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SEC Smash Tourney Game #5: Timeout Tantrum

Posted on March 11, 2011

For 35 minutes, Georgia dominated Alabama. Then somehow the Crimson Tide kept fighting to tie the game with just seconds left. Georgia pushes for a shot and it banks in... but Georgia Coach Mark Fox called timeout! Georgia can't get a good shot with just 0.8 seconds left, the game goes into overtime... and Alabama takes control by forcing turnovers.

Alabama wins 65-59, and Georgia fans have to be crying. Hopefully Georgia has done just enough to get into the NCAA Tournament; I'd love to see wily Coach Fox again this season!

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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 Bros. Tourney: Games #3 & #4 Preview

Posted on March 10, 2011

The Thursday evening session features two SEC East teams with something to prove. Vandy dropped their chance at a #2 seed in the SEC Tourney with a dumb loss to Tennessee at home. The Vols, riding an insane strength-of-schedule rating and victory over Pittsburgh that is more amazing now than it was then, should want to fight their way towards victory and respect. Luckily for both teams, they get to start their SEC Tournament campaigns with SEC West teams. Yay!

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!

E5 Tennessee vs. E4 Arkansas

Previous Meeting(s)

Arkansas forwards Delvon Johnson and Marshawn Powell scored a combined 31 points on Tennessee's interior defense, leading the Razorbacks to a 68-65 win.

About Tennessee

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Wario. Seemingly can recover from hits that would knock other teams out. Much better in approach/transition game than advertised. Solid defensively and has a knack for collecting offensive rebounds and steals. When used correctly, can be a very dangerous team to play, but is pretty-much worthless when a coach is just button-mashing (or distracted).

Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season: Lies, damn lies, and crucifixin'.

How They'll Win This Game: HEARTDETERMINATIONPASSIONHEART. Bruce Pearl is at his best when he can make his team believe that it is them against the world. Tobias Harris and Cameron Tatum will need to pour in the points to help free Scotty Hopson from any double or triple-teams. If Brian Williams is healthy again, his rebounding and interior defense will be crucial in limiting Arkansas' scoring.

About Arkansas

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Link. Pretty decent attacks from long-range and can bash you pretty good on the inside. Defensively limited and has difficulty recovering when hit hard.

Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season: The pressure on Head Coach John Pelphrey was an unwelcome distraction that you'd think wouldn't get worse. Wellt it got worse.

How They'll Win This Game: Rotnei Clark goes bezerk within the confines of the Arkansas offensive set. If the Razorbacks can be mostly patient and get good looks from Tennessee's often over-extending defense, they should be able to put up enough points to make a close game.

Tennessee-Arkansas Prediction

Tennessee by 5. Arkansas makes a run in the second half to overcome a big deficit but can't score enough to win. Bruce Pearl spends the press conference reminding everybody what he means to Tennessee Basketball while Pat Summit can be heard rolling her eyes from Knoxville.

W6 LSU vs. E3 Vanderbilt

Previous Meeting(s)

Vanderbilt let LSU score 41 points in the first half. But the Commodores limited the Tigers to 25% FG in the second half and just 3 points in the final 4:50 minutes. Vandy cruised to a 90-69 win.

About LSU

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Jigglypuff. Pretty much not dangerous unless you fall asleep. Even if you do fall asleep, LSU can't knock you off the stage without some assistance.

Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season: Coach Trent Johnson's recruiting. LSU's freshmen are talented but not talented enough to be thrust into leading their team to victory this season. Coach Johnson apologized to the fans and will probably be happy to see this season over.

How They'll Win This Game: A bullshit shooting percentage of which we've never seen before. And incredible rebounding. LSU has to limit Vandy's offensive rebounds to have any shot at an upset.

About Vanderbilt

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Snake. Can punish opponents from near, from far away or from the free-throw line. Can rush or contain opponents. Not the greatest defense but does enough to slow the other team down. Powerful and deadly when focused.

Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season: Mr. C, the Vandy mascot, is a bit of a dick.

How They'll Win This Game: By wanting to win the game.

LSU-Vanderbilt Prediction

Vandy by 15. Trent Johnson tries to sneak out of the arena inside a cardboard box. When he is discovered, a red exclamation mark appears over his head.

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