When/where: Today-Sunday; Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga.
Today: Missouri vs. Mississippi State, 6 p.m. (Sun Sports); Arkansas vs. Mississippi, 8:30 (Sun Sports)
Thursday: Vanderbilt vs. Georgia, noon (Fox Sports Florida); Missouri-Mississippi State winner vs. Florida, 2:30 (FSF); LSU vs. Alabama, 6; Arkansas-Ole Miss winner vs. Auburn, 8:30.
Remaining schedule: Friday — noon (FSF), 2:30 (FSF), 6 and 8:30. Saturday — semifinals, noon and 2:30, ESPNU; Sunday — final, 3:30, ESPN
The favorite: In a league where the favorites rarely change, South Carolina is the surprise No. 1 seed. But Tennessee's victory over the Gamecocks in the regular-season finale was a reminder it is still a strong contender. So is Texas A&M which, like the Vols, finished one game back of South Carolina at 13-3.
The dark horses: It's tough to call a No. 4 seed a dark horse, but while Kentucky didn't live up to its billing at times during the season, it has enough talent — and the league's top scoring offense — to make things interesting.
Florida: The fifth-seeded Gators (18-11, 8-8) scored some big wins this season, but were hurt by lack of depth. Florida, which has the third-best scoring offense in the league, would have to beat Kentucky for a third time this season to make it to the semifinals, but the Gators could be considered a dark horse to at least make it to Saturday.
Antonya English, Times staff writer