Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
South Carolina advances to face Arkansas
South Carolina forward Mindaugas Kacinas (25) and Auburn guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen (13) vie for a loose ball during the first half in a first round Southeastern Conference tournament game, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
FAYETTEVILLE South Carolina is up next for Arkansas.
The Gamecocks beat Auburn 74-56 Wednesday night in the first round of the SEC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Arkansas and South Carolina are scheduled to begin around 2:30 p.m. Central on Thursday.
Duane Notice led the Gamecocks with 23 points in the opening round win. South Carolina (13-19) is the No. 12 seed in the tournament.
Arkansas beat South Carolina 71-64 at Bud Walton Arena on Feb. 19. The Razorbacks led that game by as many as 17 points but the Gamecocks tied the game late in the second half before Arkansas pulled away.
The Razorbacks (21-10) are the No. 5 seed in the tournament and received a bye Wednesday.
Arkansas has lost six straight games at the SEC Tournament dating to 2008. It is the longest current streak after South Carolina snapped a six-game tournament losing streak with the win over Auburn.