Mississippi State 70 – South Carolina 59. Video Highlights
1. Freshman guard Fred Thomas scores a career-high 21 points as Bulldogs win for the third time in four games – will face Tennessee today. ”We’re playing hard, playing smarter and tougher than the other team.”
2. South Carolina’s Brenton Williams scored a career-high 38 points against South Carolina earlier this month but just six points Wednesday.
Texas A&M 71 – Auburn 62. Video Highlights
3. Despite playing with a broken bone in his pinkie finger, A&M guard Elston Turner scores a game-high 22 points. Aggies will play Missouri tonight.
4. Auburn ends the year losing 16 of its last 17 games, wins just nine games all year. Coach Tony Barbee: ”Now that it’s over, I’ll spend time reflecting on why things went the way they did and try to get better from there. That’s all we can do.”
Day 1 Reaction
5. Jon Solomon: “Auburn and South Carolina have two of the three newest arenas in the SEC, and they both lost Wednesday in the first SEC Tournament play-in games with 14 members.”
6. First night of the tournament draws just under 8,000 fans.
Day 2 Schedule (All Times Eastern)
LSU vs. Georgia (1:00 p.m.)
Mississippi State vs. Tennessee (3:30 p.m.)
Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas (7:30 p.m.)
Texas A&M vs. Missouri (10:00 p.m.)