GAME 5: Kentucky 73 - Alabama 67
A Sea of Blue came away most impressed by its opponent, which is appropriate since Alabama fought hard:
I can't say enough about the Alabama Crimson Tide. They were tough, they pretty much dominated UK on the glass, but what wound up getting them beat today, as so many times this year, was just the inability to shoot a high enough percentage from the field. It's a good thing they didn't, too, because Kentucky was ripe for the picking today.
The Tide fans at Roll Bama Roll took it well, making a wry joke in reference to football (of course) and looking ahead to the NIT field:
The effort and opportunities were there but with Colt McCoy hurt we just weren't able to rally there at the end. Looks like we'll be waiting and wondering 'til Sunday to see if we can get an NIT bid.
GAME 6: Tennessee 76 - Ole Miss 65
Rocky Top Talk liked what it saw from its Tennessee team, which fought off a team playing for its postseason life with... free throws?
Much of this is due to the fact that the Rebels started fouling with three minutes left, but Tennessee shot a staggering 32 free throws in the second half, giving them 37 attempts for the game. And while Tennessee was knocking down 70.3% of theirs, Ole Miss was going 12 of 25 at the line, just 48.0%. Those misses added up throughout the second half, and helped Tennessee stay in front.
Red Cup Rebellion has a thorough recap of things on the Ole Miss side, but the first and last lines sum it all up:
We lost. It wasn't good.
Tennessee deserved the game. They played disciplined basketball and made their free throws.
GAME 7: Mississippi State 75 - Florida 69
Alligator Army was understandably frustrated with how things turned out for Florida, especially given the Gators' stuggles in putting themselves into March Madness for sure:
Florida had four chances to win one game and clinch an NCAA bid, but were 0-4 in those games, finishing with tonight's 75-69 loss to Mississippi State in the SEC Quarterfinals. UF will have to sweat out Selection Sunday while Miss State gets a chance to steal the SEC's fourth and possibly final NCAA invite.
GAME 8: Vanderbilt 78 - Georgia 66
Vandy blog Anchor of Gold was at the late game in person, so it doesn't have postgame analysis up quite yet.
Dawg Sports meanwhile had an inspirational speech lined up to cap off the season:
...[W]e would have to characterize this not as a season that brought success but as the season that turned our hope into faith. This is not a good basketball team right now . . . but it will be. What was a question of "if" has become a matter of "when." It ain’t much, but it is something, which is better than nothing, and, in the due course of time, it may turn out to be everything.