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Saturday March 15, 2008

The SEC has put its heads together and come up with a plan.  We found out last night that the remainder of the tournament will be played at Georgia Tech’s Alexander Memorial Coliseum, and now we know the schedule.

The revised schedule:

Saturday, March 15
Game 8 – Georgia vs. Kentucky – 12 p.m. ET
Game 9 – Tennessee vs. Arkansas – 6 p.m. ET
Game 10 – Mississippi State vs. Winner of Game 8 – 8:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, March 16
Game 11 – Championship Game (Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10) – 3 p.m. ET

The biggest change is the attendance policy, and, given the situation, it makes sense.  It will be a bit surreal though:

Because of damage to the Georgia Dome caused by severe storms in Atlanta on Friday night, the remaining games of the SEC Basketball Tournament will be played at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, on the campus of Georgia Tech. Arrangements for television broadcast will be announced as soon as they become available. Out of respect for public safety demands that are required in the aftermath of Friday’s storms, access to the remaining games of the championship will be limited to student-athletes’ family members, cheerleaders, bands and other credentialed individuals.

This is a minor break for Georgia – if anything can be considered a break in this situation.  In addition to Georgia being used to playing in front of empty crowds (Ba-dum-ching!  Thanks, try the veal.), the likely partisan Kentucky crowd won’t be a factor either.

Kentucky actually practiced at Tech this week…I’m not sure if Georgia did.  Georgia does play in this arena every other year, but it’s been a while, and the results haven’t been pretty lately.

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