The talk all week has been about the seeding for the SEC Tournament and how it needed to change because it wasn't a true reflection of the relative power of the league. Critics said that the four best teams were all in the SEC East and that the SEC West had no talent and should not have received the benefit of the divisional seeding that characterizes the SEC Tournament. Maybe so. But today, the Mississippi State Bulldogs will be representing the West in the Finals, after defeating two of the top East teams convincingly. Vanderbilt and Florida have gone down, but will MSU be able to repeat its magic against Kentucky? An NCAA bid may be what is at stake.
Because of the wins by Houston and New Mexico State yesterday, there are two fewer bubble teams that will find their way into March Madness. Mississippi State was all but forgotten as a Tournament team but now find themselves squarely on the bubble, potentially the last team in or out. Win today and you take away any mystery...lose today and you are the team the analysts fight about during the endless preview shows from Monday to Wednesday.
As for Kentucky, the city is painted Blue and Calipari admitted he had changed his mind and wants to win this for the fans. There will be a lot of them in Nashville today, where the crowd will give the Cats a huge homecourt edge. MSU has played the Cats well over the last few years and Jarvis Varnado seems to have big games in every meeting. How he plays may determine the winner.
Its raining Cats and Dogs in Nashville at 1 pm...or 2 pm, if you forgot to set your clocks forward, Check it out, and dont forget to make fun of Jimmy Dykes' ridiculous "black on black" Johnny Cash look on the microphone.