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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- What a wild final day of basketball in the Southeastern Conference.
All four league teams in must-win-to-get-in situations -- Kentucky, Ole Miss, Alabama and Tennessee -- took care of business. In the case of the Wildcats, at the expense of the Florida Gators. In the case of the Crimson Tide, with a halfcourt buzzer-beater to shock Georgia.
By the time everything shook out, the 2013 SEC Tournament bracket was set.
The Gators, with the tournament's No. 1 seed by virtue of their outright regular season title, will have a bye through the first two days and open play against the winner of Thursday’s second-round game between Georgia (15-15) and LSU (18-11).
The UF game, regardless of the opponent, game is set for Friday at 1 p.m. at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
With the league expanding to 14 teams that means another day of tournament play, so the five-day affair will open Wednesday (March 13) and run through next Sunday (March 17).
The tournament winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
FIRST ROUND - Wednesday
#12 South Carolina vs. #13 Mississippi State [SEC Network], 7:30 p.m.
#11 Texas A&M vs. #14 Auburn [SEC Network], 10 p.m.
SECOND ROUND - Thursday
#8 Georgia vs. #9 LSU [SEC Network], 1 p.m.
South Carolina/Mississippi State winner vs. #5 Tennessee [SEC Network], 3:30 p.m.
#7 Arkansas vs. #10 Vanderbilt [SEC Network], 7:30 p.m.
Texas A&M/Auburn winner vs. #6 Missouri [SEC Network], 9 p.m.
QUARTERFINALS - Friday
Georgia/LSU winner vs. #1 Florida [ESPNU], 1 p.m.
Game 4 Winner vs. #4 Alabama [ESPNU], 3:30 p.m.
Game 5 Winner vs. #2 Kentucky [SEC Network/ESPNU], 7:30 p.m.
Game 6 Winner vs. #3 Ole Miss [SEC Network/ESPNU], 10 p.m.
SEMIFINALS - Saturday
Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner [ABC], 1 p.m.
Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner [ABC], 3:30 p.m.
FINALS - March 17 (Sunday)
Game 11 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner [ABC], 1 p.m.