SEC Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Vanderbilt Hangs On To Beat Mississippi State

Renardo Sidney finally played to his potential on Friday night in the SEC Tournament, but it wasn’t enough as the Vanderbilt Commodores survived and advanced with an 87-81 win. Sidney scored 22 points, but John Jenkins upstaged him for the Commodores, scoring 29 points of his own. In a game that was close throughout, Vanderbilt came back from a two-point halftime deficit to pull-away down the stretch while securing a six-point win.

Jenkins’ 29 points led the way for Vanderbilt, with Jeffrey Taylor adding 20 points. Brad Tinsley was also in double-figures, scoring 12 points. Tinsley also had a team-high six assists.

Sidney got plenty of help, but it wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs to overcome Jenkins’ scoring outburst. Dee Bost had a double-double, finishing with 16 points and 11 assists. Ravern Johnson added 18 points and Kodi Augustus was also in double-figures with 10 points.

Vanderbilt moves on to face Florida in the semifinals on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

To connect with Vanderbilt fans, check out Anchor of Gold. To visit with Mississippi State fans, stop by For Whom The Cowbell Tolls.

First Round: Thursday, March 10

East No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs def. West No. 5 Auburn Tigers, 69-51

West No. 3 Mississippi Rebels def. East No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks, 66-55

East No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers def. West No. 4 Arkansas Razorbacks, 74-68

East No. 3 Vanderbilt Commodores vs. West No. 6 LSU Tigers, 10:00 p.m., SEC Network

Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11

West No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide def. Georgia, 65-59

East No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats def. Mississippi, 75-66

East No. 1 Florida Gators def. Tennessee, 85-74

Vanderbilt def. Mississippi State Bulldogs, 87-81

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Alabama vs. Kentucky, 1:00 p.m., ABC

Floriday vs. Vanderbilt, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 1:00 p.m., ABC

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