SEC Basketball: Takeaways from 2nd round of 2021 conference tournament

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SEC Basketball Devontae Shuler Mississippi Rebels (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The 2021 SEC Basketball Tournament is now in full swing after the first full day of action in Nashville on Thursday. Let’s take a look at a few takeaways from the four-game slate of Second Round action which includes a much-needed win, close games, and more.

Ole Miss Stays Alive on the Bubble

The one SEC team that needed a win most at the SEC Tournament got one on Thursday night as Ole Miss defeated South Carolina 76-59.

Ole Miss got a strong performance from guard Jarkel Joiner as he had 18 points. The Rebels also received good performances from Devontae Shuler and Romello White. South Carolina on the other hand suffered a disappointing loss that brings a disappointing 2020-2021 season to an end for the Gamecocks.

The Rebels are firmly cemented on the Bubble and are listed in the “First Four Out” group according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. While this win may not put the Rebels into the NCAA Tournament, it advances them to Friday and a potential win that might just put them in.

The opportunity is right in front of the Rebels. Can Ole Miss continue their momentum on Friday night, or will LSU play spoiler to Ole Miss’ NCAA Tournament hopes?

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