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SEC Smash Bros. Tourney: Games #5 & #6 Preview

Posted on March 11, 2011

Friday afternoon of the SEC Tournament welcomes the top teams into the fray. One of these bye-winning teams is still fighting their way into the NCAA Tournament picture and has a tough matchup with another NCAA-desperate team. The other top team better win or I'm going to be in a foul mood.

If you can't watch on a local SEC Network partner (PDF), perhaps you can watch via ESPN3. After each game is complete, I'll have a Quick, Fake Summary of the game posted here on HTA.com. Enjoy the games!

E4 Georgia vs. W1 Auburn

Previous Meeting(s)

After over a month of limited play, Alabama senior guard Charvez Davis finally caught fire. He dropped 5 of 10 3-pointers (4 in the second half) and scored 17 points total. This complemented 'bama's JaMychal Green's 19 points and 9 rebounds and Tony Mitchell's 13 points off the bench to overpower the Bulldogs 65-57.

About Georgia

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Captain Falcon. Defensively Captain Falcon is all about pressure; Georgia forcing opponents to take tough shots (and blocks a bunch!) while preventing opponents' offensive rebounding. The Bulldogs also do their scoring on the inside, with Trey Thompkins providing the Smash Attacks, Gerald Robinson providing Falcon Punches and Travis Leslie giving Falcon Kicks.

Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season: Losing four very-winnable games (Tennessee, Florida, Xavier & Vandy) at home. Win two of those 4 games and Georgia isn't fighting for a NCAA bubble spot.

How They'll Win This Game: Jeremy Price has to limit his fouls and stay in the game. Price might not be the best individual match-up against Alabama's JaMychal Green, but Price should be used to limit Tony Mitchell and Alabama's offensive rebounding.

About Alabama

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Lucario. Excellent vertical control and defense that results in controlling rebounding, steals, blocks and forcing turnovers. Strong interior offensive play that gets stronger as the game comes to an end.

Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season: Tim Higgins being Tim Higgins. If Alabama wins that game at Nashville, I bet they improve themselves just enough to be considered currently on-the-bubble.

How They'll Win This Game: Dominate inside. Getting another great game from Charvez Davis isn't necessary, but Alabama will need some offensive output from someone like Andrew Steele or Trevor Releford penetrating inside and drawing Georgia fouls.

Georgia-Alabama Prediction

Alabama by 4. Alabama's backcourt outplays Georgia's backcourt and the Crimson Tide get enough production from their frontcourt to overcome Georgia's scrappy play.

W4 Ole Miss vs. E2 Kentucky

Previous Meeting(s)

Ole Miss hung tough against missing their own shots early and then built an 11-point lead in the 2nd half thanks to lackluster Kentucky defense. To the Wildcats' credit, they battled back but couldn't quite seal the deal; Ole Miss' Chris Warren hit a 3-point dagger to put the Rebels ahead with 2.9 seconds left. Warren's 22-points & 3 assists lifted the Rebels over the Wildcats 71-69.

About Ole Miss

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Zero Suit Samus. Really not strong on the inside defensively, but can absolutely pour on the damage from quick outside-in attacks or on the tip of her Plasma Whip.

Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season:: Not going with Admiral Ackbar. Or Hotty Totty Man, which would have provided Duff Man type of humor. OH YEAH!

How They'll Win This Game: Playing the Wildcats physical isn't necessarily going to make Coach John Calipari's team to shirk again. Warren should produce another strong outside shooting effort -- the Wildcats have been weak at defending the arc -- but he'll need to ensure that his teammates all produce offense. Keeping the Wildcats' defense scrambling and off-balance will allow Warren to feast again.

About Kentucky

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Marth. Incredible offense output and quickness. Long reach provides incredible defensive capabilities. When played by a focused player, it can be an unstoppable juggernaut; when carelessly button-mashing, will let inferior opponents have openings.

Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season:: When John Calipari lip-reading stopped being polite and started getting real.

How They'll Win This Game: Junior Guard DeAndre Liggins needs to play more than 22 minutes and not argue with the refs. Junior Forward Darius Miller will need to continue taking a more active role offensively. Freshman Forward Terrence Jones should feast again on Ole Miss' interior. Really, the Wildcats just need to play defense for about 35 minutes of the game and should scoot away with a win.

Ole Miss-Kentucky Prediction

Kentucky by 7. Revenge is a dish best served cold. In Atlanta, it's served with a ice-cold Coca-Cola.

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SEC Smash Tourney Game #2: Jack It! Jack It From There!

Posted on March 10, 2011

(Title of this post is inspired by @ukandrew.)

Run! Jack up a quick 3! Run! Inside-out, jack up a 3! Offensive rebound, jack up a 3!

South Carolina is clearly investigating new and exciting ways to miss shots. Dunks rim in-and-out; layups spin out. Wild 3-point heaves bounce high and proud, rising and falling as the sun. And the Gamecocks should crow for shooting 20-67 FG (29.9%) including 8-30 3FG (26.7%), which has to be some incredible shitty record.

