ATLANTA -- The possible tornado that hit the Georgia Dome on Friday night forced SEC Tournament officials to ask an old friend for help. The tournament was moved to Georgia Tech on Saturday. The remaining four games will be played at Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
This is an interesting twist, considering the history between Georgia Tech and the SEC. Tech, of course, was one of the original members of the SEC but left the league in 1964. Georgia and Kentucky are currently playing at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. (Kentucky leads 25-22 at halftime.) The quarterfinal game was scheduled for Friday night but SEC Tournament officials postponed the game after the Georgia Dome sustained significant damage from the possible tornado.
SEC Tournament officials began refunding tickets for the remaining games on Saturday. Players, coaches, cheerleaders, bands and credentialed individuals are the only people allowed into Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Saturday and Sunday. That's right...no fans allowed.
NCAA selection committee chairman Tom O'Connor affirmed on Saturday morning that the SEC Tournament must be completed by Sunday evening before the national selection show. The altered schedule will force the winner of the Georgia-Kentucky game to play two tournament games on short rest. The winner plays Mississippi State at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tennessee plays Arkansas at 6 p.m.