David Cloninger

SEC Women’s Tournament Watch: Gamecocks look poised for No. 1 seed

South Carolina's Khadijah Sessions (5)
South Carolina's Khadijah Sessions (5) 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. 4)

South Carolina 10-0

Florida 7-3

Mississippi State 7-3

Tennessee 5-4

Texas A&M 5-4

Auburn 5-5

Georgia 5-5

Missouri 5-5

Vanderbilt 4-5

Arkansas 4-6

Kentucky 4-6

Alabama 3-7

Ole Miss 2-7

LSU 2-8

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 three to get a piece of the title (and most likely the SEC tournament’s No. 1 seed) and four to get it undisputed. USC holds tiebreakers over Mississippi State and Texas A&M while it still has to play Tennessee and Florida.

The Gators and MSU are tied for second but MSU won the only game the two will play against each other.

Tennessee and Texas A&M are tied for fourth. They haven’t played each other (they play on Feb. 7) so the tiebreaker would go to record against No. 1 seed. The Lady Vols haven’t played USC while A&M has lost twice to the Gamecocks.

Auburn, Georgia and Missouri are tied for sixth. Auburn lost to Georgia and hasn’t played the Tigers, so Auburn drops to eighth. Missouri and Georgia split their series. The Bulldogs haven’t played USC but Missouri lost to the Gamecocks.

Arkansas and Kentucky are tied for 10th and haven’t played each other. Each lost to USC but the Wildcats lost twice.

First Round

March 2

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

Game 2 – (11) Kentucky vs. (14) LSU

Second Round

March 3

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

Game 4 – (5) Texas A&M vs. Game 1 winner

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

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

Third Round

March 4

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

Game 8 – (4) Tennessee 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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