SEC basketball tournament 2013 schedule and bracket: Missouri aims to improve NCAA seeding

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The Missouri Tigers are the lone team that can feel safe about making the NCAA Tournament in Day 2 of SEC tournament action. Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Texas A&M probably have to win out.

Two games are already in the books in Day 2 of the SEC tournament. What's next on tap? Here's a look at today's SEC Tournament bracket.

No. 9 LSU 68, No. 8 Georgia 63

LSU prevailed after taking a huge lead early; the Tigers held on to stave off a significant Georgia rally power-charged by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Caldwell Pope scored 25 points in the second half and narrowed a 21 point lead to two, but the Tigers responded with a crucial three late and held on thanks to their hot shooting from behind the arc. Shavon Coleman led LSU with 24 points.

Up next for LSU is top-seeded Florida, which takes place tomorrow at noon ET.

No. 5 Tennessee 69, No. 13 Mississippi State 53
The Vols cruised over the Bulldogs from start to finish, shooting over 53 percent from the field while holding Mississippi State to under 36-percent shooting. Jordan McRae led Tennessee with 17 points, Trae Golden added 15 points, and Jarnell Stokes and Quinton Chievous put in 10 points apiece.

Tennessee moves onto face No. 4 Alabama at 2:30 p.m. ET Friday.

This evening
No. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network

This game figures to serve as a contrast of styles. Arkansas loves to run and score, Vanderbilt loves to slow it down and play at a pretty slow tempo. Both Vanderbilt and Arkansas have won game against each other this season in games similar to how the Commodores operate; Vanderbilt lost 56-33 in the first contest and then avenged the loss in 67-49 victory a month later. The winner draws Kentucky.

No. 6 Missouri vs. No. 11 Texas A&M, 9:00 p.m., SEC Network
Missouri is in pretty good shape for an NCAA Tournament bid, so they shouldn't have to worry about much more Thursday night other than improving their seeding. The Tigers could have trouble with the Aggies as they did lose in their lone head-to-head meeting this year, but Missouri will be a neutral site and should feel a bit more confident about winning the rematch. Up next for the winner will be Ole Miss.

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