The first round of the 2014 SEC Basketball Tournament was an upset filled affair. There is a full slate of action on tap for Thursday:
(9) Texas A&M vs (8) Missouri 1 p.m. (SECTV/ESPN3)
Thursday's action begins with the two newest SEC teams, Texas A&M and Missouri going head-to-head in the 8-9 matchup. The Tigers were an inconsistent team throughout the season and expected to finish with a much better conference record than 9-9. The Aggies finished right behind them at 8-10. Missouri nipped A&M 57-56 just over a week ago in the only regular season matchup.
(12) South Carolina vs (5) Arkansas (SECTV/ESPN3) 25 minutes after 1 p.m. game finishes
The Gamecocks pulled an upset in the first-round defeating Auburn 74-56 behind 23 points from Duane Notice. The Tigers fired head coach Tony Barbee less than an hour later. The Razorbacks are itching to get back on the court after laying an egg in their final regular season game against Alabama. Arkansas scored a 71-64 win over South Carolina in the only regular season meeting between the two clubs.
(10) Alabama vs (7) LSU (SECTV/ESPN3) 7 p.m.
Neither Alabama or LSU had the season they were anticipating. The Tigers went just 3-5 over their last eight games and finished with a 69-61 loss at home to Georgia. Alabama went 4-4 over its last eight and finished on a high note by smoking Arkansas 83-58 to wrap up the regular season. Trevor Releford finished with 21 points in an 82-80 win by the Tide over the Tigers in the lone regular season meeting between the two teams.
(14) Mississippi State vs (6) Ole Miss 25 minutes after 7 p.m. game concludes
By far the biggest surprise from Wednesday was Mississippi State winning for the first time in more than a month with an 82-68 win over Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs came into the tournament having lost 13 straight games. Now they will get a rematch with in-state rival Ole Miss. The home team won both regular season matchups and this year's series will get decided on a neutral floor.