David Paschall: Four will need five in SEC

Florida guard Kenny Boynton (1) goes up for a basket in the first half as Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) defends at Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Florida guard Kenny Boynton (1) goes up for a basket in the first half as Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) defends at Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Florida has clinched at least a share of the Southeastern Conference men's basketball title, and the Gators would have to play three games to win next week's league tournament in Nashville.

For the three teams tied for last in the standings -- Auburn, Mississippi State and South Carolina -- winning the SEC tournament would require five victories in five days. The league expanded its tournament from four days following the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M, which created a 14-member conference.

"I separate postseason play from regular-season play, but once you get in that moment you've got to handle what's in front of you," South Carolina coach Frank Martin said Monday. "I don't think there is anything you can do through the course of the year to possibly prepare you for that. You just have to stay in the moment and keep your team as fresh and as focused as you can."

The SEC tournament will open next Wednesday night with the 12th seed against the 13th seed followed by the 11th seed against the 14th seed.

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albert63 writes:

First, go gators!

RockyMtnVol writes:

There can only be ONE!

UT be the ball!

Go Vols!!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Going to be a great tourney!!!! Was at the Atlanta Tornado tourney when Lofton hit the game winner;Then sold my ticket to a MSU fan and spent the rest of the weekend heartbroken at the the Hyatt..Was at the finals in Tampa to see Prince and Smith blow the inbound pass to give MSU the championship..With so many inconsistent teams this year anything could happen..I can easily see GA or A&M being a spoiler and Mizzo making a run..Vols probably get five or six seed which could have us playing Ole Miss or Bama..I'll stick my neck out and predict KY or Ole Miss go down first game

samvol writes:

i say we are IN...jmo

samvol writes:

the tourney that is.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

5 wins to earn an SEC tourney crown..That aint' happening.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

5 wins to earn an SEC tourney crown..That aint' happening.

Yep, seems pretty unlikely for any of the ones that would have to do that. Luckily, the Vols won't be one of them.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Yep, seems pretty unlikely for any of the ones that would have to do that. Luckily, the Vols won't be one of them.

Good point, and with a little luck they can play even less games as a number 4 seed..Here's to hoping they can win the last two and every team ahead of UT loses..GBO!!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Good point, and with a little luck they can play even less games as a number 4 seed..Here's to hoping they can win the last two and every team ahead of UT loses..GBO!!

We're gonna need everybody playing together and well to win against Mizzou. AND maybe even against Auburn. Golden AND Stokes need to play wiser and harder. Richardson needs to well...they ALL need to go to the basket better.
We can't depend on outside shots to win. I have never liked teams that do that.

Go VOLS. We can do it.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

We're gonna need everybody playing together and well to win against Mizzou. AND maybe even against Auburn. Golden AND Stokes need to play wiser and harder. Richardson needs to well...they ALL need to go to the basket better.
We can't depend on outside shots to win. I have never liked teams that do that.

Go VOLS. We can do it.

I agree. You can rest a little starting Saturday night, but until then you have to put the hammer down, Vols! Nothing is promised, you must reach out and TAKE it. Both of these games are winnable but they will have to be WON, not assumed. GO VOLS!!! GO ZO!!! TCB!!!

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