34
      Sunday
      47 / 39
      Monday
      55 / 40
      Tuesday
      67 / 39

      Vanderbilt, LSU headline expanded SEC tournament

      By DAVID BRANDT
      AP Sports Writer

      Vanderbilt and LSU are the favorites to win this week's Southeastern Conference tournament after mowing through regular-season play with uncommon ease.

      The real intrigue, however, is the new single-elimination format in the opening round of the tournament.

      Instead of the usual double-elimination format, the league's coaches say the sudden-death round was done because of scheduling and the expansion of the tournament field from 10 to 12 teams.

      The top four seeds receive a bye to the second round, where double-elimination play begins.

      Several teams with borderline NCAA tournament hopes will play crucial games during the opening knockout round, including Auburn and Texas A&M.

      Play begins Tuesday morning at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.

      No. 1 seed Vanderbilt set an SEC record with 26 league wins this season.

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