SEC bracket revised, LSU now facing Arkansas

The decision of Georgia not to participate in post-season basketball has forced the Southeastern Conference to reshuffle the bracket for this week's tournament.<br><br>As a result, LSU will now face Arkansas in a first round game on Thursday at the Louisiana Superdome.

Georgia president Dr. Michael Adams announced at a news conference Monday that head basketball coach Jim Harrick was suspended with pay as a result of an ongoing investigation into academic fraud. Harrick's son, assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr., was found to have instructed a basketball course at the university for which two players were given credit without attending class.

Harrick Jr. was fired last week and the two players, Rashaad Wright and Chris Daniels, were declared ineligible.

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Athletic director Vince Dooley also announced that the Bulldogs would not participate in the SEC or NCAA tournaments.

"We have found further information that there was academic fraud in that basketball course," Dooley said at Monday's news conference . Additional information now has unfolded where there is unethical conduct also that has been charged."

Dooley added that there was no evidence that Harrick Sr. had any knowledge of the academic fraud taking place involving his son's class. Although Adams said there had been no decision made on firing Harrick, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that Harrick would be terminated as soon as the probe at Georgia was finalized.

Harrick was fired as head coach at UCLA in 1996 after lying about an expense report, and he was also accused of involvement in academic fraud when he coached at Rhode Island from 1998-99.

With Georgia not participating in the SEC Tournament, the seedings for the Eastern Division teams have been altered for the bracket. League regulations call for Georgia to be the seeded last and for Tennessee, No. 3 seed with the best conference record, to receive receive a bye.

South Carolina was moved from the fifth East seed to the fourth, and Vanderbilt jumped from the sixth to fifth seed. No seeds in the Western Division are effected, but the matchups for the No. 3-6 West seeds are. 

LSU was scheduled to take on Vanderbilt in Thursday's opening round, but they will now face Arkansas the sixth seed from the Western Division.

The revised bracket with schedule is shown below:

FIRST ROUND - March 13 (Thursday)
Game 1 - [W5] Ole Miss vs. [E5] South Carolina  JP Noon
Game 2 - [W6] Arkansas vs. [W3] LSU JP 2:15 p.m.
Game 3 - [E5] Vanderbilt vs. [W4] Alabama JP 6:30 p.m.
SECOND ROUND - March 14 (Friday)
Game 5 - Game 1 Winner vs. [W1] Mississippi State JP Noon
Game 6 - Game 2 Winner vs. [E2] Florida JP 2:15 p.m.
Game 7 - Game 3 Winner vs. [E1] Kentucky JP 6:30 p.m.
Game 8 - [E3] Tennessee vs. [W2] Auburn JP

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