SEC: Tournament features teams in desperation mode

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SEC links for Monday:

  • Matthew Harris of the Baton Rouge Advocate writes that desperation is the flavor of this SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament. Florida, Kentucky and possibly Tennessee are in the NCAA Tourney field. The rest are scrambling.
  • Alabama’s special Senior Day feels like a beginning and not the end, writes Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News. Alabama plays LSU in the SEC Tournament on Thursday with the winner playing Kentucky on Friday.
  • Progress has been difficult to measure for LSU basketball, writes Ron Higgins of NOLA.com. If LSU beats Alabama, the Tigers would play a Kentucky team it beat in Baton Rouge and lost to by one point in overtime in Lexington.
  • Tennessee says criticism of head coach Cuonzo Martin brought the Vols together, reports Patrick Brown of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Tennessee has won its last four straight, including a 38-point win over Vanderbilt and a 27-point win over Missouri.
  • Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun writes that Florida’s win over Kentucky on Saturday showed the Gators’ signature focus this season.
  • The Gators are playing their best at the right time, writes Gary Smits of the Florida Times-Union.
  • Georgia coach Mark Fox is drawing praise from peers during Bullodgs’ historic run, writes Chip Towers of the AJC. “Only longtime observers of Georgia basketball can probably fully appreciate what his team managed to accomplish this season,” writes Towers.
  • Georgia’s run brings regret but also hope, writes Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph. The Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed in the SEC Tournament. They could get a second crack at Kentucky, this time in the tournament semifinals.
  • Alabama’s quarterback battle highlights spring practice, reports Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Montgomery Advertiser. Nick Saban must replace AJ McCarron.
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