SEC Tourney Preview: Auburn/Vandy vs. Arkansas

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If you’ve ever read APIAS.net then you probably figured out that we have an affinity for sports in the South. And, it just so happens that our collective favorite basketball teams both play in the SEC. What better reason than to write a full-on SEC Tournament preview. We’ll give a quick rundown of the Quarterfinal matchups, and then the teams the winners will face. Hopefully, at the end, one of us will be so moved to conclude it all and we’ll give you who we think will win.

Auburn and Vandy meet up on Thursday in what could be the most boring first round game of the SEC tournament. After watching Vanderbilt play a few times this year I couldn’t imagine they would have trouble with a bad Auburn team. On second look; however, Vandy only beat Auburn by 7 in Nashville in their only meeting this year. This was at the end of their early SEC season start where they dropped 4 out of 5. It was also the starting point for them reeling off 7 straight in-conference wins.

What does all this mean? Not shit, really. Basically, if A.J. Ogilvy shows up and plays then Vandy wins this one in a walk. If he chooses to take the night off (shades of the UT game) then Auburn could pull a big upset and Vandy would see their tournament stock (and seed) dropping fast. That won’t happen though, as Shan Foster will either drop 20 in a blowout or 30 in a close game and carry the ‘Dores to victory.

ajolgs.jpgSecond round should be a bit better game. Arkansas took the season meeting between the two teams by 5 a couple weeks ago down in Fayetteville. Again, this game will have a lot to do with how Ogilvy plays as the Razorbacks have no one to match up to him. His 20 points in their earlier match-up speaks to that.

Sonny Weems will show senior leadership, Patrick Beverley will showcase his talent, and Steven Hill will continue to be a total tool. Match Weems and Beverley against Ross (ROSS?) Neltner and SEC player of the year Foster and I think Vandy gets the nod. Add Ogilvy and I think the ‘Dores have too much firepower for the scrappy Arkansas boys.

So there you have it, Vandy emerging into Saturday to take on Smooth’s pick UT in the semis. Another Tennessee state rematch could be fun in the top half of the bracket.

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3 Responses to “SEC Tourney Preview: Auburn/Vandy vs. Arkansas”

  1. TheGoldfishCowboy Says:

    “This was at the end of their early SEC season start…”

    too…many…adverbs…modifiers…can’t…process

  2. smoothron Says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t pick 2SL’s brother to win against Drew Carey’s brother.

  3. TheGoldfishCowboy Says:

    Floyd Landis’ brother’s brother?

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