The fine folks at Our Two Bits decided to each fill out our own brackets for the SEC Tournament, which starts tonight at 7pm. And are you surprised that not one of us picked Florida to be upset and not win it all? You probably shouldn’t be.
Florida being the number one seed is the clear favorite to win the tourney, as they did just make SEC history on Saturday by becoming the first team ever to finish with an unblemished record in conference play. But in case the alcohol you consumed trying to drown the pain of a 4-8 football season made you forget about last year’s SEC tournament, I’ll go ahead and remind you.
Florida came in already with the SEC regular season title, and was the number one seed. They were a favorite behind the two seed Kentucky, who beat the Gators by four in Rupp Arena less than a week earlier. But with Kentucky being upset by Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals, it looked like the tourney would be Florida’s.
But Marshall Henderson and Ole Miss had different plans in the championship game. Florida missed two opportunities to force overtime at the end of the 2nd half. Down three with 4.2 seconds to go, Scottie Wilbekin missed both free throws, and Kenny Boynton’s last second three pointer attempt on the offensive rebound was no good. Ole Miss would get the upset victory 66-63.
Of course the argument is there that this is a much more consistent and balanced team than last season’s, and that is valid. But remember that this team hasn’t lost since the beginning of December, (a one point loss to then #12 Connecticut) so perhaps a loss would do them some good before the NCAA tournament starts next week. The OTB crew doesn’t see that happening however, as every one of us picked Florida to win out.
Florida gets the first and second round bye, which means their first game will be Friday at 1pm against Missouri or Texas A&M. The first and second round games will be available on Watch ESPN, and the quarterfinals on Watch ESPN and ESPNU. Semifinal games can be found on ABC with the championship game set for 3:15 on ESPN.
Without further ado, here’s a look at Our Two Bit’s 2014 SEC Tournament bracket picks.
Dustin Davis’ Picks (@Dustin6263)
Paul Sjoberg’s Picks (@PaulSjoberg)
William Heilman’s Picks
Morgan Moriarty’s Picks (@Morgan_Moriarty)
Chris Weather’s Picks
Scott Francis’ Picks (@ScottEFranchise)