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 (Feb. 1)

South Carolina 9-0

Florida 6-3

Mississippi State 6-3

Texas A&M 5-3

Missouri 5-4

Tennessee 4-4

Vanderbilt 4-4

Arkansas 4-5

Auburn 4-5

Georgia 4-5

Kentucky 4-5

Ole Miss 2-6

Alabama 2-7

LSU 2-7

IF THE TOURNAMENT BEGAN TODAY

South Carolina can nearly pick the game where it wants to clinch its third straight regular-season championship. The Gamecocks’ magic number is four to get a piece of the title (and most likely the SEC tournament’s No. 1 seed) and five to get it undisputed. USC holds tiebreakers over Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Missouri and Vanderbilt, while it still has to play Tennessee and Florida.

The Gators and MSU are in a tie for second but MSU won the only game the two will play against each other. The Aggies are in fourth by a half-game.

Missouri would be fifth while Tennessee would claim the tiebreaker over Vanderbilt for sixth, although the two will play again on Feb. 11.

Arkansas, Georgia, Auburn and Kentucky are tied for eighth. The Tigers are 2-2 against the others while Georgia is 1-1. The Wildcats are 1-2, the Razorbacks 0-1.

Alabama beat LSU and holds the tiebreaker for 13th.

First Round

March 2

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

Game 2 – (11) Arkansas vs. (14) LSU

Second Round

March 3

Game 3 – (8) Auburn vs. (9) Georgia

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

Game 5 – (10) Kentucky vs. (7) Vanderbilt

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

Third Round

March 4

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

Game 8 – (4) Texas A&M vs. Game 4 winner

Game 9 – (2) Mississippi State vs. Game 5 winner

Game 10 – (3) Florida vs. Game 6 winner

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