Saturday, May 18, 2013

Top 9 Things You Want to Know About MU in the SEC Baseball Tournament


Things to know about Mizzou Baseball in the SEC Tournament:

1) By winning two of three against Kentucky in their final SEC series this weekend, the Tigers guaranteed themselves a spot in the SEC Tournament.  Losing the third game of that series to Kentucky, MU settled into the 12th (and lowest) seed in the SEC Tournament, while Kentucky hung on to the 11th slot.

2) Mizzou's first game in the tournament will be against Mississippi State sometime Tuesday evening (half an hour after the conclusion of the 4:30 PM scheduled Florida-Texas A&M game)  -- DETAILED BRACKET

3) In the first round of the tournament, the teams seeded 5-12 play one another (5 vs. 12, 6 vs. 11, etc) in a single-elimination game on Tuesday.  The four teams that lose in that round are done.  The four winners then participate in a typical double-elimination tournament Wednesday through Saturday, concluding with a single game championship match-up between the winners of each bracket.

4) If Missouri beats Mississippi State on Tuesday, they would face 4-seed South Carolina (MU was 1-2 vs. USC this season) on Wednesday.  Other teams in their bracket are Florida (1-2) and Texas A&M (0-3), one of which will be eliminated on Tuesday; plus 1-seed Vanderbilt (0-3).  The shortest way to winning the SEC Tournament for Mizzou would be to win 5 straight games in 6 days.

5) Mizzou's first game on Tuesday is on ESPN3, XM 199, Sirius 158, and on CSS TV.  Additional games may also be on Fox Sports South, ESPNEWS, and the championship game is on ESPN2.  Detailed broadcast schedule HERE.

6) The Tigers were scheduled to leave Columbia early Sunday morning to head for Hoover, Alabama, the site of the SEC Tournament.

7) Details about Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.   Ticket details.

8) Mississippi State is one of three SEC schools Mizzou did not play in the regular season (along with Ole Miss and Arkansas).  Prior to Tuesday evening's game, Sam Nasci plans to post another of his Mizzou Matchup previews here at SimmonsField.com.

9) Perhaps one of the most interesting side stories of the Missouri-Mississippi State match-up is the fact that MSU's head coach John Cohen was once an assistant coach at Missouri, under Gene McArtor and then Tim Jamieson.  I'm sure we'll be reading more about that in the next couple of days.

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