The Predators Pekka Rinne and the Canadiens Carey Price. Photos by Mike Strasinger

The Predators Pekka Rinne and the Canadiens Carey Price. Photos by Mike Strasinger

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Nashville Predators rookie sensation Filip Forsberg scored the 1:54 into overtime to give the Predators a 3-2 win over the Eastern Conference powerhouse Montreal Canadiens. The game featured the top two goalies in the NHL in the Predators Pekka Rinne and Montreal’s Carey Price. Currently Price is the odds-on favorite for the NHL’s Vizena trophy that goes to the league’s top goalie. Price leads the league in wins, save percentage, goals against average (GAA) , and shutouts. Rinne has been having an award winning season as well and has been getting MVP talk around the league. Price stopped 28 shots of the 31 he faced while Rinne stopped 27 of 29.

The Predators got on the board first with a beautiful goal by Mattias Ekholm (6) who scored from his knees past Price, and the Predators led 1-0 after the 1st. Montreal got two goals in the 2nd period, the first from Brendan Gallagher (22) and then from David Desharnais (13), and the Canadiens led 2-1 after the 2nd.

Ryan Ellis scored for the Predators to tie the game 2-2 7:56 into the 3rd, and the two teams headed to overtime setting the stage for Forsberg’s game-winner.

 

SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis (10) and SEC Tournament MVP Willie Cauley-Stein (15)  battle for a loose ball during the championship game of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville,Tn. Photos by  Mike Strasinger

SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis (10) and SEC Tournament MVP Willie Cauley-Stein (15) battle for a loose ball during the championship game of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville,Tn. Photos by Mike Strasinger

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The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Arkansas Razorbacks 78-63 to win their 28th SEC Tournament and improved to 34-0 on the year. Of course they will be the overall #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament Bracket released later today.

The Wildcats got off to a fast start and led 41-25 at the half. They were able to stave off any rallies the Razorbacks could muster and rolled on to the 78-63 wi.

The Wildcats were led by Tournament MVP Willie Cauley-Stein with 15 points along with Andrew Harrison also with 15.

The Razorbacks were led by Michael Qualls with 18 points while SEC player of the Year Bobby Portis had 13.

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein scores against Auburn Photos by Mike Strasinger

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein scores against Auburn Photos by Mike Strasinger

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The undefeated and top ranked Kentucky Wildcats improved to 33-0 as they easily took care of the Auburn Tigers winning 91-67 in the 1st of two semi-final games played today at Bridgestone in the SEC Tournament. The Wildcats got started early building an early 24-8 lead and getting up by as many as 20 points in the 1st half and led 47-29 at the break. The #13 seeded Auburn Tigers, who had rallied in three straight games to win, gave it a run in the 2nd half, pulling as close as 13 at 57-44 with the ball, but after a missed 3-pointer, the Wildcats rolled off 14 straight to lead 71-44 with 10:22 remaining  and effectively end any Auburn threat. The Wildcats went on to cruise in with the 91-67 win. It marks the 1st time in Kentucky’s storied history that they have started a season 33-0.

The Wildcats had five players score in double figures with Willie Cauley-Stein leading with 18 points, Andrew Harrison with 15, and Trey Liles, Aaron Harrison, and Devin Booker all with 12.

Antoine Mason paced the Tigers with 23 points.

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Auburn's KT Harrell shoots a 3 pointer to force OT vs LSU. Photos by Mike Strasinger

Auburn’s KT Harrell shoots a 3 pointer to force OT vs LSU. Photos by Mike Strasinger

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Game 7 – #1 seed Kentucky began its play in the SEC tournament today with the first game of the day against Florida in the quarterfinals. Kentucky got out to a 31-27 lead and never trailed in the 2nd half stretching out their lead throughout the 2nd half to the eventual 64-49 win over the Gators.

The Wildcats were led by Karl-Anthony Towns and Aaron Harrison with 13 points apiece. Florida was paced by Jon Horford with 15 points.

