SEC Tournament 2014 schedule and bracket: Florida, Kentucky begin tournament play Friday

Rob Foldy

The SEC tournament starts its quarterfinal round on Friday. Here's your complete schedule for the day.

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The SEC tournament continues on Friday with the quarterfinal round. Only two teams are assured a spot in the NCAA Tournament, but there are a handful of teams hoping to crash the party.

The Florida Gators cruised to to the regular season title, going 18-0 in conference play. They can lock down a No. 1 seed by winning the tournament this weekend. Florida is facing the Missouri Tigers, who are coming off a double-overtime win over Texas A&M. The Tigers are still hanging on the bubble and an upset win over Florida would be a big boost in their favor.

The South Carolina Gamecocks are the feel-good story of this tournament. After finishing next-to-last in the regular season, South Carolina blew out Auburn in the first round and popped Arkansas' bubble in a shocking 71-69 win. They now face the Tennessee Volunteers, and by all rights this game shouldn't be close, but stranger things have happened in March.

The Kentucky Wildcats have had a disappointing season, to put it mildly. After starting as a consensus preseason No. 1 team, they dropped four of their last seven games to stumble out of the Top 15. Despite the rough finish, they still hold the No. 2 seed and should get into the NCAAs without much trouble. They'll be taking on the LSU Tigers in the SEC quarterfinals, who took care of the Alabama Crimson Tide in a rivalry game that's way more interesting in football than basketball. The two teams split the regular season series, with LSU dropping a one-point overtime loss on in Lexington, so this isn't a gimme by any means.

In the final game of the night, the third-seeded Georgia Bulldogs host the Mississippi Rebels. The sixth-seeded Rebels got 21 points each from Jarvis Henderson and Marshall Henderson in dispatching 14-seeded Mississippi State 78-66 on Thursday.

Friday's complete schedule rundown

No. 1 Florida vs. No. 8 Missouri, 1 p.m. ET, ESPNU

No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 13 South Carolina, 3 p.m. ET, ESPNU

No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 7 LSU, 7 p.m. ET, SEC TV

No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 6 Ole Miss, 9 p.m. ET, SEC TV

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