SEC Confirms Game Schedule

ATLANTA, GA. -- The SEC has confirmed that the University of Kentucky will play the University of Georgia at noon Saturday at Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

The tournament was moved to the smaller venue following last night's severe weather which damaged the Georgia Dome.

SEC Officials sayTennessee will play Arkansas at 6 p.m. and the winner of the U. K. vs. Ga. game will play Mississippi State at 8:30.

FULL TEXT OF SEC STATEMENT: 2008 SEC BASKETBALL SCHEDULE UPDATE - The Southeastern Conference announced that the remaining schedule of the 2008 SEC Basketball Tournament is as follows:

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

This format is based on an agreement between athletic directors and head coaches of the participating institutions after consultation with Tom O'Connor, chair of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee. O'Connor reaffirmed that since the league decides it automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament by its conference tournament champion, the competition must be completed prior to the announcement of the NCAA championship field.
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 University. 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.

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  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Mar 17, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    Scott - I believe one of the players (maybe from Georgia?) interviewed also thought it was a "tornado or a terrorist attack".
  • by Bryan Location: Owingsville on Mar 16, 2008 at 06:16 PM
    Well all in all the sec tourney was a joke, I feel for the people who lost their homes. I am very dissapointed with the way the sec handled it. Im not making excuses for uk but we where ready to play in the dome not a place that a georgia player reffered to as our their home court. I think truthfully a bye in the tourney hurt us more, but not as much as the ref who didnt make the call. Billy you and your wildcats did everything right at the end and it was perfect, just need to get the ref some glasses or someone to get georgia off his mind.
  • by Scott Location: Lexington on Mar 16, 2008 at 04:34 PM
    Thanks Fred. As to the terrorist attack i do believe that one if not several announcers during the game Friday thought that it might have been something done by a terrorist. Only reason that I say it is because I remember hearing it from one of the announcers. As to the damage, any damage to the building would and did result in closing and moving the event to a different facility. which is the best that the SEC could have done and they did.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Mar 16, 2008 at 08:15 AM
    Steve - You honestly think a structural engineer can perform a FULL assessment of an ARENA in two hours? Obviously, you are not an engineer nor do you have any idea of what is involved. If you do, please do not work on any of my projects ( I am an Engineer, by the way). Bryan - overcoming adversity and "unfairness" like playing in a new court? That's what CHAMPIONSHIP teams do every day. They adapt! Yes, it was a bad call at the end of the game, but that's life. Once you get old enough, you'll understand...
  • by tvb on Mar 15, 2008 at 08:59 PM
    Wow. Where is the sympathy for those who lost their homes and were injured during the same inconvenience suffered by the UK player and their fans. There are more important things in life people.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Mar 15, 2008 at 05:55 PM
    Scott---a structural engineer could've cleared that building (if it was sound) within 2 hours...if not, he/she doesn't do their job very well and probably went to UK for their engineering degree. And yes, if CNN is reporting from CNN Center and showing live footage outside their front doors (where the tornado hit dead-center, not on the edge like the dome) and traffic is moving normally and the debris is cleaned up and on the curb, yes...I would believe them. At least they aren't Fox News, who probably claimed it was a terrorist attack to try to scare people into watching longer.
  • by Dallas on Mar 15, 2008 at 05:06 PM
    Boy did U K SUCK today!
  • by Jason Location: Richmond Ky on Mar 15, 2008 at 03:00 PM
    In some ways, the Georgia Dome was a safe and even lucky haven Friday night. Just imagine if Alabama’s Mykal Riley hadn’t hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to tie the score and send the SEC tournament game with Mississippi State game into overtime. Fans would have spilled into the streets, and into the tornado’s wrath — shattering glass, flying debris and whipping wind. “Think about this: What if that kid from Alabama didnt hit that three-point shot? … It could have been a disaster.”
  • by Bryan Location: owingsville on Mar 15, 2008 at 02:26 PM
    Well I thinked it really sucked for UK, they always play great in the dome and they had to go in to a place where georgia is more comfortable playing in, thats unfair. We had very few fans it was very quite again something the players arent used to, and to beat it all a knock down foul that clearly was a foul but not called, that would gve a great chance for the win or ot, uk you clearly got cheated, georgia you are playing again tonight but only because someone was looking out for you. Cats you are the winners, good luck on a ncaa bid I think you got it
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2008 at 11:47 AM
    i.m really upset how every thing turn out today with cats.They was ready to play last night i understand about the weather. i feel sorry for those fan who flies or drive to the game. I thonk the games should had move up a day and had the final monday night. I hope everyone of those fan get there money not credit cash


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