Ole Miss kinda helped in their investigation, shooting 6-19 3FG for the game. But Chris Warren (20 points on 7-16 FG, 3-7 3FG) and Terrence Henry (14 points, 11 rebounds) put enough of a game together to move on. Ole Miss wins 66-55; South Carolina's NCAA basketball season is over.

Maybe Darrin Horn should send all those magical bricks to Haiti. I'm sure UK Coach John Calipari is sending a shipment of timeouts there next week.

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SEC Smash Bros. Tourney: Games #1 & #2 Preview

Posted on March 10, 2011

Are you ready for some mediocre basketball! This Thursday morning session features one SEC team desperate for some bubble love and three other teams that will be looking to save face from awful conference results. Whether or not the "already out" teams will come to play might be determined by the seniors -- such as Ole Miss' Chris Warren, South Carolina's Sam Muldrow -- who have just one last shot at a victory in the SECT.

Yes, this preview is short, weird and hopefully entertaining. Who else is gonna use Nintendo fighting game characters to define a team's strengths and weaknesses in abstract?

If you can't watch on a local SEC Network partner (PDF), perhaps you can watch via ESPN3. After each game is complete, I'll have a Quick, Fake Summary of the game posted here on HTA.com. Enjoy the games!

W5 Auburn vs. E4 Georgia

Previous Meeting(s)

Auburn used a 30-point outburst from Earnest Ross (including 5-of-7 3FG) to send the game into overtime. But nobody helped Earnest in overtime, and Georgia pulled away 81-72.

About Auburn

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Luigi. Not really good defensively, pretty wretched offensively. They scored 70 or more points just 5 times this season; two of those games went into overtime. They rely a lot on catching teams on bad shooting nights and letting their hard-playing defense keep them close in a game. Occasionally, they'll land a Fire Jump Punch, like they did against Mississippi St. and Ole Miss.

Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season: Toomer's Corner got poisoned and they still lost to Alabama twice.

How They'll Win This Game: Junior Forward Kenny Gabriel can play more than 30 minutes and produce. Sophomore Guard Ernest Ross should be able to get his points (though probably not 30). Auburn will need more than just Gabriel and Ross to win; other players will have to surprise the Bulldogs with offensive efficiency.

About Georgia

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Captain Falcon. Defensively Captain Falcon is all about pressure; Georgia forcing opponents to take tough shots (and blocks a bunch!) while preventing opponents' offensive rebounding. The Bulldogs also do their scoring on the inside, with Trey Thompkins providing the Smash Attacks, Gerald Robinson providing Falcon Punches and Travis Leslie giving Falcon Kicks.

Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season: Losing four very-winnable games (Tennessee, Florida, Xavier & Vandy) at home. Win two of those 4 games and Georgia isn't fighting for a NCAA bubble spot.

How They'll Win This Game: Defense. They already have more scorers than Auburn can muster. They should be able to crack 70 points and keep Auburn's Ross and guard Josh Wallace from producing.

Auburn-Georgia Prediction

Georgia by 12. Mark Fox will have his team operating like a bunch of souped-up Arwings to earn their chance at a NCAA bubble bid.

E6 South Carolina vs. W4 Ole Miss

Previous Meeting(s)

Ole Miss' Chris Warren made it rain with eight 3-pointers but South Carolina's Sam Muldrow countered with 3 of his own 3-pointers and 23 points total. Ole Miss' rally from a 14-point second-half deficit fell short, and the Gamecocks won 79-73.

About South Carolina

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Yoshi. This isn't your Smash Bros. 64 Yoshi, with the incredibly-cheap butt-stomp that was long-distance death. This is Brawl Yoshi, who's only slightly-dangerous from afar and is pretty much only dangerous if you're not paying attention. It's almost like they're missing something.

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How They'll Win This Game: Sam Muldrow has another big game, though less with 3-pointers and more with rebounds, blocks and free-throw attempts. Ramon Galloway making up Muldrow 's lack of 3-point output would tip the scales in the Gamecocks' favor.

About Ole Miss

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Zero Suit Samus. Really not strong on the inside defensively, but can absolutely pour on the damage from quick outside-in attacks or on the tip of her Plasma Whip.

Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season:: Not going with Admiral Ackbar. Or Hotty Totty Man, which would have provided Duff Man type of humor. OH YEAH!

How They'll Win This Game: Terrance Henry and Reginald Bucker have to contain Mudrow. Getting some extra scoring output from Dundrecous Nelson would be very handy as well.

South Carolina-Ole Miss Prediction

Ole Miss by 2. Chris Warren makes a ballsy shot with time running out and the Gamecocks can't answer. Then Ole Miss fans go back to talking about baseball for the next 18 hours.

Gratuitous and Shameless Plug

I'll be watching this session at Buddy's Bar and Grill in Lexington, KY. Stop by if you'd like to hear me giggle like a 14-year-old girl at every turnover.

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