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Women's college basketball preview: SEC tournament

SEC women's basketball tournament

When/where: Today-Sunday; Alltel Arena, North Little Rock, Ark.

Today's schedule: No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 9 Mississippi, 1 p.m.; No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 10 Kentucky, 3:30; No. 5 Tennessee vs. No. 12 Alabama, 7:30; No. 6 Mississippi State vs. No. 11 South Carolina, 10 p.m.

TV: First round, second round and semifinal games can be seen on FSN and Sun Sports. The championship game is Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Favorite: Auburn. Nell Fortner's Tigers are 27-2 this season and clinched their first SEC regular-season title since 1989. The No. 3 Tigers are led by SEC player of the year DeWanna Bonner, just the third Auburn player to score 2,000 in her career. But the Tigers' only losses of the season came in conference play. And one thing about the SEC tournament is that the regular-season winner rarely emerges to cut the nets.

Dark horses: The list is extensive this year, as LSU, Georgia and Arkansas all have a shot at upsetting the apple cart. LSU has won five straight and enters the tournament as one of the hottest teams, along with the Bulldogs and Razorbacks.

What Florida must do: Regroup and play like it did midseason. The No. 21 Gators enter the tournament after going 1-4 in a late-season slump. Florida lost three straight after defeating Tennessee at home for only the second time in school history. With a bye in the first round, the Gators will meet the winner of the Tennessee/Alabama game. After spending last season in the WNIT, Florida is NCAA Tournament-bound, but it can't get complacent. In an effort to get a good seeding, the last thing it needs is to get bounced early. The Gators have never won an SEC tournament title.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Women's college basketball preview: SEC tournament 03/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 11:16pm]
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