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March 3, 2013

WBB: SEC tournament pairings



South Carolina got the help it needed, but couldn't help itself.

The Gamecocks won their regular-season finale, then watched in dismay as red-hot LSU beat Texas A&M. USC came into the week knowing that its chances for a top-four finish were slim, but the chance was still there. It just needed two things to happen - A&M to lose twice, and the Gamecocks to win twice.

The former happened. USC was left kicking itself for a loss at Missouri earlier this week, which ultimately cost it a top-four finish. The Gamecocks will play the winner of Alabama and Mississippi State at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday in the tournament's second round. USC beat Alabama once and Mississippi State twice in the regular season.

The pairings for the SEC tournament have been set. The tournament begins on Wednesday in Duluth, Ga.

FINAL SEC STANDINGS
Team SEC Overall
*Tennessee 14-2 23-6
Kentucky 13-3 25-4
Georgia 12-4 24-5
South Carolina 11-5 23-6
Texas A&M 11-5 21-9
LSU 10-6 19-10
Vanderbilt 9-7 19-10
Arkansas 6-10 18-11
Florida 6-10 17-13
Missouri 6-10 17-13
Auburn 5-11 16-13
Mississippi State 5-11 13-16
Alabama 2-14 12-17
Ole Miss 2-14 9-20
*Regular-season champion
Sunday's games
Missouri 88, Alabama 64
Arkansas 93, Ole Miss 52
Auburn 74, Mississippi State 65
South Carolina 67, Florida 56
Georgia 55, Vanderbilt 50
Kentucky 78, Tennessee 65
LSU 67, Texas A&M 52

TOURNAMENT SEEDINGS
Tennessee claimed the regular-season championship and the No. 1 seed.

Texas A&M won the head-to-head matchup with South Carolina and thus claimed the No. 4 seed.

Arkansas went 2-1 against Florida and Missouri and wins the No. 8 seed. Florida went 1-1 against Arkansas and Missouri and would be the No. 9 seed. Missouri would be the No. 10 seed.

Auburn beat Mississippi State and would be the No. 11 seed.

WEDNESDAY
Game 1 -- (12) Mississippi State vs. (13) Alabama, 6 p.m. (FSS)
*Note: Due to Ole Miss' self-imposed postseason ban, the No. 11 seed receives a bye to Thursday
THURSDAY
Game 2 -- (8) Arkansas vs. (9) Florida, noon (SPSO)
Game 3 -- (5) South Carolina vs. Game 1 winner, 2:30 p.m. (SPSO)
Game 4 -- (7) Vanderbilt vs. (10) Missouri, 6 p.m. (SPSO)
Game 5 -- (6) LSU vs. (11) Auburn, 8:30 p.m. (SPSO)
FRIDAY
Game 6 -- Game 2 winner vs. (1) Tennessee, noon (SPSO)
Game 7 -- Game 3 winner vs. (4) Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. (SPSO)
Game 8 -- Game 4 winner vs. (2) Kentucky, 6 p.m. (FSS)
Game 9 -- Game 5 winner vs. (3) Georgia, 8:30 p.m. (FSS)
SATURDAY
Game 10 -- Game 7 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 11 -- Game 9 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
SUNDAY
Championship -- Game 11 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

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