SEC Tournament 2013: Game-by-Game Predictions For Entire Tournament

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Who Will Win the SEC Crown?

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The SEC tournament tips off today, which means it is time to see which bubble teams in this conference will punch their ticket to the big dance. However, predicting that will not be an easy thing. Before you start enjoying the games, see some predictions on this tournament game-by-game style.

The Florida Gators are clearly the team to beat coming into this tournament...or are they? Florida has looked vulnerable as of late, losing three out of six, including its last game of the season against the Kentucky Wildcats.

There can only be so many teams in this conference that get an at-large bid, so Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and even LSU are all going to be battling it out. All of those teams are currently on the bubble. The Gators are the only for sure lock in this conference.

In year’s past, the SEC tourney has not been as intriguing as the Big East or Big Ten tournament, but with this many bubble teams this year, the SEC could very well be the best tourney to watch.

Today’s two games may not be all that exciting on paper, but we are talking about college basketball here.

Before the office brackets start ruling the office, get to know the SEC a little better by watching this wild conference tournament that should be the bubble tournament this season.

Well, here we go. Here is your game-by-game predictions for every SEC tournament game this year.

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Game 1: No. 12 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. No. 13 Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Both of these teams had a combined eight conference wins this year. Neither team is going to make the NCAA tournament, but one of them could perhaps play the spoiler role.

The Bulldogs just went down to the Gamecocks and I am predicting that to happen again. Both teams are coming into this tournament rather cold, though, so this game is literally a coin flip.

Let’s see if coach Frank Martin can get his Gamecocks going.

Prediction: South Carolina wins

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Game 2: No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies vs. No. 14 Auburn Tigers

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Texas A&M is going to send out senior Elston Turner with a bang by beating the Auburn Tigers. Some bang that is, considering that Auburn only had nine wins on the season.

However, another great senior will take the hardwood for the opposing team and that is Frankie Sullivan. Expect Sullivan and Turner to have big games, since it could very well be their last, but the Aggies are a much better team coming into this contest.

Texas A&M has beaten Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Missouri on the year, so when they are good they are really good.

Prediction: Texas A&M wins

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Game 3: No. 9 LSU Tigers vs. No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs

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This is where the fun really begins. Although Georgia has no shot at dancing this year, it has the higher seed in the SEC tourney and an identical 9-9 record in the conference standings as LSU.

The Bulldogs beat the Tigers in the only matchup of the year and I think that trend is going to continue, knocking LSU out of the dance.

Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope won SEC Player of the Year for a reason and he is going to show that by beating LSU. His 18 points per game on the season are very hard to deny.

Prediction: Georgia wins

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Game 4: No. 12 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers

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Tennessee wants to dance this year, so don’t expect the Volunteers to slip up against South Carolina.

Tennessee won the only matchup between these two teams this year and it was played on the road. Playing in front of their home crowd, the Volunteers are going to give their fans something to cheer about, but it all starts off with a victory over South Carolina.

Prediction: Tennessee wins

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Game 5: No. 10 Vanderbilt Commodores vs. No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks

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Arkansas desperately needs to win some games, but Vanderbilt will not be an easy opponents.

The Commodores have beaten Xavier and Arkansas this year, so they are capable of winning some big games. However, the Razorbacks are fighting for an at-large bid and you can bet that B.J. Young will come to play.

Prediction: Arkansas wins

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Game 6: No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies vs. No. 6 Missouri Tigers

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I am giving Texas A&M no shot to win this game. Missouri is just too good and really should not be in a bubble situation right now.

The Tigers did just lose to Tennessee on the road, but road games are tough in college basketball. However, Missouri beat LSU and Arkansas in the two games before and it has one of the best lineups in the SEC tourney.

Prediction: Missouri wins

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Game 7: No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs vs. No. 1 Florida Gators

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Florida may be vulnerable coming into this game, but it has by far the best team. Keep in mind, this is the same Gators team that was being compared to Indiana as being the best team in the nation earlier in the year.

Both teams have lost games since then, but the only difference is that you are not allowed to lose in the SEC.

The Gators are on a mission and the Bulldogs are not going to get in the way of that.

Prediction: Florida wins

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Game 8: No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers vs. No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide

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The winner of this game will likely earn an at-large bid. That is how much is at stake in this game.

Both teams are very good and could essentially win this game, but Tennessee literally is playing at home in the SEC tourney. The Volunteers’ fans will play a big part in this bubble game.

Prediction: Tennessee wins

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Game 9: No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats

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Kentucky may have earned the No. 2 seed, but Arkansas knows it can win in this game, especially since it beat the Wildcats in the only matchup that these two teams had this season.

This is another bubble game where the winner will likely make the big dance. It is crazy to think that Kentucky is just one loss away from not dancing, but it is what it is.

However, the Wildcats are coming off of a victory against Florida and they will continue that one-game winning streak.

Prediction: Kentucky wins

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Game 10: No. 6 Missouri Tigers vs. No 3 Ole Miss Rebels

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This game could very well be the most exciting game of the entire tournament. Both teams split the season series, so who knows what is going to happen in this one.

However, I am giving it to the team that has six players that average 10 or more points per game. Phil Pressey and the rest of the Tigers will be more than Marshall Henderson and Ole Miss can handle.

Prediction: Missouri wins

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Game 11: No. 1 Florida Gators vs. No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers

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If Tennessee actually makes it this far, you better believe that this team thinks it is going to win the entire SEC tournament.

However, Florida has Kenny Boynton, Mike Rosario, Patric Young and Erik Murphy. This is by far the best team on paper and when you watch them play it isn’t too hard to figure out.

The Gators want a good seed in the big dance unlike the No. 7 seed that they were given last year, despite being ranked for the entire season.

Prediction: Florida wins

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Game 12: No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 6 Missouri Tigers

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Okay, whoever wins this game and makes the SEC championship is definitely in the big dance. This is a coin toss type of game.

However, Missouri is going to get hot and Kentucky will not be able to handle the Tigers. Missouri did barely lose at Kentucky on the road in overtime just a couple of weeks ago. The Tigers are a better team and have one of the best players in the nation in Pressey.

Sorry Kentucky, but it is just not your year.

Prediction: Missouri wins

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Game 13: No. 1 Florida Gators vs. No. 6 Missouri Tigers

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These two teams split the season series, even though Florida gave the game away in the end, like it has been known to do this season. I am thinking about losses to Arizona, Kentucky and to, of course, Missouri.

However, Kenny Boynton is going to get hot, Patric Young is going to be dominant in the post and the rest of the Gators are going to come up big. Florida is still talented enough to deserve a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, although, that will not happen.

The Gators won the regular season title and they are the one team this season that was able to dominate the SEC. That trend will continue in this tournament.

Prediction: Florida wins

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