What a two-weekend stretch! LSU teams go undefeated; relive the action in stories, photos _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU coach Nikki Caldwell shouts instructions to her players during the first half of LSU's 80-63 win over Texas A&M on Sunday in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

No. 1 seed South Carolina

Record: 27-2, 15-1 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 0 (twice reached semifinals)

Tournament record: 8-23

Leading scorer: G Tiffany Mitchell (14.8)

Leading rebounder: C Alaina Coates (8.1)

Need to know: May need to win title for No. 1 NCAA seed after shocking loss at Kentucky.

No. 2 seed Tennessee

Record: 25-4, 15-1 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 17 (won in 2014)

Tournament record: 73-18

Leading scorer: G Ariel Massengale (11.4)

Leading rebounder: F Cierra Burdick (7.1)

Need to know: Always the team to beat, UT is vulnerable without G Isabelle Harrison (knee).

No. 3 seed Mississippi State

Record: 26-5, 11-5 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 0 (runner-up in 2000)

Tournament record: 15-35

Leading scorer: F Victoria Vivians (15.0)

Leading rebounder: C Martha Alwal (6.7)

Need to know: Upset alert — State hasn’t gotten past the second round since 2010.

No. 4 seed LSU

Record: 16-12, 10-6 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 2 (last in 2003)

Tournament record: 33-34

Leading scorer: G Danielle Ballard (14.3)

Leading rebounder: Ballard (7.2)

Need to know: Lady Tigers need one more big win to ensure an NCAA bid.

No. 5 seed Texas A&M

Record: 22-8, 10-6 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 1 (2013)

Tournament record: 4-1

Leading scorer: G Courtney Walker (14.8)

Leading rebounder: F Achiri Ade (8.1)

Need to know: Aggies hard pressed to make a run without PG Jordan Jones (knee).

No. 6 seed Kentucky

Record: 21-8, 10-6 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 1 (1982)

Tournament record: 29-36

Leading scorer: G Makayla Epps (14.3)

Leading rebounder: G Linnae Harper (7.1)

Need to know: South Carolina upset thrusts Wildcats into dark-horse contender role.

No. 7 seed Missouri

Record: 17-12, 7-9 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 0 (twice lost in second round)

Tournament record: 0-2

Leading scorer: F Jordan Frericks (13.7)

Leading rebounder: Frericks (9.9)

Need to know: SEC’s top 3-point shooting team (212 3s) is threat to pull off one big win.

No. 8 seed Ole Miss

Record: 17-12, 7-9 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 0 (runner-up twice)

Tournament record: 26-34

Leading scorer: F Tia Faleru (14.6)

Leading rebounder: Faleru (10.5)

Need to know: Faleru’s double-double talent is good for a win, but South Carolina awaits.

No. 9 seed Arkansas

Record: 16-12, 6-10 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 0 (twice reached semifinals)

Tournament record: 10-23

Leading scorer: F Jessica Jackson (14.6)

Leading rebounder: G Melissa Wolff (8.0)

Need to know: Nice first year under Jimmie Dykes but won’t last past quarterfinals.

No. 10 seed Georgia

Record: 18-11, 6-10 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 4 (last in 2001)

Tournament record: 45-31

Leading scorer: G Tiaria Griffin (10.9)

Leading rebounder: F Krista Donald (8.0)

Need to know: Scoring challenged UGA may need two wins to extend NCAA streak to 21.

No. 11 seed Vanderbilt

Record: 14-15, 5-11 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 6 (last in 2009)

Tournament record: 45-29

Leading scorer: G Rebekah Dahlman (10.1)

Leading rebounder: G Morgan Batey (5.1)

Need to know: It would take another SEC title to stretch Vandy’s NCAA streak to 16 years.

No. 12 seed Florida

Record: 13-16, 5-11 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 0 (runner up in 1997)

Tournament record: 19-34

Leading scorer: F Ronni Williams (10.1)

Leading rebounder: G Kayla Lewis (6.5)

Need to know: Gators have won an SEC tourney game past four years, but that’s it.

No. 13 seed Auburn

Record: 12-17, 3-13 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 4 (last in 1997)

Tournament record: 35-33

Leading scorer: G Brandy Montgomery (11.9)

Leading rebounder: F/C Tra’Cee Tanner (6.0)

Need to know: Fewest SEC wins since 2001-02 say don’t expect much.

No. 14 seed Alabama

Record: 13-18, 2-14 SEC

SEC tournament titles: 0 (runner-up four times)

Tournament record: 25-35

Leading scorer: F Ashley Williams (13.4)

Leading rebounder: Williams (6.2)

Need to know: Season has been a step backward under Louisiana native Kristy Curry.


Wednesday’s first round

Game 1: Florida (13-16) vs. Auburn (12-17), 6 p.m. [SEC]

Game 2: Vanderbilt (14-15) vs. Alabama (13-18), after Game 1 [SEC]

Thursday’s second round

Game 3: Ole Miss (17-12) vs. Arkansas (16-12), noon [SEC]

Game 4: Texas A&M (22-8) vs. Game 1 winner, after Game 3 [SEC]

Game 5: Missouri (17-12) vs. Georgia (18-11), 6 p.m. [SEC]

Game 6: Kentucky (21-8) vs. Game 2 winner, after Game 5 [SEC]

Friday’s quarterfinals

Game 7: South Carolina (27-2) vs. Game 3 winner, noon [SEC]

Game 8: LSU (16-12) vs. Game 4 winner, after Game 7 [SEC]

Game 9: Tennessee (25-4) vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m. [SEC]

Game 10: Miss. St. (26-5) vs. Game 6 winner, after Game 9 [SEC]

Saturday’s semifinals

Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 4 p.m. [ESPNU]

Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, after Game 11 [ESPNU]

Sunday’s final

Game 13: Semifinal winners, 2:30 p.m. [ESPN]