Tigers to Face Vandy in SEC Tournament

Auburn heads to Atlanta to open play in the conference tournament on Thursday.

Auburn, Ala.--After losing their final three regular season games, Coach Jeff Lebo's Auburn Tigers head into the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament as the sixth seed in the SEC West, which means they will open tournament play with a Thursday game vs. Vanderbilt.

Tipoff time for the contest, which will be televised regionally by Raycom Sports, is set for 2:15 p.m. CDT from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The Tigers, who finished the regular season 14-15 overall and 4-12 in SEC games, will face a Vandy team that is 25-6 overall and 10-6 in the conference after losing on Saturday in overtime at Alabama.

"They are very, very well coached and a Top 20 team," Lebo says of Auburn's opponent. "This is the third out of four years that we have played Vanderbilt (in the SEC Tournament). It is a tough task for us.

"They are awfully, awfully good at home," Lebo adds. "At least we are not playing them in Nashville so maybe we can go up there and make some shots and keep it close early in the game. Maybe they will get tight and we will come out of our shooting slump a little bit."

The following are the matchups for the SEC Tournament that runs Thursday through Sunday at the Georgia Dome:

FIRST ROUND, Thursday

Game 1--(East 5) South Carolina vs. (West 4) LSU, noon CDT

Game 2--(West 6) Auburn vs. (East 3) Vanderbilt, 2:15 CDT

Game 3--(West 5) Alabama vs. (East 4) Florida, 6:30 CDT

Game 4--(East 6) Georgia vs. (West 3) Ole Miss, 8:45 CDT


SECOND ROUND, Friday

Game 5--Game 1 Winner vs. (East 1) Tennessee, noon CDT

Game 6--Game 2 Winner vs. (West 2) Arkansas, 2:15 CDT

Game 7--Game 3 Winner vs. (West 1) Mississippi State, 6:30 CDT

Game 8--Game 4 Winner vs. (East 2) Kentucky, 8:45 CDT


SEMIFINALS, Saturday

Game 9--Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, noon CDT

Game 10--Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 2:15 CDT


CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, Sunday

Game 11--Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, noon CDT

(All games televised regionally by Raycom Sports except for finals on CBS).


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