Before you settle in on a Friday evening to watch basketball, go to a party, head over to catch a movie or perhaps kill a drifter (hey, I don't know you), some business from late this afternoon.
Ole Miss (probably) punched out for the season today. But there's no way of knowing for sure. What we do know is that Ole Miss really needed a strong showing in the SEC Tournament to keep a chance for an NCAA bid. As it was, Bruce Pearl and company strolled into Nashville today to handle Andy Kennedy's Rebels fairly handily, keeping a nice cushion between the two teams for most of the second half. The Vols' Wayne Chism played 36 minutes for 16 points and a whopping 15 rebounds, and the stage is set for a third Tennessee-Kentucky matchup tomorrow (their series is split) that should be nothing short of a good old-fashioned SEC street fight. Does Ole Miss still have a chance for the Dance? Chances are slimmer, but tournament season never fails to surprise.
UTEP-Tulsa went according to plan. The University of Texas-El Paso hasn't been nationally ranked since 1992, and they appear to be taking that quite seriously. The Miners faced Tulsa in Tulsa today to unseat the Golden Hurricane 75-61. In typical UTEP "who's turn is it today?" fashion, Randy Culpepper pulled down 21 points (you'll recall it was junior Jeremy Williams' moment the night before), and that means that -- according to the rotation -- it should be transfer Derrick Caracter's shift tomorrow as UTEP takes on either Houston or Southern Miss tomorrow at an 11:30 am tip-off.
One-half of the SWAC finals is set. Arkansas-Pine Bluff started the season 0-11 in nonconference play. And they're still a two seed in the SWAC tournament, headed to the finals tomorrow after a 69-66 edging out of Alabama State in Bossier City today. The Golden Lions -- despite horrific shooting early on -- hung on to send the Delta Demons packing and will play the winner of a Grambling-Texas Southern matchup later tonight. Make no mistake about it, if anyone in this conference wants to live past the SWAC tournament, they've gotta win it. And even then, they're a sixteen.
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