Tyndall: Other than Kentucky, tourney ‘pretty wide open’

first_imgAuburn Team 16:1 Georgia LSU 1:4 4:1 KNOXVILLE – How likely is it that Kentucky continues its unbeaten season through the SEC Tournament?On one gambling website, a $10 bet on the top-ranked Wildcats to win the tournament would pay out just $2.50. The event begins Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena.Georgia is the only other team to have better than 10-to-1 odds to win the tournament, as the Bulldogs are listed as having 4-to-1 odds to take the title.Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall agrees with the oddsmakers. Take away Kentucky, and it’s anyone’s tournament to win. The Vols open against Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. Thursday (SEC Network).“No one’s looking ahead, I can assure you that. We’ve got our hands full with Vanderbilt,” Tyndall said at his Monday news conference. “But I do think, outside of Kentucky, everyone would say top to bottom it’s pretty wide open.”The SEC TournamentLast unbeaten isn’t sweating with UK nine wins awayThe Vols have beaten all but two teams on their side of the bracket, and they wouldn’t run into those teams — Ole Miss and Georgia — until the semifinals.Little would surprise Tyndall this week after a season in which Tennessee knocked off some of the SEC’s best, including Arkansas and LSU, and lost to some of its worst, South Carolina and Mississippi State.“There’s not a team in our league that we don’t feel like we can beat, and there’s not a team we feel can’t beat us,” he said.Praising Vandy: Tyndall was effusive Monday in complimenting Vanderbilt, and he marveled at how much a season’s worth of game experience has helped coach Kevin Stallings‘ young team develop.“They’ve got a very youthful team that’s continued to improve and get better,” he said.He noted that the Vols will have to “pick our poison” because the Commodores have both sharp 3-point shooting and an inside presence in Damian Jones.Vols’ coach has fond postseason memories in Nashville“They’re probably playing, outside of Kentucky, as well as anybody,” Tyndall said. “They’re shooting the ball at an incredibly high percentage. It will be key to take away the 3-point line as much as possible. They have a very good inside game, particularly with Jones, who is probably one of the better big men in our league.”Tyndall admitted that there will be some added intrigue — “a little more pop” — in Thursday’s matchup because of the incident that followed Vanderbilt’s win in Knoxville last month. Television cameras caught Stallings angrily scolding Wade Baldwin after the point guard celebrated near Tennessee forward Armani Moore in the game’s closing seconds.Reach Matt Slovin at [email protected] and on Twitter @MattSlovin. SEC ODDS Odds to win the SEC Tournament, according to Bovada.lv: 500:1 66:1 Texas A&M Vanderbilt Mississippi State Odds 18:1 Alabama Florida Kentucky Missouri 50:1 500:1 20:1 75:1 18:1 28:1 Arkansas Tennessee 10:1 Ole Miss South Carolina 500:1last_img

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