No favorites in wide open SEC tournament

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference tournament begins today in Tampa, Fla., and nothing seems to be out of the question after what happened last year.

Georgia, the No. 6 seed in the East, won four games in three days to claim the league's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament last March.

First up today: Ole Miss and Kentucky, which likely has to win the tournament to keep from missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991.

The Rebels and Wildcats will be followed by Georgia and Mississippi State.

Vanderbilt and Alabama play in the first game of the night session, while Florida hopes it can use home-state advantage to beat Arkansas in Thursday's final game and start a deep run that gets the Gators back to the NCAA tournament.

LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee and Auburn have byes and begin in Friday's quarterfinals.

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