Kentucky will face surprising Auburn Saturday at noon in the first of two semi-final match=ups.

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Vanderbilt Falls to UT 67-61

Vanderbilt Falls to UT 67-61

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Game 5 – Collapse or Comeback? It depends on which side of the court you’re on, but either way the score was Vanderbilt 59 UT 47 with 7:18 remaining in the game and the final was UT 67 Vanderbilt 61. You do the math.

Tennessee will advance to play Arkansas on Friday at 6:00 pm

Josh Richardson led the Vols with 22 while Damien Jones paced the Commodores with 18.

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Day 2 of the SEC brought 4 games in the 2nd round with winners advancing to Friday’s play.

In Game 3 The Florida Gators beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 69-61. They will face Kentucky on Friday. The Gators trailed early by as many as 8 points with 14:38 to go in the 1st half, but the Gators fought back to take the lead 26-25 with 5:10 to go in the half, and they never trailed again, leading at the half 33-29 and going on to win 69-61.

The Gators were led in scoring by Dorian Finney-Smith with 23 while Jimmie Taylor and Levi Randolph each netted 15 points for the Tide.

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The SEC Men’s Basketball got started today with two games in the 1st round of play. #13 Auburn defeated #12 Mississippi State 74-68 in Game 1, while #11 South Carolina took care of #14 Missouri 63-54 in the nightcap.

In Game 1 The Auburn Tigers trailed the Miss. St Bulldogs 36-34 at the half, but the Tigers came out hot in the 2nd half and opened up an 11 point lead 56-45 with 11:37 to go in the game. The Bulldogs chewed back with a 16-3 run and retook the lead 61-59 with 7:11 to go. After a couple of lead changes, the Tigers regained control and went on to win 74-68.

KC Ross-Miller led the Tigers with 21 points while Craig Sword netted 21 as well for the Bulldogs in defeat.

Auburn will face #5 Texas A&M tomorrow 25 minutes following the Florida-Alabama game which starts at 12:00 noon.

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This week will bring be a hoops junkie dream with the SEC Men’s tournament in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena starting on Wednesday and culminating on 551659Sunday with the championship game.SEClogo

The TSSAA Boys State Tournament also gets started in Murfeesboro on Wednesday with three classifications crowning champions on Saturday.

Printable Bracket 2015 SEC Men’s Tournament at Bridgestone Arena

TSSAA Boys Basketball Class A Bracket

TSSAA Boys Basketball Class AA Bracket

TSSAA Boys Basketball Class AAA Bracket

 

TSSAA Schedule for Area Teams

Class AA – CPA vs Brainerd – Thursday, March 12, 1:15 pm

Class AAA – Brentwood vs White Co, Wednesday, March 11, 10:00 am

Class AAA – Blackman vs Maryville, Wednesday, March 11, 1:15 pm

Class AAA – Hillsboro vs Hamilton, Wednesday, March 11, 2:45 pm

 

SEC Schedule

Wednesday, March 11
No. 12 Mississippi State vs. No. 13 Auburn, 7 p.m.
No. 11 South Carolina vs. No. 14 Missouri, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 12
No. 8 Florida vs. No. 9 Alabama, 1 p.m.
No. 5 Texas A&M vs. No. (12) Mississippi State/(13) Auburn winner, 3:30 p.m.
No. 7 Vanderbilt vs. No. 10 Tennessee, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Mississippi vs. No. (11) South Carolina/(14) Missouri winner, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 13
Quarterfinals
No. 1 Kentucky vs. (8) Florida/(9) Alabama winner, 1 p.m.
No. 4 LSU vs. No. (5) Texas A&M/Miss. St.-Auburn winner, 3:30 p.m.
No. 2 Arkansas vs. No. (7) Vanderbilt/(10) Tennessee winner, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Georgia vs. No. (6) Mississippi/S. Carolina-Missouri winner, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14
Semifinals
: 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Sunday, March 15
Final
: 1 p.m., ESPN