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Monday, March 10
Updated: March 11, 9:15 AM ET
 
Vols receive Georgia's bye; tourney to be re-seeded

By Andy Katz
ESPN.com

Tennessee is the beneficiary of Georgia's withdrawal from the SEC tournament.

SEC Tournament
Thursday's Games
Ole Miss vs. South Carolina
Arkansas vs. LSU
Vanderbilt vs. Alabama
Friday's Quarterfinals
Ole Miss/South Carolina vs. Mississippi State
Arkansas/LSU vs. Florida
Vanderbilt/Alabama vs. Kentucky
Auburn vs. Tennessee

A bubble team that needed to advance in the SEC tournament, the Volunteers will now receive a bye into the quarterfinals instead of playing in the first round.

The SEC announced that it will re-seed the tournament, per the conference bylaws, like it did in 1991 when Auburn was ineligible for the SEC tournament.

Georgia moves to the No. 6 seed in the SEC East, moving Vanderbilt up to No. 5, South Carolina to No. 4 and Tennessee to No. 3 in the SEC East.

The Vols (9-7 in SEC) receive the quarterfinals bye since they have a better record then LSU (8-8), the No. 3 seed out of the West. Tennessee will face Auburn in the quarterfinals Friday at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Both the Volunteers (17-10) and the Tigers (19-10, 8-8) are on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament and the loser of the game might not make the field.




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