SECBASKETBALLTOURNAMENTFEVER

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Day 1 of the SEC Basketball Tournament is in the books and the underdogs are winning, coaches are getting fired and nobody is showing up! What will Day 2 bring? Will it bring people? Will a coach be fired via PA announcer? Can Mizzou start a string of wins that leads to the right side of the bubble? Let's find out together!

Day 1 of the SEC Tournament Results aka UPSET CITY!

#13 South Carolina (74) - #12 Auburn (56)

Garnet and Black Attack celebrates South Carolina's first SEC tournament win in five years and Notice puts you on notice

The star of the game for Carolina was clearly Duane Notice.  The freshman from Canada scored 23 points in 29 minutes on 7-16 shooting from the field, adding 8 rebounds and 3 assists against just 2 turnovers.  Brenton Williams scored all 16 of his points in the first half, and while the offense never looked particularly smooth without him in the second half, Auburn could never really stop the Gamecocks - the 1.651 points on possessions that didn't end in a turnover is just too high for anyone to reasonably overcome unless you're running up a turnover percentage in excess of 30%.

College and Magnolia posted a game thread, but the real fireworks began when Tony Barbee was fired seemingly seconds after the game against the Gamecocks ended

Auburn has fired head basketball coach Tony Barbee, athletic director Jay Jacobs announced Wednesday night. The decision was officially made shortly after the Tigers' 74-56 defeat at the hands of South Carolina in the opening game of the SEC Tournament.

"After careful evaluation of the last four years, I feel this is best for the program," Jacobs said in an official statement. "I believe we should compete for championships in men's basketball. It's time for somebody else to have a turn. We need to find somebody to come in here and take what we have here now and put some more in and compete for SEC titles."

To put it mildly, the Barbee era at Auburn was awful.

Not surprisingly, Auburn Fans want Bruce Pearl as their next coach because if you listen to the likes of Clay Travis and pretty much every reporter on Twitter, he's the guy for every possible SEC job open or otherwise.  In fact, I imagine if a football job came open, Travis et al would automatically mention Pearl just out of habit

The deed is done. Tony Barbee is out as Auburn's basketball coach. But, as defenders of any embattled coach will always tell you, you don't improve a program with a firing; you only improve it with a good hiring. So now that the Tigers are in the market, who are the leading candidates?

03/12/14 South_Carolina_vs_Auburn_master.mp4 (via SECDigitalNetwork)

#14 Mississippi State (82) - #12 Vanderbilt (68)

Anchor of Gold tips their cap to the 7 total players they had all year and are moving on from a second consecutive losing season in a row

A season of ironman basketball ultimately wore down Vanderbilt. The Commodores were listless and unable to fend off a tourney-opening upset as a devastating 82-68 loss to Mississippi State cut Vandy's season short on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs used stellar shooting in the paint to break down a Commodore team that lacked the firepower to win a shootout. State shot 59.3% from the field to break their 13-game losing streak and ensure that Vandy ended their second-straight season with a losing record. Four different State players scored 10 points or more, led by Craig Sword's 20.

For Whom the Cowbell Tolls acknowledged basketball season!!!! They had a preview piece where they were not optimistic of the game to come

Yes, it's still basketball season. Barely. Mississippi State tries to end it on a positive note by getting a win for the first time in weeks. And get this—State is actually favored.

Interestingly when they put the date and time of the game they indicated, 3:00 pm Saturday at their arena, maybe they know something we don't...

03/12/14 Mississippi State vs Vanderbilt Men's Basketball Highlights (via SECDigitalNetwork)

Day 2's Games

If Day 1's games were the amuse bouche provided by the fancy restaurant that is the SEC tournament, well then day 2 is the appetizer course.  Today we've got 4 games, highlighted (at least in our minds) by Mizzou's Noon (central) tip with other Big 12 expat A&M.  Below you will find previews available as of the posting of this article.

#8 Mizzou vs #9 Texas A&M - 12:00 pm CT
TV: ESPN3/SEC TV

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3-for-28

Mizzou has been almost impossibly bad from the 3-point line in the last two games.Jabari Brown is 1-for-8, Earnest Ross is 0-for-8, Jordan Clarkson is 0-for-6. Wes Clark, meanwhile, is a dominant 2-for-6.

#5 Arkansas vs #13 South Carolina - 2:30 pm CT
TV: ESPN3/SEC TV

Arkansas Fight previews their second go round with South Carolina and they're not counting any chickens

The Razorbacks are obviously favored on Thursday, and as all Hog fans know, that means diddly squat. Arkansas should win, but I doubt anybody feels totally comfortable.

Going by the stat sheet, Arkansas does have most of the advantages. Arkansas was the best in the SEC at creating steals and South Carolina was the worst in the league at giving them up. That should play directly into the Hogs' hands as it did in the game in Bud Walton Arena.

Garnet and Black Attack looks to find where the Cocks can keep their momentum going against Arkansas which appears to be in the hands of SEC reffs...

It's an interesting contest in that the match-up advantages are incredibly stark - it's hard to see how Carolina's going to score from the field against the Hogs (look at those shooting numbers in particular - 2s will be tough to come by for the Gamecocks), but it's easy to see how they'll create a ton of second-chance opportunities, as well as how they'll be able to get to the line.

You'd rather have Arkansas' advantages than ours, but it's still nice to see areas where we can excel.

#7 LSU vs #10 Alabama - 6:00 pm CT
TV: ESPN3/SEC TV

Roll Bama Roll has a general preview for the Tide's entire SEC tournament, so if they get by LSU today, don't count on another tomorrow

It's that time of the year again everybody. The weather across the country is starting to warm up (hopefully for all of you), and with it, March Madness is heating up as well. With all of #SECBasketballFever coming together in Hotlanta for the week, anybody within a 100 mile radius will be scorching with the intensity of 1000 suns.

With Alabama laying the hammer on a previously red-hot Arkansas team on Senior Day, the Crimson Tide was able to avoid the Opening Round of Shame on Wednesday, and will instead take on the 7th seeded LSU Tigers (18-12, 9-9 SEC) on Thursday night. I'm sure all of you will recall that Alabama was able to best LSU in Tuscaloosa earlier this season 82-80 with Trevor Releford, Rodney Cooper, and Shannon Hale leading the way.

#6 Ole Miss vs #14 Mississippi State - 8:30 pm CT
TV: ESPN3/SEC TV

That's going to do it for me, enjoy the games everyone and your friend and mine Belegcam will take you through today's results and what we have to look forward to on Friday as well.

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